Students delight after receiving GCSE results

Students at Samuel Ward Academy in Haverhill are celebrating after an improvement in this year’s GCSE results,
A total of 64% of students achieved a 4+ in English and maths – compared to 55% in 2017. These figures were mirrored in the 5+ grades – 42% this year compared to 33% 12 months before.
Andy Hunter, newly recruited headteacher of Samuel Ward Academy, said: “I am really pleased for the students who have worked very hard, guided by a caring and dedicated team of staff.”
Students at the school admitted there was a mixture of relief and happiness as they picked up their results.
Abigail Smith, 16, from Haverhill, said she was delighted with her results, especially in science and Engish. She added:
“I was completely shocked when I opened the envelope. I remember coming out of the exams thinking I didn’t do very well.
“And then I went to Corfu on holiday and I didn’t want to come back and get my results. All my friends told me to open the envelope, but I didn’t want to cry. In the end, I cried happy tears.” Celine Roy, 16, from Haverhill, said: “I have been so stressed over the summer holidays but now I am just so relieved and so happy.
“I never expected to get any grade 9’s so to get two in geography and chemistry is fantastic.”
Benjamin Quick, 16, from Thurlow, whose results included four 9’s, two 8’s and two 7’s, said: “I am thrilled with my results. I just did my best and had the support of the school and my family. I was a little stressed but I just accepted that I couldn’t do any more.”
Tim Coulson, chief executive of the Unity Schools Partnership of which Samuel Ward is a founder member, said: “I would like to congratulate all the pupils and staff for their hard work and success. The Unity Schools Partnership is very proud of all their achievements and we wish the young people every success as they go onto the next stage of their lives.”
Other notable achievements included Marlise Bush, who got six 9’s and two 8’s among her results and Nathan Crooks who got a A*, 9, 9, 9, 8, 8, 8 and 7.