Ipswich High School GCSE exam success

13th August 2021

Pupils from Ipswich High School, a leading co-educational day and boarding school in Suffolk, are celebrating outstanding GCSE results today. 

Across the cohort, 71% of grades awarded are Levels 9-7 (an A*-A grade in the pre-2018 marking scheme). In total, over 31% of students achieved a Level 9 grade and more than 51% of pupils achieved grades of 9-8, which is an A* equivalent. Across the cohort, pupils averaged one to two grades higher than their baseline predictions.

The teachers and school underwent a rigorous assessment system to arrive at the teacher assessed grades. The dedication and commitment of the GCSE teachers to educating pupils is evident with ten subjects achieving 80% or more Level 9–7s including Design Technology, Food Science, French, History, Music, Religious Studies, Spanish, Art, Biology and Chemistry. In addition, over 50% of students studying Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Art, Further Maths, Latin, and Mandarin were awarded Level 9 grades.

Jess achieved nine Level 9s including Further Maths. She joined Ipswich High School from another local school to undertake her GCSEs and will remain at the school to attend Sixth Form as a Double Scholar. Jess said “I got all 9s – I’m very happy but it was very nerve-wracking. I hid behind a bush on the lawn to open my results and looked at them one by one. I love it here, I love the school, I love the people and I love the teachers, moving here was the best decision. At A Level I am studying Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Chemistry and I’ll do an EPQ. I want to become an aerospace engineer and build rockets or aeroplanes.” Mrs Logan, Jess’ mother said: “I’m so proud of her – she worked so hard, and she put in so much work. Ipswich High School has supported her all the way and have gone above and beyond.”

Poppy achieved eight Level 9s and one Level 8 grade and will attend Sixth Form at Ipswich High School as an Academic Scholar. She will be mentored by a doctor who works at the local NHS Trust through the Sixth Form Mentorship Programme. Poppy said “I’m so pleased. I felt most of my exams went well but felt a little unsure about some of them. I have absolutely loved my GCSEs here and I couldn’t ask for better teachers or a better environment. I plan to study Chemistry, Biology and Maths at A Level, as well as complete an EPQ linking Religious Studies to medical ethics. I hope to go into the medical profession. I would like to thank all my teachers for their support over the last two years.”

Abigail achieved six Level 9s and three Level 8 grades. She has attended Ipswich High School since Year 2 and is staying for Sixth Form. Abigail said “I didn’t expect those results, I feel amazing. I really wanted to get the absolute best grades in my A Level subjects which are Biology, Chemistry, Geography and Religion and Philosophy and Ethics (RPE). I want to work in either medicine or something geography based. I have been here for 11 years; it’s been amazing and the support from the teachers is incredible. Being here feels like a home and I’m excited to be staying next year.”

Hannah joined Ipswich High School in the Prep School. She has achieved seven Level 9s and two Level 7 grades and will continue onto the Sixth Form as a Sports Scholar. Hannah said “I’m so happy with my results, it’s amazingly supportive here. For A Level I will study Maths, Psychology and PE, alongside an EPQ, and I would like to go on and have a career in Sport Sciences.”

Mark Howe, the school’s Head, is impressed with the GCSE students’ performance: “Celebrating such incredible A Level outcomes and now GCSE results with our amazing students and their families this week has been the highlight of a year in which all these young people have overcome some significant challenges. Today is the culmination of a huge amount of hard work and resilience displayed by all our Year 11 students and I could not be more pleased that this effort has been rewarded by truly outstanding results. As all members of our community know only too well, such high attainment is not possible without the close support of our parental community, as well as the inspirational teaching delivered day in day out, both in school and during remote learning, by our hugely talented staff body. Congratulations Year 11 – we are so proud of you!’’

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