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'Pride' and 'Relief' for Students on Results Day

posted 24 Aug 2017, 09:00 by   [ updated 24 Aug 2017, 09:07 ]

GCSE Results Day...

Students returned to the Academy to collect their GCSE exam results and discover how they had performed in the new GCSE examination and grading system for English and Maths.

Amongst those celebrating today were Lucy Borrett, Yasmin Payne and Emma Borrett, who all achieved grade 9 in Maths on Results Day.

Yasmin, whose grade 9 in Maths was amongst a range of top grades she achieved in English and the Sciences, explained that the anxiety of waiting was finally over, ‘I am so relieved to have my grades confirmed!  I have been going over exam scripts and checking mark schemes to try and predict what grade I might have achieved.  The wait is finally over and I am so pleased with my grades!’

Sisters Emma and Lucy Borrett also achieved a further six A*/A grades each to accompany their grade 9 in Maths.  Emma shared her happiness that the wait for Results Day was finally over saying ‘The new Maths exam was hard and I am so glad I started my revision plan in September.  That, along with after school sessions, really helped to prepare me.  The stress is finally over - I am so happy!’

Lucy also thanked her teachers for supporting her in her final year saying ‘the teachers offered lots of support after school, and this really helped my personal revision.  I can’t believe I achieved a grade 9 in Maths, I am really delighted.’

Many students were accompanied by family members and met by staff eager to support and share in Results Day.   However, the biggest smile on the day was Hope Rutterford, who was joined by her mum, Kirsty Aberdein, and Key Worker, Paula Birchall.  

Hope, who has had Cerebral Palsy since birth, completed her GCSE courses with grades 5 and 4 in English, an A grade in Health and Social Care and three additional higher grade GCSE passes.  Beaming as she celebrated her successes, Hope shared ‘I am lost for words to describe how I feel.  I am so happy.  We had a good time in lessons.’  Hope’s mum was full of pride in her daughter explaining ‘It is such an incredible day.  When Hope was born it was touch and go as to whether she would survive, but now she has her GCSEs and is planning to take a business course in September. It goes to show that from humble beginnings Hope has been able to achieve great things.  She already has a business plan in mind, so I can’t wait to see what Hope achieves in the future!’

Hope’s Key Worker, Miss Birchall, added ‘Hope’s hard work has paid off.  She brings so much joy to those around her and I am also very proud of her!’

Amongst a range of higher grade exam passes, student Emma Fawkes achieved a grade 9 in both the new English Literature and English Language exam!  Emma said explained that the mock exams used in the build up to the final exam helped her to improve on her exam techniques.  Emma explained ‘In my first mock I gained a grade 9, but then my subsequent grades dropped.  I just keep revising, practicing and reading lots and the final grades were amazing.  I am really proud of myself!’

Jumping for joy were Raminta Ozelyte and Sandra Espitia who were ‘so happy’ with their exam results.  Both students picked out their Health and Social Care results as the grades they were most proud in.  Raminta explained ‘my target grade was a C, but to find out that I gained an A* was amazing’.  Sandra, who was celebrating gaining an A grade in the same subject said ‘I am really pleased that the hard work shows in my grade!’.

Jack Sharman and Thomas Gibbs both felt the idiom ‘a weight off your shoulders’ best described how Results Day went for them.  Jack, who secured a grade 8 in both English exams and grade 7 in Maths alongside his other higher grade passes, felt pride in his grades.  Thomas was really pleased with his grade 8 in the new Maths exam but explained that he felt prepared, saying ‘it is really down to working hard and stay focused on your revision plan.  It does pay off in the end’

Felix Barber was ‘really happy’ with his A grades in German, Religious Education and Sociology, but went on to add ‘but I am really proud of my grade 7 in English!’.  Mrs Barber, Felix’s mum, added ‘I am really chuffed for him.  I had every confidence that his hard work would pay off, but as a parent you are still very nervous on Results Day.  I think we will go off celebrate now!’

Felixstowe Academy’s Principal, Anthony Williams, said ‘we are all very pleased and proud of our students’ achievements. We are particularly pleased with the number of students who achieved the highest grade (9) in English and Maths. I’d like to thank the teaching staff for their hard work and commitment in supporting our students.’  

At Felixstowe Academy 62% of students who sat the new English GCSE achieved grade 4 or above, with 59% of students sitting the new Maths GCSE achieved grade 4 or above.  48% of students achieved combined Maths and English at grade 4 or above.