23 August 2018
This year, a significant 64% of GCSE results were awarded at grades 7-9 (equivalent to previous grades of A and A*), with an impressive 40% of results being awarded at grade 8-9, which are above an A grade.
Head of Ipswich High School, Oona Carlin, said:
“I am thrilled with the results our pupils have achieved. The time and energy students and staff have put into their studies has clearly been worthwhile and they deserve praise for their efforts and results.
“Due to the reformed GCSEs put in place for a further 20 subjects this year, schools are reporting a mixture of grading systems and there has been potential for confusion. But students and teaching staff have continued to dig deep, work together and not let this deter them from achieving the best outcomes possible. In fact, every single subject taught at the school had a positive value-added score, confirming fantastic achievements and hard work across all subject areas.”
Top grades were awarded across a wide breadth of subjects at the school, indicating the varied and interests of Year 11 pupils. In Design Technology, 100% of students received 9s, 91% in Art and 50% across the three sciences: Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
Among the cohort for this year is Team GB’s junior world champion freestyle kayaker Ottilie Robinson-Shaw. Ottilie was also crowned 2018 ECA Canoe Freestyle European Champion in the Women’s Junior K1 on Sunday in Bratislava.
On her victory, Ottilie said: “The European Championships have been amazing and I am super happy to be taking home gold.”
Oona Carlin, added: “Ottilie has been a superb student and has shown great grit and determination to not only excel in her sport to the highest level, but also achieve strong GCSE results. She has been able to master a balance which has meant that neither her education or her passion has wavered. I would like to offer my heartfelt congratulations to Ottilie from all of us at Ipswich High School on her latest gold medal.”
Another sporting star in the making – Silvana Flores – has also received her GCSEs today. Coming from a footballing family, including former Atlante player and father Rubén Flores and Arsenal and previous Ipswich Town player Marcelo Flores, Silvana is currently playing for Essex and has her eyes set on gaining a place in the English national football team. Silvana is another success story for the school showing the ability to maintain an equilibrium between her studies and sporting dreams. Silvana has received 9 grades at A*-A/7-9.
On Silvana’s achievements, Ms Carlin said: “I am delighted for Silvana who has been an excellent student since joining us in 2017. Her grades are a credit to the hard work she has put in since being at the school and I have no doubt that she will go on to accomplish bigger and better things.”