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  • Out of 57 GCSE students, 56% achieved at least a Grade 4 in English and maths.

“I would like to personally say congratulations to each and every student for their hard work in their GCSEs. There have been many individual successes, particularly for students who have been with us since Year 7. This has led to all students achieving the post-16 option of their choice.” David Lees, Headteacher, August 2019

16-year-old Lochlann Baker is celebrating an outstanding five grade 9 GCSEs at SET Beccles School, which puts him among the top three percent in the country for high achievement. Compared to when Lochlann started at the school in Year 7, he has achieved a grade higher than expected in all of his subjects.

Lochlann said: “I am really proud of my results, particularly my grade 9 in French. I’m looking forward to studying A Level Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Computer Science at Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form in Norwich from September.”

Liam Mills has also made huge progress at SET Beccles School, achieving 2.5 grades higher than expected when he first started the school in Year 7. Liam achieved eight GCSEs at grade 6 and above, and he is now heading to East Norfolk Sixth Form College to study Maths, Geography and Science at A Level. As well as achieving top grades, Liam was also part of the National Citizenship Service during his time at Beccles Free School, where he worked on community projects and helped to raise £200 for charity, all while revising for exams.

Liam said: “I’m so pleased with my grade 7 in maths, I was averaging at a grade 4 but I studied really hard and I’m so happy that it has all paid off. I’m heading to Holland to celebrate with my family this weekend, and I hope to go to university in Holland after college too.”

16-year-old Maria Hill was so nervous about her results, but is thrilled to achieve three grade 8s, two grade 7s, 2 grade 6s and two grade 5s at Beccles Free School.

Maria said: “I’m completely overwhelmed with my results! I didn’t get any sleep at all last night, but now I’m so happy to be heading to Lowestoft Sixth Form where I’ll be studying English Literature and Creative Media at A Level. American filmmaker Wes Anderson is my idol and I hope to follow in his footsteps by working in the film industry one day.”

Merlin Price Downham was also nervous about his results, but is now “super proud” to achieve a grade 9 in maths alongside a string of top grades across the board. Merlin is heading to Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form in Norwich to study Physics, Maths and Further Maths at A Level.

Merlin said: “I’ve got big aspirations for a career in physics and I would love to be the next Elon Musk. My dad is my inspiration, he always said if you’re going to do anything, do it well!”

Other student successes at SET Beccles School include Hannah Clarke who achieved three grade 9s, and Tabitha Millard who achieved seven GCSEs at grade 4 and above. Both students are heading to local sixth forms to study their choice of A Levels.

Photos Credit: Simon Lee, Copyright: Seckford Education Trust