Haverhill GCSEs 2021: Students at Samuel Ward Academy 'have been an example to us all' with their resilience and determination, while pupils Castle Manor Academy and Linton Village College celebrate their results
As GCSE students across the Haverhill area celebrated their results, one headteacher summed up their efforts through the pandemic - 'they have been an example to us all'.
Andy Hunter, who leads the town's Samuel Ward Academy, paid tribute to the hard work of their 227 students who collected their results today.
He said: "This group of young people has genuinely been an example to us all this year.
"They have approached their studies with incredible maturity and taken a very challenging 18 months completely in their stride.
"I don't recall in all my years in education working with a Year 11 as focussed and determined as this one.
"They have earned their results many times over. We are all extremely proud of them."
Among those celebrating at Castle Manor Academy, in Haverhill, was William Cardoso with three 9s, three 8s and three 7s.
William is planning to go to Hills Road to study art, computing and maths
Ha Dong achieved two 9s, three 8s, two 7s and two 6s and is due to attend Hills Road Sixth Form to study art, media and psychology.
Emily Soar had two 9s, one 8, three 7s and 3 6s and is going to County Upper School, in Bury St Edmunds, to study PE, psychology and maths.
Matthew Turley secured one 9, two 8s, one 7, four 6s and one 5 and will study physics, chemistry and maths at Haverhill Community Sixth Form.
Tommy Adeyemi plans to go to Hills Road to study biology, maths and physics after achieving one 9, four 8s, one 7, two 6s and one 5.
Headteacher Vanessa Whitcombe said: “Our class of 2021 have shown amazing resilience and determination in uncertain times.
“I am incredibly proud of all of our students at Castle Manor. They have worked so hard, in very challenging circumstances, and have achieved excellent results.
“Our huge congratulations go to all of them, along with best wishes for their next steps.
“Students have been supported in these achievements by teachers, support staff and parents, and I would like to thank everyone involved in helping our students in their achievements.”
At Linton Village College, students who achieved five or more grade 9s included Gilbert Dicks, Lucy Wilson, Lara Hopewell-Plant, William Butler, Charlie Payne, Rufus Godsill, Archie Hayes and Benjamin Sellick.
Principal Helena Marsh said: "I am incredibly proud of the tremendous efforts of Linton Village College’s Class of 2021.
"The whole cohort has responded so maturely to the uncertainty and disruption that they have experienced during their GCSE studies.
"Many individuals have overcome personal challenges and adversity to achieve success and all have demonstrated great fortitude and commitment to their learning.
"The teacher assessed grades being awarded today are a reflection of a great deal of hard work by the students and their teachers who have taken on the role of examiners this year, marking and moderating assessments.
"I wish all LVC students the very best for the next stage of their learning and their lives."