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GCSE RESULTS 2019: Ormiston Sudbury Academy students celebrate making the grade on results day

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Ormiston Sudbury Academy students have been applauded for their hard work and commitment, as they celebrated their GCSE results today.

The school expects an increase in its Progress 8 score – a measure of pupil progress through secondary education – after reporting a high number of Distinction and Distinction* grades in vocational and performing arts subjects, as well as strong performances in the sciences.

The top performer was Shannon Ambrose, who said she was "extremely happy" with her results, having received the highest grade of 9 in chemistry and biology, and three 8s in physics, maths and history.

GCSE Results 2019 - Ormiston Sudbury Academy students celebrate their results. Photo by Thomas Malina. (15611296)
GCSE Results 2019 - Ormiston Sudbury Academy students celebrate their results. Photo by Thomas Malina. (15611296)

Despite reports on a national level of a tougher and more demanding set of exams this year, Ormiston Sudbury Academy (OSA) headteacher Caroline Wilson told the Free Press that staff and students had stepped up to the challenge, and she described the results as a testament to their hard work, and the support of parents.

"I am very pleased that the students who have put in the effort and worked really hard have got the results they wanted," she said. "It is particularly pleasing to see their resilience. They have been independent, resilient learners.

"I wish students the very best of luck as they progress to next stage of their studies, whether that is here at Ormiston Sudbury Academy, or at colleges across the country."

Among the high achievers is Patrycja Golos, who will be going on to study all three sciences and maths at Colchester Grammar School, after earning a grade 9 in Polish, an 8 in geography and four 7s in maths, physics, chemistry and biology.

She was one of five native Polish speakers at OSA to study independently for a GCSE exam in the language, with all of them achieving one of the top three grades.

"My and my friend swapped results, and when I saw them, I was really so overwhelmed," Patrycja said. "I just thought, I'm here and I've made it.

"I have had a nice journey at Ormiston. I have made a lot of friends and there were a lot of really supportive teachers. I will be going to do four A-levels, and I know it will be a competitive environment, which is where I perform best."

Staff at the OSA science department earned particular praise for rising to the challenge, whilst two members of the faculty were away for an extended period on maternity leave.

James Heard, who achieved a 6 in physics, a 6 in chemistry and a 5 in biology, said: "I hated taking the exams. I walked out expecting to fail them all, so having passed them, I'm over the moon.

"It has been great being at the school. Everyone is there all the time, and you are ready for anything that comes your way."

Harrison Bonner, who earned an 8 in physics, a 7 in chemistry and a 7 in biology, said: "I was expecting to get these grades. I really revised hard, so I think I did quite well."

Limon Hoqe, who received a 6 in physics, a 5 in chemistry and a 5 in biology, said "The exams were stressful at first, but once you get used to it, you know how it plays out.

"There has been a lot of challenges and a lot of ups and downs, overall, I have had a great time here."

There was also further success for the performing arts department, following strong results in A-levels last week.

Lewis Huggett is one of several music students to secure the top grade of Distinction*, and will now go to West Suffolk College in Bury St Edmunds to study a triple qualification in music.

"I have really enjoyed it here," he said. "I was happy to get the Distinction*. I made sure to put the work in, and I found the exams were not too difficult."

Head of Year 11 Billy Herring stated it had been "an absolute pleasure" to oversee the journey of students through their GCSEs.

"I see all the smiles around here, and I know they have all worked so hard this year," he added. "It has probably been the hardest working year group I've ever had."