Students across the Active Learning Trust's secondary schools are celebrating GCSE exam success today.

At Chantry Academy in Ipswich, particular achievements included those of Megan Gray-Cullum who achieved six grade 9’s, a Distinction* and a grade 8. Fellow student, Land Howes-Titchmarsh achieved (amongst other qualifications) five grade 8’s and a level 2 Distinction. Additionally, Phobee Farrell achieved four grade 8’s, four grade 7’s and a level 2 Distinction.

Also triumphing was Prissha Kirubakarand with a grade 9, two grade 8’s, three grade 7’s and a Level 2 Distinction. Prissha has also been awarded a scholarship to study at Framlingham College from September.

Acting Principal at Chantry Academy, Rick Hanson, said: “Congratulations to all our students receiving their results today. We are delighted that so many attained the grades they require to move on to their next stage of education. The students and staff have worked tirelessly to overcome many of the barriers and challenges that the last few years have brought and to see them not only meet, but exceed expectations, is a credit to them all.

At Cromwell Community College, Principal Jane Horn said "We are delighted to celebrate another year of GCSE results at Cromwell where the majority of pupils will be progressing onto their first choice of Post 16 provision. This is due to the hard work of the staff and families, who despite unprecedented levels of absence this year from Covid have endeavoured to ensure the best possible outcomes for all. We are pleased that over 70 pupils will be aiming to join Cromwell Sixth form in September and many others are going to local Colleges to pursue various courses."

Mrs Horn added "There are too many individuals to mention that have been successful; many of our pupils worked hard to overcome adversity during the past 2 years and will rightly be celebrating today.  There will also be many staff who will take great pleasure in the joy of our pupils and will be delighted to see pupils’ achievements. The College community wishes all of the pupils best of luck for the future and hope they are successful in their chosen fields. I would like to thank the staff, and families for the extraordinary efforts they put in this year to ensure successful outcomes for so many. So often, many people have gone over and above expectations to support and help and I am very grateful for such a caring and professional team of staff."

Littleport and East Cambridgeshire Academy (LECA) saw its very first GCSE results day, with the class of 2022 being the first cohort of students to complete their secondary education at the school.

Principal Lauren Phillips spoke of her pride in the dedication students have put in.

She said: "We were delighted to open the academy doors for the first ever set of GCSE results today to help students celebrate their tremendous achievements. We are all incredibly proud of all our Year 11 students, especially considering the way in which they dealt with the disruption caused by the pandemic and wish them all the very best for the exciting next steps in their lives. My sincere thanks also to the staff and parents who have supported them throughout their LECA journey”.

Notable successes at LECA include: Alice Gardiner, Alice Singfield, David Kuck, Harry Berriman and Hannah Turnock. A special mention was also given to Oliver, the first Highfield Littleport student to study a Maths GCSE at LECA.