SET Ixworth School GCSE results 2020

Pia Parker, SET Ixworth Head of School, said: “We’re immensely proud of all of our students for their hard work and success in their GCSEs. We strive to create a happy community where pupils are well prepared for adult life and that has certainly continued through Covid-19.

We helped them to understand how important it is to use lockdown constructively, so they can continue to achieve their potential and be productive. This included continuing to focus on learning, with many Year 11 students undertaking additional educational opportunities online and completing preparation activities for their A-level and college courses. Additionally, many students worked with our teachers to offer their time to the community, including the delivery of shopping to shielding families and raising money for charity by taking on various running or biking challenges.

I’m really impressed with how they didn’t just cope but embraced the anxious and uncertain time”.

Success Stories

16-year-old Sam Barber, from Stanton, has engineered some ‘superb’ GCSE results with six 9s, the highest possible grade. These include in science and maths – as well as two grade 8s and three grade 7s.

The future engineer was left beaming with pride after picking up an impressive clean sweep of GCSE results at SET Ixworth School.

Sam said: “I am very happy with my results – I worked as hard as I could to achieve them and received fantastic support from my teachers.

I’m a very logical person and have always been fascinated with engineering, with science and maths being among my favourite subjects. I enjoy the connection between the two disciplines and it’s a very broad subject area – opening up many pathways.

I think engineering will be very important in the future and I look forward to seeing how I can get apply myself and how my career develops.”

Sam will study towards maths, further maths, chemistry, and physics at Abbeygate Sixth Form College in Bury St Edmunds.

His mother Emma, who played a role in setting up SET Ixworth School from its inception in 2011, said: “I am very proud of Sam – he’s such a diligent student. I was always confident he would do well, and we can’t wait to see his education and career flourish.

It has evolved into a fantastic community school which offers important choice for parents in surrounding villages. Sam is my second child to leave here with fantastic results and personal development.

This is like an end of an era for me and I think we all made the right choice in working hard to establish the school almost a decade ago. The school is in excellent hands and I’m confident it will continue to grow from strength to strength.”

Keen dancer Daisy Beckett was also jumping for joy after picking up her incredible GCSE results at SET Ixworth School.

The 16-year-old from Ixworth admits it was a “big relief” after opening the traditional envelope to reveal an “amazing” set of seven grade 8s, including history and combined science, as well as three grade 7s.

“I’m so so happy,” she beamed. “Everything was changing up until the last minute and we all didn’t really know what to expect, but I knew I had passed my mocks and had received fantastic support from all my teachers throughout my journey here at SET Ixworth School, so I was optimistic.

I’ve spoken to all my friends here and no-one is disappointed – it’s great to see so many happy faces.

The teachers here all know you by your name and really do help when you’re struggling, helping to calm you down and put some reality back in your mind. It’s been so great here.”

Daisy has been dancing since the age of three and will study towards a Level 3 Dance course at West Suffolk College.

“I absolutely love dancing and can’t wait to start my course,” she said. “I don’t really know what I want to do with my future career just yet, so that’s why I’ve picked something that I love and know that I’ll enjoy, whilst at the same time I’ll be learning lots of other skills like teamwork and improving my confidence.”

Daisy and her friends stayed connected with Zoom quizzes and catch-ups during the Covid-19 lockdown period before the summer. “It was great fun and a great way to keep each other supported during the difficult time”.

Other successes at the school include:

Molly Gidney, 16, from Ixworth who achieved six 7s and three 6s including English and Maths, on top of a Level 2 Distinction+ in PE.

“I am really surprised but so delighted. I worked hard and received tremendous support from all my teachers, but with everything that’s being going on, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I woke up this morning. I’m just so happy”.

Molly has always wanted to be a teacher and a work placement at Barnham Primary School cemented her calling.

“I’m not sure what type of teacher I’ll be but I’ll make sure that I inspire every single child.”

Mum Sophie added: “There’s a fantastic community feel here at SET Ixworth School and Molly has really benefited from the individual, tailored support, from lunch clubs to after-school revision sessions. I’m so proud of her achievements.”

Molly is now looking forward to studying towards English language, media and business at Abbeygate Sixth Form College in Bury St Edmunds.

Jodie Barrow, 16, from Euston in Suffolk got all 6s and 7s, as well as Distinction in PE. She got 7s in Art & Design and Combined Sciences with 6s in English and Maths.

“I was very nervous when I woke up because I had no idea how it would all go, but I am really pleased and happy with my amazing results – all my hard work has paid off! I have loved every minute here at school. The teachers and staff are all brilliant and gave me all the support I needed – before and during lockdown. I’ll really miss them.”

Mum Brenda added: “This is the best school. They are so supportive, every teacher knows every child – they push them, challenge them, encourage them. Mr Barrow, the executive Headteacher, was very hands on and just brilliant with all the students.”

Jodie’s results means she has been accepted to study towards biology, criminology, and history at Abbeygate Sixth Form College in Bury St Edmunds.