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SET Ixworth students celebrate 2021 GCSE results

Students at SET Ixworth School are celebrating this year’s GCSE results with a number achieving top grades.

Pia Parker, SET Ixworth Head of School, said: “Congratulations to every student for their superb achievements on GCSE results day. Despite the challenges, students have worked with outstanding commitment and have received bespoke support to achieve individual highs and reach exceptional grades in a wide range of subjects, from Maths, English and Sciences to creative arts such as Drama and Photography. 10% of this cohort achieved at least one top Grade 9 (A**), which is a fantastic achievement in any year. I am delighted that all our students leave SET Ixworth confident in their journeys to the next stage of their education.”



Daniel Buckley with his GCSE results at SET Ixworth

Daniel Buckley at SET Ixworth [Credit: Gregg Brown, Copyright: Seckford Education Trust]

Daniel Buckley

Daniel Buckley, age 16 from Stanton, was really surprised to achieve five top Grade 9s (equivalent to A**) in English Literature, Geography, History, Physics and German (the school’s first Grade 9 in a language subject) as well as a Grade 8 in Drama, and Grade 7 in Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Statistics.

Daniel said: “I never really liked Physics, I thought I’d be lucky to pass but I put in lots of hard work, and I’m amazed I got a Grade 9. It’s been such an achievement to make it through lockdown and get these grades, in January we didn’t know what would happen, so it’s just been a massive achievement. As SET Ixworth is a small school, I’ve had lots of great opportunities and I’ve really made the most of my time here, they’ve been really supportive.”


Holly Bamber at SET Ixworth with her GCSE results

Holly Bamber at SET Ixworth [Credit: Gregg Brown, Copyright: Seckford Education Trust]

Holly Bamber

Holly Bamber from Thetford achieved 11 GCSEs in Grades 6 to 9.

She said: “It’s just such a relief, I’m so happy with my grades. I’m dyslexic so I was really worried about English, but the teachers have been so supportive, and I’ve worked really hard to get such high grades. I’ve absolutely loved my time at SET Ixworth, I’ve made loads of new friends and felt like I really belonged here. I’m now going to Abbeygate Sixth Form College to study Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry at A Level and I’m aiming for a career as a Nuclear Physicist.”


Hannah Warrington at SET Ixworth

Hannah Warrington at SET Ixworth [Credit: Gregg Brown, Copyright: Seckford Education Trust]

Hannah Warrington

Budding photographer and make-up artist, Hannah Warrington, aged 16 from Stanton, achieved four Grade 5s for German and the Sciences, five Grade 6s for Statistics, Maths, History, English Literature and English Language, a Grade 7 for Drama, and a Grade 9 for Photography.

“I’m really pleased about all my grades, especially English and Drama, I didn’t expect to get the grades I did, so I’m really happy. I really loved my time at this school, especially the creative topics I studied. It was hard to study during lockdown, but the teachers made virtual classes a lot of fun. I am joining West Suffolk College in September to do make-up artistry and it would be my dream to create my own make-up line.”


Matthew Canhan at SET Ixworth

Matthew Canhan at SET Ixworth [Credit: Gregg Brown, Copyright: Seckford Education Trust]

Matthew Canhan

Matthew Canhan, aged 15, from a village near Thetford, achieved six Grade 6s for Photography, Drama, English Literature, English Language, Maths and Statistics, four Grade 5s in the Sciences and German, and a Grade 4 in History.

“I’m mostly shocked with my results, especially in the Sciences, but really happy that I achieved more than I thought I would. I loved my time at school, they had so many opportunities for us all to take part in. Studying during lockdown was hard because we didn’t have the same interaction with the teachers, but we all got through it with the support from the teachers.

“The opportunities that were available to me at the school gave me the idea to go into multimedia journalism, which I will be studying at West Suffolk College later this year.”

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