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GCSEs 2020: Headteachers in Diss Express area respond to results day

It's not been the most straightforward of times for GCSE students in the country, after a Government u-turn on the way in which grades were determined just days before results day.

Yet today is still an important one for thousands of youngsters across the Diss Express area who are receiving their results, which will be based on teacher-assessed grades – meanwhile BTEC pupils will have to wait a bit longer for their results after exam board Pearson announced yesterday evening that it would be re-assessing their grades in line with A-levels and GCSEs.

Due to the exceptional circumstances, most schools decided not to disclose their GCSE results – however a number of headteachers remarked on the impressive dedication and resilience shown by students and teachers.

Stowupland High School headteacher Peter Whear thanked students for their efforts during this turbulent academic year.
Stowupland High School headteacher Peter Whear thanked students for their efforts during this turbulent academic year.

Long Stratton High School

Interim Headteacher Chanel Oswick praised the dedication of students this year.

"We are absolutely thrilled with the outcomes for our students this year who have had their hard work and determination recognised with a fantastic set of GCSE results," she said.

"We are very proud of every individual and their journey with us during the past 5 years where their high level of scholarship and commitment has resulted in them achieving results that will allow them to make ambitious choices for their future."

"The dedication of staff, parents and governors in supporting their learning has been vital in ensuring their positive outcomes were achieved and has seen the school continue for another year of improved results.

"We wish them the very best with their next steps and may they continue to flourish and find success with their chosen destinations."

Stowupland High School

Headteacher Peter Whear thanked students, ahead of next term when the school introduces its new sixth form building.

"The achievement of each Year 11 student at Stowupland is a cause for celebration. Our students have studied hard over the past 5 years and can be extremely proud of the grades they have been awarded.

"They are an admirable and distinguished group of young people with very bright futures ahead of them.

"The incredible support, expertise and encouragement they have received from their teachers and other staff cannot be overstated. I should like to thank every one of my colleagues for their ongoing commitment, particularly in meeting the exceptional challenges we have faced this year.

"Finally, I should like to pay tribute to the commitment and energy our students have brought to our school community. We look forward to welcoming them back to continue their studies in September in our wonderful new sixth form building."

Debenham High School

In a statement, Headteacher Julia Upton remarked on the exceptional circumstances of the most recent academic year.

She said: "This has been a year like no other for the students of 2020. We are incredibly proud of how the students of Debenham High School have coped with these strange times. We hope that students feel that the results that they have received represent their hard work and commitment to their studies.

"Over their five years at High School they developed into wonderful young people, who will use these results as the stepping-stone to the next stage in their education.

"They have every right to be proud of the young people that they have become and no-one can take this away from them. I know that they leave Debenham ready for the next stage in their lives and will have a positive impact on the world around them."

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