GCSE results 2017: Joy as results continue to rise at Benjamin Britten Academy of Music and Mathematics

Ella Cunningham with her GCSE results at Benjamin Britten Music Academy. Picture: Mark Boggis

Ella Cunningham with her GCSE results at Benjamin Britten Music Academy. Picture: Mark Boggis - Credit: Archant

Staff and pupils at Benjamin Britten Academy of Music and Mathematics (BBMA) are celebrating another significant rise in the proportion of youngsters achieving grade four or above in their English and maths GCSEs.

Harry Franklin with his GCSE results at Benjamin Britten Music Academy. Picture: Mark Boggis

Harry Franklin with his GCSE results at Benjamin Britten Music Academy. Picture: Mark Boggis - Credit: Archant

BBMA has recorded an 11 percentage point improvement year-on-year – with 60pc of pupils reaching the benchmark, up from 49pc.

Having improved from 38pc two years ago to 60pc now, headmaster James McAtear said he was delighted.

'Benjamin Britten's GCSE results are a credit to the school and its community,' he said.

'They are testimony to a talented and committed staff and a fine group of scholars.

Jamie Coleman with her GCSE results at Benjamin Britten Music Academy. Picture: Mark Boggis

Jamie Coleman with her GCSE results at Benjamin Britten Music Academy. Picture: Mark Boggis - Credit: Archant

'Well done to all of Lowestoft's schools.'

Kim Armon, head of Year 11 at the academy in Blyford Road, said: 'I am so proud of how hard they have worked. They are such a lovely year group, who have all got involved in extra-curricular activities and have managed to do so well with their results. They have worked really hard and they deserve all what they have achieved – we will miss them.'

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Speaking about the new grading levels, Miss Armon added: 'In terms of the results, we did not know what to expect. So to come out with 60pc of pupils achieving level four or above in both English and maths it is amazing.'

Among some of the high performing pupils collecting their results yesterday were Jamie Coleman, 16, and twin sister Robyn. Jamie said: 'I am so happy with my results, and our family are really proud of both of us.'

The 16-year-old, from Lowestoft, secured a level eight in English literature and an A in drama, and she is set to continue her studies on English and drama courses at Lowestoft Sixth Form College.

Harry Franklin, 16, of Lowestoft said he was 'really, really happy' with his grade eight in maths and As in history and physics. He is continuing his studies with a childcare course at East Coast College's Lowestoft campus.

Equally elated, Ella Cunningham, 16, said that her hard work had paid off as she collected two level eights in English language and literature, an A* in drama, A in religious studies and an A* in media studies.

The teenager, who will continue her studies with a level three diploma course in musical theatre at City College, Norwich, said: 'I'm really thrilled with the results.'

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