Year 11 pupils across Saffron Walden and surrounding areas are celebrating GCSE results day.

Keep checking back throughout the day for updates as more results come in.

Stephen Perse Foundation

Stephen Perse Foundation students are celebrating "impressive" results, with 71 per cent of grades at 7, 8 or 9.

Principal Richard Girvan said: "We are so proud of all our students who have achieved an impressive set of results.

"The students have grown into curious, intelligent individuals, with the confidence to make a positive difference to the world around them.

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"We are delighted many students will be staying with us for the final years of their education at the Stephen Perse Sixth Form where I am sure they will continue to strive for academic excellence."

Year 11 student George, who took 12 GCSEs and is going on to study A-levels at Stephen Perse, said: "I have enjoyed studying a wide range of subjects at Stephen Perse, from Latin to Additional Maths.

"The enrichment clubs allowed me to explore my chosen subjects further and develop an interest in classical philosophy.

"I am looking forward to studying A-levels in further maths, maths, physics and chemistry at Stephen Perse Sixth Form.

"I am currently enjoying the summer reading list for physics and working towards my gold Duke of Edinburgh Award."

Year 11 pupil Rohan added: "The teachers have helped me work out my strengths through the variety of academic subjects and inspired new hobbies from the enrichment activities.

"I have enjoyed sailing, the gold Duke of Edinburgh Award and the Cambridge Model United Nations, which our school hosts annually."

In addition to the core subjects, the Stephen Perse Foundation offers GCSEs in design, classical Greek, computer science and Mandarin Chinese.

Saffron Walden County High School

Staff and pupils at Saffron Walden County High School are celebrating their results, with 24 achieving five or more grade 9s.

Ella Chen, who achieved an incredible 12 grade 9s and is going on to the school's sixth form, said: "I'm so happy. None of us would have been able to achieve this without the school's support."

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Noah Poulter, who gained nine 9s, said he was "really grateful for all the excellent teaching", while Samuel Allan - who achieved eight 9s along with grade 7 piano - said "all the hard work paid off".

Olivia Sanders, who achieved 10 8s and 9s, added that she was "over the moon".

Saffron Walden Reporter: Ella Chen, who received an incredible 12 grade 9s.Ella Chen, who received an incredible 12 grade 9s. (Image: SWCHS)

Several high-peforming students also had sporting success. Mae Bissett (eight 9s), Imogen Fisher (seven 9s) and Carrie Law (all grade 8s and 9s), are part of the school hockey team who were regional finalists this year.

Zac Brunner, who was awarded nine grades above 7, including five 9s, spent two terms in Italy during the past two years as part of the British Ski Academy.

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He will now study his A-levels at SWCHS while taking part in international skiing.

Other notable performances included Patrick Bergin (10 grade 9s), Ali Tobitt and Clara Fenwick (nine grade 9s each), Elizabeth Drury and Jed Bailey (eight grade 9s each), Eoin Bailey (seven grade 9s), and Arthur Poublan and Awab Kazus (all grade 7-9).

A number of students achieved starred Distinctions: Tessa Morel in digital information technology and Matilda Robinson-Miller and Kayleigh Weyman in health and social care.

Saffron Walden Reporter: Ella Chen with hockey girls Mae, Imogen and CarrieElla Chen with hockey girls Mae, Imogen and Carrie (Image: SWCHS)

Headteacher Polly Lankester said: "We are incredibly proud of our students.

"We hope they enjoy celebrating these excellent results with family and friends.

"Their success today is a reflection of their hard work and determination and also the high-quality teaching and support provided by the staff team at SWCHS.

"I am delighted that so many of them have achieved the results they need to access their preferred options for next year and also that so many of them are choosing to progress into our sixth form.

"I wish all of the class of 2023 the very best for their future."

Joyce Frankland Academy

Pupils at Joyce Frankland Academy in Newport are celebrating an "excellent" set of GCSE results.

Among many superb individual performances, there were notable achievements by Eva Knight (eight 9s, one 8 and one 7), Isla Hodges and Polly Chumbley (both with six 9s and four eights), Ella Daniels (four 9s, fives 8s and one 7), and Freddie Garner-Smith (one 9, four eights and five 7s).

Saffron Walden Reporter: Freddie Garner-Smith, Isabella Budden, Isla Hodges, Ella Daniels, Polly Chumbley and Annie Bullman with their GCSE resultsFreddie Garner-Smith, Isabella Budden, Isla Hodges, Ella Daniels, Polly Chumbley and Annie Bullman with their GCSE results (Image: Joyce Frankland Academy)

Principal Duncan Roberts said: "These results are a celebration of our pupils' hard work; the dedication, resilience and maturity demonstrated by our year 11s has been remarkable, and the whole Academy community are incredibly proud of them.

"These children have not had a 'normal' experience of school over the last five years, but their approach to study has always been incredibly mature – they have made it as 'normal' as possible. We thank them for their efforts.

"I would also like to thank our staff for their unwavering commitment in supporting our pupils throughout that time.

"I look forward to welcoming the many students who will be continuing their education with us in our Sixth Form.

"For those students who are furthering their education and careers with other providers, I wish them all the very best with their future and hope that they continue to flourish as they have done here."

Linton Village College

Mrs Marsh, principal of Linton Village College, praised the achievements of GCSE students.

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She said: "It is great to celebrate the class of 2023 today to recognise their successes.

"I am particularly impressed by those that have made amazing progress in their learning, despite disruption to their secondary education.

Saffron Walden Reporter: Felix Hughes and Aline Coxon celebrate their resultsFelix Hughes and Aline Coxon celebrate their results (Image: LVC)

"Many of our students have also shown great maturity and fortitude through personal challenges or through making significant contributions to the College community during their time at LVC."

The college's highest-performing student was Alice Hopewell-Plant who achieved grade 9s (the equivalent of an A*) in nine of her GCSEs, a grade 7 plus an A in her Level 3 free-standing mathematics qualification.

A talented musician and scientist, Alice is heading to Hills Road Sixth Form College to study maths, further maths, chemistry and physics.

Other high-achievers include head student Ben Foote, plus Rupert Tideswell, Alessia Matarazzo, Isla Linsdell, Felix Hughes and Ceri Kendrick-Jones, who all achieved grade 8s and 9s, with Ben and Alessia showing 'exceptional progress'.

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Mrs Marsh added: "I’m proud of the Linton Learner qualities of responsibility, independence, care and curiosity that have led to such great achievements from our young people today.

"I wish all students of our students the very best of wishes for the next stage of their learning journey and their lives."

Forest Hall School

Pupils at Forest Hall School in Stansted have been praised by school leaders for "achieving the exceptional" with their GCSE results.

Kayleigh Trainor, assistant headteacher, said: "Yet again, we are delighted with the results for the students.

"They are a reflection of the efforts of our students and their dedication to being exceptional.

"Notably, there have been some exceptional achievements with students excelling in many areas of the curriculum.

"More than 60 per cent of students secured a good pass in both English and maths; with many students achieving their own personal success across the curriculum.

"We know Forest Hall School has provided the students with the backbone for post-16 education.

"Each and every one of them is moving on to their next steps empowered to achieve the exceptional and ready to embrace the wonderful opportunities that are coming their way."

Headteacher Dustin Schuyler added: "I would like to congratulate the students and staff for their hard work and success in achieving such great results.

"The school is proud of each and every student and we wish all of you the very best of luck as you move forward, whether that be attending a sixth form, college or taking up an apprenticeship.

"A massive well done to all of you!"