As the whole country entered lockdown in March, soon followed the news that Year 11 students everywhere wouldn’t be spending their final months of school together and wouldn’t be sitting the GCSE exams they had worked so hard for.

The situation that Year 11 students found themselves in at such an important stage in their education was unprecedented.

Thankfully, the outstanding dedication and work ethic of the talented students at The English Martyrs Catholic School and Sixth Form College meant most of the hard work was already done.

Keanan Suggett is still on cloud nine as he opened his envelope to reveal nine grade 9’s and one grade 8 making him the highest achieving boy at EMS and clutching an outstanding set of results which will not be bettered by many across the country.

Top-performing female students, Julia Karpinska and Sophie Downes were delighted to open their results and see they had achieved seven grade 9’s and three grade 8’s each. Two incredible sets of results.

Other top performers include Lucy Greenwood who scooped six grade 9’s, one grade D2, two grade 8’s and one grade 7 with Hetty PorrittEllis McEneaneyLeon Willis, and Ben Bartlett also obtaining results made up with a majority of the top grades.

There were many more fabulous results and it has been a great day with lots of joy and smiling faces.  The class of 2020 have done themselves very proud.

Headteacher, Stephen Hammond said: “I could not be more proud of the way our Year 11 students have conducted themselves and coped in the last few months of their school lives.”

“Despite everything, to see our students continuing to achieve highly is a real credit to them”

“I wish them all the luck in the world as they move onto the next steps of their education and hopefully I’ll see many of them in September at EMS6.”

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