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Saffron Walden County High School GCSEs: Three students secure 11 top grades




Three Saffron Walden County High School students achieved 11 grade 9s in their GCSEs.

Olivia Fairall, Toby Kerrison and Edward Pulfer will now take A-levels at the Audley End Road secondary.

Olivia said: “I was really nervous and had to double-check the numbers on the screen. I've been working towards these grades for such a long time. I just feel so happy and excited.”

Olivia Fairall, Edward Pulfer, Toby Kerrison, Innes Dunlop, Orla Mone, William Pulfer (50160592)
Olivia Fairall, Edward Pulfer, Toby Kerrison, Innes Dunlop, Orla Mone, William Pulfer (50160592)

Toby added: “It was amazing how much extra effort teachers put in during lockdown. It was as if we were still in school for the whole duration with quality lessons and high expectations. I was delighted when I opened my results.”

Edward summed up: “I'm really proud of what I've achieved and I'm thankful to the teachers who've supported us through a stressful year.”

A further six students achieved 10 grade 9s with one grade 8 and 30 teenagers gained at least five grade 9s. In total, 347 grade 9s were awarded, with 95 students gaining at least one of these highly-prized top grades.

Pulfer twins William, left, and Edward, who got 11 grade 9s
Pulfer twins William, left, and Edward, who got 11 grade 9s

Orla Mone and Meg Sansom were among a large group of students who made exceptional progress during their time at the school and achieved an impressive suite of results.

Innes Dunlop, an elite athlete who competes nationally, secured an excellent set of results alongside juggling her training programme and is embarking on a triathlon scholarship at Millfield, the public school in Somerset.

She said: “I feel really, really happy after a hard year. I just want to say how much I appreciate the work my teachers have put in. I have felt really supported.”

Executive head Caroline Derbyshire said: “Our young people can be exceptionally proud of the excellent results they've achieved. These results are truly reflective of the standard they reached in each of their subjects and we are just as proud of the way they approached their studies during this time of enormous disruption.

From left, Innes Dunlop – who is embarking on a triathlon scholarship at Millfield, the public school in Somerset – and Orla Mone
From left, Innes Dunlop – who is embarking on a triathlon scholarship at Millfield, the public school in Somerset – and Orla Mone

"Not only will they be armed with impressive qualifications, but they've also proved to the world that they can deal with almost anything that gets thrown at them.

“I think it is only right to pay tribute to the teachers who taught these young people so well and marked all of their assessments. Centre assessment this year was a Herculean task.”



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