Students are celebrating today after receiving a record-breaking set of GCSE results, which saw a 100% pass rate from the cohort of 42 pupils.

A new record for the school was set with 26.7% of pupils achieving level 9, which is higher than an A* – an increase from 24.6% last year.

Another high performing subject was the three sciences – Biology, Chemistry and Physics – in which 52% achieved level 9, compared to 50% in 2018.

The new 9-1 grading system has been implemented across all subjects for the first time this year.

Oona Carlin, who is stepping down in January 2020 after six years as Head of School, said: “I am delighted with these excellent GCSE results, especially as they are the new, more challenging reformed GCSEs.

“Across all subjects taken at GCSE, pupils achieved at least one grade higher than their baseline prediction. This can be attributed to the dedication and hard work from the Year 11 pupils and the academic and pastoral support from the teaching staff who push the students to reach their potential.

“Congratulations to all of our students. We look forward to many of them continuing their educational journey with us at Sixth Form from September.”

In total, 98.4% of students achieved a grade 4 or above in English and maths – an increase from 98.1% in 2018.

The school’s results in Ancient and Modern Foreign Languages were also exceptional with 100% of students achieving 9-7 grades in Chinese (Mandarin), Latin and Greek.

There were many standout performances from individual pupils.

Cara Bland, 17, scored grade 9 in all nine of her GCSE subjects and will be studying Chemistry, Biology, Geography and Spanish at A Level at the co-educational Sixth Form.

She said: “I literally can’t believe my results at all. I have had the roughest time so didn’t expect to achieve straight 9s.

“I was in hospital for a year with mental health issues, so I went down a year and came to Ipswich High School for a fresh start and to take my GCSEs.

“My aim is to study medicine but that might be too stressful for me. I really want to do something to help people, so maybe nursing.

“Getting these results has given me the hope that maybe I could aim higher and become a doctor.”

Jennifer Glancey, 16, achieved eight level 9s, one 8 and a 7 and has chosen to study Maths, Spanish and Mandarin, at Sixth Form next year.

She said: “I’m really pleased with my results although I’m planning on getting two of my exam papers remarked – English Language and English Literature.

“I wasn’t expecting my results but all my hard work has paid off.”

Meanwhile, Madeleine Rogers, who received GCSE results of eight level 9s and one 7 and an A grade FSMQ which is a level three maths qualification.

Speaking about her departure, Ms Carlin said: “Since starting at Ipswich High School in 2013, I have been incredibly proud of the countless achievements of pupils and staff.

“Our school is a unique and special community and in my 25 years of teaching, I have never worked anywhere where the pupils are so inspiring and happy.

“I know that the school will be in the safe hands of the highly experienced Senior Leadership Team during any transition and that there will be a great deal of interest in the headship as the directors look to appoint my replacement.

“The school is thriving and is at such an exciting point in its history.”

Ms Carlin, who has overseen the transition of IHS from a girls’ school to being coeducational and the creation of the school’s first boarding house which opens in September, will be taking up a new post as Principal of a School Group in the Middle East.