Today students up and down the country are picking up their GCSE results.
Pupils have been nervously opening their envelopes to find out if they were as successful as they had hoped to be. Pass rates fell in England this year admit the introduction of a new grading system but pupils in the Just Regional area have been celebrating.
North Walsham High School’s high-profile drive to improve standards has scored an early success with this year’s GCSE results, with the school achieving a 60 per cent level four pass rate in both English and maths – a continuation of the upward trend which last year saw the former measure of five GCSE passes at A*-C including English and maths jump from 43 per cent to 58 per cent.
Head Neil Powell, who has been forthright about his plans to drive up standards at the school, said the good results were vindication of the hard work which students and staff at the school had put in during the past 12 months.
“It has been no secret that his has been a year of transition at NWHS. However, our focus has always been on raising standards, and this year’s GCSE results are a good step in the right direction, and evidence that our approach has been effective. I am confident that we are now in a good position to build on this success, and deliver even better results next year.”
NWHS GCSE students celebrating their success on results day
At Aylsham High School there were tears of joy as students opened their results.
Pass rates were up this year in the core subjects. Year 11 pupils Luca Wedge-Clarke and Juliette Kelly were among those who received three 9s in their results. The new grade replaces the old A* in the core subjects of English and maths. With regard to his success Luca said: “The 9s were a big surprise that I had not seen coming but I’m relieved the hard work paid off.”
He was not the only one to enjoy great success, Luca’s classmates James Schute and Joshua Tovell also passed with flying colours. All of the boys will be off to college in September. James described results day as “nerve wracking and a lottery” but for he and his classmates they drew a winning lottery ticket.
Under the new system coursework has been scrapped in favour of exams. This was a big change for students to get used to, Joshua said: “The change from coursework to no coursework was a big shock and took time to adapt to. But it worked out in the end for us.”
At the school 75% of students achieved Grade 4+ in English and maths.
Executive headteacher Duncan Spalding said: “We are incredibly proud of our students’ achievements this year and during their whole time at Aylsham High School. They have done extremely well in their GCSEs and we are extremely proud of them. Our headline figure of 75% achieving 4+ in English and maths is excellent and reflects the hard work of our students, and our English and maths teams. However, this paints only a fraction of the picture of the rich and varied curriculum we offer to our young people. Our students have also done extremely well across a wide range of subjects and I thank our committed teams of subject teachers who continue to strive for excellence for all students. We wish the class of 2017 well in the next stage of their life adventure wherever that may be. I know that they leave us as confident, caring, capable, and well-rounded young people.”
He praised his students for their hard work and doing the school proud. He took the time to give a special mention to subjects such as history, geography and languages where they saw improvements in their marks over the previous year.
Sheringham Sixth Form students once again produced some stunning results as all got the grades to go to their chosen universities and colleges.
Seventy percent of students achieved A*-C grades and 100% achieved A*-E.
In a climate of exam volatility and change, students sustained the college’s high achievements of the last 21 years. With 100% pass-rate, seven Norfolk Scholars and over a third of results at grade B or better, Year 13 students’ hard work and commitment paid off. “The results also reflect the dedicated professionalism of our staff and the continued support of our parents. Particular congratulations should go to Meghan Jarvis and Ally Smith who both achieved A* and two A grades,” said director of sixth Ramin Keshavarz.
One especially great story was that of Naomi Platt who is seen here celebrating with her father as she receives her B,B,C grades at A Level and is off to her chosen University to read History. But when Naomi started at Sheringham High in Year 7 she had been diagnosed with dyslexia and dyscalculia which were having a profound effect on her progress and wellbeing.
Headteacher Dr Andrew Richardson said, “We wish Naomi every success. She has said it all; it’s a team effort and what a team we’ve got here at Sheringham!”
At GCSE 75% of Sheringham students achieved their 4+ grade in both English and maths, placing SHS in the top five in the county again.
“We are very proud of our students’ results in a year of syllabus and grading change. Nearly a quarter achieved 4 or more A and A* grades which is outstanding. Sheringham students are resilient and committed to their learning, and are supported by outstanding teaching, care and career advice. Staff, students and parents just get on with the graft and pleasure of learning no matter what the means of assessment; the focus being the individual Sheringham learner and preparation for sixth form, college or apprenticeships,” said Dr Richardson.
Broadland High School had 68% of GCSE students achieving a level four or above in English and maths.
Head Aron Whiles said: “We are very proud of our Year 11 cohort this year and their achievements in this summer’s GCSE examinations. Our 2017 GCSE results once again show that Broadland High School continues to provide an excellent all round education for its students and the local community it serves. Everyone associated with the school would like to congratulate our out-going Year 11 students on their GCSE results and wish them every success in their future endeavours.”
At Hellesdon High 64% achieved a ‘good’ pass in English and maths (9-4) and 39% achieved a ‘strong’ pass (9-5).
Cromer Academy principal Dr Geoff Baker said of this year’s results: “These are phenomenal grades and show how our school community has really pulled together and focused on achieving some excellent outcomes for our Year 11 class of 2017. This is the third year in a row that we have achieved the highest grades in the school’s history, with year on year improvements in our headline figures. I am incredibly proud of our students and our dedicated staff who have supported them.”