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GCSE results 2017: How have schools in Norfolk and Waveney fared?

Students at Alderman and Peel High School in Wells collecting their GCSE results. Pictured with her family is Lucy Grove. Picture: Ian Burt

Students at Alderman and Peel High School in Wells collecting their GCSE results. Pictured with her family is Lucy Grove. Picture: Ian Burt

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Schools in Norfolk and Waveney celebrated boosted GCSE results, despite a major shake-up to grades which saw the national pass rate dip.

In Norfolk, 62pc of students achieved a grade four or above in maths and English, while 63pc did so in Suffolk. A national average has not been released.

It came as grades in English and maths switched from A* to G to a numbered scale from one to nine.

Nine is the highest and one is the lowest, while a four equates roughly to a C, classed as a good pass, and a five is a B/C, a strong pass.

Though difficult to compare like for like, Norfolk scored 61pc in last year’s measure.

MORE: Full list of results in Norfolk and Waveney

There were a handful of particularly stand-out successes around the region, including Ormiston Denes Academy in Lowestoft, which last year had the lowest A* to C percentage in Norfolk and Waveney, but this year jumped 21 percentage points up to 53pc.

Students at Alderman Peel High School in Wells collecting their GCSE results. Picture: Ian Burt Students at Alderman Peel High School in Wells collecting their GCSE results. Picture: Ian Burt

Hewett Academy also jumped 20 percentage points from 34pc in last year’s measure to 54pc, while Stradbroke High School managed the same remarkable improvement from 59pc to 79pc.

Head of Stradbroke John Axtell said he was “absolutely thrilled” with the results.

Particular areas saw a marked improvement in results across the board, such as Waveney and Norwich.

Many schools in and around the city built on last year’s results by six or eight percentage points, including City of Norwich School and Ormiston Victory Academy in Costessey.

Students at Alderman and Peel High School in Wells collecting their GCSE results. Pictured with her family is Lucy Grove. Picture: Ian Burt Students at Alderman and Peel High School in Wells collecting their GCSE results. Pictured with her family is Lucy Grove. Picture: Ian Burt

Carol Dallas, head of Taverham High School and chairman of Norfolk Secondary Leaders of Education, praised schools in what had been a “difficult” year.

MORE: GCSE results map of Norfolk and Waveney schools

Students at Alderman and Peel High School in Wells collecting their GCSE results. Picture: Ian Burt Students at Alderman and Peel High School in Wells collecting their GCSE results. Picture: Ian Burt

“Teachers have been grappling with fewer resources and students are really motivated and want to do well,” she said. “The concern is where it is going in the future.”

Three schools in the city are likely to face questions over poor results, including City Academy Norwich, which fell from 38pc last year to 34pc this year.

Sewell Park Academy also dropped to 41pc, while Open Academy fell from 53pc to 37pc.

But the worst result in Norfolk and Waveney came from Great Yarmouth High School, which saw less than one third - 30pc - of its pupils achieve grade fours and above.

Students at Alderman and Peel High School in Wells collecting their GCSE results. Pictured is Oliver Southwell. Picture: Ian Burt Students at Alderman and Peel High School in Wells collecting their GCSE results. Pictured is Oliver Southwell. Picture: Ian Burt

The school was renamed the Great Yarmouth Charter Academy in August, and will open as an academy with the Inspiration Trust in September. Headteacher Louise Jackson said she was determined to make “rapid changes”.

Don’t miss our 20-page supplement in today’s paper with pictures, results and analysis.

• Don’t miss a pull out in the newspaper tomorrow with more anaylsis, pictures and results.

Students at Alderman and Peel High School in Wells collecting their GCSE results. Pictured are (from left) Jenna Hooker, Hope Guymer, Charlotte Richardson and Lucy Grove. Picture: Ian Burt Students at Alderman and Peel High School in Wells collecting their GCSE results. Pictured are (from left) Jenna Hooker, Hope Guymer, Charlotte Richardson and Lucy Grove. Picture: Ian Burt

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