GCSE results across the region

Students collecting their GCSE results at Ormiston Victory Academy in Costessey. From left: Ashley Dennett, Louis Locke, Alesha Taylor and Harrison Bird.
 Photo: Bill Smith Students collecting their GCSE results at Ormiston Victory Academy in Costessey. From left: Ashley Dennett, Louis Locke, Alesha Taylor and Harrison Bird. Photo: Bill Smith

Thursday, August 22, 2013
4:56 PM

GCSE results for schools across the region.

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• ACLE HIGH

Five A*-C grades, including English and Maths: 52.2pc (56pc in 2012)

Five A*-C grades, all subjects: 68pc (73pc in 2012)

“Despite some outstanding individual student performances, there is no disguising the fact that these are disappointing results” - Tim Philips headteacher

• ALDERMAN PEEL HIGH SCHOOL, WELLS

Five A*-C grades, including English and Maths: 52pc (45pc in 2012)

Five A*-C grades, all subjects: 62pc (72pc in 2012)

“This is a very pleasing set of results. There is now much greater expectations of students so this 7pc increase in students who achieved at least five A*s to Cs including English and maths is most welcome. It is down to the hard work of the students and staff and the great support from parents and carers.

“We expect great things of our students here and they have, again, performed extremely well. We have plans in place to improve results even further next year and further again the year after that and we are in a strong position to be able to do that.” Alastair Ogle, head teacher.

• ARCHBISHOP SANCROFT HIGH, HARLESTON

Unable to give out its overall results due to “a significant challenge to exam boards in some key subjects”.

Head Richard Cranmer added: “We are delighted with the performance of many of our students and there are some fantastic individual successes. Our maths and English results continue to be very strong, in line with target and well above national averages. As the only Church of England High School in Norfolk we are particularly proud with the achievement of students in RS – 94pc achieving an A or A*.”

• ATTLEBOROUGH HIGH

Five A*-C grades, including English and Maths: 52pc

Five A*-C grades, all subjects: 71pc

Headteacher Neil McShane said: “We are very proud of this year group who collectively have achieved the highest ever results at this school on the five A*-C (with English and maths) measure.

“There were also some outstanding individual successes with Annalise Gray and Emma Lascelles achieving 11 A or A* grades and top performer, Sophie Miller achieving 12 A* grades.

“Congratulations to all the students and staff for their hard work and commitment and many thanks to all our parents and community for their crucial support.”

• AYLSHAM HIGH

Five A*-C grades, including English and Maths: 72pc (79pc in 2012)

Five A*-C grades, all subjects: 95pc

Headteacher Duncan Spalding said: “We are thrilled with the performance of the class of 2013 as once again our students have posted a fantastic set of results. Our results on all key measures are significantly above national averages and clearly show that year on year our students make excellent progress. We wish the class of 2013 well and I know they would join me in thanking their wonderful teachers and support staff for all of the help and encouragement that they have given them over the years. I am indebted to my colleagues for their hard work and total dedication to our students and their efforts in ensuring that student attainment is consistently high.”

• BENJAMIN BRITTEN HIGH

Five A*-C grades, including English and Maths: 47pc (48pc in 2012)

Five A*-C grades, all subjects: 77pc (77pc in 2012)

Andrew Hine, headteacher, said: “We congratulate our students on their examination results this year. Against a background of the turbulent grade boundaries in core subjects, which have been reported in local and national media, our students have maintained a comparable level of achievement with that set last year.”

• BROADLAND HIGH, HOVETON

Five A*-C grades, including English and Maths: 59pc

Five A*-C grades, all subjects: 71pc

Carol Dallas, Head teacher said: “Congratulations to students of Broadland High School who have achieved 59pc A*-C including English and maths, an increase of 7pc on last year. Despite challenging grade boundaries and the increasing difficulty of the science curriculum we have achieved 75pc A-C in Maths, 66pc in English and 62pc in Double and Triple Science. We were delighted that 12 students achieved 8 or more of the top grades of A* and As and that 99pc of the year group achieved at least 5A*-G. We wish all students well in their future courses and careers.”

• BUNGAY HIGH

Five A*-C grades, including English and Maths: 59pc (52pc in 2012)

Five A*-C grades, all subjects: 73pc (80pc in 2012)

“In the light of the tougher marking conditions nationally, our students have performed really well.” SEAN O’NEILL, headteacher

• CAISTER HIGH

Five A*-C grades, including English and Maths: 42pc (46pc in 2012)

Five A*-C grades, all subjects: 61.5pc (61.49pc in 2012)

“We are disappointed in the fall of headline figures of A* to C grades including English and Maths. This is as a direct result of altered controlled assessment modes and adjustments to boundaries that seem unique to schools favouring the Welsh board in English this year, similar to those schools who used the AQA board last year.” - George Denby, headteacher.

• CITY ACADEMY

Five A*-C grades, including English and Maths: 22pc

Five A*-C grades, all subjects: 33pc

“Our GCSE results have been hit hard this year by a significant proportion of our students’ grades coming down on the wrong side of the C/D boundary in English, with a quarter gaining Ds. This is a real disappointment, especially because we have had good news in other areas including an increase in those achieving C and above in maths and our first ever students achieving the English Baccalaureate standard. Improving our English results is our top priority and we have already taken actions to bring us up to where we need to be.” - David Brunton, principal

• CITY OF NORWICH SCHOOL

Five A*-C grades, including English and Maths: 59pc

Five A*-C grades, all subjects: 74pc

Headteacher Jim Nixon: “We are very proud of our students and there have been some exceptional individual performances. We are very pleased that initial indications show our overall value added has increased, particularly with upper ability students where over 90 pupils have achieved at least 3A*s/As. Once again we believe our results are testimony to our approach of promoting rigorous GCSE examinations, particularly in the current national context of significant changes in the exam system. I would like to thank the students for all their hard work, the staff and governors for their dedication and the parents for their ongoing support.“

• CLIFF PARK HIGH

Five A*-C grades, including English and Maths: 38.3pc (57.4pc in 2012)

Five A*-C grades, all subjects: 73.6pc (73.1pc in 2012)

“We are extremely disappointed with a fall in the headline figure of A* to C grades, including English and Maths. Other schools using Welsh Board GCSE English have seen a similar decline.

“However, over 70% achieved 5 A* - C grades, comparing favourably with other schools with many students achieving highly encouraging results. Particular congratulations go to Charlotte Howard, Shona Hepworth and Matthew Wigmore who each achieved 14 grade A/A*s.

“It is pleasing to report that 66% of pupils achieved a grade C or above in Maths, above the national benchmark for the second consecutive year.” - Rob Sherington, headteacher

• CROMER ACADEMY

Five A*-C grades, including English and Maths: 62pc (58pc in 2012)

Five A*-C grades, all subjects: 75pc (64pc in 2012)

Headteacher Penny Bignell said: “We are really delighted with the upward trend that Cromer Academy has achieved. We are celebrating our best ever results. We have noticed the toughening up of marking in the three core subjects. It has affected us more this year. There have been some good success stories with children who receive free school meals. We have got to keep moving forward and keep improving each year. We are proud of everyone.”

• DEREHAM NEATHERD HIGH

Five A*-C grades, including English and Maths: 57pc (54pc in 2012)

Five A*-C grades, all subjects: 67pc (65pc in 2012)

“Our results improved slightly from last year’s. A low mark in English pulled down the overall figure, and we will be lodging an appeal. We have really great results and had lots of happy faces at the school. But the results mask all of the extremely good progress from all of the good students and don’t reflect the brilliant work the school has been doing.” Peter Devonish, headteacher.

• DEREHAM NORTHGATE HIGH

Five A*-C grades, including English and Maths: 59pc (47pc in 2012)

Five A*-C grades, all subjects: 70pc (73pc in 2012)

“This year’s results have been the school’s best results ever. There’s been some tremendous progress this year. We have a set of results that are extremely pleasing and gives credit to the work staff and students have done throughout the year. But we are not going to rest on our laurels – we will continue to push to make sure everyone gets the best they can.” Glyn Hambling, headteacher.

• DISS HIGH

Five A*-C grades, including English and Maths: not available (66pc in 2012)

Five A*-C grades, all subjects: 82pc (73pc in 2012)

“I am thrilled and delighted with the quality of these results. I congratulate both staff and pupils.” - Jan Hunt, headteacher.

• DOWNHAM MARKET ACADEMY

Five A*-C grades, including English and Maths: 55pc (57pc in 2012)

Five A*-C grades, all subjects: 68pc (69pc in 2012)

Principal Jon Ford said: “We are delighted to have consolidated the gains that the High School made last year. These results – so close to last year’s record high and within a national context of tougher exams – are a tribute to the hard work of both staff and students, we are therefore confident the Academy has a good foundation on which to build for the future.”

• EAST POINT ACADEMY, LOWESTOFT (Previous years as Kirkley High School)

Five A*-C grades, including English and Maths: 39pc (41pc in 2012)

Five A*-C grades, all subjects: 87pc (88pc in 2012))

“There have been some excellent individual results. Overall, our results are as we had predicted and are broadly in line with last year. Congratulations to all students whose hard work has paid off.” Principal Liz Redpath

• ELY COLLEGE

Five A*-C grades, including English and Maths: 54pc (52pc in 2012)

Five A*-C grades, all subjects: 70pc (70pc in 2012)

“We are delighted for these students, who all worked extremely hard for the results they have collected today.

“With universities and employers saying that they consider GCSE results as a key indicator of a candidate’s potential, these students have set themselves up for future success.

“It is their hard work, together with that of all our staff, that was recognised by Ofsted in the spring when they judged us to be a good school.” – Catherine Jenkinson-Dix, head teacher

• FAKENHAM HIGH SCHOOL

Five A*-C grades, including English and Maths: 58pc

Five A*-C grades, all subjects: 67pc

“We are absolutely delighted with these results which are the best in the history of the school by some margin. We have had a 15pc rise on last year’s results. In March of this year Ofsted graded our College as Good - these results show the High School is matching this standard. Well done to our hard-working and motivated students and real thanks to the staff at the school who have worked incredibly hard, with students and parents, for these results. I am so proud of all the people involved in these results and confident that we can do even better next year and beyond” – Matthew Parr-Burman, headteacher

• FLEGG HIGH SCHOOL, MARTHAM

Five A*-C grades, including English and Maths: 58pc (54pc in 2012)

Five A*-C grades, all subjects: 67pc (70pc in 2012)

“We are delighted that so many of our students have achieved excellent results, rewarding their hard work and commitment and recognising the support of their parents and all the staff and governors in the school. We are very pleased that our results are better than last year and that our key headline figure of 5A*-C (inc Eng and Maths) has increased by 7pc from 2012. This will provide a firm foundation for further necessary improvements in the coming years. We wish all our students every success as they head on to their next challenge.” - Dr Simon Fox, principal.

• FRAMINGHAM EARL HIGH

Five A*-C grades, including English and Maths: 64pc

Five A*-C grades, all subjects: 72pc

Headteacher Nicola Furneaux: “We are a little disappointed with these headline figures, having achieved consistently higher outcomes over a number of years. However, many students have achieved superb results, particularly at the top end, with almost a quarter of all grades at A or A*. Our E-Bacc achievement, at 38%, is particularly pleasing and shows the very large proportion of our students who are successful against this academically challenging target.

• GRESHAM’S, HOLT

Five A*-C grades, including English and Maths: 94pc (97.2pc in 2012)

Five A*-C grades, all subjects: 94.8pc (99.1pc in 2012)

The Headmaster of Gresham’s School, Philip John, stated that he was very pleased with this year’s GCSE results. An increase in the number of students attaining the top grades at A* to B to 76.8pc was particularly encouraging. Mr John went on to say that the results were a credit to all the pupils who had clearly worked very hard. Two pupils, Esme Haywood and Grace Pitkethly, achieved the very highest grades in all 12 subjects they sat and a large number of other students made enormous progress and achieved excellent results.

• HARTISMERE SCHOOL, EYE

Five A*-C grades, including English and Maths: 65pc (73pc in 2012)

Five A*-C grades, all subjects: 95pc (95pc in 2012)

Headmaster James McAtear said: “These results are a testimony to the hard work of all out staff, governors and students and to the support given to them by their parents.”

• HELLESDON HIGH

Five A*-C grades, including English and Maths: 64.4pc

Five A*-C grades, all subjects: 85pc

Head teacher: Mr Gerald Batty said: “Very pleased as we weren’t expecting to do as well this year. The school is performing consistently well and we have exceeded predictions this year thanks to the hard work of children, parents and staff.”

• HETHERSETT HIGH

Five A*-C grades, including English and Maths: 57pc

Five A*-C grades, all subjects: 69pc

John Catton, Consultant Head, said: “After the disappointment of last year, our figure of 57pc A*-C, including English and Maths, represents a 14% uplift. This is a most welcome step forward and I congratulate the students (and their parents) and staff who secured this improvement. That said, we aspire to significantly higher attainment in the future – which we will achieve!”

• HETHERSETT OLD HALL

Five A*-C grades, including English and Maths: unavailable

Five A*-C grades, all subjects: 100pc

Stephen Crump, headteacher, said: “The school is grateful to the hard work of the teachers and the dedication of its pupils that have allowed Year 11 to gain an excellent set of results. However, because of the frequent changes to the examinations system, the school is actively investigating IGCSE specifications to enable our dedicated pupils to realise their potential in examinations that enjoy continuity and a well-tried format.”

• HEWETT SCHOOL

Five A*-C grades, including English and Maths: 42pc

Five A*-C grades, all subjects: unavailable

Rob Anthony, Associated Principal, said: ““We’re pleased but also disappointed. Pass rates are the same in both English and Maths, but the amount of students passing both is down. We’re unsure if this has anything to with changes nationally.”

• HOBART HIGH, Loddon

Five A*-C grades, including English and Maths: 59pc (57pc in 2012)

Five A*-C grades, all subjects: 72pc (70pc in 2012)

“This represents a very good set of results for the school.” SAM GRIFFIN, headteacher

• ICENI ACADEMY

Five A*-C grades, including English and Maths: 47pc (48pc in 2012)

Five A*-C grades, all subjects: 67pc (71pc in 2012)

Denise Walker, principal, said: “We are very pleased in light of the drop in standards nationally this year. We cannot have expected any more effort and commitment from our students and staff during this challenging year.”

• KING EDWARD VII HIGH

Five A*-C grades, including English and Maths: 40pc

Five A*-C grades, all subjects: 61pc

“We’ve had some really exceptional individual performances which I am very pleased about.

“I am a little bit disappointed for the students having seen the drop in A* to C with English and Maths.

“We seem to have been affected by the stricter marking criteria.” Headteacher Mike Douglass.

• KING’S LYNN ACADEMY

Five A*-C grades, including English and Maths: 45pc (35pc in 2012)

Five A*-C grades, all subjects: 83pc (90pc in 2012)

“These results are testament to the hard work of the individual students and the staff who have supported them in their studies. We are delighted to return to best ever outcomes and the results we have received for our Year 10 students in matchs shows that we are on track to improve yet again next year.

“Our brand new academy, A £10million investment for local families, will be completed in September. Together with improving results and the recent conclusions from Ofsted that we are fast improving, these are exciting times to be part of the academy.” Craig Morrison, principal.

• KING’S SCHOOL, ELY

Five A*-C grades, including English and Maths: not available

Five A*-C grades, all subjects: 94pc

Principal of King’s Ely, Sue Freestone, said: “This day in August is one of the best of the year as we witness our students’ delight when they open those envelopes and discover what they have achieved. Many of our young people have done a fantastic job and achieved above expectation across the board. Congratulations to all involved: students, teachers and all-supportive parents.”

• LANGLEY SCHOOL, LODDON

Five A*-C grades, including English and Maths: 78pc (79pc in 2012)

Five A*-C grades, all subjects: 95pc (95pc in 2012)

“We are delighted with this year’s GCSE results as they have matched our best ever five A*-C of 95pc.” DOMINIC FINDLAY, headteacher

• LITCHAM SCHOOL

Five A*-C grades, including English and Maths: 56.3pc (55pc in 2012)

Five A*-C grades, all subjects: 68.8pc (62pc in 2012)

“Results are up on last year, so it is pleasing that the school is moving in the right direction. Some students have done incredibly well, and our star performer was Amelia Lambert who got nine A*s. I believe we have bucked the trend in maths and sciences, where results have improved this year. They have been given a big focus at the school, as they are important subjects. We were determined to improve results this year, and we have managed to do that through hard work of students and staff.” Jeremy Nicholls, headteacher.

• LONG STRATTON HIGH SCHOOL

Five A*-C grades, including English and Maths: 63pc

Five A*-C grades, all subjects: 84pc

John Wilson, headteacher, said: “I am extremely pleased with the results for this particular year group. This is the third consecutive year we’ve managed to get 84pc of our pupils to attain at least five top grades. This, together with our recent successful Ofsted report, should make everyone involved with the school feel pleased and proud.

“I’d like to offer my thanks to the students for their hard work, their parents for their support and my colleagues and governors who have worked extremely hard this year.”

• MARSHLAND HIGH SCHOOL, WEST WALTON

Five A*-C grades, including English and Maths: 55pc (49pc in 2012)

Five A*-C grades, all subjects: 58pc (59pc in 2012)

“We are thrilled that the number of students attaining the ‘gold standard’ of 5 or more A* - C including English and maths has improved so much again this year, as this is the standard that is so important in enabling students to get a job or a place on a further education course.

“My congratulations go to all the students who have worked so hard to get these excellent and well-deserved results, and my thanks go to all the staff and parents who have supported them so well too.”

Elizabeth Dormor, headteacher

• MILDENHALL COLLEGE ACADEMY

Five A*-C grades, including English and Maths: 45pc (34pc in 2012)

Five A*-C grades, all subjects: 86pc (94pc in 2012)

Ms Susan Byles, Principal at Mildenhall: “I am delighted to see an excellent improvement from last year of 11% at the headline figure of 5 A*-C grades including English and Maths. However, a statistic like this on its own fails to show the progress that has been made by our students. This year the percentage of students making expected or better levels of progress between Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 4 has risen by 25pc in English and 17pc in Maths. This represents a tremendous achievement by the students and they must be congratulated!”

• NEALE WADE ACADEMY

Five A*-C grades, including English and Maths: 58pc

Five A*-C grades, all subjects: 80pc

“We have achieved record-breaking results.

“This is an eight per cent increase on 2012 and, added to last year’s improvement, means we have had a 16 per cent increase over two years.

“I am particularly pleased with the maths results, which improved by 10 per cent and have given us an all-time high of 68 per cent, backed by solid English results at 65 per cent.” Headteacher Jason Wing.

• NEW ECCLES HALL SCHOOL

Declined to give its results.

• NICHOLAS HAMOND ACADEMY, SWAFFHAM

Five A*-C grades, including English and Maths: 46pc (41pc in 2012)

Five A*-C grades, all subjects: 68pc (64pc in 2012)

“A very delighted and determined Year group of our students produced the highest set of of GCSE results the community has experienced. Despite a turbulent secondary education, these exceptional young people rose to the challenge and showed great resilience in adapting to the many changes they faced during their senior school career. They can be extremely proud of themselves as indeed are the staff and governors. The 46pc A*-C in English and Maths we have achieved, along with the anticipated nationally-comparable 3 levels of progress in English and Maths, is indicative of the aspiration and dynamism which is the foundation of our journey to become outstanding.” Cheryl Hill, principal.

• NORTH WALSHAM HIGH SCHOOL

Five A*-C grades, including English and Maths: 42pc

Five A*-C grades, all subjects: 62pc

Caroline Brooker, headteacher, said: “Although our headline A*-C with maths and English figure is down on last year, this figure is skewed by the wideley acknowledged moving of the goalposts by the exam boards this year, and is mirrored by results at other schools. It is disappointing that statisticians are playing with children’s lives in this way.

“Aside from the English results we are pleased with the overall performance, with 62pc of the year 11 group achieved five A* to C grades. Although this figure is slightly down on last year, it is in the context of a year group which joined the school below national expectations, and the overall progress has been excellent.”

• NORWICH HIGH SCHOOL FOR GIRLS

Five A*-C grades, including English and Maths: 96.8pc

Five A*-C grades, all subjects: 96.8pc

Headmaster, Jason Morrow, praised students saying, “I congratulate the girls and staff on another very strong set of results. The proportion of A* grades is up 2pc to 39pc more than 10pc of our pupils achieved straight A*s and over 40pc of the girls secured straight A and A* grades. Once again, almost 90pc of all grades are at A* to B and such consistency of academic achievement is all the more pleasing given the uncertainty surrounding this year’s GCSE results.

The current level of political pressure and meddling with the examination system can be very difficult for staff, pupils and parents and it would be good to see a little more care and caution going forward. I think those involved in the rush to reform should be a little more aware of the risk of “unintended consequences”. I struggle to see how it is going to help raise standards or enable accountability when there are ever more variables in the system and concerns over comparability of outcomes between different types of exam and from year to year.”

• NORWICH SCHOOL

Five A*-C grades, including English and Maths: 100pc (100pc in 2012)

Five A*-C grades, all subjects: 100pc (100pc in 2012)

Head Master Steffan Griffiths said, “There will be lots of happy faces among teachers, pupils and their families as these results are published, and rightly so: such results, the reward for disciplined work over many months, again place Norwich School among the very best co-educational day schools in the country. All involved deserve congratulations and the pupils can now look forward with confidence to their 6th Form careers.

I am particularly pleased with the results for this cohort because, in addition to their excellent academic performance, they have been conspicuously active outside the classroom: for example, the sports teams have been successful throughout the year and this has helped several pupils to go on to regional or international sporting recognition. The fact that these pupils have also been among our most successful GCSE candidates strengthens us in our philosophy of ‘both...and’ rather than ‘either…or’.”

• NOTRE DAME

Five A*-C grades, including English and Maths: 62pc

Five A*-C grades, all subjects: 74pc

Brian Conway, headteacher, said: “I am extremely proud of our students who have worked hard to achieve their GCSE results and wish them the very best for the future. Despite the turbulence in the current exam system, which has affected our results once again, we have had some excellent individual results and we are generally positive about the achievements of our students. I would like to thank the staff for their hard work and governors and parents for their support.

• OPEN ACADEMY

Five A*-C grades, including English and Maths: 35pc

Five A*-C grades, all subjects: 76pc

Jon Platten, Principal, said: “Despite the much publicised raising of the grade boundary in English, students here have made great progress. As well as those with strings of A and A* grades, there are many individual success stories. Well done to students who worked so hard and to the teachers and other adults who supported them.”

• ORMISTON DENES ACADEMY

Five A*-C grades, including English and Maths: Unavailable (29pc in 2012)

Five A*-C grades, all subjects: Unavailable (73pc in 2012)

Peter Marshall, principal, said: “There are some excellent individual results from students who have performed far better than was predicted and their prior attainment would suggest. All staff have worked exceedingly hard with students to support their achievements, and we are really grateful for the support of parents too.”

• ORMISTON VENTURE ACADEMY, GORLESTON

Five A*-C grades, including English and Maths: 60pc (59pc in 2012)

Five A*-C grades, all subjects: 96pc (98pc in 2012)

“This is a fantastic set of results for our students and I would like to congratulate each and every one of them on their achievements. It is great to see that at Venture we have a culture of success matched to the student’s high aspirations. The students and staff deserve to celebrate these outstanding results.” - Simon Gilbert-Barnham, principal.

• ORMISTON VICTORY ACADEMY, COSTESSEY

Five A*-C grades, including English and Maths: 75pc (68pc in 2012)

Five A*-C grades, all subjects: 99.5pc (97pc in 2012)

Rachel de Souza, Executive Principal said: “We have transformed education at Victory Academy. I’m particularly pleased with our 41% 3 A*-As this year.

“I’m delighted our students are playing a big role in turning Norfolk into the education county.”

• REEPHAM HIGH SCHOOL

Five A*-C grades, including English and Maths: 56pc (60pc in 2012)

Five A*-C grades, all subjects: 76pc (75pc in 2012)

“The headline figures above do not fully reflect the achievements of Reepham students. For instance, in terms of the EBAC, (which measures pupil achievement in English, Maths, Science, Humanities and Foreign Languages), our success rate was more than twice as high as the national average. In addition, 27pc of all GCSE grades were at A* or A. In terms of progress measures which, unlike the 5A*-C figures, measure the achievements of all pupils, our students did well. We congratulate all of our Year 11 of 2013 and wish them well for the future.” Mark Farrar, principal.

• SACRED HEART CONVENT SCHOOL, SWAFFHAM

Five A*-C grades, including English and Maths: 65pc (50pc in 2012)

Five A*-C grades, all subjects: 90.8pc (50pc in 2012)

“We are extremely pleased with the results. Last year was a really big dip – it was the first cohort of boys. This year is the second cohort of boys to reach their GCSEs, and this year was a much larger class, so the percentage works out much better. Lots of the students have got really good results and there are a lot of A*s. We have one girl, Hannah Hodges, with 11 A*s and many of her marks were 100pc.” Sister Francis Ridler, headteacher.

• SHERINGHAM HIGH SCHOOL

Five A*-C grades, including English and Maths: 72pc (76pc in 2012)

Five A*-C grades, all subjects: 79pc (86pc in 2012)

“Another very pleasing set of results against the national picture of core GCSE subjects becoming harder. All of the core subjects did very well with a significant increase in the percent of students achieving A* and A grades. In English (35pc), maths (31pc) and science (27pc) of students achieved these top grades. This is a tremendous achievement. I am delighted for our wonderful students. I am very proud of them and of our excellent staff”. Tim Roderick, headteacher.

• SIR JOHN LEMAN HIGH, BECCLES

Five A*-C grades, including English and Maths: 57pc (50pc in 2012)

Five A*-C grades, all subjects: 88pc (80pc in 2012)

“This is a real boost for the school and our results are a great testament to the hard work of students, staff and parents.” JEREMY ROWE, headteacher

• SMITHDON HIGH

Five A*-C grades, including English and Maths: 59pc

Five A*-C grades, all subjects: unavailable

“Once more the students and staff have produced a very good set of GCSE results. With 59% of our students gaining five or more GCSE’s at grade C and above, including English and Mathematics, we are pleased to have established very high levels of success for the second year running. To have achieved this figure, despite warnings from examination boards, etc that marking and grade boundaries have become tougher in various subjects, is fantastic news.” Headteacher Jonathan Goodchild.

• SOHAM VILLAGE COLLEGE

Five A*-C grades, including English and Maths: 68pc (61pc in 2012)

Five A*-C grades, all subjects: not available (73pc in 2012)

“We are absolutely delighted with this year’s results. Our students and staff have worked very hard to achieve such high standards in all curriculum areas and for students of all abilities. I should like to thank everyone whose support for our young people has paid such dividends.” – Dr Carin Taylor, principal

• SPRINGWOOD HIGH, KING’S LYNN

Five A*-C grades, including English and Maths: 69pc (65pc in 2012)

Five A*-C grades, all subjects: 85pc

Headteacher, Andy Johnson said “It is the schools best results ever and an improvement again on last year. I’m very pleased for the students and staff who have worked very hard.

“These children will now have good life chances for the future. It’s down to a lot of hard work.

“This is a fantastic achievement for our students. Well done to students and staff.”

• SPROWSTON HIGH

Five A*-C grades, including English and Maths: 50pc

Five A*-C grades, all subjects: 62pc

Andrew John, headteacher, said: “We are very pleased with our excellent results in Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSEs. English and Maths have done well in light of the national changes, and we are particularly pleased with our Performing Arts subjects, Philosophy & Ethics, and Languages, which continue to be a strength of our school. We have some outstanding individual student successes with all A*/A grades.

“We continue to enter students for traditional GCSE subjects which serve them well for their future career plans, producing greater benefits in the long run.

“We wish to congratulate all our students, and thank their families and our teaching and support colleagues, who couldn’t have worked harder.”

• STALHAM HIGH SCHOOL

Five A*-C grades, including English and Maths: 46pc

Five A*-C grades, all subjects: 66pc

Melinda Derry, headteacher, said: “Whilst not quite matching our best ever results last year our students achieved a solid performance, which was a credit to their hard work and that of their teachers. English results dipped for the first time this year and we are finding it increasingly difficult, with changes to the GCSE grading systems in English and in science to predict accurately what our students will achieve.”

• ST CLEMENT’S HIGH SCHOOL, TERRINGTON

Five A*-C grades, including English and Maths: 46pc (40pc in 2012)

Five A*-C grades, all subjects: 59pc (not available in 2012)

“The school is obviously above floor level which is very clearly important, and clearly progress is being made. The school has turned a corner and the results are much more positive then they were last year.” John Robson, acting head teacher

• ST FELIX SCHOOL, SOUTHWOLD

Five A*-C grades, including English and Maths: 90pc (89pc in 2012)

Five A*-C grades, all subjects: 91pc (91pc in 2012)

Miss Fran D’Alcorn, headteacher, said: “We are pleased with this year’s results which are in line with the success of last year. These results are a tribute to the pupils’ hard work and the dedication of the staff at the school. They confirm the high academic standards our students achieve at Saint Felix at both GCSE and A Level.”

• STRADBROKE HIGH SCHOOL

Five A*-C grades, including English and Maths: 60pc

Five A*-C grades, all subjects: unavailable

Andrew Bloom, headteacher, said: “These are the best ever results for the school. I would like to congratulate the pupils, the vast majority of whom met or exceeded national expectations, and thank our parents/carers for their excellent support.

“Last year we were the only school in Suffolk to have had 100pc of our high prior attainers gain 5+ A*-C (including English and maths) for two consecutive years. This year we have continued this record by making it three consecutive years.”

• TAVERHAM HIGH

Five A*-C grades, including English and Maths: 60pc

Five A*-C grades, all subjects: 70pc

• THETFORD ACADEMY

Five A*-C grades, including English and Maths: 40pc (38pc in (2012)

Five A*-C grades, all subjects: 68pc (55pc in 2012)

Mrs Cathy Spillane, Principal of The Thetford Academy, said: “Our five A*-C figure with English and Maths has risen to the Academy’s best ever performance of 40% and we have made significant gains in the 5 A*-C category achieving a best ever result for Thetford; up from 55pc last year to 68pc this year.

“We are particularly pleased with the results from subjects with 100pc A*-C pass rate; Drama, Child Care, Health and Social Care and Music. In Drama 42pc of students achieved an A*-A. We are also pleased with the ICT results where 82pc of 257 students gained an A*-C grade. We look forward to making further improvements next year when we come together on one site in our new £19 million building.”

• THETFORD GRAMMAR SCHOOL

Five A*-C grades, including English and Maths: 91pc (93pc in 2012)

Five A*-C grades, all subjects: 96pc (93pc in 2012)

“Overall I am pleased with all that the students have achieved this summer. The results show an improvement from last year with 45pc of grades at A*/A and 96pc A*/C and this is despite changes to grade boundaries resulting in tougher marking. This has not been an easy year for them with all the spotlight on the exam system and therefore it is to their credit that such success has been achieved.” Gareth Price, headmaster.

• THOMAS CLARKSON ACADEMY, WISBECH

Five A*-C grades, including English and Maths: 38pc (39pc in 2012)

Five A*-C grades, all subjects: 60pc (55pc in 2012)

“We have had some great individual successes and the students really deserve it.

“The entire team of teaching staff at Thomas Clarkson are very proud of the students for achieving these results. As principal, I recognise just how hard some of the staff have worked to secure the improvements.

“The students are beginning to understand and aspire to greater achievements. There is a keenness amongst existing staff for the forthcoming term. We will also be welcoming a number of new staff, many with a wealth of experience, to begin to build on the achievements of this year.”

Clare Claxton, principal

• THORPE ST ANDREW SCHOOL

Five A*-C grades, including English and Maths: 72.1pc

Five A*-C grades, all subjects: 91.6pc

“We are looking forward to accepting back some very happy students into our Sixth Form. Their individual performances do them great credit, in a year when changes to grade boundaries could, but for our school didn’t, have impacted on their progression. They deserve to move forward with their chosen path as a reward for their hard work and for the teaching from my colleagues, as shown by these results.” Ian Clayton, Principal

• WAYLAND ACADEMY

Five A*-C grades, including English and Maths: 43pc

Five A*-C grades, all subjects: 71pc

“Whilst this year’s figure for the Gold Standard 5 A*-Cs including English and Maths has not matched our best ever results from last year, the hard work put in by our students and staff has seen many significant individual achievements and successes. I am particularly pleased by the breadth of success achieved by our students, across GCSEs, BTECs and work-based qualifications. Not only in terms of results, but also where the Academy is now as a whole, we have in place an excellent foundation for further improvement in the future.” – Michael Rose, headteacher

• WISBECH GRAMMAR SCHOOL

Percentage of students getting at least five A*-C in any subject: 97pc

Headmaster Nicholas Hammond said: “This is an excellent performance by Wisbech Grammar School pupils, who have been ably assisted by their teachers.

“As well as performing with distinction in the exam hall, this group of young people has also achieved much in other areas of school life. We look forward to them continuing their education with similar success in the future.” Headmaster Nicholas Hammond.

• WYMONDHAM COLLEGE

Five A*-C grades, including English and Maths: 84.5pc (83.2pc in 2012)

Five A*-C grades, all subjects: 96.4pc (96.3pc in 2012)

Principal Melvyn Roffe commented, “We are once again delighted by the performance of students in GCSE examinations. There have been some stunning successes this year with students achieving well above expectations. As ever, this success is the result of hard work and dedication on the part of both students and their teachers.”

• WYMONDHAM HIGH

Five A*-C grades, including English and Maths: 71pc

Five A*-C grades, all subjects: 77pc

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