North Norfolk teenagers celebrate after gaining top GCSEs
14:06 21 August 2014
Archant Norfolk 2014
Students around north Norfolk are celebrating after achieving top GCSE results today.
At Sheringham High School it was an important year as outgoing headteacher Tim Roderick is retiring this summer, to be replaced by deputy headteacher Dr Andrew Richardson.
At the high school 75pc of students achieved five or more A*-C grades including English and maths and 87pc achieved five or more A*-C grades in all subjects, compared to 72pc and 79pc last year.
Mr Roderick said: “It is a wonderful set of results to leave the school on. I’m absolutely delighted. Our English and maths are outstanding and A* and A grades are significantly up.
“The students deserve every accolade. They worked very hard and are a smashing group. This cements our position as one of the top performing schools in the county.”
Top performers included 16-year-old sporty Sheringham, twins Alex and Amelia Ghanbouri, who achieved six As, five A*s and one B and seven A*s, four As and one B respectively.
At Cromer Academy the number of students who achieved five or more A*-C grades including English and maths was 57pc and 82pc received five or more A*C grades in all subjects, compared to 62pc and 75pc last year.
Headteacher Penny Bignell said: “We are delighted that more students than ever have received five A*-C grades. That reflects our ongoing progress. There have been fantastic individual achievements by students.”
She added that despite the drop in five or more A*-C grades including English and maths, students’ performances were good.
Mrs Bignell said changes to GCSE exams could affect future results.
One star performer was Phoebe Gee, 16, from Suffield Park, who achieved 10 A*s.
She said: “I feel like I’ve won the Lottery, saved the universe and been to the moon and back at the same time.”
At Stalham High School 51pc of students achieved five or more A*-C grades including English and maths, compared to 46pc last year, and 57pc achieved five or more A*-C grades in all subjects.
Carole Davies, deputy headteacher of Stalham high, said the improvements were own to “relentless determination to drive up standards in teaching and learning, the hard work of students and the on-going support of parents and carers”.
She said: “We recognise that there are still improvements to be made in a number of areas but are delighted that these results will allow our students to continue their studies in post-16 education.”
Students achieving A*-C grades in English and maths had increased from last year by 15pc to 70pc and by 5pc to 64pc.
The school was put in special measures in February this year after Ofsted inspectors rated it “inadequate” across the board.
There were lots of happy faces at Aylsham High School, with 81pc of students receiving five or more A*-C grades.
Abbi Mogie, 16, from Aylsham, was celebrating five As, one A* and two Bs, and said: “It was a lot of hard work but I was especially pleased with my A* in English literature. “
She is off to Paston Sixth Form College to study physics, chemistry, maths and further maths, hoping to study astrophysics at university.
Sian Morter, 16, from Aylsham, said: “I am really happy with my results. I was really nervous but it is a relief now.”
William King, 16, decided to wait until he got home to open his results, but already knew where he was going next.
“I have been accepted into the armed forces and will go into the infantry.”
William will begin his training on September 14. He said: “It has been my dream forever, I wanted a bit more from life and you get a varied career.”
Jake Morris, 15, completed his GCSEs a year early, and as history captain, was celebrating an amazing achievement.
With six A*s, an A* for his extended project and six As, he is off to Paston Sixth Form College to study chemistry, biology, maths and law, hoping to become a doctor.
At North Walsham High School headteacher Caroline Brooker said: “We are pleased with the good progress which we have made since last year, with an eight percentage point rise in our key five A* to C with maths and English figure, to 50pc.”
Courtney Barrett, 16, from North Walsham, was celebrating both her birthday and better set of results than she expected, with As, Bs and Cs.
She said: “I am really happy, I am off to Easton College to study animal management.
“I did work really hard. It is a great birthday present - the results could have made or broken the day.”
And celebrating a total of 16 GCSEs, was 16-year-old Nathan Price, who added five A*s to his collection. He said: “I worked hardest in the sciences, as we had nine exams in total.”
Freddie Gatfield, 16, from Knapton, already knew what he wanted to study, and plans to complete a degree in architecture after A-levels at Paston Sixth Form College.
“I have been looking at Bath University,” he said. “My parents are proud of me and very supportive.”
Gresham’s School in Holt was celebrating after 97pc of students achieved five or more A*-C grades including English and maths and as well as in other subjects.
Gresham’s headmaster, Douglas Robb, said: “I am absolutely delighted with this year’s results which very much buck the national trend.
“With three out of four of all grades awarded at the higher A*-B grades it demonstrates that a recipe of hard work, good teaching and a willingness to learn will reward the pupils with high achievement. I congratulate all of our students and staff.”
For a full round up of this year’s GCSE results across Norfolk and more pictures, buy tomorrow’s EDP.