January 27 2015 Latest news:
Andrew Fitchett, Reporter
Thursday, August 21, 2014
There were tears, nerves and, in the end, smiles all round as Thetford schools revealed their GCSE results.
The waiting was finally over for students at Thetford Academy, Iceni Academy and Thetford Grammar School this morning as they received their all important results envelopes.
Students at Thetford Academy toasted their first full year in its new Croxton Road building, with 50 per cent achieving five A* to C including English and maths - up 11 per cent on last year.
The academy did see a drop in pupils’ achieving A*-C overall, down to 57 per cent from last year’s 68.
Adrian Ball, principal, said he was delighted with what students had achieved.
“On behalf of the governing body and members of staff I wish to congratulate our 2014 cohort on the achievement of a set of record results.
“We are very proud of the students and wish them the very best for the future and welcoming them back for their sixth form studies,” he said.
Star performers included Ellie Lebeau, who picked up eight As and three A*s ahead of her 16th birthday tomorrow.
“I am so happy,” she said. “I put a lot of hard work in but I was still surprised with how I did, especially in maths and geography where I got A*.
“We have got some really good teachers at the school and they were really helpful.”
Bethan Hassey, 16, managed A*s in maths, science and geography, six As and two Bs. She said she was going to study A-levels at King Edward VI School in Bury St Edmunds.
“I wasn’t expecting any A*s so I am really happy,” she said.
There were more hugs and smiles at Iceni Acaedemy in Methwold after it improved its A* to C including English and maths by three pre cent, up to 50.
Gee Cook, principal, thanked staff and students.
“We are really pleased with our results. Our students and staff have worked really hard to ensure that we reverse a two year declining trend in results.
“We are proud of their achievements and we look forward to their continuing success,” she said.
Billie Sutterby, from Foulden, was one of the school’s best performers, getting two A*s and three As.
She is going to study A-levels, including maths, biology and chemistry, at King Edward VI.
She said the extra help she had been given by teachers had been invaluable.
“They did a lot of extra classes and that was really helpful. They helped me learn how to revise on how to organise everything before the exams,” she said.
Annah Fendick, from Mundford, is going to the College of West Anglia to study Health and Social Care after hitting her grades, including an A in history.
“I thought I had failed my maths and I got a C so I am really pleased. I needed it to get on to my course.
“I was in one of the borderline groups because I needed extra help with maths and it was hard work so I’m happy,” she said.
Thetford Grammar School achieved typically strong results with 95 per cent achieving five A* to C and 96.5 per cent achieving five with English and maths included.
Individual star performers included Emma Ruddy from Bury St Edmunds with eight A*s and two As, Robert Heighton from Downham Market with seven A*s and three As and Holly Simpson from Thetford and Omar El Oakley from Shipdham both with six A*s and four As.
Headmaster Mr Gareth Price praised both staff and pupils for their hard work and determination to succeed. He said: “The removal of the modular system in many ways benefits our pupils who in their small classes are able to focus effectively on preparing for final exams.”