Students across north Norfolk celebrate A-level success
PUBLISHED: 11:07 17 August 2017 | UPDATED: 11:07 17 August 2017
Students are celebrating at Sheringham High School after it recorded a 70pc pass rate at A*-C grades in its A-Level results.
Among the stand-outs was student Naomi Platt who had been diagnosed with dyslexia and dyscalculia when she started in Year 7 at the school. She had the reading age of an eight-year-old and was struggling to access the curriculum, but she received B, B, and C grades at A-Level and is off to her chosen university to read history.
Her father Adrian said: “Her difficulties were real barriers to her learning, but after five years at the high school and two at Sheringham Sixth she is off to uni.
“It was the help, support, targeted use of literacy support and technology, and staff expertise which has made the difference. Her efforts and the school’s support have been outstanding.”
She puts her early improvements down to particular support staff believing in her early on.
She said: “The support staff laid the foundations and I gained in confidence. I had one to one support.
“Then when exams came along the school and sixth form made sure I had a separate room, extra time, a reader, a scribe and, most importantly, kind encouraging words when the pressure was on.”
The school’s director of the sixth form Ramin Keshavarz praised the students’ hard work and achievements.
He said: “In a climate of exam volatility and change, we are immensely proud of the sustained high achievements of our students this year. With 100pc pass-rate from A*-E, seven Norfolk Scholars and over a third of results at grade B or better, we are very pleased. Particular congratulations should go to Meghan Jarvis and Ally Smith who both achieved a superb A* and two A grades.”
Elsewhere, Paston Sixth Form College’s pass rate for A* to C was 80pc.
Principal Kevin Grieve said he was “extremely proud” of their students. Meanwhile, at Gresham’s School, the pass rate for A* to C was 79pc, and headmaster Douglas Robb said: “Congratulations. It is in an exciting time as most pupils will now be preparing to start an undergraduate course at the university of their choice or embark upon a life-changing gap year.”