West Norfolk students celebrate bumper GCSE results

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Springwood High School executive headteacher Andy Johnson (left) with students - Credit: Ian Burt

Students have come through an unprecedented two years with flying colours, one headteacher said as his charges queued for their results.

Springwood High School students Anoushka Chandrasekar and Merissa Lawrence both achieved 11 grade 9s while Karishhma Srikantha picked up 10 grade 9s and one grade 8, and Fatima Massawi obtained nine grade 9s and two grade 8s, while Alisha Gail Bedeser gained nine grade 9s, a distinction and a grade 8.

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Merissa Lawrence (left) and Anoushka Chandrasekar, who were the top achievers at Springwood High School - Credit: Ian Burt

Executive headteacher Andy Johnson said: “This has been an unprecedented two years for these students and today's results reflect the hard work by our students and the professionalism of our staff."

Nigel Willingham, headteacher at St Clement's High School, at Terrington, said: "“We are all very proud of our students, they have endured two years of disruption but their hard work and perseverance has been rewarded."

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Students with their results at St Clement's High School at Terrington, near King's Lynn - Credit: Paul TIbbs

At Marshland High School, at West Walton, headteacher Craig Jansen said: "Students at Marshland High School have been faced with an unprecedented experience, studying through two years of a global pandemic. They have adapted to the challenges they have faced with great resilience and achieved highly as a result of their efforts and the dedication of Marshland staff."

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Excitement as students collect their results at Marshland High School - Credit: Paul TIbbs

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At Downham Market Academy, senior deputy headteacher Mark Eastwood said: "We are incredibly proud of our students - their resilience and dedication has been inspirational over what has been a very challenging and unpredictable two years. They have shown great determination to succeed and adaptability in the ever-changing circumstances that they have had to navigate their way through GCSE courses."

It was a double celebration at Smithdon High School, at Hunstanton, which learned last month it is one of six schools across the region chosen for a rebuild to replace its 1950s "new brutalist" building.


Smithdon head John Hirst with some of the class of 2021 on GCSE results day - Credit: Chris Bishop

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Head John Hirst said every student had achieved the grades they needed for their first choice of move from the school, with ore than ever going on to do A Levels.

“After receiving the good news at the end of term regarding the government investment into the school buildings, it is even more satisfying to see the rewards of so much hard work translated into outstanding grades and such promising futures," he said.


Students celebrate after receiving their GCSE results at Smithdon High School at Hunstanton - Credit: Chris Bishop

"A big congratulations to all of our students who continue to impress me with their dedication and successes.”

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