GCSEs 2016: Norfolk and Suffolk buck national trend with results going up

GCSE results at Sprowston High School. Kelsey Andrews, left, who celebrated her birthday as well as

GCSE results at Sprowston High School. Kelsey Andrews, left, who celebrated her birthday as well as her exam results with Alice Trett. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

GCSE results in Norfolk and Suffolk have gone up, as schools across the counties reported improvements on last year's figures.

According to Norfolk County Council, 60.8pc of pupils gained A*-C grades in English and maths this year, compared to 57.2pc last year, although some of the increase may have been due to more flexibility on which English results could be included.

Suffolk County Council said that, based on results submitted by more than 84pc of schools in the county, 63pc of students achieved an A*-C grade in both English and maths. The validated figure for last year was 57pc.

This year, the government has abolished the familiar measure of the proportion of pupils who gained five A*-C grades, including English and maths.

Today, we are asking schools to tell us how many pupils gained A*-C grades in both English and maths.

In some cases, the 2016 figure might be slightly higher than the 2015 figure, because this year schools can choose whether to use English literature or English language, depending on which had the higher grade.

Latest results will appear alphabetically, with last year's result in brackets.

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• Acle Academy

Percent of GCSE students with A*-C in English and Maths: 67pc (49pc)

Headteacher Gerard Batty said: 'This has been an incredibly difficult year for the school, and there has been a lot of change. The Wensum Trust was charged with coming in to give the Year 11 the best possible chance, and the students, staff and parents have just responded magnificently.

'This is a firm step in the right direction in the recovery of the school to where it should be, but we are not there yet.

'It's a fantastic reaction to really dire circumstances, and will give the school real confidence moving on.'

• Alderman Peel High School

Percent of GCSE students with A*-C in English and Maths: 60pc (56pc)

Alastair Ogle, executive headteacher, said: 'These are an excellent set of results which reflect the hard work by all the students, staff and parents. We are particularly pleased with the progress these students made and the number of them achieving A and A* grades.

'This is the fifth year of improved results in a row and I would like to thank all the students for being such a pleasure to teach and our team of staff for their dedication and commitment.'

• Archbishop Sancroft High School

Percent of GCSE students with A*-C in English and Maths: 48pc (54pc)

Richard Cranmer, headteacher, said: 'We are very pleased indeed for this year group, especially with a consistently high standard in English. Overall it looks at this stage as if the students have exceeded the progress expected of them when compared to others nationally. Not only have they achieved academic success they have contributed enormously to the life of the school in so many different ways that cannot be measured.

'Yet again the staff, parents and carers and of course students have worked together to ensure they have a great start to their further and higher education and my thanks go to everyone for the part that they play in this journey. We wish every one of them every success in the future!'

• Attleborough Academy Norfolk

Percent of GCSE students with A*-C in English and Maths: 64pc (63pc)

Neil McShane, principal, said: 'It is so pleasing to see that we have built on last year's award winning results and improved our headline figures even further. Many congratulations to all our fantastic Year 11 students and staff for their hard work and dedication and thank you to our parents for their continued support.'

• Aylsham High School

Percent of GCSE students with A*-C in English and Maths: 70pc (62pc)

Executive Headteacher, Duncan Spalding, said: 'We are thrilled that 70% of students achieved and A*-C in both their English and maths GCSEs. This is a tremendous achievement for our class of 2016. They have made great progress during their time at Aylsham High and achieved fantastic success across a wide range of GCSE subjects thanks to our broad and imaginative curriculum. We wish them all the very best for the future in whatever they do.

'Our teachers and support staff have worked so hard and been so incredibly supportive of our students. I want to thank them publicly for their hard work and dedication. It's people that make a school. It continues to be a privilege to lead our wonderful community of students, teachers and support staff.'

• Beccles Free School

Percent of GCSE students with A*-C in English and Maths: 47pc (53pc)

Nigel Youngman, headteacher at Beccles Free School, said: 'Students and staff have worked extremely hard, with 47pc achieving an A*-C grade in English and maths and a further 26pc achieving a C or above in either English or Maths. Alongside some excellent individual performances, students did particularly well in all the creative subjects.'

• Benjamin Britten

Percent of GCSE students with A*-C in English and Maths: 60pc (43pc)

Executive Headteacher, James McAtear, said: 'These results are a credit to the staff, parents and children of Benjamin Britten. With the opening of the Centre of Excellence in Mathematics and the Music Academy we hope to build on these results. Families from throughout the Waveney Valley are welcome to join us in what will be an exciting time for education in Lowestoft.'

• Broadland High School

Percent of GCSE students with A*-C in English and Maths: 65pc (63pc)

Aron Whiles, headteacher, said: 'We are very proud of our Year 11 cohort this year and their achievements in this summer's GCSE examinations. Our 2016 GCSE results see a further improvement on our strong 2015 results. Broadland High School continues to provide a very good education for its students and the local community it serves. Everyone associated with the school would like to congratulate our out-going Year 11 students on their GCSE results and wish them every success in their future endeavours.'

• Bungay High School

Percent of GCSE students with A*-C in English and Maths: 54pc (50pc)

Angelo Goduti, headteacher, said: 'We are extremely proud of the progress which our students make in the five years that they are with us. There has been a significant improvement in the progress that students are making in English and Maths alongside their other subjects. We are pleased that the hard work of students has been recognised through improved individual and collective whole school results.

'Overall, 67pc of our students achieved 5A*-C, a 7pc increase on last year, with 54pc achieving A*-C in English and Maths. The Governors and I would like to pass on our congratulations to the students, staff and parents of Bungay High School on the results achieved this year.

• Caister Academy

Percent of GCSE students with A*-C in English and Maths: 58pc

Principal Michelle Strong said: 'These excellent results reflect the hard work of students and the professional commitment and dedication of all of our teaching and support staff at Caister. As a school, we have met and exceeded some challenging targets for this cohort of students, and I am very pleased that so many of our Class of 2016 will now progress onto courses of their choice at local colleges or sixth forms or will start their apprenticeships with real self belief, confidence and a tremendous sense of achievement. Thanks must also go to the parents for their ongoing support of their children throughout the school.'

• City of Norwich School

Percent of GCSE students with A*-C in English and Maths: 66pc (61pc)

Jim Nixon, headteacher, said: 'With our cohort size these excellent results mean that 160 students achieved a C grade or above in English and Maths. Impressively 70 students achieved 3 or more A*/A GCSE grades in all subjects and the percentage of disadvantaged students achieving A*-C has risen dramatically.

'What is particularly pleasing is that this was accomplished whilst we continued our 106 year history of excellence in all aspects of school life including the once in a lifetime Tim Peak International Space Mission Live talk.

'My personal thanks to our brilliant students, dedicated staff, supportive parents, committed Governors and Ormiston Academies Trust for their guidance and expertise. It is a huge privilege to lead such a vibrant and successful school.'

• City Academy Norwich

Percent of GCSE students with A*-C in English and Maths: 38pc (33pc)

Mary Sparrow, principal, said: 'Congratulations to all of our students on their GCSE results, which reflect the incredible amount of hard work they have put in, supported by their teachers and parents. Overall we have seen a marked improvement in our results this year, including 45 per cent of students achieving A*-C in English and 50 per cent gaining A*-C in Maths.

'Our students consistently have excellent progression rates and this will be maintained again this year thanks to City College Norwich offering a guarantee of a college place to all of our leaving Year 11 students.'

• Cliff Park Ormiston Academy

Percent of GCSE students with A*-C in English and Maths: 57pc (59pc)

Principal Robert Sherington said: 'The GCSE results at Cliff Park Ormiston Academy are superb again this year. I am delighted that our students have gained the results they deserve and that our high standards have been maintained in my final year as Principal. Students and staff have worked extremely hard and should be congratulated on their achievements. Well done to all! I wish the academy every success for the future!'

• Cromer Academy

Percent of GCSE students with A*-C in English and Maths: 65pc (62pc)

Dr Geoff Baker, principal, said: 'Our fantastic students have continued to exceed expectations, and the results are the academy's highest ever. As well as very strong results overall the proportion of students achieving the English Baccalaureate has doubled, which shows success across a broad range of subjects.'

• Diss High School

Percent of GCSE students with A*-C in English and Maths: 74pc (68pc)

Headteacher, Dr Jan Hunt said 'Students and staff are to be congratulated on an excellent set of results which are the highest for more than five years'.

• Dereham Neatherd High School

Percent of GCSE students with A*-C in English and Maths: 65pc (68pc)

Peter Devonish, headteacher, said: 'We are very pleased with this solid set of results which are comparable with last year's excellent set, given cohort differences, and in-line with predictions. This headline figure will be bettered by a predicted to be strong Progress 8 value-added score, published later in the Autumn.

'Over 99pc of our students gained 5 GCSEs, including students in our Resource Base for Autism. A quarter of our cohort gained 3 or more A*As. These results underscore that we are proud to be an inclusive community school. Congratulations to all our students who have worked very closely with staff to do so well.'

• Downham Market Academy

Percent of GCSE students with A*-C in English and Maths: 48pc (49pc)

Principal Jon Ford said: 'Downham Market Academy are pleased to congratulate all their students on their GCSE results. We are pleased that we have improved the percentage of grades at A* and A significantly. With English and Maths outcomes the same as last year we are also confident that this year's student progress figures will show a significant improvement.

'These results represent incredibly hard work on the part of both the staff and the students. We look forward to the new academic year with renewed vigour for the challenges ahead.'

• East Point Academy

Percent of GCSE students with A*-C in English and Maths: 62pc (43pc)

Kevin Blakey, principal, said: 'We are all delighted at these exceptional results that reward the hard work of our students, supported by their families and our dedicated staff,. They prove that there is no reason why young people in Lowestoft cannot achieve as well as anywhere in the region.'

• Fakenham Academy Norfolk

Percent of GCSE students with A*-C in English and Maths: 60pc (59pc)

Matthew Parr-Burman, principal, said: ''We are incredibly proud of our students who have achieved yet another set of record results, with 60pc gaining five or more A*-Cs including English and maths, making this the fourth consecutive year of record results at the Academy.

'These GCSE outstanding results, combined with our excellent A level results last week, show that Fakenham Academy Norfolk is now moving back into the territory of excellence it occupied some years ago. I am incredibly proud of our work as a school serving the local community and to see the hard work of students, staff and parents paying dividends'

• Flegg High School

Percent of GCSE students with A*-C in English and Maths: 62pc (50pc)

Dr S.Fox, principal, said: 'We are delighted with the school's results this year, especially following our recent 'Good' Ofsted report. There were some fantastic performances from individual students and as a year group they have produced the best combined English and Maths results, and the best Science results since 2011.

'This is down to the hard work and energy not only of the students, but also of the staff, combined with the support of families, Governors and the wider community. We are looking forward to building on these strong core foundations next year and really challenging every child to achieve to their full potential. Well done to all!'

• Framingham Earl High School

Percent of GCSE students with A*-C in English and Maths: 74pc (67pc)

Nicola Furneaux, headteacher, said: 'We are very pleased with these results, but it is important to say that, for us, the journey is as important as the destination. We are proud indeed of our students whose confidence and outlook on life reflect how they have taken up so many of the opportunities we have been lucky enough to have been able to offer them over the past five years. It's been wonderful to see them celebrating today with staff who have given such good support and teaching. We wish them all every success as they move on to the next stage of their education.'

• Great Yarmouth High

Percent of GCSE students with A*-C in English and Maths: 33pc (37pc)

John Robson, headteacher, said: 'The actual headline figure is clearly disappointing but not that different from the last year. However it is not good enough for the school and the community. There are some great areas like PE, art and photography, but it is still not good enough across the board.

'The results are a mirror of the instability that the school has suffered from. I hope for better things now that the school has a permanent head and the trust the school will get the stability it deserves.'

John Catton, chairman of the interim executive board, said: 'This is pretty much the same as last year. It was not good enough for us then, and it's not certainly not good enough for us now, but the interim executive board is busy with a plan to secure the long-term future for the school, and substantially better achievement than these results.'

• Gresham's School

Percent of GCSE students with A*-C in English and Maths: 92pc

Douglas Robb, headmaster, said: 'This is a great day for our GCSE pupils, they have achieved a fantastic set of results and they can be very proud of themselves. These results reflect a great deal of hard work and determination and I'm delighted to be able to celebrate their success with them today. Together with strong A-level and IB results, this year has been a very successful one and demonstrates Gresham's commitment to helping pupils reach their full potential and achieve the highest standards possible in their learning.'

• Hartismere School

Percent of GCSE students with A*-C in English and Maths: 81pc (77pc)

James McAtear, headmaster, said: 'These results are a credit to the talent of our staff and the commitment of our parents, Governors and children. Well done, Hartismere!'

• Hellesdon High School

Percent of GCSE students with A*-C in English and Maths: 68pc (57pc)

Heads of School, Tom Rolfe and Mike Earl, said: 'We are absolutely delighted with these impressive results which reflect the enormous amount of work that students, staff and parents have put in. We are particularly pleased with the number of students attaining straight A*-A grades which is truly outstanding. This alongside the excellent progress made by all students has made for another very successful year. Congratulations to all involved.'

• Hethersett Academy

Percent of GCSE students with A*-C in English and Maths: 86pc (79pc)

Gareth Stevens, principal, said: 'We are absolutely thrilled with the results this year and congratulate all our students on their hard work, outstanding levels of attainment and achievement - 86pc A*-C at English and Maths is phenomenal. Our Year 11 pupils have been a fantastic year group with many talented students who deserve the excellent results they have achieved. They have exceeded all the targets set for them and have been superb ambassadors for the school in many ways. They have all made a tremendous effort to succeed in partnership with a committed staff team and highly supportive parents.'

• Hethersett Old Hall School

Percent of GCSE students with A*-C in English and Maths: 85pc (81pc)

Stephen Crump, headmaster, said: 'Another good year for the school with 60pc of passes at the highest three grades. The total percentage of pupils with both maths and English has risen by just under 5pc . Hethersett has its youngest-ever GCSE candidate – a girl in Year 8 has taken German GCSE and gained a grade A – and she is not a native German speaker!'

• Hewett Academy

Percent of GCSE students with A*-C in English and Maths: 37pc (43pc)

Tom Leverage, principal, said: 'This has been a challenging year for students and staff, as we made much needed changes to the school to drive up standards for the future. With a new leadership team now in place and substantial investment in teaching facilities this summer we are in a good position to make improvements in the future.'

• Hobart High School

Percent of GCSE students with A*-C in English and Maths: 65pc (67pc)

Jim Adams, headteacher, said: 'Although we are happy with what is an excellent set of results, we are delighted with the progress measure for our students. This measure really demonstrates the effort, determination and hard work of our students and staff. It was particularly pleasing to see seven of our students achieve straight As and A*s. Well done to all concerned.'

• Iceni Academy

Percent of GCSE students with A*-C in English and Maths: 65pc (63pc)

Gee Cook, principal, said: 'We are delighted that the hard work of our Students, Staff and Governors has paid off with these record results which include another rise in the percentage of students achieving 5+ GCSEs at A*-C with English and Maths. We are particularly pleased with our progress measures. Students, at all levels, have worked hard and their determination is reflected in the progress they have made.

'These results are likely to be the best in West Norfolk for the second year running.'

• IES Breckland

Percent of GCSE students with A*-C in English and Maths: 42pc

Mrs Alison Tilbrook, principal, said: 'We are thrilled at the progress that our students have made, as on entry they were academically significantly

below national average. They have exceeded last year's results in English and maths with a 42% pass rate. Our Progress 8 score will be positive but this cannot be finalised until 2016 Progress 8 figures are released by the Department of Education.'

• King Edward VII (KES) Academy

Percent of GCSE students with A*-C in English and Maths: 50pc (50pc)

Principal Craig Morrison said: 'Our results show further improvements in the performance at KES Academy and they consolidate the major gains from last year. We are particularly happy with the strong increase in the number of A and A* grades this year.

'More and more of our students are well prepared for the next stage of their education each year. Well done to all of our students and my thanks to our staff for the great successes contained within these results.'

• King's Lynn Academy

Percent of GCSE students with A*-C in English and Maths: 45pc (44pc)

Principal Craig Morrison said: 'These results, slightly higher than in 2015, show that KLA has sustained the great improvement achieved last year. Although we would have liked to have seen even greater gains in attainment, we are pleased that these results represent a significant step forward in terms of the progress that our students have made in 2016.

'The performance of our boys already looks to be a highlight, which is in contrast to the frequently reported national situation. Well done to our students, who have shown great energy and dedication this year and have been supported by superb staff.'

• King's School Ely

Percent of GCSE students with A*-C in English and Maths: 100pc (81pc)

Principal Sue Freestone, said: 'It is a real joy to see the delight and relief on the faces of our students as they reap the reward of years of commitment to their studies.'

• Litcham School

Percent of GCSE students with A*-C in English and Maths: 79pc (62pc)

Headteacher Rob Martlew said: 'We are delighted with our GCSE results and are incredibly proud of our students. Everyone has worked so hard and they have been rewarded with outstanding results. I would like to pass on my personal congratulations and best wishes for the future to everyone.'

• Lynn Grove Academy

Percent of GCSE students with A*-C in English and Maths: 64pc (51pc)

Alison Mobbs, principal, said: 'There are some stellar individual results and the school overall has made steady and sustainable progress across a wide range of subjects. We were delighted that pupils made great progress whatever their starting points.'

• Marshland High

Percent of GCSE students with A*-C in English and Maths: 63pc

Headteacher, Mrs Dormor, said: 'My congratulations go to all the students on their fantastic results. This was a superb year group of students who worked really hard and deserve these great results. We are all thrilled for them. My thanks also goes to all the staff who have worked really hard to help our students achieve these excellent results.'

• Mildenhall College Academy

Percent of GCSE students with A*-C in English and Maths: 53pc (54pc)

Principal, Susan Byles, said: 'We are incredibly pleased with these results which represent outstanding progress for the students in this year group.

'Fischer Family Trust predicted that 44-48 pc of this cohort would achieve five or more A*-C grades including English and maths.

'Following in the footsteps of Team GB, this year group has smashed those predictions. What is even more impressive is that they have done this despite having a very rocky start to their secondary education which was spent in the last year of closing middle schools.

'The students had to 'catch up' significant gaps in knowledge and from the day they started with us in Year 8 they and the staff worked hard to make this happen.'

• Neale-Wade Academy

Percent of GCSE students with A*-C in English and Maths: 63pc (58)

Principal, Jason Wing, said: 'We are delighted with the success and recognise that it is due to the collaboration of students, staff and parents. It's brilliant to see such a wide range of subjects performing so well and highlights the breadth of the curriculum at Neale-Wade.'

• North Walsham High School

Percent of GCSE students with A*-C in English and Maths: 58pc (45pc)

Neil Powell, headteacher, said: 'I would like to congratulate our students who are celebrating their GCSE results today. Our headline measure (students with A*-C in both maths and English) has shown a big improvement over last year.

'We very much regard this as a work in progress, and we aspire to even better results. That is why we have put in place a renewed focus on teaching and learning to ensure we continue that upward trend.

'I would like to pay tribute to the hard work and dedication of our teaching staff who have helped this year's students achieve such good results – and to the students themselves, who have done the school proud.'

• Northgate High School

Percent of GCSE students with A*-C in English and Maths: 60pc (55pc)

Headteacher Glyn Hambling said: 'I'm extremely proud of the achievements of Northgate High School. A tremendous set of results have been achieved through fantastic partnerships between staff, students and families.

'I'm very happy for the 70 students who have secured their place at Dereham Sixth Form College.

'We look forward to them continuing their academic excellence at college on the back of what was an excellent set of A-level results last week.

'Staff and students at Northgate High School have much to be proud of. The progress measure, across a wide range of subjects, is the best we've ever had.'

• Norwich High School for Girls

Percent of GCSE students with A*-C in English and Maths: 99pc (99pc)

Kirsty von Malaisé, headmistress, said: 'We are thrilled with these results. The girls have worked very hard to achieve these excellent grades, with the support of our fantastic teaching staff.'

• Norwich School

Percent of GCSE students with A*-C in English and Maths: 100pc (100pc)

Headmaster, Steffan Griffiths said: 'The achievement for a fifth successive year of nearly 45% of grades at A* and over 70pc at grades A*-A confirms Norwich School's standing as one of the country's leading schools and demonstrates welcome consistency in a time of turbulence in the education sector. I am delighted and congratulate all involved.'

• Notre Dame High School

Percent of GCSE students with A*-C in English and Maths: 81pc (68pc)

Brian Conway, headteacher, said: 'Our hard working students have achieved an outstanding set of GCSE results built upon their own efforts and the excellent support of their teachers, parents / carers and the whole school community.

'We expect the new measure of Progress 8 to be significantly positive when it is released. We are all really pleased and proud of what we have achieved together and wish the class of 2016 the very best as they progress into A Levels, Apprenticeships and College courses.'

• Old Buckenham High School

Percent of GCSE students with A*-C in English and Maths: 68pc (65pc)

Andrew Fell, headteacher, said: 'I am delighted with a very successful year, with 75% A*-C Maths, 79% A*-C English and 90% A*-C English Literature as key highlights.'

• Open Academy

Percent of GCSE students with A*-C in English and Maths: 53pc (46pc)

Jon Platten, principal, said: 'We have got some really special students here who worked hard and deserved to do well. Even at this stage, these results are up on last year's record figures. Staff are to be congratulated for going beyond the extra mile to ensure that the students had the best chance to do as well as possible. Thanks to parents, governors and all who have worked tirelessly to support our young people.'

• Ormiston Denes Academy

Percent of GCSE students with A*-C in English and Maths: 32pc (31pc)

Principal Peter Marshall said: 'I would like to congratulate all our students receiving their results today for their hard work. There are some excellent success stories. We are pleased with the improvement from last year, achieved against an increasingly academic curriculum. We will continue to work hard to continue the improvement.'

• Ormiston Venture Academy

Percent of GCSE students with A*-C in English and Maths: 54pc (63pc) Simon Gilbert-Barnham, principal, said: 'Congratulations to all of our students on achieving excellent results. It has been another year where students, staff and our community have ensured that every child and their future is the focus of every minute of every day.

'We look forward to seeing you take your next exciting steps beyond Venture. Well done, we are so proud of you all!'

• Ormiston Victory Academy

Percent of GCSE students with A*-C in English and Maths: 57pc (38pc)

Principal Naomi Palmer said: 'We are tremendously proud of all students for their dedication and hard work and they deserve to celebrate fantastic results with their support network of family and friends. I would also like to thank the staff for their relentless high expectations to help all our students achieve their potential. We are thrilled that many of our students have chosen to remain with us to continue with their sixth form studies.'

• Pakefield High School

Percent of GCSE students with A*-C in English and Maths: 56pc (54pc)

Headteacher Louise Jackson said: 'Developing core skills in literacy and numeracy are crucial in supporting young people in their future learning and employment, and these grades reflect the hard work of our year 11 pupils and the absolute dedication of all of our staff in helping our pupils to be the best they can be.'

• Reepham High School and College

Percent of GCSE students with A*-C in English and Maths: 73pc (64pc)

Mar Farrar, headteacher, said: 'These are excellent examination results and reflect an enormous amount of work by a superb group of young people. This year group has been a delight to teach and all success is thoroughly deserved. I would like to thank all of the pupils for the cheerful and enthusiastic spirit in which they came to school, the parents for their support, and the outstanding commitment and talent consistently demonstrated by a wonderful team of teaching and support staff.'

• Sacred Heart School

Percent of GCSE students with A*-C in English and Maths: 67pc (62pc)

Sister Francis, headteacher, said: 'We had a small cohort of 12 pupils and we are pleased with the results and the efforts of pupils and staff. Overall A – C is 75%. Total of A and A* is 30pc. We are very proud of our results and wish to congratulate all our pupils. 66.6pc of pupils gained 9 – 12 GCSE's at A- C grade.'

• Saint Felix School

Percent of GCSE students with A*-C in English and Maths: 76pc (61pc)

James Harrison headteacher, said: 'They are a very pleasing set of results, particularly in the core subjects of English, Maths and Science.

'These results show another successful year for the pupils and staff, and it is enjoyable to see their success.

'A thank you and congratulations to all our teachers and pupils, St Felix is not an exams factory it is a school for the local children of Norfolk and Suffolk.'

• Sewell Park Academy

Percent of GCSE students with A*-C in English and Maths: 44pc

Penny Bignell, headteacher, said: 'Our overall results show an improvement in student progress and achievement. I must thank students, staff and parents for all their hard work and commitment. We are excited at this important stage in the Academy's development, and are looking forward to continued and increasing success.'

• Sheringham High School

Percent of GCSE students with A*-C in English and Maths: 80pc (68pc)

Dr Andrew Richardson, headteacher, said: 'A set of outstanding results of which students, staff and parents should be hugely proud. Students worked hard and smart to achieve great grades in English, Maths, the Sciences, History, RE, Computing and many more.

'Over 30% of students achieved at least one A* grade but the targeted teaching and consistent student support have ensured students also have made significant progress from their starting points. Congratulations. A red letter day.'

• Sir John Leman High School

Percent of GCSE students with A*-C in English and Maths: 66pc (74pc)

Michael Taylor, headteacher, said: 'Sir John Leman Y11 students once again produced an excellent set of GCSE results to be proud of this summer, underlining the continuing success of the school. We congratulate them for the demonstrably outstanding progress they have made; the average grade for all students at our school is now a C+ grade, which is impressive! Our strong attainment data is testament to the hard work of both staff and students and highlights the importance of the positive relationships and partnerships which we value highly.'

• Smithdon High School

Percent of GCSE students with A*-C in English and Maths: 55pc (51pc)

Headteacher, Paul Marsh, said, 'Our GCSE results this year were broadly in line with prediction, and we're pleased to see many students achieving to their potential. They will now be able to progress through to their chosen academic or vocational courses and apprenticeships, either in our Sixth Form or with other post-16 providers, and we wish them all well with the next stage of their education and training.'

• Springwood High School

Percent of GCSE students with A*-C in English and Maths: 66pc (61pc)

Andy Johnson, executive headteacher said 'This is a magnificent set of results for the school. It has been a brilliant year for Springwood at both outstanding GCSE and A level results.'

• Sprowston Community High School

Percent of GCSE students with A*-C in English and Maths: 66pc (60pc)

Andrew John, headteacher, said: 'It has been a privilege to work with our fabulous students and my colleagues to achieve another set of great results. I am also thrilled that 64% have achieved 5 Good A*-C grades with English and Maths, and I congratulate everyone and thank our families for their excellent support, as these are our best ever results.

'We have a tremendous community spirit from Governors to teachers to support colleagues to volunteers, all working tirelessly and going the extra mile to support our students to achieve their potential. Special thanks to John Cordeaux for his excellent leadership of the Year Group, and to Ben Utting, Assistant Headteacher, for being the driving force of teaching and learning in Year 11.

'I am very proud that our A Level and GCSE results confirm we are a Good school striving for excellence in all that we do.'

• St Clement's High School

Percent of GCSE students with A*-C in English and Maths: 52pc (63pc)

Headteacher Nigel Willingham said 'It is great to see our students doing so well against the new national performance measure, it shows that more students than ever before have made good progress during their time with us.'

• Stalham High School

Percent of GCSE students with A*-C in English and Maths: 56pc (56pc)

Amy Webb, headteacher, said: 'This is a pleasing set of results for Stalham High School. I would like to congratulate all our students on their GCSE results. We are extremely proud that these results reflect their considerable hard work as well as the dedication and support of their teachers and parents.'

• Stradbroke High School

Percent of GCSE students with A*-C in English and Maths: 65pc (70pc)

John Axtell, deputy headteacher, said: 'Very well done and congratulations to all our students who have achieved another set of excellent results. Their hard work and commitment have been justly rewarded and we are excited about their prospects for the future.'

• Taverham High School

Percent of GCSE students with A*-C in English and Maths: 69pc (66pc)

Carol Dallas, headteacher, said: 'Well done to all the students and staff at Taverham High School who have achieved a very good set of GCSE grades. Students should be exceptionally proud of their achievement which maintains the excellent standards of this great school. At these times of high pressure for young people, it is so special to see that all the hard work , determination and family support has paid off and to celebrate with them on results day.

'We with a wish our students every success in their future and are delighted so many are continuing their journey with us in the sixth form.'

• Thetford Academy

Percent of GCSE students with A*-C in English and Maths: 41pc (51pc)

Adrian Ball, principal, said: 'With a large and diverse student population, we have continues to help students make progress above the national average. Thetford offers a comprehensive subject range and our results includes eight subjects with a A*-C pass rate above 80%, in addition to solid performance overall.'

• Thetford Grammar School

Percent of GCSE students with A*-C in English and Maths: 90pc (72pc)

Mark S.Bedford, headmaster, said: 'As the Headmaster of one of the oldest schools in the country, I am immensely proud of our Year 11 pupils and exceptionally pleased for their families. This is truly an outstanding set of results and testament to the hard work of our pupils and the inspiration they draw from their superb teachers. Our youngsters have achieved excellence across many subject areas and, in many cases, in the rigorous Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) examination.'

• Thomas Clarkson Academy

Percent of GCSE students with A*-C in English and Maths: 45pc (28pc)

Principal Clare Claxton said: 'The staff at TCA are very proud of the students for the progress they have made. There is still a long way to go until TCA is a truly great place to learn however there is a plan in place to make this happen as well as a strong will.

'I would like to send my best wishes to Anne Hill as she assumes the role of Principal at TCA.'

• Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form

Percent of GCSE students with A*-C in English and Maths: 70pc (59pc)

Ian Clayton, principal, said: 'This group of students have so much to celebrate as they progress on to the Sixth Form or on to apprenticeship programmes. These excellent results are just part of their growth and success and means that almost all of the 290 students will be pursuing their first choice options.

'Well done to these young people, those who have taught them and all who have supported them, both in school and at home.'

• University Technical College Norfolk

Percent of GCSE students with A*-C in English and Maths: 60pc (first year of results)

Alex Hayes, principal, said: 'We are delighted by our first set of GCSE results and the fact that our students have achieved so many A and A* grades.

'I would like to congratulate our students, their parents and our staff for all their hard work. As well as succeeding in subjects which they might expect to achieve in at a specialist engineering college, it is heartening to see so many of our students performing strongly in subjects like English, too. These grades will form a firm foundation for their futures as we support them to achieve university and apprenticeship places in 2018.'

• Wayland Academy Norfolk

Percent of GCSE students with A*-C in English and Maths: 53pc (41pc)

Glen Allott, principal, said: 'This year's results are the best ever for Wayland Academy Norfolk. Huge credit must go to all of our students on their hard work and achievements and also to our excellent teachers who have supported them so well in preparing for GCSEs.

'We have set high expectations, pushing every single student to do as well as they possibly can, leading to some outstanding individual achievements and a very pleasing set of results overall. Congratulations and good luck to all of our Year 11s as they now move on to further education and sixth form study.'

• Wisbech Grammar School

Percent of GCSE students with A*-C in English and Maths: 92pc (79)

'This is a fantastic set of GCSE results from a very capable cohort.' – Chris Staley, headmaster

• Wymondham College

Percent of GCSE students with A*-C in English and Maths: 89pc (88pc)

Jonathan Taylor, principal, said: 'This is an exceptional set of results. Congratulations to all of our Year 11 students who have worked so hard to achieve such fantastic outcomes and to staff and parents for their amazing support. 32.4 % of all grades awarded are A*/A and the overall average grade is a 'B.' These results confirm Wymondham College as one of the of the very highest achieving schools nationally.'

• Wymondham High Academy

Percent of GCSE students with A*-C in English and Maths: 74pc (69pc)

Jonathan Rockey, principal, said: 'Wymondham High Academy is proud to announce another excellent year of results. This year has seen particular success in overall pass rates, including % A*-C including English and maths in addition to passes at the highest A*-A grades.

'With the addition of progress measures in the national league tables, we are also very pleased that our pupils made greater progress than their prior attainment indicates. These results reflect the superb efforts and dedication by pupils, staff and families and really reflect the Academy's vision of inspiring excellence. We wish pupils well in the next stage of their learning.'

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