A-level results 2017: Diss High School achieves 'stunning results'
PUBLISHED: 22:54 17 August 2017 | UPDATED: 08:10 18 August 2017
Copyright: Archant 2017
Today was a big day for students all over the country as they raced to their schools to pick up the envelope that told them just how well they had done in their A-level exams.
Many pupils at Diss High School had already logged on to the university tracking system first thing this morning to see whether they had received an offer at the university of their choice.
But they still needed to steady their nerves as they picked up that all important envelope that told them exactly which grades they’d got for each subject.
Head teacher Dr Jan Hunt of Diss High School along with head teachers and teachers across the country had been concerned that the new A-level syllabus would affect results this year.
The new A-level exam is more challenging and exam based than the previous one so she was more than happy with students achievements this year - especially as one student gained a place at Cambridge and another at Oxford.
The overall pass rate at the comprehensive school was 99.8pc, with 79pc of grades being A* to C and 60pc being A* to B.
Student Chantelle Lee who will be reading history at the University of Oxford gained an A*, two A’s and a B as well as an A* in her Extended Project Qualification.
Fellow pupil Lauren Coleman achieved two A*s, an A and a B and will be reading classics at Oxford University.
Student Matthew Tyler gained an A*, two A’s and a B in his A’Levels and will be going to Bath University to study mathematics.
Dr Jan Hunt said: “They are stunning results. We are very happy indeed. Despite the increased challenge in content of the reformed A-levels.
“Students have worked hard and achieved to the best of their ability.
“It is important to note that these results cannot be compared to previous years because the assessment and challenge is different.
“We are a comprehensive school with a wide breadth of ability so we are particularly pleased.
“It has been a challenge for staff to prepare students thoroughly for more challenging A-levels and they have risen to the occasion very well.
“We are always delighted when we can get students into Oxford and Cambridge.”
Hartismere School in Eye achieved 81 per cent A* to C grades.