South Norfolk teens celebrating rise in GCSE results despite tougher exams
PUBLISHED: 12:13 23 August 2018 | UPDATED: 12:22 23 August 2018
South Norfolk saw an overall increase in GCSE results with more students receiving pass grades compared to last year despite tougher exams.
For the first time most of the GCSEs in England have been graded from 9 to 1 as part of the reformed exams, with mostly marked on final exams rather than coursework.
Diss High School improved on last year’s results with 83pc of students achieving a grade four plus in English, 78pc of students achieving a grade four plus in two sciences, 70pc achieving a grade four plus in maths and 66pc achieving a grade four plus in both English and maths.
Notable students were Amy Hawkins who achieved 11 strong GCSE passes including six grade nines, three grade eights and a grade A in level three additional maths. Isaac Nunn achieved 10 strong passes including six grade nines, one grade eight and a Distinction*.
Headteacher, Dr Jan Hunt, said “This is a year group that has made excellent progress from some low starting points. Students and staff are to be congratulated on another successful set of results which have come from dedicated hard work and supportive parents.”
Archbishop Sancroft High School in Harleston saw its results improve for the third consecutive year with 71pc of students achieving at least a grade four in English and maths, with a number of pupils gaining 15 GCSE and one attaining eight grade sevens or above.
Richard Cranmer, headteacher, said: “We are absolutely delighted for this super year group. Not only have they achieved huge academic success in these new qualifications they have contributed enormously to the life of the school in so many ways and as a result have grown so much as individuals over the last five years.
“This is our third year of improvement. They were very different criteria and exams this year so we are delighted with the way the year has performed as a whole with significant achievements at both ends of the ability range.
“I am determined that as a school we continue to aspire to the highest academic standards whilst never losing sight of the importance of our values – many of which cannot be measured quantitatively.”
Long Stratton High School students’ achieving at least a four in both maths and English was 71pc.
Headteacher Dr Roger Harris said: “In the last two years the school has moved from strength to strength.
“This is due to the hard work and dedication of the pupils and the staff and the support of our parents.”
Hartismere School saw the number of students who achieved at least a grade four in English and maths rise to 84pc this time from 77pc last year.
Headmaster James McAtear, said: “These results are a testimony to the hard work of all our staff, governors and students and to the support given to them by their parents.”
Meanwhile Stradbroke High School saw a fall to 70pc of students achieving at least a grade four in English and maths compared to 79pc last year.
Head of school John Axtell said: “Once again, we are delighted that our students have been rewarded for their hard work with an excellent set of GCSE results. In the new, more rigorous, exam grading system 70% of our students achieved the benchmark of at least a grade 4 in English and mathematics, with 46% of them exceeding grade 5 in these subjects. A stunning 26% of our students attained at least one grade of 8 or above, equivalent to an A*.”