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GCSE results 2017: Full list of results from Norfolk and Waveney

PUBLISHED: 13:50 24 August 2017 | UPDATED: 18:33 24 August 2017

Students at Alderman Peel High School in Wells collecting their GCSE results. Picture: Ian Burt

Students at Alderman Peel High School in Wells collecting their GCSE results. Picture: Ian Burt

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Thousands of students in Norfolk and Waveney will today know more about their next steps as they receive their GCSE results.

MORE: Click here for an interactive map of results

Today is GCSE results day, when students at schools and colleges around the country find out whether the weeks of revision paid off.

The results are the first under the new system, which will see English literature, English language and maths grades given in numbers rather than the traditional A* to G in what has been described as the biggest exam shake-up in a generation.

For a full guide to the new system, click here.

We’ll be updating this full list of results during the day. Latest results will appear alphabetically, and figures in brackets are last year’s results.

Though it is difficult to compare results like for like, it will give an indication of how the new system has changed results.

A nine is the highest score, a one is the lowest, a four is a good pass (a C) and a five is considered a strong pass (a B/C).

GCSE results day at Taverham High School. Headteacher Carol Dallas giving a celebratory hug to Georgianna Lacey-Scane. Picture : ANTONY KELLY GCSE results day at Taverham High School. Headteacher Carol Dallas giving a celebratory hug to Georgianna Lacey-Scane. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

• Acle Academy

% of students who achieved at least a grade four in English and maths - 63pc (67pc)

GCSE results day at Taverham High School. Twins, Harry and Lily Carter. Picture : ANTONY KELLY GCSE results day at Taverham High School. Twins, Harry and Lily Carter. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

Helen Watts, headteacher, said: “We are delighted with the achievements our Year 11 students who have worked so hard to achieve a great set of results. Many students have been rewarded with notable success, with a significant number of students achieving a grade 9 in English. Congratulations to all our students and staff who have worked tirelessly to secure a good result for the school and our young people.”

• Alderman Peel High School

% of students who achieved at least a grade four in English and maths - 64pc (58pc)

Pupils collecting thier GCSE results at Dereham Neatherd High School. Picture: Marion Broughton Pupils collecting thier GCSE results at Dereham Neatherd High School. Picture: Marion Broughton

Alastair Ogle, executive headteacher, said: “This year group have made superb progress since joining APHS and have been a pleasure to teach. Well done to them all and congratulations to everyone involved in their success.

• Archbishop Sancroft High School

GCSE results day at Taverham High School. Twins, left, Lily and Ruby Smith-Briggs and Anna and Beth Seabrook. Picture : ANTONY KELLY GCSE results day at Taverham High School. Twins, left, Lily and Ruby Smith-Briggs and Anna and Beth Seabrook. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

% of students who achieved at least a grade four in English and maths - 65pc (48pc)

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 different ways. There have been some very challenging times for our community this year and together we have worked through them to reach this point when we all need to celebrate that journey.

“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.”

GCSE students from North Walsham celebrating their success on results day. Picture: courtesy of North Walsham High School GCSE students from North Walsham celebrating their success on results day. Picture: courtesy of North Walsham High School

• Attleborough Academy

% of students who achieved at least a grade four in English and maths - 67pc (64pc)

GCSE results day at Taverham High School. Left to right, Georgianna Lacey-Scane, Gabriella Taylor and Amelia Mickleburgh. Picture : ANTONY KELLY GCSE results day at Taverham High School. Left to right, Georgianna Lacey-Scane, Gabriella Taylor and Amelia Mickleburgh. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

Neil McShane, pricinpal, said: “This is yet another set of very impressive results for the academy even with the new specifications and the national ‘raising the bar’. It is particularly pleasing to see the number of nine grades achieved in English and maths.

“My congratulations to all our fantastic year 11s who worked so hard and remained so focussed despite a national backdrop of anxiety and uncertainty. Many thanks to all our staff for their commitment and unwavering belief in our students and also to our parents for their continued support.”

• Aylsham High School

GCSE results day at Taverham High School. Georgianna Lacey-Scane gets a celebratory hug. Picture : ANTONY KELLY GCSE results day at Taverham High School. Georgianna Lacey-Scane gets a celebratory hug. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

% of students who achieved at least a grade four in English and maths - 75pc (70pc)

Duncan Spalding, executive headteacher, said: “We are incredibly proud of our students’ achievements this year and during their whole time at Aylsham High School. They have done extremely well in their GCSEs and we are extremely proud of them. Our headline figure of 75pc achieving 4+ in English and maths is excellent and reflects the hard work of our students, and our English and maths teams.

“However, this paints only a fraction of the picture of the rich and varied curriculum we offer to our young people. Our students have also done extremely well across a wide range of subjects and I thank our committed teams of subject teachers who continue to strive for excellence for all students.”

GCSE results day at Taverham High School. Picture : ANTONY KELLY GCSE results day at Taverham High School. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

• Beccles Free School

% of students who achieved at least a grade four in English and maths - 61pc (46pc)

Students at Alderman Peel High School in Wells collecting their GCSE results. Pictured is Ben Alexander. Picture: Ian Burt Students at Alderman Peel High School in Wells collecting their GCSE results. Pictured is Ben Alexander. Picture: Ian Burt

Nigel Youngman, headteacher, said: “I am delighted with the progress that our students have made and we are very pleased that many students have achieved top grades of 7, 8 and 9 (equivalent to A, A* or higher). The results reflect the hard work of our students, the commitment of our staff and supportive parents.”

• Benjamin Britten High School

% of students who achieved at least a grade four in English and maths - 60pc (49pc)

Students at Alderman Peel High School in Wells collecting their GCSE results. Picture: Ian Burt Students at Alderman Peel High School in Wells collecting their GCSE results. Picture: Ian Burt

Headteacher James McAtear said: “Benjamin Britten’s GCSE results are a credit to the school and its community. They have improved from 38% two years ago to 60% now. They are testimony to a talented and committed staff and a fine group of scholars. Well done to all of Lowestoft’s schools.”

• Broadland High School

Students at Alderman Peel High School in Wells collecting their GCSE results. Pictured are (from left) Connor Clarke, George Smith, Connor Rumbles, Alex Champion and Ben Alexander. Picture: Ian Burt Students at Alderman Peel High School in Wells collecting their GCSE results. Pictured are (from left) Connor Clarke, George Smith, Connor Rumbles, Alex Champion and Ben Alexander. Picture: Ian Burt

% of students who achieved at least a grade four in English and maths - 68pc (66pc)

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 2017 GCSE results once again show that Broadland High School continues to provide an excellent all round 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.”

Langley School students picking up their GCSE results. Photo : Steve Adams Langley School students picking up their GCSE results. Photo : Steve Adams

• Bungay High School

% of students who achieved at least a grade four in English and maths - 56pc (54pc)

Langley School students picking up their GCSE results. Off to Harrow, polo player Charlie Townsend. Photo : Steve Adams Langley School students picking up their GCSE results. Off to Harrow, polo player Charlie Townsend. Photo : Steve Adams

Angelo Goduti, headteacher, said: “We are extremely proud of the progress which our students make in the five years that they are with us. Despite the significant changes to examinations, the improvement in students’ progress in English and Maths alongside their other subjects has been sustained. We are pleased that the hard work of students has been recognised through individual and collective whole school results.”

• Caister Academy

% of students who achieved at least a grade four in English and maths - 60pc (59pc)

Langley School students picking up their GCSE results. Photo : Steve Adams Langley School students picking up their GCSE results. Photo : Steve Adams

Michelle Strong, principal, said: “These results are richly deserved. Our pupils have worked hard and taken advantage of all the opportunities offered to them in order to achieve these fantastic outcomes and we share their delight.

“We are a school that believes that with hard work, perseverance and self-belief, anything is possible. These results are proof of that and testify to the dedication and expertise of our staff, who work with such passion to help our students to achieve their potential and be the best they can be.”

Langley School students picking up their GCSE results. Ella Baragwanath with her results. Photo : Steve Adams Langley School students picking up their GCSE results. Ella Baragwanath with her results. Photo : Steve Adams

City Academy Norwich

% of students who achieved at least a grade four in English and maths - 34pc (38pc)

Mary Sparrow, principal, said: “Congratulations to all of our year 11s on their GCSE results. During a time of turbulent change in education our class of 2017 have more than held their own. I am pleased that our focus on the core subjects of English and Maths has yielded positive results: 44 per cent of students achieved a grade 4 and above in English, while 49 per cent achieved grade 4 and above in Maths. I am very proud of all of our students for their hard work over the last two years and the determination they have shown to perform to the best of their ability.”

• City of Norwich School

% of students who achieved at least a grade four in English and maths - 72pc (66pc)

Jim Nixon, headteacher, said: “CNS is full of very happy students who have done tremendously well. Given these are new and more challenging qualifications we are even more pleased with our headline figure which contains a number of record breaking performances at all levels.

“Of the 166 students who got a grade 4 or above an incredible 33 students (14% of the whole cohort) achieved the ‘exceptional performance’ grade 9. My thanks to our fantastic students who worked so hard, the staff who are simply brilliant, governors whose dedication and commitment knows no bounds and parents whose support has played a key role in these outcomes. In addition I would also like to thank Ormiston and especially OAT East who continually provide excellent support for the school. On a personal note it is very pleasing to be able to leave CNS on such a high with record results.”

• Cromer Academy

% of students who achieved at least a grade four in English and maths – 69pc (62pc)

Geoff Baker, principal, said: “These are phenomenal grades and show how our school community has really pulled together and focused on achieving some excellent outcomes for our year 11 class of 2017.

“This is the third year in a row that we have achieved the highest grades in the school’s history. I am incredibly proud of our students and our dedicated staff who have supported them.”

• Cliff Park Ormiston Academy

% of students who achieved at least a grade four in English and maths - 51pc (57pc)

Principal, Tamsin Poulter, said: “The GCSE results at Cliff Park Ormiston Academy are very pleasing again this year. I am delighted that our students have gained the results they deserve and that, in a time of significant examination change, our high standards have been maintained. Students and staff have worked extremely hard and should be congratulated on their achievements. Well done to all!”

• Dereham Neatherd High School

% of students who achieved at least a grade four in English and maths - 62pc (65pc)

The school said: ““This is a great set of results and in line with the predictions of our teachers. We are extremely proud of the individual and collective achievements of our students and the collaborative partnership we have seen between our fantastic staff, students and parents. We wish the class of 2017 all the best for the future.”

• Diss High School

% of students who achieved at least a grade four in English and maths - 71pc (74pc)

Headteacher, Dr Jan Hunt, said: “Students and staff are to be congratulated on another excellent set of results which have come from dedicated hard work and supportive parents.”

• Downham Market Academy

% of students who achieved at least a grade four in English and maths - 57pc (47pc)

• East Point Academy

% of students who achieved at least a grade four in English and maths - 65pc (62pc)

Richard Dolding, principal, said: “These results confirm our students as being the very best in Lowestoft, building on last year’s fantastic results. Across all subjects, a quarter of students achieved the top grades of A*/A or equivalents.

“The hard work and dedication of the students and staff, combined with the support of the local community has ensured that we improved upon last year’s fantastic results.”

• Fakenham Academy

% of students who achieved at least a grade four in English and maths - 64pc (60pc)

Principal, Matthew Parr-Burmam, said: “The thing they’re comparing it to is students who achieved C and above in English and maths, which was 60% for us last year. I’m cautious about how our figures stack up until I see the national picture.

“But it’s not all about that - it’s about individual children getting what they need to progress to the next stage of their lives. The teachers coming in today have been asking about how their students did, not the overall figures. We have a massive range of abilities coming here, including some students who go on to Oxford and Cambridge, and we do all we can to help everyone.“Many of these students will be going on to study at our new sixth form college, which we’re all very excited about.”

• Flegg High School

% of students who achieved at least a grade four in English and maths - 63pc (61pc)

Simon Fox, headteacher, said: “We are very pleased with the students’ results this summer, and as well as some great individual performances there are strong headline outcomes for this group of young people. We would like to congratulate all our students, families and staff for their hard work, energy, and commitment this past year, their determination is certainly reflected in their grades.

“We would also like to thank governors and the wider community for their continued support and encouragement. We wish all of our year 11 lots of luck and happiness in the next stage of their journey. We look forward to hearing about all their inspiring successes, creative achievements and ambitious plans for the future.”

• Framingham Earl High School

% of students who achieved at least a grade four in English and maths - 82pc (74pc)

Nicola Furneaux, headteacher, said: “This was a lovely group of students who thoroughly deserve their good results. My thanks go to parents, carers and staff who have offered such strong support and I wish all our students the very best for the future - sixth forms and colleges are lucky to have them.”

• Great Yarmouth High School

% of students who achieved at least a grade four in English and maths - 30pc (33pc)

Louise Jackson, headteacher, said: “We are very proud of our students who have worked hard to achieve some excellent individual results. There were very strong results in science, photography, art, and child development. This year we have moved towards academisation and we are determined to make the rapid changes needed to ensure our pupils get the results they deserve.

“There is new and challenging content in the new GCSEs which we continue to tackle to make the improvements we know are required.”

• Gresham’s School

% of students who achieved A* to C in English and maths (qualification is IGCSE, and still graded in letters) - 90pc (92pc)

• Hartismere School

% of students who achieved at least a grade four in English and maths – 77pc (81pc)

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.”

• Hellesdon High School

% of students who achieved at least a grade four in English and maths – 64pc (68pc)

Head of school Mike Earl said: “Although it is slightly down on last year, given the educational landscape and more difficult GCSEs we are delighted, actually. We had quite a lot of level 9s in English and maths at the top end, and individually the two departments improved on last year.

“It is only when you combine them together there is a drop. The students responded as best they can because they weren’t given any real guidance from the exam boards. Once again, the students have excelled themselves and surpassed all expectations.”

• Hethersett Academy

% of students who achieved at least a grade four in English and maths - 82pc (85pc)

Gareth Stevens, principal, said: “I am delighted to be celebrating excellent results with our students, which they have worked exceptionally hard to achieve. The performance of students at the highest grades was especially impressive, with more than a third of grades at A*/A or equivalent.

“Staff commitment to ensuring that every student achieved their best, together with outstanding parental support, makes Hethersett Academy a special place, and one of the foremost schools in the east of England.”

• Hewett Academy

% of students who achieved at least a grade four in English and maths - 54pc (34pc)

Rebecca Handley Kirk, principal, said: “This year’s results are the school’s best for more than a decade, and up 20pc on the equivalent measure last year. The whole school is delighted with these results, which show that the hard work by our staff and students really has paid off. We’re very proud of all our students.”

• Hobart High School

% of students who achieved at least a grade four in English and maths - 78pc (65pc)

Headteacher Jim Adams said: “All the staff are thrilled with the result and we have exceeded all of our targets, which is fantastic.

“I think the result was down to incredibly hard work, from both the staff and our students. It is always difficult adopting a new marking scheme as there is no point of reference as to what each mark looks like, but our staff dealt with this with incredible professionalism.”

• Iceni Academy

% of students who achieved at least a grade four in English and maths - 65pc (64pc)

Gee Cook, principal, said: “Congratulations to Iceni students and their families. I am delighted that the results in many subjects and measures, including students getting English & Maths GCSEs, have exceeded the record results set last year.

“Our students, staff and Governors have worked tirelessly to ensure that expected National declines in results have not affected Iceni students who continue to achieve record results.”

• IES Breckland

% of students who achieved at least a grade four in English and maths - 52pc (40pc)

Alison Tilbrook, principal, said: “At IES Breckland we are proud of the hard work and effort of students and staff to secure the schools best ever GCSE results.”

• King Edward VII Academy

% of students who achieved at least a grade four in English and maths - 45pc (49pc)

Head of school Lloyd Brown said: “My congratulations to our students in achieving their GCSE successes. We are looking forward to working with many of them who are returning to KES next year to study for A-levels.”

• King’s Lynn Academy

% of students who achieved at least a grade four in English and maths - 43pc (44pc)

Acting principal, Alan Fletcher, said: “We offer our congratulations to our hardworking students who have achieved some very impressive individual sets of results. My thanks also go to the staff who have supported our students with such dedication throughout a challenging year for the school.

“English results have improved by eight percent this year, and we are already working hard to ensure to a record-breaking set of outcomes for 2018.”

• Langley School

% of students who achieved at least a grade four in English and maths - 73pc (72pc)

Dominic Findlay, headmaster, said: “We are so pleased for all our students and staff on achieving some of our best ever GCSE grades. Our A*percentage increased to 16% (14%), alongside our A*/A% figure which has risen to 41% (40%) which is an incredible achievement considering the new format faced by the students. We wish them all the very best of luck as they head onto their 6th form pathway.”

• Litcham School

% of students who achieved at least a grade four in English and maths - 71pc (79pc)

Headteacher Robert Martlew, said: “I would like to pass on my personal congratulations to all of our students. Everyone has worked so hard and they have been rewarded with excellent results.”

• Long Stratton High School

% of students who achieved at least a grade four in English and maths - 66pc (53pc)

Dr Roger Harris, headteacher, said: “Having a 13pc increase in our combined English and Maths results is an amazing step forward. The pupils and their teachers should be very proud of these results and it is a testament to the hard work put in by both parties.”

• Lynn Grove Academy

% of students who achieved at least a grade four in English and maths - 67pc (64pc)

Alison Mobbs, principal, said: “Well done to the Lynn Grove Academy class of 2017, they have achieved some truly excellent results. This talented group of young people are leaving us very well prepared for their next stage and we are extremely proud of them. Thank you to all their teachers and their parents who supported them along the way.”

• Marshland High School

% of students who achieved at least a grade four in English and maths - 60pc (61pc)

Assistant headteacher, Mr Nicholls, said: “Our congratulations go to all the students on their fantastic results. This was a superb group of students who worked really hard and deserve these great outcomes. We are all thrilled for them. Our thanks also goes to all the staff who have worked really hard to help our students achieve these excellent results. We wish them every success in their future ventures.”

• Mildenhall College Academy

% of students who achieved at least a grade four in English and maths - 55pc (52pc)

Susan Byles, principal at Mildenhall College Academy, commented: “I have never known a year group to work so hard in meeting and overcoming new challenges. I am immensely proud of each and every one of our pupils. This cohort has beaten all previous records in the number of A*/A grades that have been achieved.

“They were the first year group to join MCA at the start of Year 7 following the closure of the middle schools and they are the first cohort to have taken the new linear GCSEs in maths and English which are undoubtedly the hardest exams that pupils in this age group have ever had to sit.”

• Nicholas Hamond Academy

% of students who achieved at least a grade four in English and maths - 50pc (49pc)

Martin Booth, principal, said: “We are proud of our students and staff, who have worked well to meet the demands of the new more challenging exam courses in English and maths.”

• Northgate High School

% of students who achieved at least a grade four in English and maths - 55pc (60pc)

Andy Mason, head of school, said: “We are proud of the progress and achievement of all of our students across subject areas which reflect the wonderful partnerships in learning between students and staff. Students have worked incredibly hard, supported by our team of committed, dedicated and hardworking staff. A number of students achieved the top grade nine in English language, English literature and maths.

• North Walsham High School

% of students who achieved at least a grade four in English and maths - 60pc (58pc)

Headteacher Neil Powell, said: “It has been no secret that his has been a year of transition at NWHS. However, our focus has always been on raising standards, and this year’s GCSE results are a good step in the right direction, and evidence that our approach has been effective.

“I am confident that we are now in a good position to build on this success, and deliver even better results next year.”

• Norwich High School for Girls

% of students who achieved A* to C in English and maths (qualification is IGCSE, and still graded in letters) - 97pc (99pc)

Kirsty von Malaisé, headmistress, said: “Our girls have once again worked very hard to achieve this brilliant set of results. I am thrilled to be able to celebrate so many excellent individual successes, with particular congratulations to the nine girls who achieved 8 or more A*s! I am very proud to work with such motivated and talented young women, who are all supported by our highly dedicated team of staff.”

• Norwich School

% of students who achieved at least a grade four in English and maths - 100pc (100pc)

Head Master Steffan Griffiths, said: “At a time of considerable change with regards to GCSE, achieving 47% at A* and 74% at A*-A demonstrates Norwich School’s reliable national reputation as one of the highest achieving co-educational day schools. Such performances come from lots of hard work by pupils and their teachers, supported both by their families and a framework of strong pastoral care at school. 
“Well done to all for this great team effort!”

• Notre Dame High School

% of students who achieved at least a grade four in English and maths - 87pc (81pc)

Brian Conway, executive headteacher, said: “We are all extremely pleased and proud of these superb results achieved by our students, who have worked extremely hard with these new tougher GCSEs and been rewarded with excellent grades.

“I have to pay tribute to my staff who have worked hard with the new GCSE courses and have enabled students to do so well. We are particularly pleased for James O’Donnell in achieving the highest awards in all 12 of his GCSEs.”

• Old Buckenham High School

% of students who achieved at least a grade four in English and maths -68pc (67pc)

Andrew Fell, headteacher, said: “The students at our school have performed very well this year, with some outstanding results. In particular, many students doing extremely well in Maths and English given the uncertainty around the new grades, with several students achieving the very highest grades.

“My thanks to the dedicated staff, the support from our parents and partners and most importantly to the hard working students in year 11.’

• Open Academy

% of students who achieved at least a grade four in English and maths - 37pc (53pc)

Jon Platten, principal, said: “It was great to see more A grades, A*s and Distinction*s than we have ever had, as well as the new 8s and 9s. There were some amazing individual performances. Well done to all students for meeting the challenges of the new examination, particularly in Maths where every student entered for the Higher Tier attained a grade 4 or above.”

• Ormiston Denes Academy

% of students who achieved at least a grade four in English and maths - 53pc (32pc)

Ormiston Denes principal Ben Driver said: “These historic results are due to ongoing support from our parents and sponsor (Ormiston Academies Trust), the high quality and dedication of our staff, and most importantly the relentless hard work of a fantastic cohort of students. Many of them have achieved academic success as well as excellence outside of the curriculum. We are incredibly proud of them all.”

• Ormiston Venture Academy

% of students who achieved at least a grade four in English and maths - 48pc (53pc)

Simon Gilbet-Barnham, principal, said: “The hard work and dedication of our students, parents and staff has resulted in fantastic achievement across the academy including achieving the new top national grades. I would like to congratulate every one of our senior year for their success and wish you all the very best in the future. We are proud of you all.”

• Ormiston Victory Academy

% of students who achieved at least a grade four in English and maths - 64pc (55pc)

Principal Naomi Palmer, said: “We are excited to celebrate excellent results with our students today – I am so proud of what they have achieved across such a wide range of subjects. It has been a long wait for them, given the significant changes to examinations this year. We are thrilled for our hard-working and talented young people - they have been so well supported by their families, their peers and their teachers.”

• Pakefield High School

% of students who achieved at least a grade four in English and maths 50pc (56pc)

Headteacher Anthony Walker, said: “I am extremely proud that, our students have performed so well, particularly in core subjects of English and mathematics.

“In the context of the introduction of more challenging and demanding new GCSEs it is incredibly impressive that our students have achieved double the national rate of the newly-introduced highest grade 9. I would specifically like to congratulate Kathryn Skazick who achieved thirteen grade A* and As and Maisie Wright, Laura Preece and Sophie Miller who each achieved eleven. Equally impressive was the achievement of Mia Dale who made outstanding progress - exceeding the national expectation by three GCSE grades in each subject.

“I would like to congratulate our students and staff on their commitment to learning, and thank our parents, carers and governors for their ongoing support of the school.”

• Reepham High School and College

% of students who achieved at least a grade four in English and maths - 67pc (73pc)

Mark Farrar, headteacher, said: “These are very good results for this particular cohort. We are especially pleased with the fact that over 22% of all grades were at A*/A/9/8/7. The hard work of our pupils on the new tougher GCSEs is to be commended and we wish all of our young people the very best for their futures. Of course, these results would not have been achieved without the support of the wonderfully dedicated and talented members of staff we have in Reepham.”

• Sacred Heart School

% of students who achieved at least a grade four in English and maths - 77c (67pc)

Sister Francis Ridler said: “The pupils have done very well and the overall results are excellent and the teachers have worked very hard through a difficult year.

“I don’t think the results are any less than we thought they would be. We thought we would suffer but as far as we can see we haven’t, we only have one 9 for English Literature and an 8 for Maths. While we haven’t had the high grades we have had in the past, we have got more than a third of those who have done 10 or 11 subjects and come out with good grades.”

• Sewell Park Academy

% of students who achieved at least a grade four in English and maths - 41c (43pc)

Penny Bignell, headteacher, said: “We are extremely proud of the positive attitude and endeavour of our students and their impressive individual results . We are very pleased with strong results in many subjects and especially maths were students have responded well to the new GCSE.

“My thanks to the dedicated staff, supportive parents and hard working students of the class of 2017”.

• Sheringham High School

% of students who achieved at least a grade four in English and maths - 75pc (79pc)

Dr Andrew Richardson, headteacher, said: “We are very proud of our students’ results in a year of syllabus and grading change. Nearly a quarter achieved four or more A and A* grades which is outstanding.

“Sheringham students are resilient and committed to their learning, and are supported by outstanding teaching, care and career advice. Staff, students and parents just get on with the graft and pleasure of learning no matter what the means of assessment; the focus being the individual Sheringham learner and preparation for sixth form, college or apprenticeships.”

• Sir John Leman High School

% of students who achieved at least a grade four in English and maths - 68pc (65pc)

Michael Taylor, headteacher, said: “I would like to congratulate the students and staff who have worked phenomenally hard together, enjoying the support of parents and families to achieve this brilliant set of results at GCSE level in 2017.

“This has been achieved within a more challenging and changed context with different assessment regimes and in a year in which it is widely recognised that there will be much variability at school level across the country.”

• Smithdon High School

% of students who achieved at least a grade four in English and maths - 65pc (56pc)

• Springwood High School

% of students who achieved at least a grade four in English and maths - 66pc (61pc)

Andy Johnson, executive headteacher, said “This is a fabulous set of results for the students of Springwood. It is great to see so many students enter the Springwood Sixth Form or gain their first choice future elsewhere.”

• Sprowston High School

% of students who achieved at least a grade four in English and maths - 66pc (66pc)

Andrew John, headteacher, said: “I am exceptionally proud of our strong GCSE results at 66%, and our students have performed extremely well – congratulations to them all.

“I wish to praise the hard work and dedication of every one of our staff, and toast the success of students and their families. Special thanks to Mrs Wavell and Mr Sayce, the Heads of Year, who have supported and challenged the students in their journey through the school.

“I am so proud to lead a truly successful school with an ethos that develops well rounded individuals with a diverse mixture of creative, technical and academic ability – exactly what our society needs. We have traditional values offering high quality academic subjects to all our students. The GCSE results are a springboard for our students into whatever career paths they wish to take next, with a substantial number remaining with us in our sixth form.”

• Saint Felix School

% of students who achieved at least a grade four in English and maths - 91pc (76pc)

Headmaster James Harrison said: “It’s particularly pleasing to see exceptional maths grades again - Saint Felix received an award for the best A-level Maths results in the UK two years ago, and so we remain one of the country’s most outstanding maths departments. I am immensely proud of the exceptional grades this year.

“Constant tinkering with exams by the government has led to teachers and pupils being unsure about the intricacies of the new grading system, but at Saint Felix we always have and always will rely on good quality teaching across all of our subjects. The teachers are committed, the pupils are enthusiastic and they deserve all of their success.”

• Stalham High School

% of students who achieved at least a grade four in English and maths - 57pc (56pc)

Martin Budgett, head of school, said: “We are very proud of the way in which Stalham students have shown the necessary resilience and determination to succeed throughout their time at the school, particularly in respect to changes to the exams for this year, and we are delighted with the number achieving the highest grade 9.

“This represents the continuing hard work and focus on improvements across the school and there are many great personal success stories across all subjects. We wish all our students the very best of good fortune and success in their futures.”

• Stradbroke High School

% of students who achieved at least a grade four in English and maths - 79pc (59pc)

Head of school John Axtell said: “I am absolutely thrilled with the results attained by the students at Stradbroke High School this year.

“They have been justly rewarded for the effort and commitment that they have put in during their time with us. These results are also testament to the dedication and hard work of our incredible teaching staff.”

• St Clement’s High School

% of students who achieved at least a grade four in English and maths - 52pc (51pc)

Headteacher Nigel Willingham said: “We are very proud of our students, they have worked exceptionally hard to meet the challenge of the new tougher GCSE courses.”

• Taverham High School

% of students who achieved at least a grade four in English and maths - 71pc (69pc)

Carol Dallas, headteacher, said: “Congratulations to all of our students who have performed so well in the GCSE exams at Taverham High. We are so pleased to see that 71pc of our students achieved a pass grade for English and maths which is an increase of 2pc on last year. This is such a big achievement considering the change in specifications and is a credit to the individuals, staff and governors who worked so hard.

“Thirty-one of our students gained six or more of the higher level passes which is again an increase on previous years. We are so proud of each and every student and would like to offer our warmest wishes to them for their future and thank the families who have supported them during this journey. I hope they enjoy their celebrations and we will relish the opportunity to work with them in the sixth form in September.”

• Thetford Academy

% of students who achieved at least a grade four in English and maths - 51pc (40pc)

Kevin Blakey, principal, said: “These results are fantastic for the academy and the town, with a big increase on last year despite a tougher curriculum and more rigorous exams. I want to thank our staff for their dedication to our young people, and congratulate our fantastic students.”

• Thetford Grammar School

% of students who achieved at least a grade four in English and maths - 95pc (90pc)

Mark Bedford, principal, said: “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 our wonderful teaching staff.

“Our pupils already lead rich and fulfilling lives: these academic successes come alongside many notable achievements in music, sporting endeavours, the creative arts and community involvement.”

• Thorpe St Andrew High School

% of students who achieved at least a grade four in English and maths - 72pc (69pc)

Ian Clayton, principal, said: “With strong teacher guidance, our students have again achieved very well, especially in the core areas of English and maths. They have coped with the changes and uncertainties, leading them onto the next stage of their growth and development, that being in the Sixth form or via an apprentice course.

“To see so many smiles and celebrations was a real honour to share with students and their parents.”

• University Technical College Norfolk

% of students who achieved at least a grade four in English and maths - 61pc (58pc)

Alex Hayes, principal, said: “We are very pleased with our second set of GCSE results and I would like to congratulate our students, their parents and our staff for all their hard work. It is also encouraging to see significant numbers of students achieving higher grades in the new, reformed GCSEs.

“As well as succeeding in subjects which they might expect to achieve in at a specialist engineering college, it is heartening that our students are 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 2019.”

• Wayland Academy

% of students who achieved at least a grade four in English and maths - 57pc (54pc)

Glen Allott, principal, said: “I would like to congratulate our students on achieving Wayland Academy Norfolk’s best ever GCSE results! 57pc of students achieving grades nine to four in English and maths surpasses last year’s previous best results. I am very proud of our amazing students and their fantastic teachers and support staff on this achievement.”

Wisbech Grammar School

% of students who achieved at least a grade four in English and maths - 98pc (92pc)

Headmaster Chris Staley said: “This has been a vintage year for GCSEs at Wisbech Grammar School and they represent our best results since 2010, which is fantastic news. Considering the curriculum changes, the move to the new nine to one grading system and the fact that national press headlines have today been talking about the significant drop in top grades awarded this summer, the pupils at Wisbech Grammar have bucked this trend. I am incredibly pleased by their achievements, the dedication of the staff and last, but by no means least, the support from parents/guardians.”

Wymondham College

% of students who achieved at least a grade four in English and maths - 83pc (89pc)

Jonathan Taylor, executive principal, said: “Congratulations to our year 11 students on an excellent set of GCSE results. We are especially delighted that 8% of students achieved the new top 9 grade in English and 5% in maths, significantly above national levels of less than 3%.

“The percentage of students achieving 5+ grades are also extremely high. Students and staff have worked really hard to achieve such a great set of results and we look forward to welcoming students back to our top performing sixth form.”

Wymondham High Academy

% of students who achieved at least a grade four in English and maths - 80pc (73pc)


Principal Jonathan Rockey, said: “I’d like to congratulate all the pupils on their achievements, and thank all the parents and staff for their encouragement. As always, there are eye-catching results in terms of A* grades, but headline figures always mask the personal stories – young people who have persevered with their studies and succeeded against the odds - and we are so proud of all of them.”

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