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Norfolk schools reveal A-level results

PUBLISHED: 14:40 20 August 2009 | UPDATED: 11:36 06 July 2010

Norwich City College students celebrate thier A level exam results.

Norwich City College students celebrate thier A level exam results.

Sarah Brealey

Thousands of Norfolk students were united today in celebration and commiseration as they found out their A-level results.

Thirteen years of hard work came to an end as students discovered whether they received the grades they were desperate for.

Thousands of Norfolk students were united today in celebration and commiseration as they found out their A-level results.

Thirteen years of hard work came to an end as students discovered whether they received the grades they were desperate for.

Although Norfolk's overall score will not be known until the end of the week, the majority of schools are already reporting a steady improvement on previous years.

Nationally, teenagers are believed to have scored record results for the 27th year in a row.

Do you know someone who has performed exceptionally well? Contact Steve Downes on 01603 772495 or email steve.downes@archant.co.uk or Tracey Gray on 01603 772418 or email tracey.gray@archant.co.uk.

RESULTS

Last year's pass rate is in brackets.

ATTLEBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOL

A-level pass rate A-C: 57pc (59)

AS-level pass rate: unavailable (unavailable)

A-level pass rate A-E: 98pc (96)

AS-level pass rate A-E: unavailable (unavailable)

“Year 13 students achieved 98pc exam passes this year; yet again an increase on the previous year. We are proud of the achievements of our students. These reflect the high standards of teaching and the commitment of both staff and students and the support of our parents.” - acting headteacher Neil McShane.

BENJAMIN BRITTEN HIGH SCHOOL, LOWESTOFT

A-level pass rate A-C: 55pc (38)

AS-level pass rate A-C: unavailable (unavailable)

A-level pass rate A-E: 97pc (95)

AS-level pass rate A-E: unavailable (unavailable)

“I am delighted for all the pupils and their parents. This is just reward for two years of hard work and dedication. Points per candidate and per entry have improved on last year, showing a remarkable performance by staff and pupils. Many pupils will now be celebrating, and rightly so, prior to a hectic few weeks getting ready for a major change in their life which will launch them into their future. We wish them well. There is little more rewarding for us as staff than to see young people who have spent years with us, realise their dreams.” - headteacher Trevor Osborne.

BUNGAY HIGH SCHOOL

A-level pass rate A-C: 70pc (65)

AS-level pass rate A-C: unavailable (unavailable)

A-level pass rate A-E: 99pc (93)

AS-level pass rate: unavailable (unavailable)

“This is testament to the tremendous relationship between staff, students and parents, the breadth of opportunities provided by the school and sheer hard work of the students and staff.” - headteacher Sean O'Neill.

CITY OF NORWICH SCHOOL

A-level pass rate A-C: 72pc (76)

AS-level pass rate A-C: unavailable (unavailable)

A-level pass rate A-E: 97pc (97)

AS-level pass rate A-E: unavailable (unavailable)

“We are delighted that our sixth form students have again produced very pleasing results and are pleased to celebrate their successes. Such excellent results reflect the combined effort of our hardworking students, together with the support of their dedicated teachers and parents. Our congratulations to our students as they embark on the next stage of their careers.” - headteacher Ian Bloom.

COLLEGE OF WEST ANGLIA

A-level pass rate A-C: 62.3pc (58.2)

AS-level pass rate A-C: 45.2pc (40)

A-level pass rate A-E: 99.1pc (96.5)

AS-level pass rate A-E: 82.8pc (82)

“We are proud of our students' achievements. This reflects in the hard work and commitment of our students and the high quality of teaching and learning in our college. I would like to congratulate all our students and staff on their success. We are delighted with the 20 subjects achieving 100pc pass rate and particularly pleased that even more of our A-level students achieved higher A to C grades, compared to last year, as this means more students will be accepted into their first choice of college or university as well as having better job opportunities.” - head of faculty for humanities and science, Richard Bradley.

COSTESSEY HIGH SCHOOL

A-level pass rate A-C: 61pc (65)

AS-level pass rate A-C: unavailable (unavailable)

A-level pass rate A-E: 94.4pc (95)

AS-level pass rate A-E: unavailable (unavailable)

“We're really pleased with the way these students have performed. The average points score per entry has gone up from last year. Though our A-C pass rate is down, the students did better per qualification.” - post-16 manager Adrian Ball.

COUNTY UPPER SCHOOL, BURY

A-level pass rate A-C: 89pc (75)

AS-level pass rate A-C: unavailable (unavailable)

A-level pass rate A-E: 99.5pc (99)

AS-level pass rate A-E: unavailable (unavailable)

“With 38pc of all grades at A and 89pc at grades A-C, these are record results at all levels and most importantly today the overwhelming majority of young people are going on to their chosen university. I congratulate the students and staff on a fantastic set of results.” - headteacher Vicky Neale.

CULFORD SCHOOL, BURY

A-level pass rate A-C: 90pc (82)

AS-level pass rate A-C: unavailable (unavailable)

A-level pass rate A-E: 98.8pc (99)

AS-level pass rate A-E: unavailable (unavailable)

“Yet again we have a record set of results, which are a real testament to the dedication and hard work of teachers and pupils alike. We are particularly pleased with the percentage of top grades, with a significant number of pupils obtaining suites of A or A and B grades.” - director of studies John Guntrip.

DENES HIGH SCHOOL

A-level pass rate A-C: 54pc (60)

AS-level pass rate A-C: unavailable (22)

A-level pass rate A-E: 92pc (94)

AS-level pass rate: unavailable (67)

“We're pleased. They are very much in line with expectations and our year 13s who are going to university have got their places.” - headteacher Mick Lincoln.

DEREHAM SIXTH FORM

A-level pass rate A-C: 78pc (79)

AS-level pass rate A-C: 70pc (63)

A-level pass rate A-E: 100pc (100)

AS-level pass rate A-E: 96pc (97)

“This year group has worked tremendously hard and we are very proud of them. They have worked with real enthusiasm and commitment over the years and have done a lot of extra-curricular work too. We had 66 of our students pass the AQA Baccalaureate where they had to do three A-levels plus an AS-level in critical thinking or citizenship and 100 hours of community action work. Twenty-three of our students also did an extended project qualification where they had to write 10,000 words on a subject of their choice and eight students did Open University modules.” - deputy director of sixth form Phyllis O'Grady.

DISS HIGH SCHOOL

A-level pass rate A-C: 79.6pc (unavailable)

AS-level pass rate A-C: 49pc (unavailable)

A-level pass rate A-E: 100pc (99)

AS-level pass rate A-E: 100pc (unavailable)

“I think that both staff and children have worked very hard, and these are very well deserved results. It's a very pleasing benchmark to aim to sustain.” - headteacher Dr Jan Hunt.

DOWNHAM MARKET HIGH SCHOOL

A-level pass rate A-C: 71pc (61)

AS-level pass rate A-C: 99pc (96)

A-level pass rate A-E: 51pc (47)

AS-level pass rate A-E: 87pc (78pc)

“This is a pleasing set of results and an improvement on last year. Our percentage passes at A-C are up by 10pc this year. The results are a credit to the students and staff at the school and I wish all our students continuing success in their future endeavours.” - headteacher Sarah Quantrill.

EAST NORFOLK SIXTH FORM COLLEGE, GORLESTON

A-level pass rate A-C: 79pc (72)

AS-level pass rate A-C: unavailable (unavailable)

A-level pass rate A-E: 98.2pc (97)

AS-level pass rate A-E: unavailable (unavailable)

“We are extremely pleased with the results. There is lots and lots of pressure on our students to get good grades to go the university they want. Some need three As. They work extremely hard and our staff are very supportive and dedicated.” - principal Laurie Poulson.

FAKENHAM HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE

A-level pass rate A-C: 67.8pc (67.3)

AS-level pass rate A-C: 56pc (52)

A-level pass rate A-E: 99.4pc (96.7)

AS level pass rate A-E: 88.3pc (86.6)

“It's an improving picture all round. It represents a lot of hard work on behalf of the students and we have committed a significant amount of resources in terms of staff and man hours to support the students in achieving this very pleasing set of results for an inclusive school.” - Steve Maddocks, head of sixth form.

GRESHAM'S SCHOOL, HOLT

A-level pass rate A-C: 90.4pc (88)

AS-level pass rate A-C: 84.3pc (78.3)

A-level pass rate A-E: 99.6pc (98.9)

AS-level pass rate A-E: 98.5pc (96.8)

“Try asking the pupils whether examinations are easier these days. In my view the boys and girls at Gresham's work very hard indeed for their success and they should be congratulated along with their teachers for the many hours they put in. It should be remembered that many of the pupils at Gresham's also attain very high levels of achievement in other activities, some at national and international level whilst studying for their examinations and this makes their success all the more impressive.” - headmaster Philip John.

HARTISMERE AND DEBENHAM SIXTH FORM, EYE

A-level pass rate A-C: 81pc (83.4)

AS-level pass rate A-C: unavailable (unavailable)

A-level pass rate A-E: 98pc (97)

AS-level pass rate A-E: unavailable (unavailable)

“We knew the results would be good this year, but we did not realise how good. It is particularly good to see the number of students admitted to read medicine, law and veterinary. The results are a credit to the talented staff, very supportive parents and an excellent group of scholars.” - headmaster Jim McAtear.

HELLESDON AND TAVERHAM HIGH SIXTH FORM

A-level pass rate A-C: 63pc (60)

AS-level pass rate A-C: 52pc (unavailable)

A-level pass rate A-E: 98pc (95pc)

AS-level pass rate A-E: 89pc (unavailable)

“We are really pleased. We have two students with straight As who are going to Cambridge, which is fantastic.” - Brain Field, head of sixth form.

HETHERSETT OLD HALL SCHOOL

A-level pass rate A-C: 70pc (67)

AS-level pass rate A-C: 30pc (unavailable)

A-level pass rate A-E: 95pc (96)

AS-level pass rate A-E: 94pc (unavailable)

“We're absolutely delighted. Seventy per cent is the best figure since 2002. This is great news for the school and for the students.” - headmaster Stephen Crump.

THE HEWETT SCHOOL, NORWICH

A-level pass rate A-C: 80.7pc (81)

AS-level pass rate A-C: unavailable (unavailable)

A-level pass rate A-E: 96.8pc (98)

AS-level pass rate A-E: unavailable (100)

“We are very pleased. Last year's results placed us in the top 6pc of all sixth forms in the country for student progress and these results seem to match those.” - Rob Anthony, deputy head.

THE KETT SIXTH FORM (Open Academy, Sewell Park College and Sprowston High)

A-level pass rate A-C: 64pc (64)

AS-level pass rate A-C: unavailable (unavailable)

A-level pass rate A-E: 98pc (97)

AS-level pass rate A-E: unavailable (unavailable)

We are delighted with our results, which reflect continuing improvement in the Kett students' achievement. There have been some exceptional performances, including two Cambridge candidates who both got four As. But we mustn't forget some really good results among our less able students.” - managing head Karen Topping.

KING EDWARD VII HIGH, KING'S LYNN

A-level pass rate A-C: 77pc (77)

AS-level pass rate A-C: unavailable (unavailable)

A-level pass rate A-E: 98pc (98)

AS-level pass rate A-E: unavailable (unavailable)

“It's an excellent set of results really and there are some outstanding individual results. It shows a comparative performance to last year. The year on year discussion about things getting easier deflects away from the students who have achieved what they have got. Things are different .Skills are being tested that are different.” - headteacher Mike Douglass.

KIRKLEY HIGH SCHOOL, LOWESTOFT

A-level pass rate A-C: 48.1pc (50)

AS-level pass rate a-c: unavailable (unavailable)

A-level pass rate A-E: 92.4pc (92)

AS level pass rate A-E: unavailable (unavailable)

“These are great results. I'm particularly pleased as 100pc of our students have achieved a level three qualification, which is really great news.” - headteacher Richard Pickard.

LANGLEY SCHOOL, LODDON

A-level pass rate A-C: 74.5pc (74.5)

AS-level pass rate A-C: unavailable (unavailable)

A-level pass rate A-E: 98.2pc (97.5)

AS-level pass rate: unavailable (unavailable)

“I'm delighted with this year's A-level results. From a non-selective entrance to get a 98.2pc pass rate and a quarter of our top students gaining two grade As or more is a real indication of the hard work that both staff and students have put in over the past year.” - headteacher Dominic Findlay.

LOWESTOFT COLLEGE

A-level pass rate A-C: 52pc (unavailable)

AS-level pass rate A-C: 41pc (unavailable)

A-level pass rate A-E: 92pc (unavailable)

AS-level pass rate A-E: 76pc (unavailable)

“We are really pleased this year with our A-level results, as 92pc of the students who took A-levels in either ICT or health and social care have passed. This is an overall 12pc improvement from the previous year.” - Vice principal Ros Pugh.

MILDENHALL COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY

A-level pass rate A-C: 52pc (52)

AS-level pass rate A-C: unavailable (unavailable)

A-level pass rate A-E: 97pc (95)

AS-level pass rate A-E: unavailable (unavailable)

“I am thrilled that I am able to report record results on the last occasion, before retiring, that I am able to enjoy student success. The results reflect the tremendous hard work by students and staff.” - head teacher Terry Lewis.

NORWICH CITY COLLEGE

A-level pass rate A-C: unavailable (unavailable)

AS-level pass rate A-C: unavailable (unavailable)

A-level pass rate A-E: 97pc (95)

AS-level pass rate A-E: 88pc (86)

“We are not only celebrating these great results but also a bumper enrolment on A level courses this year with many excellent students due to commence their studies in September.” - Steve Guratsky, head of the sixth form centre.

NORWICH HIGH SCHOOL FOR GIRLS

A-level pass rate A-C: 90.3pc (94)

AS-level pass rate A-C: unavailable (unavailable)

A-level pass rate A-E: 100pc (100)

AS-level pass rate A-E: unavailable (unavailable)

“We are very pleased with the results. We also have a lot of girls going on to the harder degree courses as well such as maths and science and veterinary science.” - headmistress Valerie Bidwell.

NORWICH SCHOOL

A-level pass rate A-C: 97.7pc (97.5)

AS-level pass rate A-C: unavailable (92.3)

A-level pass rate A-E: 100pc (100)

AS-level pass rate A-E: unavailable (99.3)

“Two-thirds of all A-levels were grade A and almost all pupils secured their first-choice university places. So it's a very pleasing year. Well done to everyone.” - headmaster Jim Hawkins.

THE PARK HIGH, KING'S LYNN

A-level pass rate A-C: 31.25pc (40)

AS-level pass rate A-C: 36pc (unavailable)

A-level pass rate A-E: 79.2pc (90)

AS-level pass rate A-E: 67pc (74)

“We are pleased with the results and we think everyone who wanted to go to university got a place. It is a very good process we have here of getting the students into university.” - headteacher Bob Rogers.

PASTON COLLEGE, NORTH WALSHAM

A-level pass rate A-C: 75pc (72.5)

AS-level pass rate A-C: unavailable (62)

A-level pass rate A-E: 98.4pc (98)

AS-level pass rate A-E: unavailable (90)

“These excellent results demonstrate the ambition of this sixth form college and our encouragement of students to work hard and aim high. Universities all over the country will be receiving talented young people from north Norfolk this autumn as a result. A sterling performance in our silver jubilee year as North Norfolk's specialist sixth form college. I want to congratulate the Paston students and my colleagues for achieving such outstanding results.” - principal Peter Mayne.

ST BENEDICT'S UPPER SCHOOL, BURY

A-level pass rate A-C: 87pc (83)

AS-level pass rate A-C: unavailable (unavailable)

A-level pass rate A-E: 100pc (100)

AS-level pass rate A-E: unavailable (unavailable)

“These truly exceptional results are a credit to everyone involved. First and foremost, they reflect the dedication and hard work of a fine group of students. They would be the first to acknowledge that they have achieved success through the excellence of the teaching and support they have received from all the staff here at St Benedict's.” - headteacher Hugh O'Neill.

ST FELIX SCHOOL, SOUTHWOLD

A-level pass rate A-C: 90pc (82)

AS-level pass rate A-C: unavailable (unavailable)

A level pass rate A-E: 100pc (99)

AS level pass rate A-E: unavailable (unavailable)

“This year's outstanding A-level results are richly deserved and they reflect the hard work of both students and staff. We are delighted with the school's excellent performance with all students qualifying for their chosen universities.” - deputy head Fran D'Alcorn.

SIR JOHN LEMAN HIGH

A-level pass rate A-C: 58pc (unavailable)

AS-level pass rate A-C: unavailable (unavailable)

A-level pass rate A-E: 93pc (unavailable)

AS-level pass rate A-E: unavailable (unavailable)

“Today's A-level results cap a strong year for Sir John Leman High School. Our pass rate is well over 90pc, which means that most of our students will be able to attend their first-choice university, including Cambridge. As a school we feel very confident about our future - this year has seen a successful Ofsted inspection, many improvements to the school, and a rise in the number of students seeking places here.” - headteacher Jeremy Rowe.

SHERINGHAM HIGH AND SIXTH FORM CENTRE

A-level pass rate A-C: 76pc (73)

AS-level pass rate A-C: 68pc (64)

A-level pass rate A-E: 100pc (100)

AS-level pass rate A-E: 94pc (97)

“Our increasingly popular sixth form goes from strength-to-strength with another very good set of results that reflects the progress that the school is making. We are delighted with the 100pc A-level pass rate and the improvement in the percentage of A-C grades. There have been some outstanding individual performances. We are very proud of our students and they and their teachers deserve congratulations for what they have achieved.” - Tim Roderick, headteacher.

SMITHDON HIGH SCHOOL, HUNSTANTON

A-level pass rate A-C: 61pc (61)

AS-level pass rate A-C: unavailable (unavailable)

A-level pass rate A-C: 96pc (94)

AS-level pass rate A-E: unavailable (unavailable)

“I am absolutely delighted to see another year of progress with respect to our students' sixth form results. The last three years have each shown successive rises in the 'value added' scores of our students, as well as revealing excellent individual results and an outright increase in levels of attainment. 2009 has been another very good year with further rises in virtually every area. There is no doubt we will be celebrating further progress next year. It is no wonder applications for a place in our sixth form reached an all time high for 2009/10. The staff and students should feel really proud of themselves.” - headteacher Jon Goodchild.

SPRINGWOOD HIGH SCHOOL, KING'S LYNN

A-level pass rate A-C: 64pc (58)

AS-level pass rate A-C: 61pc (53)

A-level pass rate A-E: 97pc (96)

AS-level pass rate A-E: 91pc (88)

“We are delighted to see so many students performing so well in a school which has a very liberal sixth form entry policy and does not 'weed out' those whose GCSE grades are not strong. Our students have proved that they merited the opportunity to show what they could achieve through good teaching, ambition and hard work. The vast majority will now proceed to the futures they had planned for themselves.” - headteacher Peter Hopkins.

SWAFFHAM COLLEGE

A-level pass rate A-C: 34pc (59)

AS-level pass rate A-C: unavailable (unavailable)

A-level pass rate A-E: 90pc (94)

AS-level pass rate A-E: unavailable (unavailable)

“We had a fantastic morning sharing the success with the students. We are delighted that most of them exceeded their target grades.” - head of college Emily Thomason.

THETFORD GRAMMAR SCHOOL

A-level pass rate A-C: 87pc (91)

AS-level pass rate A-C: unavailable (unavailable)

A-level pass rate A-E: 100pc (98)

AS-level pass rate A-E: unavailable (unavailable)

“We have maintained the same high standards and our A to B results are at the same level as last year. Seventy-five per cent of students have got their first choice place at university so far.” - headmaster Gareth Price.

THOMAS PAINE SIXTH FORM, THETFORD

A-level pass rate A-C: 90pc (92pc)

AS-level pass rate A-C: unavailable (unavailable)

A-level pass rate A-E: 97pc (100)

AS-level pass rate A-E: 80pc (81pc)

“It is really good news and more and more are getting higher grades. Every year we have seen an improvement and have continued this year. More students are wanting to stay on.” - director of sixth form Carolyn Dunn.

THORPE ST ANDREW SCHOOL

A-level pass rate A-C: 69pc (68)

AS-level pass rate A-C: unavailable (unavailable)

A-level pass rate A-E: 96pc (95)

AS-level pass rate A-E: unavailable (unavailable)

“These are an excellent set of results for the school. What is important to remember is that students achieve the best results for them to be able to progress on in life, and we believe that is the case. We are over the moon.” - headteacher Ian Clayton.

WISBECH GRAMMAR SCHOOL

A-level pass rate A-C: 90pc (78)

AS-level pass rate A-C: 81pc (77)

A-level pass rate A-E: 98.6pc (99)

AS-level pass rate A-E: 96pc (96)

“Overall this is a very good, consistent set of figures and there has been excellence across all the subject areas. The general picture is that we are absolutely delighted. These are the best results achieved at the school since the introduction of Curriculum 2000.” - headteacher Nicholas Hammond.

WYMONDHAM HIGH SCHOOL

A-level pass rate A-C: 80pc (78)

AS-level pass rate A-C: unavailable (67)

A-level pass rate A-E: 99pc (99)

AS-level pass rate A-E: unavailable (91)

“It is a good set of results. I am disappointed every year about the media reaction to the improvement in A-level results. They constantly refer to them as being easy or dumbed down when in fact the results are down to the sheer hard work and tenacity by the students and hard work of the staff.” - headteacher Victoria Musgrave.

YARMOUTH COLLEGE

A-level pass rate A-C: 66.7pc (92.3)

AS-level pass rate A-C: 83pc (88.9)

A-level pass rate A-E: 100pc (100)

AS-level pass rate A-E: 97.2pc (100)

“We offer an extremely restricted diet of A-level provision. Only six candidates are represented here who undertook an A-level in conjunction with their vocational qualifications. This reflects the continuing reduction of A-level provision as we move across to the more appropriate qualifications that meet the needs of our students and employers.” - Director of Finance Roy Hughes.

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