Teenagers in south Norfolk and north Suffolk have celebrated yet more remarkable GCSE results.
Despite, nationwide, there being a drop in the proportion of GCSE exam entries awarded top grades, scores of pupils at schools in Diss, Eye and Harleston have been toasting record-breaking grades.
More than 600,000 teenagers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland collected their results yesterday, with 68.1 per cent of exam entries graded between an A* and a C grade.
Diss High School headteacher Jan Hunt said the school was celebrating achieving some “stunning top grades”, with 82 per cent of pupils achieving five A* to C grades overall. The school was unable to release the percentage of students who achieved five A* to C grades, including English and maths.
Ethan Strak, of Great Ellingham, achieved 15 A* to A grades, as well as an AS Level in critical thinking. He said he was nervous about collecting his results, but was very pleased. He is going to Wymondham College to study chemistry, biology, physics and maths.
Katie Sydney, of Diss, achieved 13 A* to A grades as well as a grade A pass in AS level critical thinking, and will be staying on at Diss’ sixth form.
Liam Wood, Jessica Knights and Christopher Smith gained 12 A* to A grades. Christopher, who will be staying on at Diss’ sixth form to study biology, maths and PE, said he was nervous but excited about collecting his results. He said: “I am very pleased overall. It is what I expected. I worked very hard and did a lot of revision.”
Kieron Pask, of Dickleburgh, achieved 11 A* to A grades and was the only person in the school to achieve an A* in PE. He said: “I’m very happy actually. It is not at all what I expected. I thought in most things I would get Bs and Cs but I’ve got quite a lot of As so I’m very pleased.
Dr Hunt said: “I am thrilled and delighted with the quality of these results. I congratulate both staff and pupils.”
Hartismere School (Eye) pupil Sophie Seymour-Blackburn, of Wattisfield, achieved an A** in further maths - a new grade.
In the 14 other subjects Sophie sat GCSEs in, she achieved A* and A grades. She said: “It feels absolutely amazing.”
The school’s head boy, Cameron McKie, achieved 13 A* grades.
Cameron, a 1,500-metre runner from Wickham Skeith, said: “I’m just over the moon. It could not really have gone any better. There’s nothing quite like it - you come in, all nervous, but then, wow, moments like this make it all worth it.”
He added: “You hear on the radio that the national picture doesn’t look so great, but from what I’ve seen, everybody is so happy, so pleased. It’s all thanks to the co-ordination of staff, parents, and children, and everyone can be proud of themselves.”
Both Cameron and Sophie hope to stay on at the school’s sixth form.
Deputy head, Adrian Hayton, praised the hard work of the school’s 141 Year 11 pupils, and said that in maths, 81 per cent of pupils had achieved A* to C.
The figures for how many of the school’s GCSE students achieved five or more grades at A* to C were not available at the time of going to press.
At nearby Stradbroke High School, 60 per cent of pupils achieved five or more A* to C grades, including English and maths.
Headteacher, Andrew Bloom, said: “These are the best ever results for the school. I would like to congratulate the pupils, the vast majority of whom met or exceeded national expectations, and thank our parents and carers for their excellent support.”
Over at Thomas Mills High School in Framlingham, 82 per cent of pupils achieved five or more A* to C grades including English and maths.
Alongside achieving ten A* grades and three A grades at GCSE level, Shuling Appleby achieved an A in an AS Level maths paper.
Michael Orrell also achieved an A grade in an AS maths paper, on top of 12 A* and two A grades at GCSE level.
See tomorrow’s Diss Express newspaper for more.