Students across south Norfolk and north Suffolk celebrate their A-mazing results
Students across north Suffolk and south Norfolk are celebrating another year of A-mazing GCSE results.
The wait for students all over the country was over, with 69 per cent earning A*-C grades, including maths and English, a rise of 0.2 per of last year, while the number of A* grades dropped by 0.1 per cent.
There were notable performances at Diss High School, where 68 per cent earned five A*-C grades for a second year running.
“Overwhelmed” Diss resident Daniela Castro-Kerridge came away with 13 A*/A grades, and is set to continue her studies at the sixth form next year.
Head girl Katie Rix, of Winfarthing, who earned 12 A*/A grades, will also stay on at Diss High School, and will begin studying biology, chemistry, maths and French next year.
“I was really nervous,” she explained. “I was not expecting this but I am over the moon.”
Headteacher Dr Jan Hunt added: “Pupils and staff are to be congratulated on an excellent set of results.
“This is even more significant because our pupils already follow the more challenging GCSE based Educational Baccalaureate curriculum which has not yet been brought in by all schools.”
Nerves of steel were required at Attleborough Academy, with a number of students opening their results live on ITV show Good Morning Britain. Principal Neil McShane said he was “incredibly proud” of his pupils, with 67 per cent attaining five A*-C grades, while 61 per cent earned five A*-C including maths and English.
“Students and staff have shown such admirable resilience and determination following the sad loss of our Vice Principal who I know would have also been so proud. Thank you to the Attleborough community and to our parents and carers for their support.”
Dan Smith-Hughes, 16, from Attleborough, achieved 10 A*s and two As, and had his moment of truth live of national television.
“It’s really good, it’s what I wanted, I’m still a bit shell-shocked,” he said. “It’s been a massive high. I was a bit nervous opening my results on TV. I called all my family and they all saw it.”
At Archbishop Sancroft High School, 80 per cent of students came away with five A*-C grades, continuing a year on year improvement from 2014 (69 per cent) and 2013 (49 per cent), and beating the school’s personal best, of 71 per cent, set in 2011. The figure for five A*-C grades including maths and English was 52 per cent, a seven per cent drop on last year.
Headteacher Richard Cranmer said: “We are over the moon that the Class of 2015 has broken a number of new school records.”
Pupils at Stradbroke High School also beat their national peers on results day. with 72 per cent achieving five A*-C grades, including maths and English.
Long Stratton High School headteacher John Wilson praised “a good set of results”, with 52 per cent coming away with five A*-C grades, including maths and English. 64 per cent of pupils took home five A*-C grades.
Eye-based Hartismere School also celebrated improved results on last year. They bettered their performance of students attaining five A*-C grades including maths and English to 76 per cent, a four per cent increase in 2014.
David Orrell was the star of the many success stories on the day. The Thomas Mills High School student scored 15 A* grades.
Overall at the Framlingham school, 72 per cent of pupils came away with five A*-C grades including maths and English.
Philip Hurst, Headteacher said, “This is a superb set of results. Pupils have made excellent progress and I am so proud of their achievements.
“I thank the teachers for their hard work and the parents for their active support. Success at GCSE is a real team effort.”
And at Framlingham College, of the 86 entrants, 92 per cent scored five A*-C grades including maths and English.