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Trust schools post record GCSE results

Published on 24/08/17

GCSE students at Inspiration Trust schools have bucked the national trend and posted record results.

At the Hewett Academy in Norwich students achieved an overall 19% increase in pupils gaining Grade 4+ in English and maths - the school's highest in more than a decade and the highest since becoming an academy in 2015.

Students at Hethersett Academy saw the Trust's highest results, with 82% hitting the headline measure and 70% hitting the higher Grade 5+ level. Overall, a third of results were A*/A or the new numerical equivalent.

East Point Academy in Lowestoft saw another rise in results to 65% 4+ English and maths, with a quarter of grades at A*/A. For the second year in a row the academy is the top performing school in the town.

Further up the coast at Cromer Academy the school saw the third successive year of record results, with 69% hitting the 4+ headline measure.

At Thetford, an 11% leap in results took the headine measure to 51%.

This year's exams see the start of a move to a new numerical grading system between 9 and 1, replacing the old A-G regime, and the removal of coursework assessment. English and maths have already changed, with remaining subjects to follow over the next two years.

Inspiration Trust chief executive Dame Rachel de Souza said: "In any year these would be impressive results. With the addition of a new tougher curriculum and the change to exam only assessment for English and maths these are phenomenal.

"It's particularly pleasing to see the sustained improvements at Hethersett Academy and East Point Academy, and the substantial turnaorund at The Hewett Academy. These schools show beyond doubt that every young person in our region - wherever they live, whatever their background - can achieve great things.

"They also show the importance of great leadership, teaching, and support in our schools, and I want to thank all of our staff for their daily hard work to ensure our students get the very best education."