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Dramatic turnaround among GCSE highlights

Published on 23/08/18

Students across the Inspiration Trust have secured record GCSE results in this summer's exams.

At Hethersett Academy the school has again topped the table in Norfolk for Grade 5+ grades in English and Maths.

Principal Gareth Stevens said: "Last year's results were record breaking and I am delighted to say that this year the results have improved even further, with 81% getting 4+ at English and Maths, and strong underlying progress scores.

"Our students and staff have worked consistently hard for many years and really deserve these brilliant results."

East Point Academy in Lowestoft broke through last year's record results, which saw it ranked top for pupil progress in Suffolk, and increased to 68% for Grade 4+ English and Maths.

Principal Richard Dolding said: "This is another year-on-year rise for our results, which is testimony to the hard work, commitment and dedication of our amazing students, staff and the wonderful support provided by their parents and the wider school community.

"This cohort have been fantastic role models to our younger pupils, inspiring them to continue East Point's outstanding progress in September."

At the Trust's newest school, Great Yarmouth Charter Academy, pupils achieved a remarkable turnaround compared to the last results posted by the school before becoming an academy.

Headmaster Barry Smith said: "These results are just the start of showing what Great Yarmouth kids are made of. We have more than doubled the pass rate at the tougher Grade 5+ English and Maths compared to the old high school, and nearly doubled the Grade 4 pass rate too.

"I am extremely proud of what our young people and teachers have achieved today, and will go on achieving at sixth form and beyond."

On the north Norfolk coast, Cromer Academy also saw a boost to results at the higher grades.

Headteacher Antony Little said: "I am very proud of this very strong set of results from our students at Cromer, and particularly the 5% rise in pupils achieving at the tougher Grade 5+ at English and Maths level and we have had several of the very top Grade 9s. We talk a lot in school about being exceptional, without exception - and that definitely applies to our Year 11s this summer."

In Norwich results at the Hewett Academy reflected a move to a new, tougher curriculum.

Principal Rebecca Handley Kirk said: "We have deliberately moved to a more rigorous academic curriculum this year, raising the number of EBacc eligible pupils from 10% to 61% putting us in the top 10 in the county.

"Despite new tougher courses we have some fantastic individual results, particularly in science, and our Year 11 students and staff can feel very proud today."

In the west of the county at Thetford Academy results day marked a number of individual successes, with several students achieving the tough new Grade 9.

Principal Dan Carter said: "Since joining the academy I have been very impressed with the dedication of our students and staff, and we have seen that in many results - particularly in languages where 50% of pupils received a Grade 7 or higher in Spanish, alongside strong results in French, Portuguese, and Polish.

"Several students got the new top Grade 9 in multiple subjects, including Holly Scott, Skaiste Ivanaviciute, Milda Siauciulyte, and Mollie Hammond."