Focus on future for GCSE stars

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Thousands of West Norfolk’s teenagers are looking forward to a bright future after achieving some outstanding GCSE results.

The borough was Norfolk’s most improved area, with a five per cent rise in the number of students achieving the “gold standard” of five A* to C grades, including English and maths, compared to last year.

Some of the pupils with the most to celebrate were at the King Edward VII Academy, which recorded a 15 per cent rise in the number of students reaching that standard.

And among them was Belinda Clark, who said she was “overjoyed” with her 10 A*s and one A grade.

She said: “I had always hoped for high grades, but never thought I would actually achieve them.

“I hope to go to sixth form and study maths and science A-levels before heading on to university.

“I would like to thank the school, especially my chemistry and Latin teachers, for pushing me to achieve my best.”

At the King’s Lynn Academy, where results were up eight per cent on 2014, Alistair Legg said he was “relieved” that his A*, six As, four Bs and a C were enough to secure a sixth form place at the specialist Purcell music school in London.

And Natalie Fisher, known as Tilly, achieved three Bs and six Cs despite being diagnosed with ME two years ago.

She said: “I was very happy and relieved with my results. I missed six months of schooland the beginning of year 10.”

Another school with plenty to celebrate was the Marshland High School in West Walton, where the proportion of students with five A* to C grades with English and maths was the borough’s highest at 57 per cent, just ahead of the Springwood High School in Lynn.

And another student celebrating was Elliot Young, who achieved nine A* grades at the Wisbech Grammar School.

But, even where the overall picture was slightly down compared to last year, there was still plenty for individual students to celebrate.

At the Fakenham Academy, where results were almost on a par with the record totals of 2014, Georgia Bottomley couldn’t contain her excitement at achieving a total of 10 A* grades and one B.

She said: “I was so nervous the night before, I hardly slept.

“I was elated when I opened my results and so relieved that all of my hard work had paid off.”

And one of the brightest stars at the Downham Academy was Georgia Steer, with three A* grades, eight As and a B.

She said: “It’s overwhelming. The best part is knowing that all my hard work and effort has paid off.

“I ended up doing better than I had imagined and that is such a satisfying feeling to have.”