Despite a nine per cent drop from last year, Springwood High School was one of the top performing schools in West Norfolk for GCSE results, with over 60 per cent achieving A* to C, including English and Maths.
Tears of happiness stained the faces of students, who had waited a long time to find out if their GCSE hopes would ring true, as they gathered in the school hall.
Andy Johnson, Executive Headteacher said “The students have performed well this year. It is difficult to make year of year comparisons as the examination system is very different this year to previous years but we still expect to be well above national averages.”
Roger Livesey, Chair of West Norfolk Academies Trust said “Springwood High School has continued to deliver a high quality education for its students. Well done to both students and staff.”
Picking up 11 A* and three A’s, Regina Legarte, 16, of Fairstead, was happy to finally find out how she had done. She said: “It’s such a relief, the anticipation was horrible. I’m coming back to sixth form and would like to go to university eventually to study sociology and do some humanitarian work.”
It was all happy tears and smiles for young couple, Nathan Winner, 16, of Reffley, and Emily Jeffery, 16, of Ashwicken, who were both overwhelmed by their results. Emily took some persuading to open her envelope, but was thrilled to get seven A*, six A’s and a B, while her boyfriend, Nathan managed seven A*, five A’s and a Distinction.
Nathan said: “I’m just gobsmacked, I’m speechless. All the hard work really does pay off and I’m looking forward to celebrating with family.”
Emily added: “I’m very happy, I was so nervous. I’m coming to sixth form to biology, chemistry, history and maths, and I’m going out for dinner to celebrate.”
With hopes of going into medicine eventually, Ashley Ward, 16, of Sandringham, secured two A*, 7 A’s and two B’s and has plans to return for sixth form to study maths, biology, chemistry and either French or history. He said: “I’ve finally relaxed after finding out I’ve got good grades, all the stress is over! There wasn’t many nights I didn’t spend revising since Christmas and I was even cramming on the mornings of the exams. I’m going out with my family to celebrate.”