GCSE LATEST: Hunstanton school head pleased with results, despite fall in top grades

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The outgoing head of Smithdon High School in Hunstanton has said students there had made good progress, despite a fall in top GCSE grades.

A total of 54 per cent of students achieved five A* to Cs, including English and maths, down five per cent on the 2013 total, in the results announced today, Thursday, August 21.

But outgoing headteacher Jon Goodchild said: “I am pleased with the very high levels of success achieved by the students in Mathematics and English and delighted by a very large improvement in the students’ Science results.

“While the percentage of students achieving the ‘gold standard’ (five A*- C including English and Mathematics) has fallen slightly, the figure we have achieved represents good progress for this particular year group.

“This was an especially well motivated year group who rose to the challenge and worked very hard.”

But, despite warnings of volatility in the results this year, Mr Goodchild played down the impact of changes to the structure of the exams.

He said: “In many subjects the ending of the module style examinations has had little impact on the results.

“Despite having to sit all their examinations at the end of the two year course, the students have performed very well.”

And, as he prepares to step down as head, Mr Goodchild said he was delighted to leave the school in a strong position.

He added: “Together with our designation as a good school by Ofsted and a set of A level results better than any other school in West Norfolk, our students and staff have achieved a good set of GCSE results at a time of considerable change and unpredictability.

“The school will continue to go from strength to strength.”