Head proud of Fakenham Academy A level success

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The principal of Fakenham Academy says he is delighted with his school’s A level results, despite a fall in top grades.

A total of 67 per cent of students achieved A* to C grades this time, down five per cent on the 2013 total.

But principal Matthew Parr-Burman said the students had done as well as had been expected.

He said: “I’m really proud of the hard work of our students and staff and particularly proud of the support of our parents.”

Mr Parr-Burman paid particular tribute to student Jenny Gurney, who won a place at the University of Bath to read natural sciences despite battling cystic fibrosis.

He said: “She has overcome tremendous attendance difficulties and her physics coursework was commended by the moderator as an outstanding piece of work.”

And he was also delighted by the results of Roderick Vivienne, who achieved B, C and D grades despite having social problems and after being rejected by other sixth form centres.

He said: “He’s an incredible success story for us. We took him in as we are the local college and we take the local community.”

Meanwhile, three students will be going to Cambridge University, making it the sixth successive year that Fakenham students have won places there or at Oxford.

Henry Tidd and Jordan Osborn, who both achieved four A* grades, will be reading natural sciences, while Ellen Berry will be studying maths.

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