Triplets, who scooped 24 As and A* grades between them, were among those collecting their GCSE results yesterday.
Lucy, Amy and Charlotte Newell, who live in North Wootton and are students at Lynn’s King Edward VII School (KES), opened their envelopes together while their proud mum Karen watched on.
Amy, who wants to be a midwife, got an A*, six As and three Bs, said: “We were testing each other the day before the exam. It was a good support.”
Lucy wants to be a solicitor and got eight A* grades, two As and a B. While Charlotte is interested in psychology and got seven As and three Bs.
Their mum Karen, who also has an older daughter Ellie who is at university, said: “I am really proud of all my girls. They have worked so hard.”
Fellow KES pupil Mitchell Anderson, of South Wootton, turned 16 yesterdayand got seven Cs as a birthday present. He is going on to complete an apprenticeship as an electrician at the College of West Anglia.
Some of the area’s highest achievers were Hannah Hodges, a pupil at Sacred Heart School, Swaffham, who got 11 A*s and Ben Johnson, of Fakenham High School, who got 11 A*s and one A and has his sights on Cambridge University.
Ben said: “I can honestly say I was not expecting to get these results. The school taught me a lot but I owe most of it to my aunt, who I live with. She instilled into me a strong work ethic.”
For George Lawrence, 16, of Stow Bridge, the extra maths Saturday sessions laid on at Downham Academy, where teachers dished out bacon and sausage sandwiches, really paid off when he lifted a predicted F to a C.
He said: “I kept attending the Saturday sessions because they helped me so much. The group size was great and I always felt so much more comfortable than in lessons. It didn’t feel like I was in a school environment which meant I could relax and take more in. I found myself learning things I couldn’t understand at school so I came out feeling a lot better about my maths.”
George hopes to go into the RAF.