Leaders at Swaffham’s Nicholas Hamond Academy have spoken of their frustration after a fall in the proportion of top GCSE grades there was revealed yesterday.
Forty per cent of students achieved the government’s gold standard of five A* to C grades, including English and maths, this year, down six per cent on their record results last year.
Principal Cheryl Hill admitted the results, which she feels reflect the “volatile” nature of the results across the country, were disappointing.
She said: “As an Academy team we are frustrated by these results, which we feel do not reflect the true progress our students have made.”
She said changes in grade boundaries, particularly in maths, had a significant effect on their results.
But she added: “We are immensely proud of the hard work and determination these students have shown in working to get the best grades possible.”
Ian Cleland, chief executive of the Academy Transformation Trust, which sponsors the school, said: “We will be working with the principal and team to offer focused support where it is needed in the coming months and expect to see results rise next year.”
Elsewhere, 62.5 per cent of students at Swaffham’s Sacred Heart School achieved five A* to C grades with English and maths, down 2.5 per cent on the 2013 figure.
But headteacher Sister Francis Ridler said the results were affected by a smaller year group sitting the exams than last year.
She said she was “proud” of their achievements, adding: “We think they have performned as predicted by their subject teachers.”
Top performers included Elise Sorrell, who achieved nine A* and two A grades, and Hope Munford, wtih seven A*, three As and two Bs.