Pupils and staff at a West Norfolk school are celebrating after Year 11 took their English GCSE exam two terms early and 86 per cent passed with a grade C or above.
Students at Hunstanton’s Smithdon High School received their results yesterday after taking the exam in November.
Jon Goodchild, headteacher, said: “We knew the students would do well, but this level of achievement, effectively two terms early, is simply staggering.
“Eighty six per cent of the whole year group gaining a grade C or above represents our highest level of achievement to date. The staff and students all deserve every ounce of praise they receive.”
In last summer’s exams, 85 per cent of the previous Year 11 got grade C or above in English.
Mr Goodchild believes sitting the exam early benefits pupils by preparing them for the summer examinations, getting one pass under their belts and building their confidence.
Those who did not achieve a C grade can take the exam again in the summer and those that did get their target grade can either use the spare lesson time to study for an extra GCSE in English literature or media studies or to do extra work in maths.
In future, new rules will mean pupils will not be allowed to sit any exams before the summer.
Mr Goodchild said: “To have the flexibility to enter students for exams at the time we think is right has always been very useful.”