Although their students weren’t waiting to find out if they had secured university places, results day was still an important milestone at the Nicholas Hamond Academy in Swaffham.
The first students to join the sixth form since the school became an academy in November 2012 collected their AS level grades on Thursday, with 76 per cent achieving A* to E grades.
Twenty-nine students have been taking the exams at the school over the past year and assistant principal Simon Franklin is pleased with their achievements so far.
He said: “All of the students have worked really, really hard. It’s a halfway point and the students hopefully will get the qualifications they need to do the further education they want to do.”
He added that raising students’ aspirations and encouraging them to go to university was particularly important to the school.
A much larger group of young people is expected to embark on A level courses this September, though Mr Franklin said precise numbers would only become clear after GCSE results are published next week.
He said: “We will be talking to students individually to make sure they are on the right courses.”
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