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A-Level Results Day 2019: The Nicholas Hamond Academy, Swaffham

The percentage of A* to A grades for A-Levels increased at a sixth form in Swaffham with the principal praising the hard work of the students.

There was a 93 per cent overall pass rate at the Nicholas Hamond Academy with 40 per cent of the 19 students at the sixth form achieving grades A* to C.

The school said overall pass rates are significantly higher for both A-Level and vocational courses compared to last year, rising from 75 per cent to 93.

Principal Mark Woodhouse is pictured far left
Principal Mark Woodhouse is pictured far left

A notable set of grades were achieved by Abbie Thompson who will go on to study Geography at Nottingham University.

Miss Thompson attained A*AA in Geography, Sociology and Maths, which she said had exceeded her expectations.

"I was expecting to get ABB so I was surprised when I found out," she said.

Principal Mark Woodhouse said: "The general improvements in results from last year, especially a significant increase in the overall pass rate, are always pleasing to see.

"However, these outcomes are the product of two years' hard work for the students and for all of them these results and their experiences of being in the sixth form will form the platform from which they will be able to move forward with the rest of their lives."

Two students told the Lynn News they were off to Lincoln University having both secured a distinction grade for Child Development, while another student achieved the grades required to study architecture at Norwich University of Arts.

"The students should rightly be proud of their achievements and we are pleased that we have been able to provide them with the opportunity to succeed, given their various and diverse starting points," Mr Woodhouse added.

"We wish our students well with all their future endeavours."

The Nicholas Hamond Academy had a 93 per cent pass rate overall for A-Levels this year
The Nicholas Hamond Academy had a 93 per cent pass rate overall for A-Levels this year

Susan Byles, regional education director for the Academy Transformation Trust, said: "The hard work and efforts of the students at the Nicholas Hamond Academy have culminated in some excellent post-16 results.

"The principal and staff at the academy have shown dedication and commitment in supporting their students to make good progress on these challenging courses.

"The students should be very proud of their individuals achievements. Congratulations to all!"

Ofsted inspectors had previously said the academy needs to improve in four of the main inspection areas, but rated its 16-to-19 study programmes as good in January last year.

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