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A-LEVELS 2018: Results mark end of an era at Hunstanton school




A Level Results day at Smithdon High School Hunstanton..Students collecting results LtoR, Aaron Williamson, George Hunt, Tommy Bowyer. (3633583)
A Level Results day at Smithdon High School Hunstanton..Students collecting results LtoR, Aaron Williamson, George Hunt, Tommy Bowyer. (3633583)

It was the end of an era at one West Norfolk school today as its last set of A-level results were released.

Following its conversion to academy status within the West Norfolk Academies Trust, sixth form provision at the Smithdon High School in Hunstanton has been gradually transferring to Springwood in Lynn over the past two years.

Despite that, however, 21 students have completed A-level programmes at Smithdon this year and officials say that all 17 of the students who have applied to go to university will be doing so.

Final results figures have not been released as the school was still awaiting confirmation of results in an IT paper.

But headteacher Simon Wilson said: “We’re very pleased with these results.”

Among those left in limbo were the Naveh triplets. Although Claire’s place at Bristol University was confirmed, her siblings Kay and Leo were among those affected by the hold-up.

A Level Results day at Smithdon High School Hunstanton..Students collecting results LtoR, (18 yr old Triplets), Claire Naveh, Leo Naveh, Kay Neveh. (3633584)
A Level Results day at Smithdon High School Hunstanton..Students collecting results LtoR, (18 yr old Triplets), Claire Naveh, Leo Naveh, Kay Neveh. (3633584)

Mum Sarah said: “I’d hoped it would be over today.”

At the Fakenham Academy, 72 per cent of students achieved A* to C grades, which was up five per cent on last year.

Interim principal Neil McShane said: “Congratulations to all our Year 13 students for their hard work and commitment. This excellent set of results reflects the dedication and professionalism of all the staff and the continuing support of our parents and governors.”

Among the students celebrating was Tom Lockhart, whose straight A grades have secured him a place at Bath university to read biochemistry.

Fakenham Academy student Tom Lockhart celebrates his straight A grades (3638089)
Fakenham Academy student Tom Lockhart celebrates his straight A grades (3638089)
Travis Pringle, Gabriella Green and Rowan Yaxley (3642311)
Travis Pringle, Gabriella Green and Rowan Yaxley (3642311)

Head of sixth form Lianne Higgins said: “He is exceptionally modest he booked this afternoon off work in case he needed to go through clearing and so well liked by staff and students.”

Chloe Regester (left) and Erin Mitchell compare results (3638100)
Chloe Regester (left) and Erin Mitchell compare results (3638100)
Success in exams and now off to Australia for three months for ski racing training.Sarah Bennett with V1 form head, Lianne Higgins (3642314)
Success in exams and now off to Australia for three months for ski racing training.Sarah Bennett with V1 form head, Lianne Higgins (3642314)

Meanwhile, at the College of West Anglia, 78 per cent of students achieved A* to C grades.

Principal David Pomfret said: “I am delighted with this year’s results and couldn’t be prouder of our students’ accomplishments.”

Among the students celebrating was Phoebe Cox, from Emneth, who plans to pursue animal-related study with her two As and a C grade.

She said: “I chose to study A-levels as I thought they would give me more diversity in what I learned. I’m really pleased with my results today.”

Phoebe Cox from Emneth with her grades from the College of West Anglia (3638115)
Phoebe Cox from Emneth with her grades from the College of West Anglia (3638115)

The college’s dedicated clearing hotline is open for students’ queries about potential degree programmes, with officials reporting a fairly busy day so far.

The hotline is open until 8pm tonight and tomorrow on 01553 815650.

Lines will also be open tomorrow from 8am to 2pm and on Monday and Tuesday, between 8am and 5pm both days.



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