It was an evening of celebration at Swaffham’s Nicholas Hamond Academy on Tuesday as the school held its annual prizegiving ceremony.
Twenty-five students collected awards in subject areas ranging from maths to motor vehicles, while dozens more collected their GCSE and A level certificates.
The school has enjoyed a successful year, with 43 per cent of students achieving the government’s gold standard of five A* to C GCSE grades, including English and maths in the summer.
And, in its first set of results since re-establishing a sixth form, two thirds of students achieved three A levels.
Lisa Crausby, principal improvement director for the school’s sponsor, the Academies Transformation Trust, paid tribute to the contribution made by staff, students and their families to changing its fortunes following the completion of its transition to academy status three years ago.
She told them: “Look at what it has become, an oasis of creativity where the highest standards are now the norm.”
And she urged both current pupils and those who were collecting prizes having recently left, not to rest on their laurels in the months and years ahead.
She said: “You are fantastic students and show others what is possible.”
Prize winners were as follows:
English: Louis Cooper; Modern foreign languages: Abbie Thompson; Maths: Isabella I’Anson; Drama: Amanda Paisley; PE: Naomi Darkins; Art: Lauren Francis; Science: Sophie Hewlett; Media: Keeley Wrycraft; Information technology: Anwar Bouillouta; Design Technology: Holly Chen; Religious Education: Grace Longmire; History: Kirsten Skov-Goddard
Music: Nicole Fisher; Geography: Katie Lovelock; Motor vehicles: Danny Torode; Food studies: Craig Smith; Contribution to Community: Hannah Johns; Health and Social Care: Danielle Pearce; Special Educational Needs: Emily Wilson; Iceni Award: Mitchell Titchmarsh;
Exceptional Attendance: Jack Fendley; Business Studies: Zineddine Bouilouta; Child Development: Alysha Garrod; Outstanding Achievement: Gabrielle Copeman; Principal’s Award: Alicia Gregory; ATT Award for Transformational Progress: Louis Cooper.