GCSE RESULTS 2016: Record year reported at Swaffham academy

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Officials at Swaffham’s Nicholas Hamond Academy have hailed another record year for GCSE performances.

New performance measurements are being used for the first time this year, replacing the old “gold standard” of five A* to C grades, including English and maths.

However, 47 per cent of students achieved that standard this year, up two points on last year.

And, under the new Progress 8 measure, the school says its scores are well above the national average.

Principal Cheryl Hill said: “We are delighted with this summer’s exam results. The progress our students have made from starting at the Academy is especially pleasing.

“I would like to congratulate the students, their hard work and perseverance has paid off, and thank the staff for the support and encouragement that they have given them.

“We wish all our students the very best as they start their new courses of study in September.”

Ian Cleland, chief executive of the school’s sponsor, the Academy Transformation Trust, added: “The Trust is delighted with The Nicholas Hamond Academy’s results that confirm the excellent progress being made by pupils.

“This reflects their commitment to hardwork and the high quality of teaching and leadership at the academy.”

Among the academy’s leading performers was Holly Chen, who achieved 10 A* grades, two As and a B.