GCSE RESULTS 2018: Fakenham Academy welcomes results as students' wait nears end
The wait is nearly over for thousands of West Norfolk students as they collect their GCSE results later this morning.
But it's all change this year as most subjects have adopted a new 9-1 grading system, with 9 being the highest available grade, after English and maths changed last year.
The bottom of grade 7 is the equivalent of an old A with a low grade 4 equalling a grade C under the previous system. The bottom of grade 1 is aligned with an old G.
One school which has already released some details of its results is the Fakenham Academy, where 58 per cent of students achieved 9-4 grades in English and maths.
Interim principal Neil McShane said: "With all of the national changes, this year's results represent an excellent performance in terms of student progress, built on the hard work, commitment and resilience of our students and staff.
"Students achieved so well that this year we have the highest number of students going on to study at Fakenham Sixth Form for many years. Well done to all involved and thanks to all our parents and Governors for their continuing support.
"We are rightly proud of the results of this year's Year 11 students."
Norfolk County Council is urging students to seek advice from teachers or a careers advice service before deciding what to do with their results.
All students now have to stay in some form of education or training, including an apprenticeship or a job with a training element, until they are 18.