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GCSE RESULTS 2020: King Edward VII Academy head 'relieved' over results

The head of a Lynn school has spoken of her relief at the Government's U-turn over the awarding of exam results.

Officials at the King Edward VII Academy say there has been an increase in higher 9 to 5 grades this year, though exact figures have not been released.

But principal Sarah Hartshorn said students were now being rewarded for their hard work.

King Edward VII Academy principal Sarah Hartshorn.
King Edward VII Academy principal Sarah Hartshorn.

She said: “I am relieved that the government has made the U-turn enabling our students to receive their centre-assessed grades where the hard work and professionalism of our teachers has been acknowledged.

"It has been a difficult year for our students who have missed out on their usual rites of passage expected at this stage in their education.

"There is some reassurance that grades fairly reflect their dedication, determination and achievements over the last two years."

King Edward VII Academy, King's Lynn.. (34402458)
King Edward VII Academy, King's Lynn.. (34402458)

Among the school's high achievers are Ema Tomkova and Nell Ashworth, who achieved six of the top grade 9s, while Henry Newman, Jasmine Ayas, Olivia Sharp and Jacob Gyton all attained the majority of their grades at 7 or higher.

They are all set to return to KES next month in the sixth form, which officials say is continuing to expand.

Ms Hartshorn added: "We are pleased that our students have what they need to move on to the next stage in their educational journey.

"We look forward to welcoming many students back to join us in Year 12 and are excited to hear about their future successes."

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