GCSE RESULTS 2020: Years of work rewarded, says Swaffham school head
“What we must not forget is that these results are the culmination of 11 years of work.”
Those were the words of Mark Woodhouse, principal of the Nicholas Hamond Academy in Swaffham, where 61 per cent of GCSE grades were awarded at levels 9 to 4.
Like others, the school has had to cope with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic which led to the cancellation of this summer’s exams.
Its community is also still coming to terms with the recent death of student support leader Danielle Chilvers , who worked closely with the Year 11 students.
But Mr Woodhouse said: “What all our students have shown is they have the skills and the resilience to overcome whatever life might throw at them.
“Our students have shown that they can come through the challenges that they face positively and they can use these results and the experiences of the last few months as a springboard to whatever they decide to go onto next.
“All our students should be proud of the progress they have made as young people and we wish them all well for all their future endeavours.”
Mr Woodhouse paid particular tribute to Megan Daugherty, Rhys Bandy, Elinor Taylor and Sydney Wilding who he said had scored top grades and made significant progress in doing so.
Susan Byles, regional educational director for the school’s sponsor, the Academy Transformation Trust, said their grades have gone through a “vigorous” moderation process.
She added: “We are confident that the grades achieved by all of our students accurately reflect the standards the students would have attained had they been able to sit the exams under ‘normal’ circumstances.
“I would like to send congratulations to all the students and my appreciation of the staff who worked so hard to ensure the students achieved what they deserved to."