GCSE RESULTS 2021: 'Be proud of all you've achieved', Swaffham head tells students
The head of Swaffham's Nicholas Hamond Academy has paid tribute to the "incredible resilience" shown by students who received their GCSE results today.
There was much to celebrate at the Brandon Road site as youngsters collected their grades this morning.
Principal Mark Woodhouse said: "Our Year 11s should be praised for the incredible determination and fortitude that they have shown not only through the last 12 months but during the course of their Key Stage 4 studies.
"Our students have worked brilliantly with our staff, making the most of every opportunity that they had.
We have been delighted with the way in which they have responded to the challenges that they have faced and they have shown incredible resilience to overcome these.
These results are a reflection of all of this and will enable our students to continue on to their next phases of their education."
"We would like to make special mention of Jess Jones, Grace Nelson, Aisha Roper, Lucy Sagrott, Hey Stibbon, Jody Wallace, Jasmine Haddleton and Lottie Matless who have all received outstanding sets of results as well as demonstrating significant progress in reaching the achievements that they have.
"Our students should be proud of the grades and everything else that they have achieved through their formal education but they should equally be proud of the way that they have faced and overcome the challenges with which they have been presented.
We wish all our students the very best and look forward to seeing them achieve further success in their futures."
Susan Byles, Regional Education Director of the school's sponsor, the Academy Transformation Trust, added: "The work of the students and staff to ensure that learning continued in its fullest possible way during the past two years should never be underestimated when looking at the achievements of this cohort.
"We need to keep in mind that although the students were not able to sit traditional examinations, they carried on learning during extended periods of lockdown, isolation and partial school closures. Some suffered illness and bereavement caused by the pandemic.
"Coping with all of this shows the determination and resilience of the students and the expertise and commitment of the staff.
"Everyone who has contributed to this set of results must be proud of what they have achieved. I wish all of the students every success as they embark upon the next stage of their lives."