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GCSE RESULTS 2021: 'We're so proud', says Hunstanton school boss



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There was a real cause for celebration this morning at Smithdon High School in Hunstanton as students from Year 11 received their GCSE results after two years of turmoil due to the global pandemic.

High achievers included Jack Bolderstone, who attained eight grade 9s and three grade 8s; and Eleanor Paterson who achieved four grade 9s, four grade 8s and one grade 7.

Eleanor said: "I am so happy with my results but in particular, I was really happy with getting a grade 7 in Maths.

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"Because of everything we've been through, we all needed more drive and determination to get these results, and I'm really proud of myself and what I've achieved."

Headteacher John Hirst said: “After receiving the good news at the end of term regarding the government investment into the school buildings, it is even more satisfying to see the rewards of so much hard work translated into outstanding grades and such promising futures.”

Other high achievers at Smithdon included Thomas Wilson and Alana Raby, each achieving grades 7-9 or equivalent in all 11 of their subjects, including several at grade 9. Both will start their A-Level studies at Springwood next month.

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Thomas said: "I'm over the moon because I've worked so hard for these results.

"With COVID, it has been difficult for all of us but I think in one way it has helped me as it's made me a stronger person and it helped push me to work harder."

Alana added: "I was so shocked when I opened my results but right now I'm so happy. I can't believe that I got two 9s.

"I wasn't expecting to have done so well. The last couple of years have been tough with the online lessons but I've put so much work into my GCSEs and I feel like the hard work has been worth it."

Alana Raby shares the moment with her parents. Picture: Ian Burt (50156529)
Alana Raby shares the moment with her parents. Picture: Ian Burt (50156529)

Matt Knott, Assistant Head for Key Stage 4, said: “The students missed so much curriculum time due to national lockdowns but have worked with immense determination and positivity to ensure they achieve the grades required to reach their post-16 destinations.

"They have been an absolute credit to the school and local community.

"The level of maturity and resilience shown in the most difficult of circumstances sets a fantastic example to the younger members of our school community. I am so very proud.’’

Ella Tuckwood with her dad. Picture: Ian Burt (50156521)
Ella Tuckwood with her dad. Picture: Ian Burt (50156521)

Andy Gee, Chair of Governors, added: "I am delighted to see so many students celebrating their achievements and excited for their next step in education.”

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