Results boost for West Norfolk schools in GCSE league tables

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GCSE results at several West Norfolk schools were better than initially thought, new league tables have revealed.

Education officials say the figures, published by the Department for Education on Thursday, show the county is moving in the right direction in the ongoing fight to address low standards.

But the borough remains further behind national average standards than the county as a whole.

The tables showed that two of West Norfolk’s eight secondary schools had a higher proportion of students achieving the government’s “gold standard” of five A* to C grades including English and maths, than reported last summer.

The increases were recorded at St Clement’s High School in Terrington St Clement, where the figure rose from 57 to 60 per cent, and Smithdon High School in Hunstanton, where it went from 44 to 46 per cent.

A similar rise was recorded at the Fakenham Academy, where the figure climbed from 54 to 57 per cent.

And the totals at the Nicholas Hamond Academy and Sacred Heart School in Swaffham rose from 43 and 54 to 45 and 62 per cent respectively.

Officials say the changes were reported after some papers were re-marked in an appeal process.

But four schools, the King Edward VII Academy, the King’s Lynn Academy and Springwood High School, all in Lynn, and the Marshland High School in West Walton all had their percentages lowered by a single point to 47, 42, 55 and 56 respectively.

Figures for three more schools, the Downham Academy, the Iceni Academy in Methwold and the Litcham School remained unchanged at 46, 56 and 60 per cent respectively.

Overall, almost 55 per cent of the county’s students achieved five A* to C grades with English and maths, two per cent below the national average.

However, the average for West Norfolk is just over 51 per cent, despite a five point rise in the borough’s total.

James Joyce, chairman of the Norfolk County Council children’s services committee, said the figures showed the county’s schools were making progress.

He said: “The latest GCSE results are extremely encouraging and show that we are certainly moving in the right direction.

“Norfolk’s ‘gold standard’ results have risen by a greater margin than most schools nationally compared to last year. This means Norfolk’s schools have continued to narrow the gap to the national figure.

“We want every child in Norfolk to receive an excellent education and the improvements demonstrated today follow the hard work and commitment on raising standards from all of those working in education in the county.

“We must now remain focused and continue to support and challenge schools to do their very best for the county’s children.”

Mr Joyce said the tables showed the county was also above average for expected levels of performance in GCSE maths.

He added that there had also been “significant” improvements in outcomes for disadvantaged youngsters.