West Norfolk students collect A-level results

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Thousands of West Norfolk students are receiving their A-level results.

After months of studying, weeks of revising and days of exams, today is the big day for youngsters across the region

Lynn’s Springwood High School has enjoyed its best year ever.

Up to 80 per cent of pupils received A* to C grades with 48 per cent being A* to B.

Headteacher Andy Johnson is over the moon with this latest batch of results.

He said: “We make some very big promises to young people when they come into the sixthform. The staff and pupils have put in a huge amount of work.

“This year is a pinnacle year and we have fulfilled our promises and the children are going where they need to go.”


Students and staff at the King Edward VII Academy, in Lynn, are celebrating improved results.

A total of 86 per cent achieved three A-levels A* to E (up from 81% in 2014) and 99 per cent achieved at least two A-levels A* to E, while 74 per cent achieved A-level grades of A* to C.

Fifty-three per cent of AS-level students received grades A* to C and 20 per cent of Year 13 students at KES have achieved the Norfolk Scholar award, gained at least ABB at A level.

Principal Craig Morrison said: “Our A-level results have improved year-on-year, reflecting the hard work of students and teachers and the support of parents.

“Well done to all of our students on their successes and we wish them well for the future. We look forward to working with our next cohort for further improved results next summer.”

One lucky student, to be announced, will be presented with the Royal Gold Medal by Her Majesty The Queen at Sandringham, next January.

Elsewhere, one student from the Fakenham Academy is preparing to head to Cambridge after achieving four A* grades.

Ben Johnson’s grades won him a place at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he will read natural sciences.

Meanwhile, the school’s overall A* to C pass rate was up one per cent on last year to 68 per cent.

Lianne Higgins, the school’s head of sixth form, said: “We are delighted with the fact that yet again so many students have gained places at university.

“We are very proud of the on-going individualised support we are able to provide for our students that assists them with this process.

The scholarship of the Nicholas Hamond Academy’s first cohort of Year 13 students has been rewarded with encouraging results.

Ian Cleland, chief executive officer of Academy Transformation Trust, the academy sponsor, said: “We are delighted with the excellent post-16 results achieved by Nicholas Hamond pupils with a 98 per cent pass rate at A-Level and 100 per cent in vocational BTEC subjects. 

“This year 96 per cent of students achieved A* to E passes or equivalent in two subjects, and 66 per cent achieved this in three subjects. 

“Overall this is a fantastic result for this newly-established and rapidly growing sixth form reflecting the hard work and commitment of students and staff, well done.”

Ninety-two per cent of the students who aspire to attend university will be able to pursue their studies in higher education.

This was the first set of results since Nicholas Hamond became an academy.

At Smithdon School in Hunstanton statistics show that 66 per cent of the students achieved A*to C at A-level and 40.2 per cent achieved A to C at AS level.

Although the A-level figure was down 12 per cent on last year, headteacher Paul Marsh said: “With the results that have been announced today I think that all our students have got their University places so that is very pleasing.”

Head Boy for 2014-15, Tony Spaans, achieved the only A* this year for geography and with his other results for biology and psychology his place at University College Suffolk to study radiotherapy is secured.

Meanwhile, Downham Academy students achieved a 98 per cent pass rate.

The percentage of entries gaining A* to C (not including AS levels) was 62 per cent.

Although that figure is down slightly on last year, Alison Hornby, director of Downham Academy sixth form, said: “I would like to say well done to all those students who achieved what they needed for their next steps in education.

“We know that around 70 per cent of the cohort will be going on to university this year which represents a rise from last year.”

Principal Jon Ford said: “As we adjust our curriculum in to line with national accountability changes, we will work hard to improve these results faster than the national picture to ensure all our students achieve the best outcomes possible.”

Vice-principal Peter Salt added: “We wish the many students who have gained entry to university all the best for their future studies.”

Students at the College of West Anglia enjoyed great results.

CWA A2 (full A-level) grades had a pass rate of 99 per cent with 67 per cent of students achieving A* to C grades.

AS level pass rates were 77 per cent, with 32 per cent receiving A* to C grades.

College principal David Pomfret said: “I would like to congratulate our students on their success.

“The results are the culmination of their hard work and determination and the support of our dedicated staff.

“I am particularly pleased about the number of subjects with 100% achievement at grades A*-C, including further maths, physics, art and design, photography, history and film studies.

“Today’s results also mean that many of our students will be accepted into their first choice university or college.”

The number of students gaining three or more A-level passes at the Iceni Academy in Methwold has almost doubled in the last year, rising from 33 per cent to 64 per cent.

Students gaining A* to E grades was 99 per cent, an increase of five per cent on last year, but the A* to C results were unavailable at the time of going to press.

The academy haven’t released the A* to C grades as they have requested a large number of remarks, which they have asked to be fast-tracked.

Principal Gee Cook said: “I am delighted at the increase in the pass rate that Iceni Academy students have achieved.

“I am particularly pleased that the number of students gaining three or more A-level passes has nearly doubled.

“These results reflect the commitment of all at Iceni Academy and I would like to extend my appreciation to all our students, learning and teaching staff, our Governors and Academy Transformation Trust, for all their hard work.”

Ian Cleland, chief executive of the Academy Transformation Trust, the academy sponsor, stated ‘I am delighted that Iceni Academy has continued to improve its post 16 performance since becoming an academy.

“In total, 99 per cent of students achieved a pass rate, while the number of students achieving three or more A-level passes has nearly doubled.

“This is an excellent result that reflects the hard work and commitment of students and staff.”