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By VICTORIA LEGGETT, Education correspondent
Thursday, August 23, 2012
It is already looking like another record-breaking year for a number of schools in the Norwich area as students collect their GCSE results today.
The first figure is the percentage of students achieving at least five A* to C grades, including English and maths, with previous years in brackets.
The second figure is the percentage of students achieving at least five A* to C grades in any subject, with previous years in brackets.
The third figure, where available, is the percentage of students achieving the English Baccalaureate – A* to C in English, maths, double science, history or geography, and a modern foreign language.
The Hewett School, Hellesdon High and Sewell Park College have all posted their best-ever results.
But there is some concern from headteachers about the grading of English GCSE exams. Many schools are finding their results are considerably below what they were expecting in English, meaning a number of students hoping to get an all-important C-grade are falling short.
It is thought grade boundaries may have been changed for one exam taken this summer, leading to the discrepancy.
For more, read tomorrow’s paper.
CITY ACADEMY NORWICH
41pc (41) (26) (19) (19) (6)
61pc (54) (40) (29) (32) (36)
“We are pleased to have continued our year on year improvement particularly against a background of a national drop in results. Student achievement across the board has been excellent and every one of them has gained GCSE qualifications with 100% of students getting a C grade.” David Brunton, principal
CITY OF NORWICH SCHOOL
64pc (60) (58) (58) (48) (59)
80pc (70) (70) (70) (72) (62)
“These are a very good set of results – the best in the history of the school. What’s important is that our curriculum is based on rigorous GCSEs, there fore our overall result is very pleasing. We also got a large number of A* and A grades, with one student getting 12 A*s. My thanks to the brilliant students and staff. There are lots of smiling faces here.” Jim Nixon, headteacher.
FRAMINGHAM EARL HIGH SCHOOL
74pc (71) (71) (59) (62) (55) (51)
81pc (82) (79) (72) (67) (66) (73)
“We are delighted with these results as they show a further improvement. We have had a particularly lovely group of children this year and we wish them every success, they have all worked very hard.” Nicola Furneaux, headteacher.
THE HEWETT SCHOOL, NORWICH
51pc (36) (22.5) (36) (46) (41)
64pc (50) (46.4) (60.1) (62) (67)
“We are absolutely over the moon. They are the best results The Hewett has ever achieved. It really demonstrates the turnaround and the improvement we have made over the last few years at school coming to fruition.” Rob Anthony, associate headteacher.
HELLESDON HIGH SCHOOL
72pc (66) (60) (47) (49) (45)
85pb (84) (81) (63) (67) (57)
“It’s fantastic. Four years ago the school as at 48pc and the school went into an Ofsted category. We are now up to 72pc – that’s a 24-point increase. I can’t believe how good it is. The students, the parents, are all fantastic. The staff have done everything possible to give students the best possible chance.” Gerry Batty, headteacher.
NORWICH HIGH SCHOOL FOR GIRLS
“Congratulations to our pupils on an excellent set of results. For the fourth consecutive year, over 70pc of all grades were at A* or A and a third of the girls achieved straight A*/A grades. There are also impressive instances of individuals persevering or overcoming difficulties to achieve good results thanks to their hard work and the dedication and support of staff and parents. The girls are all the more impressive given their contribution and commitment to school life and the wider community and we are excited about working with them in the sixth form.” Jason Morrow, headmaster.
100pc (99.2) (100) (100) (100) (100)
100pc (99.2) (100) (100) (100) (100)
“Achieving over 50pc of grades at A* and 80pc at A*-A comfortably beats our previous record; indeed, these stunning results represent a step-change for us. We are very proud of the teachers and pupils who have achieved them, particularly because the pupils have also been at least as active as other year-groups in their participation in school life outside the classroom.” Steffan Griffiths, headmaster.
NOTRE DAME HIGH SCHOOL
Unavailable (80) (previous years unavailable)
79pc (87) (previous years unavailable)
“I am really pleased and congratulate our students on their GCSE success this year. They have worked really hard and have been superbly supported by all the staff at Notre Dame, and in particular their Head of Year, Dr Stevenson. We wish them the very best for the future.” Brian Conway, headteacher.
OPEN ACADEMY, NORWICH
Unavailable (36) (33) (31) (16) (20)
75pc (61) (57) (47) (38) (40)
“On the back of last week’s Oxbridge success, we are pleased to have recorded the best GCSE results ever. The figure for students achieving five A*-C grades has risen by 40pc since becoming an academy. This, coupled with the five A*-G figure shows clearly that all students at the Open Academy are achieving above their potential. Overall, these results support the verdict Ofsted gave this year that the academy is “rapidly improving.” Well done to staff and students who worked so hard and to parents for all their support.” Jon Platten, principal.
ORMISTON VICTORY ACADEMY
70pc (65) (38) (41) (37) (27)
98pc (90) (48) (59) (55) (39)
“What outstanding results our hard-working students and staff have achieved. We have transformed education at the Academy. In a scant two years from our opening, our results have almost doubled from 38pc. What is really important is that so many more students from our community now have a bright future ahead of them. We have raised their aspirations, broadened their horizons. Nor is the Academy standing still; we are already on track for even better results next year.” Rachel de Souza, principal.
SEWELL PARK COLLEGE
41pc (40) (38) (38) (25) (23)
59pc (60) (54) (48) (38) (36)
“I am pleased to report that, once again, Sewell Park College has recorded its best results ever, now for the sixth year running, and with some results still to be confirmed. These results are testament to the hard work of all the students and the dedication, skills and commitment of all the staff.” Gavin Bellamy, headteacher.
SPROWSTON HIGH SCHOOL, NORWICH
56pc (55) (58.2) (52) (48) (40)
68pc (69) (68.8) (68) (62) (51)
“Congratulations to all our students and thanks to all colleagues, especially the head of year, Ms Dawbarn, and to our parents for all their input and support. This is a pleasing set of results for the school, which has a clear ethos to ensure our students are also ‘healthy, happy, safe; loved, valued and respected’. We wish our students well in the future – into work with training, other courses or here in our own sixth form.” Andrew John, headteacher.
TAVERHAM HIGH SCHOOL
61pc (67) (68) (63) (56) (59)
77pc (76) (69) (62) (70) (60)
“We’re very pleased with these results, which are within our expectations. We are doing more and more GCSE exams as opposed to equivalent qualifications which is one of the things we really wanted to do. It means our curriculum is broad and balanced. I believe our percentages are a sign of the hard work we are doing with the students.” Ron Munson, headteacher.
THORPE ST ANDREW HIGH SCHOOL
68pc (69) (70) (65) (63) (51)
93.5pc (90) (81.5) (72) (77) (63)
“Hard work by students, good teaching and supportive parents. This partnership has once again yielded excellent individual student performances which has led to these excellent school results. We congratulate this cohort of Year 11s and wish them every success as the majority progress into our Sixth Form. Our consistency in producing results at this level is recognition of the educational standards provided by the school.” Ian Clayton, principal.