Schools celebrate GCSEsuccess
HUNDREDS of teenagers were celebrating on Tuesday as they received their GCSE results.And it was not only delighted 16-year-olds who were in the party mood as several schools in the Great Yarmouth area also enjoyed record breaking and much improved performances.
HUNDREDS of teenagers were celebrating on Tuesday as they received their GCSE results.
And it was not only delighted 16-year-olds who were in the party mood as several schools in the Great Yarmouth area also enjoyed record breaking and much improved performances.
Oriel High saw the number of students achieve five of more A*-C GCSEs, including English and maths, shoot up by 12 pc from 24pc last year to 36pc.
The number of students gaining five or more GCSEs in any subjects also rose by 12pc to an impressive 45pc with student Luba Ndidi scooping 12 GCSE or equivalents C grades or above.
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Senior vice principal Naomi Palmer said: “The improvement gives us a great platform from which to make even bigger strides forward as an academy from next month with improved resources and the enhanced support our students deserve.”
There were similar scenes of joy at Caister High as the number of students gaining five or more GCSE A*-C grades, including English and maths, shot up from 38pc to 46pc.
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The number gaining five or more A*-C GCSE grades in any subjects rose by .4pc to 59.4pc.
The rises came after the school introduced a set of measures after it was placed on a notice to improve by Ofsted because of its poor English provision.
Headteacher George Denby said: “There have been some really excellent individual performances. I am really pleased, bearing in mind we had been placed on a notice to improve.”
Flegg High celebrated its best ever results as the number of students gaining five or more A*-C grades, including English and maths, rose from 60pc to 64pc while the number of students netting five or more GCSE A*-C in any subjects leapt up from 71pc to 76pc.
Headteacher Russell Boulton said: “These results reflect the hard work of the students and the excellent encouragement from parents and families.”
Because of poor maths results the pass rate at Great Yarmouth High fell from 47pc to 35pc for students gaining five or GCSE A*-C, including English and maths, and the number of students gaining five of more A*-C GCSEs in any subjects fell by 2pc to 57pc.
Headteacher Andy Toone said: “We had a lot of very good performances. I am very proud of my students and the staff here.
“We will continue to do our utmost for the young people of Yarmouth.”
Cliff Park High saw its pass rate for GCSEs including maths and English fall from 45.6pc to 44pc and the other pass rate fell by 1.3pc to 62.3pc.
Student Joseph Pease gained nine A* grades and Lithuanian Deividas Raklevicius passed 13 GCSEs despite arriving at the school 18 months ago without speaking much English.
Headteacher Rob Sherington said: “I am delighted to say that for the second successive year our results place us in line with the top 25pc of schools with similar intake profiles and continues our improving trend.”
Gorleston's other high school, Lynn Grove High, had a pass rate of 57pc for five or more A*-C GCSEs, including English and maths - a fall of 4pc. Its other pass rates for any subjects rose by 1pc to 80pc.
Headteacher David Evans said: “We are immensely pleased with the success of our students. The year group's performance has exceeded its target.”
At Acle High the two pass rates were 57pc and 68pc a fall of 9pc and 4pc respectively compared to last year, with 16 students gaining seven or more A/A* grades.
Headteacher Tim Phillips said: “A good set of results with some outstanding individual performances which reflect the hard work of staff and students.”
At Great Yarmouth College the pass rate for five or more A*-C GCSEs in any subjects was 54pc a fall of 1.2pc compared to 2009. The figure for GCSEs, including English and maths, was unavailable.
As mother-of-two Emma Gough collected her two GCSE C grades in maths and English at the college, the day was tinged with sadness.
Her close friend, Jennifer Bentley, had studied with her at the college but, tragically, the mother-of-four died suddenly aged 35 in January.