Record GCSE results in Wymondham and Hethersett

A host of schools in south Norfolk were celebrating record results as hundreds of 16-year-olds picked up their GCSE results today.

Teachers and pupils at Wymondham High, Hethersett High and Long Stratton High were all toasting their schools' best ever results.

At Wymondham High School, which will become an academy next term, 88pc of pupils achieved five or more A* to Cs.

Headteacher Victoria Musgrave said the school was on course for 'outstanding' status following last week's A-levels.

'These are the best results in the history of the high school. We are on a journey and all members of our community have 'bought in' to the positive, academic ethos of our school. My thanks to colleagues on the staff who have worked tirelessly, supportive governors, fantastic parents and students par excellence. I am privileged to lead such a fine school,' she said.

Eighty percent of GCSE students got five or more A* to C grades at Hethersett High School, which was a new record for the school.

'These excellent results reflect not only the hard work of the students and staff but the ethos of high achievement for all that runs throughout the school. Congratulations to all our students and best wishes for the future,' said headteacher Kerry Jordan.

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And one of the biggest improvements was Long Stratton High, with 83pc of students gaining five or more A* to C grades, which topped the record results of the last two years.

Acting headteacher John Wilson said: 'We are incredibly proud to have achieved such outstanding results, breaking all records for the school. We would also like to acknowledge the support of our parents and the determination and commitment of our staff.'

Old Buckenham High School was on a par with last year with 71pc of students getting five or more A* to C grades.

'The already outstanding overall results are a reflection of our students' hard work and enthusiasm and we are immensely proud of them all. I should also like to pay tribute to the wonderful staff at the school whose commitment and dedication, with the support of parents and carers have paid such dividends in helping our students to achieve their potential at school,' said headteacher Peter Whear.

GCSE results were almost 10pc down at Attleborough High where 65pc achieved five or more A* to C.

Head Neil McShane said: 'Expectations for this year's cohort were less than last year, but they still achieved well with some outstanding individual and subject performance. This is a reflection of the commitment and dedication shown by the students and staff together with the continued support of our parents.'

Three-quarters of students at Hethersett Old Hall School gained five or more A* to C.

Headmaster Stephen Crump said: 'We are a small school and our cohort varies from year to year but these results are roughly in line with how things have gone previously so we're very pleased.'