North Walsham

North Walsham students celebrating GCSE success

Just Regional
Aug 21, 2014 3 mins read

Students at North Walsham High School are celebrating, following the publication of this year’s GCSE results – which have seen a big jump in achievements.

The proportion of our students achieving five A* to C grades including maths and English rose by eight percentage points to 50 per cent, with the overall five A* to C figure (any subjects) topping 60%.

Head teacher Caroline Brooker said, “We are pleased with the good progress which we have made since last year, with an eight percentage point rise in our key ‘five A* to C with maths and English’ figure, to 50 per cent.  This reflects a lot of hard work both by the students and by staff here at the school.  Over the past 12 months since our last OFTSED inspection, we have been implementing a wide-ranging improvement plan, and these results are the first test of the effectiveness of that plan; I am very pleased to see positive results.

“We have introduced a number of intervention strategies over the past year, including specialist revision opportunities during the Easter and half-term breaks, and an initiative targeting lower achievers in maths.  The resulting progress has been excellent.

“One particularly strong aspect of our 2014 results is in science: against the national trend, we are seeing an increase in the number of students sitting all three science subjects, and our results put us in the top 20 per cent of schools nationally – a real achievement.

“Although our results are considerably up on last year, we are determined to bring them even higher, and this next school year will see more initiatives introduced under the improvement plan, as well as an investment in more resources – for example, we have additional teachers starting in September in our English department.

“I would like to congratulate this year’s Year 11 students on their GCSE achievements, and reassure parents that we will not be resting on our laurels, but will be looking to achieve even better results in the coming year.”

Five students achieved a staggering 77 GCSEs and five AS levels between them – a really remarkable achievement.  Nathan Price scored ten A8s and three As amongst his 15 GCSEs and two AS levels, whilst Kate Tebble was celebrating six As, nine Bs and one AS level.  Other reaching the 15 or more passes included Freddie Gatfield (16 GCSEs and one AS level), Eleanor Bridges (15 GCSEs) and Lauren Meiszner (16 GCSEs and one AS level).

(from left): Kate Tebble, Freddie Gatfield, Lauren Meiszner, Eleanor Bridges and Nathan Price.

(from left): Kate Tebble, Freddie Gatfield, Lauren Meiszner, Eleanor Bridges and Nathan Price.

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