Students in West Norfolk have recorded the fastest rise in top GCSE grades of any of the county’s districts, it has been confirmed this afternoon.
Thousands of teenagers collected their results earlier today and many of the borough’s schools are celebrating big increases in achievement.
That trend has been borne out by figures from Norfolk County Council, which says the borough has the fastest rate of improvement of any of the county’s districts.
In total, 51 per cent of West Norfolk’s students achieved the government’s “gold standard” of five A* to C grades with English and maths this year, up five per cent on the 2014 total.
The overall increase in the number of students meeting the standard across the county was just 2.1 per cent.
However, the borough’s total is below the county figure of just under 55 per cent.
James Joyce, chairman of Norfolk County Council’s children’s services committee, said: “I would again like to congratulate the county’s teenagers and their teachers today, for the significant work that has gone into achieving these results.
“This administration has made excellence in education a clear priority and today’s results show that our commitment to Norfolk’s young people is paying off. In the light of that commitment, I am really pleased to see such strong improvements in several schools that have been receiving direct intervention from the council.
“Record results for five-year-olds and 18-year-olds, combined with steady improvement at GCSE suggest that Norfolk is improving rapidly when it comes to educational attainment.
“This is down to the relentless focus of education leaders, teachers and students and our drive to challenge and support schools to improve.”
Brian Conway, chairman of Norfolk Secondary Education Leaders (NSEL), added: “The improvement of more than two percentage points achieving the gold standard is testament to collective hard work and the drive across Norfolk to improve outcomes.
“It is likely that further increased grades will result from the large numbers of re-marks and appeals which many Norfolk schools are now undertaking, a response to the turbulence in exam board marking evident from some schools’ unexpected results.
“As headteachers we are hugely ambitious and will continue to aim for as many as possible of our students achieving great GCSE results. With hard work, cooperation and dedication from the staff in our schools and with Norfolk County Council, the Regional Schools’ Commissioner, academy sponsors and headteacher associations working together it is realistic for us aim for a future where every Norfolk young person reaches his or her full potential.”