The new-style GCSE results were released yesterday and several West Norfolk schools celebrated top performances.

The new grades for students to achieve were from 9 to 1, with 9 being the highest. These replace the old-style A* to G grades, with A* to C being the highest.

Smithdon High School at Hunstanton celebrated its best ever GCSE results.

In English and maths, 65 per cent achieved at least a Grade 4 – an increase of 10 per cent on last year – and 79 per cent achieved a Grade 4 in English and 73 per cent in maths.

Chairman of Smithdon governors, Rob Lodge, said: “I am thrilled with the improvements and wish all the children well in their future studies.”

Scott Kimber achieved a Grade 9 in both English and maths and headteacher Simon Wilson said it was a “fantastic achievement”.

Staff at the King Edward VII Academy in King’s Lynn  said there were some “outstanding individual performances” as 45 per cent of students achieved Grade 9 to 4 in English and maths. Top performer was Aaron Butler, who celebrated his 16th birthday with a Grade 9 in English Language, 8 in English Literature and maths and a further five A* and one A grade.

Head of school Lloyd Brown said: “My congratulations to our students in achieving their GCSE successes.”

Lynn’s Springwood High School,  said it was another “fantastic” year which saw 66 per cent of students gain a Grade 4 or above in English and maths.

Several students celebrated new-style top grades in both subjects and 13 high-achieving students gained eight or more A*/A grades and Grade 8 or better in English and maths.

Executive headteacher Andy Johnson said it was a “fabulous set of results” and chairman of the governors Roger Livesey said students had “risen to the challenge”.

At St Clement’s High School in Terrington St Clement, 52 per cent of students  achieved at least a level four in English and maths. Headteacher Nigel Willingham said: “We are very proud of our students, they have worked exceptionally hard to meet the challenge of the new tougher GCSE courses.”

  •  These were the only results available at the time of going to press.