Springwood student Joseph Pemberry with his parents. Picture: Ian Burt

Collecting A-level results is usually an anxious time for students but undoubtedly more so this year after exams were scrapped due to the coronavirus crisis.

The government announced this week students would have the “safety net” of being able to use mock exam results as the basis for an appeal if they were higher than the calculated grade.

However, despite the challenges, there were celebrations in West Norfolk this morning.

Springwood High School at King’s Lynn saw more students achieve at least one A* to B grade compared to last year, with almost a quarter achieving an A* or A and more than half picking up either an A*, A or B.

Andy Johnson, executive headteacher at West Norfolk Academies Trust which oversees Springwood, said governors and staff were delighted with students’ achievements.

He said: “This has been an excellent year group and they have all delivered in line with the predictions of our experienced teachers and heads of departments who have and will continue to support our students in the coming days as they navigate themselves to the next part of their educational journey.

“This year group has worked so hard and some of them have been with the trust for seven years having either been at Springwood already or came to our sixth form from one of our feeder schools in St Clements, Marshland and Smithdon. 

“I was proud to see what they have accomplished in their time with us.”

Lynn’s King Edward VII Academy (KES) also celebrated after seeing another increase in A* to C grades awarded for the third year running.

Principal Sarah Hartshorn said it had been a difficult year for students and their families and for the schools and communities.

“The unprecedented response to the COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to take a different approach to producing the results for our students,” she said.

“With over 98 per cent of our students being able to move onto their chosen next stage in their journey.”

At the College of West Anglia (CWA), an overall pass rate of 98.7 per cent was achieved, with 73 per cent of A-level grades achieved at grades A* to C. 

Additionally, 50 per cent of all grades awarded were A*, A or B and for the third year running, the college’s A-level department had exceeded both a 97 per cent pass rate and a 70 per cent  A* to C rate.

College principal David Pomfret said he was delighted with this year’s results.

“We are thrilled that of the grades awarded to our students, 50 per cent are at grade B or above.

“I’d like to thank all our staff and students, who have worked tirelessly throughout the year in these exceptional circumstances.”

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