High achievers starting life at university have given their King’s Lynn school another reason to shine.
Former A-level pupils have been singing the praises of Springwood High School after it achieved its highest-ever number of county scholars.
The award, given out by Norfolk County Council, recognises outstanding performances by students in A-level or equivalent vocational courses.
This year, despite the disruption caused by the pandemic, Springwood produced a record 73 high achievers who have moved on to study a range of subjects including medicine, theoretical physics and songwriting and performance at Oxford, Cambridge, Durham, Imperial College and the Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts.
Others have taken up apprenticeships and joined the Royal Air Force.
Executive headteacher Andy Johnson said: “This academic year has been unlike anything any of us have experienced before, with the A-level results confusion being one last twist in the tail,” he said.
“For so many students to come out of it with such flying colours is a huge testament to how they faced up to such a big challenge, and also how well the teaching staff handled it.
“Everyone associated with Springwood should be very proud of what they have achieved.”
Former pupils were quick to praise teaching staff for the help they had given them in such challenging times.
“Sometimes I think the teachers believed in me more than I believed in myself,” said Megan Tarry, who secured two A*s and an A to win a place at Durham to study maths.
“I don’t know if I’d have made it without them. They saw my potential and made me work hard.”
Rosie Huang, who is studying computing at Imperial College, also praised the difference made by the teachers’ calmness in such unpredictable times.
“Just before shut down, they were so helpful,” she said. “We talked about what was on our minds, and they listened and helped, and they were always contactable.”
Abbie Copping, who is studying law at Durham, said the staff created an atmosphere of excellence and ambition.
Abi Rice, a midwifery student at Nottingham, said the school encouraged students to stretch themselves and be the best they could.
“They expect the best of you, give you all the information you possibly need and really encourage you to do extra-curricular activities,” she said.
“It was a desperately confusing time for everyone, including the teachers, but they did a great job being as reassuring as they could and providing whatever support we needed.”