A happy day for schools across West Norfolk, including Springwood High, above. Picture: Ian Burt

Students across West Norfolk have been celebrating their achievements on GCSE results day today (Thursday).

Exams were cancelled for the second year running, with grades determined by teachers’ predictions following assessment of mock results, coursework and classroom exams set by teachers.

High achievers at Marshland High School in West Walton, included Aiden Falkus whose results included four 9s, four 8s, and one 7, and Olivia Marshall whose results included four 9s, two 8s and three 7s.

Headteacher Craig Jansen said: “Students at Marshland High School have been faced with an unprecedented experience, studying through two years of a global pandemic. They have adapted to the challenges they have faced with great resilience and achieved highly as a result of their efforts and the dedication of Marshland staff.

“These impressive results are not only attributed to the efforts of our students but also due to the excellent care and support given by Marshland High School staff.”

Smiles at Marshland High School. Picture: Paul Tibbs

At St Clement’s High School in Terrington St Clement, Gemma Rumsey, Tracy Xue, George Willingham, Matthew Harrison, Maddie Ryan, Lucas Hicks, Lucy Whitting and Charly Spurge were among the top achievers.

Headteacher Nigel Willingham said “We are all very proud of our students, they have endured two years of disruption but their hard work and perseverance has been rewarded.

“Students across the year group are heading for a range of careers, including a high number hoping to study medicine and nursing which seems fitting after their recent experience.”

Happy students at St Clement’s High School. Picture: Paul Tibbs

There were celebrations at King’s Lynn’s Springwood High School where high-performing students included Anoushka Chandrasekar and Merissa Lawrence who both achieved 11 grade 9s while Karishhma Srikantha picked up 10 grades 9s and one grade 8, and Fatima Massawi obtained nine grade 9s and two grade 8s as well as Alisha Gail Bedeser with nine grade 9s, one distinction, and one grade 8.

Executive headteacher Andy Johnson said: “This has been an unprecedented two years for these students and today’s results reflect the hard work by our students and the professionalism of our staff.”

King Edward VII Academy in Lynn celebrated an increase in the percentage of both 9 to 5 grades and said 9 to 4 grades “continued to be strong”.

The school said success stories included Ryan Bunton and Alina Ahsan who achieved all their grades at the coveted grade 9, and Alice Biran, Rafe Manning, Perpetual Mintah-Baah, Samanta Springe and James West, who all attained the majority of their grades at a grade 8 or higher.

KES principal, Sarah Hartshorn said: “It has been another challenging year for our staff and students. I am very proud of all our students who, despite the obstacles put before them, have been focused and determined to succeed.”

At Smithdon High School in Hunstanton top achievers included Jack Bolderstone, who attained eight grade 9s and three grade 8s and Eleanor Paterson who achieved four grade 9s, four grade 8s, one grade 7.

Headteacher John Hirst said: “After receiving the good news at the end of term regarding the government investment into the school buildings, it is even more satisfying to see the rewards of so much hard work translated into outstanding grades and such promising futures.

“A big congratulations to all of our students who continue to impress me with their dedication and successes.”

For more on GCSE results day see tomorrow’s edition of Your Local Paper.