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Rising GCSE results buck national trend

Published on 24/08/17

Thetford's Year 11 Class of 2017 have outperformed students across the country with a stunning rise in results.

The headline GCSE pass rate has risen by an impressive 11% for pupils gaining Grade 4+ in English and maths. The increase on last year comes despite a national trend for falling results.

This year's exams see the start of a move to a new numerical grading system between 9 and 1, replacing the old A-G regime, and the removal of coursework assessment. English and maths have already changed, with remaining subjects to follow over the next two years.

Principal Kevin Blakey said: "These results are fantastic for the academy and the town, with a big increase on last year despite a tougher curriculum and more rigorous exams.

"I want to thank our staff for their dedication to our young people, and congratulate our fantastic students."