Celebrating students achievements

Tuesday 10 September 2019
This summer students across Norfolk received their GCSE exam results. Two high schools that are part of Diocese Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs) share their successful results.

Archbishop Sancroft High School (ASHS) and Open Academy both achieved good results this year with those at Open Academy achieving 60% Grades 9 - 4 in English and Maths which equalled last year’s results. Archbishop Sancroft High School achieved 69% at Grade 4 or above.

Jon Ford, Principal at Open Academy said:

“I’m thrilled that this year’s results equalled last year’s with the highest grades in the Academy’s history. We can celebrate some great performances and some great results. We have matched our GCSE record, but behind those stories are some incredible achievements on the part of both staff and students, some transformational social mobility opportunities opened up, and some prayers answered! As always we will celebrate the great, learn from the experience and apply what we have learnt for the improvement journey for the year ahead”

Oliver Burwood, CEO of the Diocese of Norwich Education and Academies Trust (DNEAT) said:

"This is a hugely impressive achievement. It represents consistent hard work by the young people at Open Academy, and the staff that have taught and supported them. The results highlight Open's ongoing improvement as an academy, and act as a platform for future improvement. The young people who have achieved these outcomes can now go on to their next stage of education, training or employment with the knowledge and skills that they need."

Rob Connelly, Head of School for ASHS said:

“I am delighted with our results. The priority this year, alongside embedding the new curriculum, was to ensure the number of students achieving the highest possible grades (7-9) increased in all curriculum areas. The input from all members of the school community promoting effective challenge has had a significant impact on the outcomes for the class of 2019. I am incredibly grateful for the support received from the staff, parents, governors and St Benet's MAT, enabling all members of this very special community to flourish.”

Richard Cranmer, Executive Headteacher and CEO of St Benet’s MAT said:

“Students at Archbishop Sancroft have always enjoyed an education and experience rooted in Christian values and are encouraged at every stage of their schooling to ‘live life to the full.’ The very high academic standards achieved this year, particularly the large increase in the number of higher grades is further evidence that this strong ethos enables both human flourishing and high academic success in equal measure. It has been a real privilege this year to watch the strong links develop across all of the schools in St Benet’s MAT and there is no doubt that this closer collaboration between staff is encouraging improvements across the board”.

Speaking about the results Paul Dunning, Diocesan Director of Education said:

"We are extremely proud of all the hard work and dedication our students, teachers and support staff have put in to helping students achieve their goals. As a Diocese our vision is to promote educational excellence for all whether living in a rural area, coastal community, market town or urban area. Our schools serve their local communities and a core feature has always been the notion of belonging to a family where service of others is promoted, alongside other Christian values such as the worth of each individual, love, forgiveness, humility and respect. These values are lived out in our schools and academies every day."