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Hethersett one of country's best - minister

Published on 27/03/17

Hethersett Academy has been named one of the country's top secondary schools.

Number crunching of last summer's GCSEs has shown that Hethersett is ranked in the top 5% of schools nationally for how much pupils improve while at the school.

Students at the academy racked up a score of 0.68 on the Government's new Progress 8 score, which measures how much students improve between leaving primary school and doing their GCSES. Nationally the average score was 0, with other Norfolk schools achieving an average of 0.01.

Hethersett's score places it as the best performing school in Norfolk, Suffolk, and Cambridgeshire.

In his congratulatory letter, schools minister Nick Gibb said: "I would like to congratulate you, your staff, and your pupils for the high level of progress your pupils are making.

"We want to ensure that every child progresses positively through their education, whatever their starting point, to broaden their future educational and employment opportunities.

"Thank you for your work in producing such high standards and congratulations again to you and your staff for your hard work and professionalism."

Principal Gareth Stevens: "This is fitting recognition for all the hard work that our students and staff put in, and their dedication to getting the best results. What is all the more remarkable is the strength of our arts and sports alongside these fantastic academic results.

"We are very grateful for the support we receive from parents and the local community."