We are delighted to see Hethersett Old Hall topping the local schools’ exams tables for 2014. The table, which includes  eleven local schools within the Wymondham, Hethersett, Long Stratton, Attleborough and Diss area as well as North Suffolk, can be seen in full on our blog. It shows Hethersett Old Hall with an overall percentage of 78% pupils with five or more GCSEs at Grades A*-C against a Norfolk average of 52.7%.

Headmaster Stephen Crump commented:

“Although league tables do give an indication of examination passes, they are not a fair guide to a school’s real achievements. In a school with international students such as ours, no allowance is given to those pupils whose first language is not English and who will therefore take a ‘second language’ English IGCSE which is not counted in the tables, which only record pupils who obtain grades in ‘first language’ qualifications.

Also, the size of the cohort matters – in a smaller school, a couple of pupils missing key examinations through illness have a disproportionate effect on percentages. What really matters, I think, is how much pupils grow and develop, gaining confidence and life skills, over the course of their education – league tables don’t measure this!”