At the Presentation Evening on 17th December, students were congratulated on their exam results and a brief resume of the year was given.
2017-18 was an interesting year as far as leadership went - Mr Parr-Burman leaving for the Isle of Wight at Christmas, a number of interviews for a new principal, Mr McShane stepped in as Interim Principal for the spring and summer term. But in reality little changed for the students - our staff pulled together, both students and staff continued to work hard and the outcome was the best set of results in terms of progress the school has ever had.
September 2017 also saw the school move onto a single site. We said goodbye to Highfield House on Wells Road with mixed feelings. Glad perhaps to leave the cold and damp classrooms but sad to have to say farewell to such an iconic building that had been an educational establishment since 1923.
The ex-Y13s, I believe have the accolade of being the only students who have attended the full set - Fakenham High School, Fakenham Academy, Fakenham College and Fakenham Sixth Form.
Many of them have now started new lives all over the country: Brighton, Cambridge, Durham, Newcastle, Liverpool, York….to name a few. Not only have they dispersed all over the England but they have also engaged in an impressive range of degree courses including Forensic Science, Chemical Engineering, Wild Animal Biology, Sport Business Management, Illustration, Psychology, Music Production, Film and Moving Image Production, Politics and Law.
The results of class 2018 were impressive - 75% of all entries were A* to C grades. In particular a mention must go to Chloe Regester and Jude Glossop-Hillam who both achieved A*s, Chloe in Psychology and Jude in Photography. In addition Charlotte Almond gained a Distinction* in BTEC Level 3 Sport.
However, education is not only about what happens in the classroom. We had an excellent Sixth Form student council. They were greatly involved in the refurbishment of the new Sixth Form - choosing colours, flooring and furniture. Yes, you can blame them for the bright yellow walls in the corridor. Together the year group raised over £1000 for the Norfolk Cancer Charity through a sponsored walk to Wells, bake sales and other various events.
To give a hint of the nature of our students - early in the year Mr Eaves offered a trip to Krakow which entailed a visit to Auschwitz concentration camp - 63 students signed up to go. We were adamant that every student who wanted to go would be able to, so two trips were organised. Many of our students took part in music concerts and drama productions, sporting events and extra curricular trips and activities.