Live updates

Number of top grades falls but record numbers off to University

Thousands of students from across our region have been opening their A-Level results.

The proportion of those achieving A and A star grades has fallen, but record numbers have been accepted on university courses.

Click below to watch a full report on todays results by ITV News Anglia's Elodie Harper.

32,000 students in East of England get their Uni place

As thousands of students in the East of England opened their 'A' Level results today, the rush for clearing places has begun as those who didn't quite get the grades they wished for, look for alternative places.

Tthe University and Colleges Admissions Service's headquarters is in Cheltenham and that's where staff are dealing with all the national clearing enquiries.

UCAS says that 32,000 students in the East of England got the University place they wanted.

Our reporter Matt Price is there, click below to watch his report.


The results are out and 'clearing' begins for thousands

ARU's clearing centre in Cambridge Credit: ITV News Anglia

Now that the region's students have opened up their 'A' Level results, clearing has begun for many who perhaps didn't quite get the grades they were hoping for.

Clearing is now underway at Anglia Ruskin University on East Road in Cambridge. The university says they have had record numbers of applicants this year.

Nationally, more students have already been accepted onto a university course at 409,000. This is more than any previous year.

Before clearing started the ARU had just under 19,000 applications.

Staff at Anglia Ruskin University are now dealing with 'clearing' Credit: ITV News Anglia

Exam joy or disappointment as students open 'A level results'

The moment of truth for many students today as they open their results Credit: ITV News Anglia

Students at the Chelmsford High School for Girls have been opening up their results this morning for ITV News Anglia.

The school says it's results have been outstanding this year, with nearly 50% of grades A* and A at 'A' Level.

Reporter Serena Sandhu was there to capture the reaction as many nervous teenagers finally found out if their hard work paid off.

Students share their results at the Chelmsford High School for Girls Credit: ITV News Anglia

"The results are as ever absolutely outstanding and I wan to celebrate that fact that the girls have done their very best."

– Nicole Chapman, Chelmsford High School for Girls

Watch ITV News Anglia at 6pm tonight to see a full report on a day of results.

It's a worrying time for students Credit: ITV News Anglia

Click below to watch reaction from students.


UEA climbs to 2nd place in national student survey

The University of East Anglia has come second in this year’s National Student Survey (NSS) for student Overall Satisfaction levels, rising one place from last year.

Full-time, first degree final-year undergraduate taught students across the UK are invited annually to complete a questionnaire about various elements of their university education and the results released today show UEA achieved a score of 92% in the Overall Satisfaction theme.

"The National Student Survey is a key barometer of how our students feel about their time here at UEA. Scoring so highly for Satisfaction is testament to the efforts of academic and support staff as well as the Student Union and of course the students themselves in making UEA a top-class place to live and study."

– Prof David Richardson, UEA Vice-chancellor

Department for Education explain Hewett academy decision

Hewett School in Norwich. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Department for Education have explained their decision to turn a Norwich school into an academy, saying that the step was the best way of bringing about an improvement.

The Hewett school will now be sponsored by the Inspiration Trust.

The school was deemed as "inadequate" in five of seven categories of a recent Ofsted report.

“Our priority is to make sure every child has the chance to get an excellent education and the best start in life. Ofsted’s recent report on the Hewett School could not be clearer that immediate change is required in order for that to happen.

As we have seen time and again, becoming an academy with the support of a strong sponsor is the quickest and most effective way to bring about rapid and sustained improvement.

That is why Hewett School will become an academy under Inspiration Trust, a strong sponsor with a proven track record of delivering rapid improvements in under-performing secondary schools. This has been taken with the best interests of children in mind and will help to secure the long term future of the school.”

– Department for Education spokesman

Norwich South MP 'angered' by decision to turn Hewett School into an academy

Clive Lewis. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Norwich South MP Clive Lewis says that he is "angry and disappointed" for local families after one of the city's biggest schools was turned into an academy.

The Department of Education confirmed the proposal today, which will mean that the Hewett school will now be sponsored by the Inspiration Trust.

The move had attracted considerable local opposition, with over 2,000 people signing a petition against the school being turned into an academy.

Mr Lewis has been invited by the trust to join the school's new governing body.

"I’m both angry and disappointed for local families whose views have simply been ignored by this process. It’s unfortunate that yet again the community, and most importantly the children of Hewett, have been let down.

What was the point of holding a consultation and ignoring the result simply because it wasn’t the answer the Government and the Inspiration Trust wanted?

I intend to obtain responses shortly from both the Secretary of State on a number of outstanding issues. Clearly there are still serious concerns over the land and I’ll be spending the coming days and weeks speaking to local parents and the community, to get the best outcome for the families and City I represent.

This has always been and always will remain their campaign but it is one I and many others in Norwich have been moved by."

– Clive Lewis MP

One of Norwich's biggest schools to be turned into an academy, Government confirms

Hewett School, which will now be known at 'The Hewett Academy'. Credit: ITV News Anglia

It's been announced that one of Norwich's biggest schools will become an academy.

The Department of Education has confirmed the proposal, which will mean that the Hewett school will now be sponsored by the Inspiration Trust.

The school will be known as the Hewett Academy, Norwich.

The academy's new logo. Credit: Hewett Academy, Norwich.

The move had attracted considerable local opposition, with over 2,000 people signing a petition against the school being turned into an academy.

They argued that the school should remain "owned by the people of Norwich; not given away against the wishes of parents, pupils and the local community".

"We are thrilled by the opportunity to make the Hewett great again for the people of Norwich.

There is only a short time before the academy opens in September, and we are already busy working with the principal, Tom Leverage, to support his priorities for the Hewett.

On his advice we will be refurbishing key areas of the academy this summer, using Inspiration Trust funds, and looking longer term at how we can make the more fundamental improvements the Hewett so desperately needs.

We are delighted to be keeping the Hewett name, with the new academy known as the Hewett Academy, Norwich, with a new badge inspired by the city's history.

We know there is great love for the Hewett locally and some nervousness about its future. With his community role and existing experience as a school governor, I have today written to Norwich South MP Clive Lewis inviting him to join the new governing body.

We are proud to be stepping up to the challenge of reinvigorating the Hewett, and we hope Mr Lewis will too."

– Inspiration Trust chief executive Rachel de Souza
Load more updates