Students from across Chesterfield and Derbyshire celebrate GCSE exam success

Students from Netherthorpe School with their GCSE results
Students from Netherthorpe School with their GCSE results

Students from across the area have been receiving their GCSE results today - with some schools celebrating their best ever results.

There were many smiling faces at schools and colleges as teenagers finally got the chance to discover how they had performed in their summer exams.

Here is a round up of results from schools in the Chesterfield and Derbyshire area.

Netherthorpe School, Staveley

More than 75 per cent of students gained five or more higher grade passes, with more than 64 per cent of these including English and maths.

Notable individual successes included Camila del Solar, who achieved 12 A*/A grades, and Matthew Greensted and Jack Bonnington, who both gained 11A*/As.

Headteacher Alan Senior said: “I am delighted to see so many smiling faces. Our students have worked extremely hard and fully deserve their success.

“They have been offered tremendous support from their teachers and these results have opened the door to the next phase of their education or employment. I wish them continued success.”

Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School

Students have performed extremely well across the board and there are many ‘exceptional individual performances’ with students attaining 10 or more top grades at A*/A.

The overall headline figure for five GCSE passes at A*-C, including English and maths, is up four per cent on last year at more than 78 per cent.

In terms of progress, 84 per cent of students made expected progress in both English and maths and an impressive 46 per cent made more than expected progress in both subjects.

55 students got all A*-B grades; nine students got all A*/A grades; one student got 10A* plus 1 A grade; two students got 9A*; six students got 8A* and three students got 7A*.

Headteacher, Teresa Roche, said: “I am absolutely delighted for our students and staff. They have worked so hard to achieve these superb results and I am proud of every single one of them.

“Our exams team have been brilliant throughout the whole exam period. We are one of the largest schools in the country and so they have a huge logistical exercise to schedule and invigilate exam sessions for over 900 students.

“These results reflect the skill and commitment of our staff in the ever changing educational landscape and I would like to thank them on behalf of students and parents. Students and parents can enjoy a wonderful day secure in the knowledge of how well students have performed. Well done everybody.”

Eckington School

Headteacher Patrick Cummings has congratulated Year 11 students on ‘some outstanding performances’ and thanked staff for their ‘unswerving commitment’.

Overall, the school’s five A*-C, including English and mathematics, exceeded the national average, with strong scores in English in particular.

Standout performers were Juliet Hayes (6 A*s, 5 As, 1 A at AS); Harrie Tabor Hall (5 A*s, 5 As, 2 Bs); Amy Pugh (2A*s, 7 As, 2 Bs, 1 C at AS); Neve Wilson (2 A*s, 1 A, 8 Bs, 1 D); Courtney Hancock (1 A*, 8 As, 2 Bs); Lucy Fish (3xA*s, 4 As, 3 Bs, 1 C); Holly Senior (4 A*s, 3 As, 2 Bs, 2 Cs); Olivia Stuart (1 A*, 8 As, 3 Bs, 1 D at AS); Charlotte Joyce (2 A*s, 4 As, 4 Bs, 1 C); Callum Suttle (7 As, 4 Bs); Ellie Curtis (3 A*s, 7As); Lauren Hill (4 A*s, 5As, 1 B); Katy Moyes (5 As, 6Bs).

Outwood Academy Newbold

Outwood Academy Newbold has reported a 19 per cent increase in GCSE results compared to last summer with 58 per cent of students achieving five A*-C including English and maths.

There has been significant increase in performance across all subjects, most notably English which has improved by 30 per cent on last year.

Eighty per cent of students achieved a C grade or above in mathematics with 31 of these students achieving either an A or A*.

Principal Steve Roberts said the academy was delighted with the results, which he says was ‘down to the hard work and dedication of the students, staff, and parents’.

He said: “I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the students and the staff and parents for their hard work to bring about a transformation in the results of the academy.”

Paul Tarn, regional chief executive, said he was delighted for students and parents with the results this year and paid tribute to the ‘high quality leadership’ of the Mr Roberts and his team.

Sir Michael Wilkins, academy principal and chief executive of Outwood Grange Academies Trust, said he was delighted with the leadership of Mr Tarn and Mr Roberts.

Outwood has enjoyed a ‘rapid transformation’ since it became academy, he said.

He said: “We are proud of our students and the support given by their parents/carers, all of the staff at the academy and the governors.”

Alfreton Grange

Students and staff are celebrating significant improvement in this year’s results.

Improvements have been made in all areas – including the key threshold of five A*-C grades with English and maths.

This figure has increased by 14 per cent to 41 per cent and the proportion of students achieving A* to C grades in the key subjects of English and maths has improved to 45 per cent.

Students making expected progress from Key Stage 2 to 4 has also improved at a rate faster than that seen in similar schools nationally last year.

School bosses say the success is due to the ‘hard work of all members of the school community and the new partnership with the Torch Academy Gateway Trust’.

Head of school, Graeme Smith, said: “At a time when national standards are placing increasing pressures on schools, I am very proud of the effort and resilience of our students in achieving these grades.

“There is still work for us to do as we strive to provide an excellent school for our community. These positive outcomes give us a solid base to build on for next year’s results.”

The chairman of the interim executive board, Chris Robinson, said the future looked ‘bright’ for the school - which will soon have a new building and a sponsorship with local fashion company David Nieper.

He said: “I am delighted with this year’s results and wish to put on record my appreciation for the work that students, staff and parents have done.”

Particular successes include Rachel Wibberley (eight A* grades and 3 As) and John Severn (10 A* grades and 1 A). In addition, Niamh Emerson deserves special mention (1 A*, 7 As and 2 Bs), as she coupled her studies with competing for Team GB in athletics across the globe.

Highfields, Matlock

The school is celebrating some outstanding results, with the overall the percentage of pupils gaining five A*-C, including English and maths, standing at 69 per cent - in line with the last two years.

Many students have achieved outstanding individual results, with 35 students gaining eight or more A*/A grades and 50% of youngsters recording at least 1 A*/A.

The number of students making ‘excellent’ progress in the key areas of English and maths has improved even further this year, meaning that regardless of ability the vast majority of youngsters have achieved or exceeded national expectations.

Head of year, Mike Basford, said: “These results represent the outcome of a great deal of hard work by staff and students. It is great to see youngsters achieving as many as 11 A* grades. However, it is also good to see we are achieving excellent progress with students across the ability range, as we look to ensure we have given them the best possible platform for the next stage of their education. These outcomes are particularly pleasing given that we know marking is getting tougher and grade boundaries are being raised nationally.”

Mr Basford retires at the end of August after working for 38 years in the school, both at Highfields and previously as Charles White School.

Nationally,GCSE grades A* to C have risen slightly this year, but top A* and A grades have gone down.

In broadly stable results, the proportion of A* to C grades rose to 69 per cent, up from 68.8 per cent last year, but A* grades fell by 0.1 percentage points.