A LEVEL RESULTS DAY: Wait over for Chesterfield students

Netherthorpe School students Jacob Holden (Deputy Head Boy), Jessica Stevenson-Steels (Head Girl), Emily Tinsley (Deputy Head Girl), Nathan Ansell (Head Boy).
Netherthorpe School students Jacob Holden (Deputy Head Boy), Jessica Stevenson-Steels (Head Girl), Emily Tinsley (Deputy Head Girl), Nathan Ansell (Head Boy).

The wait is over for thousands of Derbyshire students today as they collect their A-Level results.

We’ll be bringing you the results from the Chesterfield area schools as we get them so keep checking back.

Netherthorpe School - Jessica Stevenson-Steels

Netherthorpe School - Jessica Stevenson-Steels

Eckington School’s Headteacher, Patrick Cummings, congratulated his Year 13 students on their terrific A-Level and BTEC examination results. Students and their teachers have worked hard to improve on a 5 year improving trend in A-Level scores. As in previous years it is expected that almost every student will gain the university place of their choice. Some of the school’s high flyers this year include:- Emma Hartley who received an A* and two As; Roma Patel who got three As and a B; Beth Rhodes who received three As and a B; Lewis Fretwell-Smith who achieved two As and two Bs; Josh Mowbray who received an A*, A and a B; Paige Green who received an A*, A and two Cs and Isabelle Ritchie who received two As and two Cs.

St Mary’s Catholic High School is extremely proud of this year’s A-Level students and their results. They have achieved highly across all ability ranges. The A level average point score per student is 135.

The percentage of A and B grades together accounted for 67 per cent, a marvellous achievement. Many individuals gained outstanding sets of A-Level results with 8.8 per cent of students gaining 4 or more A grades as well as 21.6% of students gaining 3 or more A grades. These A level results have helped students gain their university, training and employment places very successfully.

Mr McClafferty, St Mary’s Headteacher, is very proud of the students in this year group. He wants to thank them for their hard work, eagerness to learn and enormous contribution to the life of the school. He would like to congratulate them on their remarkable examination success and wish them well for the future. He is also indebted to his hardworking and talented staff without whom this high level of achievement could not be sustained.

Netherthorpe School - Bethany Shuttleworth-Bland

Netherthorpe School - Bethany Shuttleworth-Bland

Students from Netherthorpe School in Staveley were today celebrating an excellent set of A-Level results. The results meant that students were offered places in top universities across the country as well as a wide range of apprenticeships.

Amongst those celebrating were Head Prefects Nathan Ansell, Jessica Stevenson-Steels, Jacob Holden and Emily Tinsley. They all had to fit in their studies alongside a full programme of official engagements on behalf of the school. Despite their heavy schedule they achieved a magnificent eight top grades between them. They all achieved entry into their first choice university and are looking forward to an exciting future. Head Boy Nathan Ansell has been accepted by St Andrews University, previously attended by Prince William and Kate Middleton, and Head Girl Jessica Stevenson-Steels will be attending Durham University.

Headteacher Alan Senior commented: “Once again we are enjoying a day of celebration here at Netherthorpe. I would like to congratulate our students on their well-deserved success and thank our teachers for the tremendous amount of hard work and expertise that goes into supporting the students. I wish all our A-Level students well in the future, whether at university or in the world of work.”

While nationally the overall proportion of A* grades is down from 8.2 per cent last year to 8.1 per cent, three of Staveley’s Netherthorpe School students the Derbyshire Times spoke with were far from disappointed.

Netherthorpe School - Nathan Ansell

Netherthorpe School - Nathan Ansell

The three spoke of their relief that all their hard work had paid off but admitted there had been moments of panic while sitting the exams.

Nathan Ansell, 18, achieved an A in maths, A* in physics and A* in biology.

He said: “Certain exams went diabolically and I was convinced I would have to spend another year at home with my parents.

“Now it’s such a felling of relief.”

Tupton Hall students Connor Green, Olivia Walker, Chloe Thursby, Nicola Clarke

Tupton Hall students Connor Green, Olivia Walker, Chloe Thursby, Nicola Clarke

Now Nathan has the results he needed to attend the University of St Andrews and study physics.

But he added: “I have no idea what career to I want - I have not thought that far ahead.”

Jessica Stevenson-Steels, 18, also found herself all at sea while sitting the papers but battled through.

She netted a B in maths, A* in biology and A in geography.

She said: “The maths exam was a lot worse than I expected. I had prepared a lot but the questions threw me off completely.

“But I just kept going and hoped it was right.

Tupton Hall students Emma Bingham, Will Gascoyne, Alex Deng

Tupton Hall students Emma Bingham, Will Gascoyne, Alex Deng

“I am feeling excited that I got into the university I wanted and relieved that it’s over and the hard work paid off.”

Jessica will be attending Durham University.

And Bethany Shuttleworth-Bland, 18, agreed that with A-levels it was important just to keep going and stick at it.

She scored an A in maths, A* in biology and A in chemistry.

“I cannot really put it into words,” said Bethany. “But I am delighted that I am going to the university I wanted.

“It’s been difficult but worth it - stick with it and you cannot over-prepare.”

Bethany will be attending the University of York.

Delighted students, parents and staff are celebrating at Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School as they received superb results this morning. Headteacher, Teresa Roche, said: “I don’t think that I can recall a year when so many students arrived at school knowing that they had gained their first choice place for their next step.

“We are delighted for them and their families as they move on with confidence to a broad range of university courses, apprenticeships and employment across the country.

“Both year 13 and year 12 results are very pleasing with 100 cent pass rate, 83 per cent A*-C and 55 per cent A*-B at A-Level consolidating last year’s gains. A quarter of all entries gained the top grades of A* and A and 15 students gained A*/A grades across the board.

“Taken together, the results for the sixth form are the school’s best ever. The performance of year 12 is particularly pleasing given all of the changes we have seen this year; an 8 per cent increase in the top grades also bodes very well for their success in 2017. It has been an enormously successful year for our school community and we look forward to more of the same next year. I would like to thank my teaching and support staff colleagues who show such tremendous commitment to our school and its students and who make days like today possible.”

Spirits soared as the stars of the future collected their long awaited A Level results at Tupton Hall Sixth Form.

Students and staff celebrated superb achievements, with double the number of A* grades being awarded compared with 2015. Once again the school achieved a 99 per cent pass rate, but this year saw an increase in A* - C grades awarded – a high of 75 per cent.

The future also looks bright for this year’s AS Level students who celebrated the best results in recent memory.

Many Tupton Hall students are now heading to universities across the country to study some of the most competitive subjects on offer - from maths, medicine and midwifery to journalism and architecture. Others are embarking on apprenticeships and placements in prestigious professions including cabin crew, accountancy and sport at international level.

Head of Sixth Form Charlotte Burton said: “Our students have fantastic futures ahead of them,” she said. “They will be our doctors, teachers, actors, midwives, and physiotherapists, to name just a few of the career paths that our students have selected. Each of them has the drive and intelligence to make a great success out of their future studies and professional development.

“We are delighted for our students. These results are a testament to the value of hard work and community spirit that the sixth form at Tupton Hall School strives to foster within all of our students and the entire cohort have so much to be proud of. We wish them every possible success and happiness in their future endeavors.”

Emily Jolly is one of the highest achieving students this year, having gained two A*s and an A in biology, psychology and chemistry. This September she will be the first person in her family to go to university when she begins a medicine degree at Newcastle University.

Emily said: “I’m so pleased. This is the result of many years’ hard work including entrance exams and work experience to make it through the medicine pathway.”

Eighteen-year-old Olivia Walker has already begun her job as a member of British Airways cabin crew, which she secured after a rigorous selection process against 17,000 other applicants.

Olivia said: “I started my cabin crew training last Tuesday – it’s really intensive but it’s going well. I’m thrilled with my A in travel and tourism, A in health and social care and C in geography.”

The countdown to A Level results day has been especially important to Nicola Clarke who was diagnosed with leukaemia just before her GCSEs. This date has been planted firmly in her diary and has given her focus during a gruelling two-and-a-half years of chemotherapy which finished in July. “I’m over the moon. This means everything to me,” said Nicola, who will study occupational therapy at Sheffield Hallam with her A* in psychology and Bs in sociology and health and social care.

“It’s been really tough studying while having treatment. For two weeks out of every four I would be feeling unwell so that meant I had to cram all of my work into the other two weeks. The staff at Tupton Hall have been so supportive. I never felt pressured to do the work but it was there if I wanted to do it.”

Another student who has had time off from his A Level studies is cyclo-cross mountain biker Will Gascoyne who races with British Cycling. Currently a junior rider, Will is now attending selection camps for the British Cycling Senior Academy and hopes to represent his country at the Olympics in the future.

Within his age group Will has already come 10th in the cyclo-cross world championships, 4th in the junior world series and first in the nationals. And despite missing his final physics exam while competing in an international race in the Czech Republic this summer, he still achieved an A* in the subject – alongside As in maths and chemistry.

He said: “The last year has been all about racing and training because I decided that’s what I want to pursue. I don’t know how I’ve managed it.”

Some outstanding individual achievements:

Daniel Stevens (A* A B) University of Nottingham, maths

Adam Wilbourne (A A A) University of York, English

Georgina Wilby (A A A) University of Loughborough, maths and sports science

Emily Jolly (A* A* A) University of Newcastle, medicine

William Gascoyne (A* A A) aiming for British Cycling Senior Academy selection

Alex Deng (A* A B) University of Leeds, maths

Luke Crowder (A* A B) University of Sheffield, biochemistry

Nicola Clarke (A* B B) Sheffield Hallam University, occupational therapy

The equestrian team at Sheffield High School for Girls are celebrating after receiving their A-level results. Georgia Tracey from Matlock and Alice Turner from Chesterfield, who achieved two A* and three A results between them, will go on to study Veterinary Science at Liverpool and Business Management at Newcastle.

Erin Williams, from Barlow has her sights firmly set on Tokyo 2020. Erin, who already represents Team GB has been busy forging a successful career in dressage, whilst achieving three A-levels.

Chesterfield College students joined thousands of others across the country when they collected their A-Level results earlier today. Students on Maths, Further Maths, English Language and English Literature, History, Business, Biology, Chemistry, Economics and General Studies courses achieved an amazing 100 per cent pass rate. Overall Chesterfield College students achieved a 95.2 per cent pass rate meaning many students left knowing that their plans for university, further studies or work were secure.

Alongside volunteering for a children’s charity and working part-time, Josh Ludlam, 18, from Bolsover, achieved B grades in English Language and Sociology to add to a Business studies qualification he had already achieved. Josh told us that he has chosen to continue his Business related studies at Chesterfield College’s University Centre so that he can continue to work and volunteer locally.

Mathew Heslop, 20, from Eckington was delighted when he opened his results. His hard work has secured a place at York University to study Biology after achieving 3 distinction* in BTEC Applied Science as well as a C in English Literature and C in Sociology A Levels.

AS level students also collected their results today. Bethany Shouk was delighted with her A & B grades in chemistry, psychology, sociology, biology and general studies. With her sights firmly set on a career in medicine she knows these results are a fantastic first step on her journey.

Gill Parkes, Assistant Principal for classroom based learning at Chesterfield College said: “Congratulations to everyone receiving their A-Level results today. It was wonderful to see so many students get the results they needed to enable them to move on to university, an apprenticeship or other studies. It’s also important to remember whatever the outcome, the journey taken to get to this point is really valuable and there are plenty of options open to get the career you want.”

At Brookfield Community School 21 per cent of all grades awarded were A* or A, and almost half the grades awarded were a B grade or above. There were many examples of significant achievement and attainment. In terms of raw attainment; Ewan Hawkins achieved five grades at A* or A. Daniel Germon and Lucy Wilkins each achieved three A* and one A grade. Amber Glossop and William Caine achieved three A* grades. Kolawole Ayonrinde, Ellen Church, Robert Patman and Robyn Wrigley achieved all A* or A grades. Phyllida Buswell and Joshua White achieved three grades at A* or A. Dominic Newman achieved 4 A grades. Jacob Cowper, Matthew Mounsey and Grace Turnbull achieved 3 A grades.

Two students are going on to Oxford, two to Cambridge and one to Yale.

Tupton Hall Psychology teacher Mike Edwards celebrates with students

Tupton Hall Psychology teacher Mike Edwards celebrates with students

Sheffield High School for Girls students Georgia Tracey and Alice Turner

Sheffield High School for Girls students Georgia Tracey and Alice Turner

Chesterfield College students celebrate

Chesterfield College students celebrate