Excited students ripped open their A-level envelopes today and there was glee across Chesterfield College as the sixth form had some incredible results.
Some 250 students opened their grades today and 60 per cent of them achieved high grades, with many pupils leaving with a smile on their faces and the knowledge that they go on to the next step in their careers.
We caught the moment A-level student Michael Draper - the baby of the class at only 17, opened his envelope and found he aced in maths – a big passion of his, and passed with 100 per cent in three modules.
Michael from Langwith was gob-smacked as he read through the results. He told us: “I can’t describe how I feel, there are no words.
“I got 100 per cent in three out of six modules. One of them I thought I definitely failed. How did I get an A?”
With AAB he secured his place at his first-choice university and will go on to study maths at York University in the Autumn.
He added: “It fascinates me. It is my passion and I love the challenge of difficult maths problems. I want to take my study as far as possible.”
Mum Pat, 54 and dad Colin, 56, said of their young maths prodigy: “We’re immensely proud of him. There was never really any doubt he’d do well – he’s got a natural gift for maths and he picked up some great marks.”
Lucy Gordon is excited to start a course in mechanical engineering at Sheffield Hallam next term.
Mum Sharon said: “I’m very proud of her, it’s been a lot of study to get her the grades and she’s been working at the same time at an engineering company.
“She’s actually a little bit disappointed with one mark, but she has enough to get her in.
“I was like one mark under,” said Lucy.
Jack Wilson, 20, got an A in Physics, an A in Law and a B in Maths and will now be going on to the University of Manchester to study Architecture.
He said he was slowly coming to terms with his grades: “It’s just settling in, I’m still absorbing it.”
Megan Jones achieved outstanding results, with an A* in Biology, A* in Law and an A in Mathematics, and is now off to Warwick University to study Biology
Notable successes in AS-levels were Casey Fawcett who gained three As and two Bs and Eve Hobson who also took five subjects and gained three As one B and one C. In addition particular praise goes to Mirela Kinaeva who gained 3 A grades despite English not being her first language.
Demi Anderson, 18, from Arkwright has been studying for a level 3 in Criminology alongside studying for her A Levels. She found out that she achieved the qualification today and is now looking forward to staying at Chesterfield College to do a foundation degree in Criminal Justice as the next step on the journey to becoming a probation officer or social worker working with offenders.
She told us: “I have absolutely loved my criminology course at Chesterfield College. I know it’s a bit different to traditional subjects but that’s what attracted me to it in the first place. It’s been fascinating and it’s given me so much more confidence in my abilities. Moving on to do a foundation degree at college will give me a real competitive edge when it comes to thinking about the next step in my career.”
Congratulations also to Jake Slater, 18 from Chesterfield, who received CDD grades in A-level English Language, English Literature and History today. Jake will be continuing his learning as a Youth Work apprentice with Derbyshire County Council, working with young people aged 11-19. He said: “I chose to study my A-levels because I enjoyed the subjects I chose and I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do as a career so I felt that they gave me a good general level of education that I could build on with work or further study. Studying at college has given me lots of opportunities to develop academically and personally. When it came to choosing the next step, I wanted to get into work and get some experience so I looked around at apprenticeships. I have been a student ambassador at college and worked with my peers and younger students which sparked an interest in working with young people so when the Youth Work apprenticeship came up it seemed like a great opportunity.”
Head of sixth form David Smith said: “We’ve had a minor dip since last year in A2 results but 97 per cent is still amazing.
We’re especially pleased with the AS results because they’ve gone up nine per cent this year and the high grades have gone up five per cent.
“At A2, we always see most people pass. AS is different – so it’s really good to see a high improvement.”