Derbyshire’s super students celebrate A Level success

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There were scenes of jubilation across the county’s schools this morning as A level students rolled up to collect their results.

At Netherthorpe School, headteacher Alan Senior, said the pass rate this year was an impressive 97 per cent.

“The outstanding pass rate has enabled the vast majority of Netherthorpe’s students to gain university entrance or to be accepted onto apprenticeships or other job opportunities,” he told the Derbyshire Times.

Former head girl, Beth Ansell, 18, of The Dell, Chesterfield, said: “I got two A* and one A in history, English and geography. I am so pleased because I was expecting three As. I am starting at St Andrews the first week in September doing English lit and I can’t wait.”

Another of the school’s top achievers, Lily Martin, 18, is looking forward to starting at the University of Sheffield after getting two A*s and one A.

Lily, of Lilac Street, Hollingwood, said: “I found out when I got in this morning. I am doing law with Spanish. My dad is really happy with me as I didn’t do that well last year.”

Sean McClafferty, headteacher of St Mary’s Catholic High School, on Newbold Road, said the school was extremely proud of this year’s A level students and their results.

“They have achieved highly across all ability ranges,” he said.

“The percentage of A and B grades together accounted for 62 per cent, a marvellous achievement. Many individuals gained outstanding sets of A level results. In fact, 11.5 per cent of our students gained four or more A grades. These A level results have helped students gain their university, training and employment places very successfully.”

Mr McClafferty, said he was very proud of the students and thanked them for their hard work, eagerness to learn and enormous contribution to the life of the school.

He added: “I am also indebted to my hardworking and talented staff without whom this high level of achievement could not be sustained.”

Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School headteacher, Teresa Roche, said she was delighted for students and their families after results showed further improvement on last year’s figures and over half the entries gained top grades.

“These are the school’s best ever results and almost all students have gained places on their first choice courses and will take up places at top rated universities,” she said.

We have continued the trend of improvement and our results are up by over three per cent at the highest grades. She said 14 students had 46 A*/ A grades between, adding: “We are equally pleased for those who reached their potential at lower grades. We maintain a large and inclusive Post-16 and expect the full range of grades from our students; young people need all the support they can get in the current climate and my thanks go to staff who work so hard to support students to achieve their goals.”

At Tupton Hall, the pass rate was 99.15 per cent, with 43 per cent of students securing grades A* to B making the results the best in five years.

Tupton Hall’s head of post 16 education, Charlotte Burton, said: “We are delighted with another record year of results. Each year the cohort exceed their target grades and successfully achieves a set of fantastic A Level results.

“The students have all worked hard for these grades and having achieved the grades needed for university in September, many are now looking forward to the next stage of their education.”

Tupton Hall waves goodbye to a set of triplets this year, who are each going to different parts of the country for University.

David Wilkinson, who got an A, a B and a D is going to Westminster, while Barbara and Ted who each got B, B and C, are going to Sheffield Hallam and Edge Hill respectively.

David, from Wingerworth, said: “We are all pleased to have go into uni. We are going across the country - we are looking forward to being independent. But we will still see each other. It just means we will have three cities to go out in!”

Another pupil looking forward to the nightlife scene at university is Ellen Rowley, 19, of Old Whittington.

She said: “I got a B, a C and C and I am going to Brighton to student globalisation. I picked Brighton because its a really good city and it is down south!”

Amongst the top achievers was Nathaniel Marsh, who got two A* and an A and a B. He is going to study aeronautical engineering at Loughborough.

Head, Andrew Knowles, said: “These excellent results are a testament to the hard work of our wonderful students and staff.

“I am delighted that our students have been deservedly rewarded with the high grades that reflect their application to study and commitment to learning.”

In Ripley, Mill Hill School students achieved record-breaking results.

A total of 24 per cent of grades at the school were A* to A, an increase from 21 per cent last year and 18 per cent in 2011.

Forty-six per cent of grades were A* to B, a three per cent rise from last year and 72 per cent of grades were A* to C, compared to 66 per cent last year. The overall pass rate was 95 per cent.

Helen Fozard, the school’s head of sixth form, said they were thrilled with the latest set of record-breaking results.

She said: “The students at Mill Hill have worked extremely hard to achieve these fantastic results with the support of our talented and dedicated staff who also work closely with parents.

“We are extremely pleased with the results which demonstrate a strong trend of improvement.

“The percentage of A* to A grades has increased every year for the past five years, a statistic that we are very proud of.”

At Sheffield High School in Sheffield there was good news for Sophia Rodriguez from Pilsley, Chesterfield, who achieved an amazing five straight A*/A at A level.

She passed maths and further Maths both at A* and biology, chemistry and physics at grade A, racking up an amazing 640 UCAS points to take her to read mathematics at Imperial College, London.

Sophia was one of the Sheffield High School debating team that have had a string of successes including National Finalists of the European Youth Parliament.

Fellow student Alexandra Peel from Hathersage in the Hope Valley achieved straight As in chemistry, history and spanish with geography AS also at grade A. She is off to study modern history and Spanish including a year abroad at St Andrews University.

Suzanne Zhou from Dronfield Woodhouse also received straight As in biology, chemistry and maths with another grade A in drama at AS. She will soon be reading pharmacy at Manchester University.

And Sheffield High School netball captain and up and coming model Georgia Salamat from Hathersage achieved A* in biology, A in economics, B in maths and A in physics AS.

Students at Anthony Gell School in Wirksworth have again gained really good A-level results.

Many of them have gained university places across the country with others taking a wide variety of gap years and some going into employment.

Headteacher David Baker said that it was great to see so many young people doing so well and how much progress many of them have made since joining the school seven years ago.

The school has students going to study medicine, performing arts, forensic chemistry and philosophy and politics at universities from Belfast to Plymouth. One student is going to study in Oklahoma! Others are starting advanced apprenticeships in areas such as engineering and accountancy.

Mr Baker said: “Our students have worked really hard to achieve these results, not just in the last few months but throughout their time at school. I also want to recognise the many hours of extra time my staff put into revision and exam preparation and the fantastic support that parents give to their children. I want to congratulate all of our students who have met their personal targets whether they be all grade As and A*s or a set of grades that has gained them their university place or apprenticeship”.

Our Year 12 students have also gained excellent results at the end of their first year of sixth form – some of our best ever – so we can look forward to them doing really well next year at A-level.

Full lists of school A Level results will be appearing online as soon as we receive them.

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