A LEVEL RESULTS DAY: Wait over for Chesterfield students

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

Thursday, 18th August 2016, 10:08 am
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 6:34 pm
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).

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

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.

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Netherthorpe School - Jessica Stevenson-Steels

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.

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.

Netherthorpe School - Bethany Shuttleworth-Bland

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.

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.

Netherthorpe School - Nathan Ansell

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.”

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.”

Netherthorpe School - Jessica Stevenson-Steels

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.

“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.

Netherthorpe School - Bethany Shuttleworth-Bland

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.”

Netherthorpe School - Nathan Ansell