EVERY school in Ilkeston and the surrounding area has reported more pupils achieving the top A* and A grades this week.
For most schools it has been another record-breaking year for results.
Bennerley School received the best results in its history with 69 per cent of students achieving A* to C grades – up 19 per cent on last year.
After finding out she had achieved a clutch of A* grades, Rosie Bennett, 16, said: “I’m really pleased with my results. I was expecting most of them because I’ve put a lot of hard work in.”
She is going on to study A-Levels at Bilborough College, Nottingham.
Acting headteacher Fiona Stevenson said: “I’m absolutely delighted after the hard work the students and the staff have put in.”
The school becomes Ormiston Enterprise Academy when students return later this month.
At Ilkeston Specialist Arts College, also set to be run as an academy by Ormiston, 82 per cent of students received five or more A* to C grades, down slightly on last year, although A and A* star grades took a jump.
Just under half received five A* to C grades in subjects including English and maths.
Top performer Kate Lewis Hood received nine A*s and one A. She said: “I was hoping to get good grades but not necessarily expecting such good marks. I’m off to Leeds Festival to celebrate this weekend.”
Tracey Dundas, who becomes associate principal of the new academy when students return, said: “It’s been a good year, very similar to last year with a slight improvement in English and maths A* to A grades,
“We are all really pleased and wish all the students the best of luck in what they do next.”
Kirk Hallam Community Technology and Sports College is celebrating after 80 per cent of students got five or more A* to C grades, 61 per cent including English and maths.
One student, Alex Green, received a staggering 10 A* grades.
Vice principal Aidan Smith said: “The college is absolutely delighted with the academic performance of its students again this year.”
St John Houghton Catholic School celebrated its best ever results with nearly 83 per cent achieving five or more A* to C grades, 69 per cent including English and maths.
Sandiacre’s Friesland School was another record breaker with 83 per cent earning five A* to Cs, 60 per cent including English and maths – up 19 per cent on last year.
Headteacher Peter Monk said: ‘We are extremely pleased with these results, which reflect great credit on students and staff alike.”
The success continued at Michael House School in Shipley with 67 per cent receiving A* to C grades, including English and maths.
The best results in the area were, as with A-Level results, achieved at George Spencer Academy in Stapleford, where every student received five or more A* to C grades and 71 per cent achieved the same grades, including maths and English.
Principal Susan Jowett said: “This is a fantastic achievement following record A-Level results announced last week. I am so pleased for the students and staff who really deserve this success.”
At Heanor Gate Science College 82 per cent of students achieved at least five A* to C grades – a ten per cent improvement on last year.
It was also a record year at Long Eaton School with 85 per cent of students getting five A* to C grades, 53 per cent including English and maths.
At Wilsthorpe Community College 94 per cent of students achieved five or more A* to C grades, 60 per cent, including English and maths.
Independent Trent College students celebrated their best ever results on Thursday with 49.2 per cent of its pupils in the top A* to A grade band and 18.3 per cent scoring A* grades.
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