Early results suggest that some Ilkeston and Kirk Hallam schools have bucked the national trend this year and improved their GCSE results.
Cotmanhay’s Ormiston Enterprise Academy – formerly Bennerley – has reported a five per cent rise on last year’s record results, but has not released a full breakdown yet.
Billy-Ray Gilbert, with five A to C grades, said: “I’m happy because that is what I was expecting to get,
“The school’s definitely improved now it’s an academy – there have been more things to help with our grades, like extra English and extra maths classes.”
But Peter Hamer, headteacher of Kirk Hallam Community, Technology and Sports College, said staff were ‘disappointed’ that results had taken a dip of 20 per cent this year.
Students achieving five grade A* to Cs fell to 60 per cent.
He said: “As part of the college’s commitment to providing the very best outcomes for all our students we are already analysing the results and developing strategies to ensure our students achieve the very best results possible in summer 2013 and beyond.”
At Ormiston Ilkeston Academy, one of the top performing students Vikesh Mistry celebrated a clutch of A*, A and B grades.
“I have done pretty well – Im quite pleased,” he said.
The 16-year-old is off to study maths, physics, geography and chemistry A-levels at Bilborough College.
The school has also not released its results yet.
Students at St John Houghton Catholic School in Kirk Hallam failed to match up to last year’s best ever results with 79.34 per cent achieving five A* to C grades – a drop of about three per cent.
Headteacher Bernard Monaghan said: “Once again the school has produced many pleasing and well deserved results reflecting the hard work, determination and dedication of students and staff, together with the support from parents and governors.”