Nerves were jangling as students in Ilkeston faced GCSE results D-day.
Students trooped to both Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy and Kirk Hallam Community Academy this morning to collect envelopes containing their grades which were predicted to be affected by changes to the system with a greater focus on end-of-course exams.
At Kirk Hallam, the pass rate was 43 per cent of pupils gaining five or more grades of A* to C, including English and Maths, which means the statistics have dipped by 18 per cent compared with last year’s results at 61 per cent.
Headteacher Mr Ebbage said the dip in overall results is only “temporary”.
He said: “Today is all about celebrating the individual successes our students have enjoyed, rather than the headline figures and there are some significant achievements to note.”
Among those who topped the charts for Kirk Hallam was 16-year-old Georgina Atkins, who acheived 6 A*s and 6 A grades and Joe Higton who opened his envelope to 5 A*s and 9 As.
Mr Ebbage added: “We wish all our students the very best in their chosen pathway next year.”
Other local schools are also celebrating success, including Friesland School in Sandiacre, where 74 per cent of students achieved a higher grade (C or above) in mathematics and 73 per cent in English.
There was also a big increase this year in the proportion of students achieving A* and A grades across the school, beating the national figures in the Humanities, Sciences, Languages and Maths.
Headteacher Peter Monk commented: “It has been a challenging year for all schools with so many changes from Government that have affected this particular year group.
“We are delighted with the progress outcomes achieved by students especially in English and mathematics.”
Individuals such as 16-year-old Natasha Hall, from West Hallam, are personally celebrating achieving great results.
Natasha opened her envelope this morning to six As and three A*s.
She said: “I’m so pleased! I can start enjoying the summer holidays now. It’s such a relief to have achieved these results and I’m really looking forward to starting my A Levels in September.”