IT has been another year of record-breaking results in Ilkeston and surrounding area this year, as students celebrated good A-Level grades at every school and sixth form college.
Ilkeston Sixth Form Partnership – comprising Ilkeston School and Kirk Hallam Community College’s sixth forms – had an overall pass rate of 97 per cent, with half the pupils receiving A* to B grades.
Students Andrew Larkin, 18, and Rebecca Martin, 18, each received the top A* grade, which was introduced last year.
Andrew is off to Nottingham University to study history and politics, while Rebecca is going to Nottingham Trent to read maths.
Rebecca, of West Hallam, said: “I’m really happy and looking forward to going to university.”
Andrew said: “I’ve put a lot of hard work in and revision so I’m really pleased.”
Head of sixth form at the Kirk Hallam site, Dave Cowley, said: “There are some absolutely superb individual results.
“I’m very pleased because the statistics show an overall turn upwards and this is the first year we have been fully combined.
“What’s particularly gratifying is that 40 per cent of University courses are oversubscribed this year yet the majority of our students have been accepted at the place they wanted to go to.”
The best performing school in the region was George Spencer Academy in Stapleford, which had a 100 per cent overall pass rate this year.
One of their students, Rachel Armitage, received three A* grades.
Head of sixth form, Karen Fawcett, said: “We have closely monitored many students throughout their time with us, and our dedicated staff also mentored many individuals on a regular basis. This has raised everybody’s game, and meant that we left less to chance on the day of each examination paper.”
At Friesland School in Sandiacre, 98.62 per cent of students passed with at least four students receiving A* grades.
Student Elizabeth Pierson received three A* grades.
Headteacher Peter Monk said: “We have really prioritised learning and teaching at the school in the course of the last twelve months and these results are a clear outcome of that focus.
“I would like to congratulate all students on their success.”
At Heanor Gate School the overall pass rate was 99.1 per cent with 37 per cent getting A or B grades.
The best performing school in Long Eaton was independent Trent College, with a 98.9 per cent pass rate.
Students Ben Bailey, Jameel Lalani, Rose Michael, Lucy Parkinson and Ruchit Sharma, all scored three top A* grades.
Rachel Moon, whose two A*s and an A will see her study architecture at Sheffield, said: “Tuition fees were definitely an added pressure, you know there is going to be so much competition for places.”
The Long Eaton School celebrated a 94 per cent pass rate with 15 per cent achieving A* and A grades.
And Wilsthorpe Community College saw 97.3 per cent of its students pass with at least four students receiving A* grades.