Students have been opening their GCSE results this morning (Thursday) - here are the results as they come in.
Nationally the proportion of grades A* to C was 68.1 per cent – down from 69.4 per cent last year and the proportion getting an A* or an A fell from 22.4 per cent to 21.3 per cent.
The overall pass rate also fell marginally, for the first time in the exam’s 25-year history.
But at Kirk Hallam Community, Science and Technology College there was a huge increase in results with 61 per cent of students achieving at least five A* to C grades, including English and maths – a 22 per cent increase on last year’s results.
Overall A* to C and equivalent grades in vocational courses were achieved by 77 per cent of students.
Principal Peter Hamer said: “We are delighted that the hard work of students and staff combined with the invaluable support of parents has been rewarded with these improved results.
“We look forward to continuing to work with these young people as they build on these successes in the Kirk Hallam Sixth Form.”
Top achievers were Daniel Page, Georgia Trowbridge and Olivia Coe who each achieved 10 A* or A grades.
Jack Henshaw, 16, got five A*s, two As and six Bs. “It was hard work getting though them,” he said.
“I’ve got what I was hoping for in the end.”
He’s going to Bilborough College to study maths, further maths and chemistry A-levels.
Ormiston Enterprise Academy in Cotmanhay saw an even bigger leap in results.
A total of 55 per cent of students achieved five A* to Cs including English and maths – up a whopping 31 per cent on last year’s poor 24 per cent.
The figure could put it among the most improved schools in the country.
A spokesman for the school said: “This strive for improvement coupled with hard work from the students and the teachers supported by the parents, has seen a dramatic increase in exam performance.
“Against a backdrop of tightening GCSE standards, results at Enterprise have shown significant improvements.”
“This is an incredible achievement and a credit to the students and the efforts of all stakeholders in ensuring that the students are at the forefront of what we do,” she added.
Next month, the school is set to close and merge with Ormiston Ilkeston Academy, which saw 41 per cent of its students achieve five A* to C grades, including English and maths – up three per cent on last year.
Aiknaath Jain, of Ilkeston, achieved nine A* grades.
The 16-year-old said: “I’m really proud of the results I achieved and it’s hard to take it all in at once.
“I want to go on and either do A-Levels or an International Baccalaureate . I’m not too sure what I’d like to do in the future but definitely would like to go to university.”
At St John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy, 78.9 per cent of students got five or more A* to C grades – down just 0.1 per cent.
Including maths ad English, 68.3 per cent of students achieved A* to C grades.
Headteacher Joan McCarthy said: “I wish to extend my congratulations to all the students of Saint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy for their excellent exam results.
“I am so pleased that they are receiving their due reward for their hard work and I wish them every success in their future.
“On a day like today it is worth celebrating the efforts of all the dedicated teachers at Saint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy. They have worked tirelessly in preparing the students for their exams and I thank them today.
“Finally I extend my thanks to the families of the students who have provided such great support to their loved ones and can enjoy this day of celebration.”
Ruth Rimmer, 16, got an impressive 10 A*s. She said: “I am surprised but I worked really hard.”
She’s going on to study the International Baccalaureate at Bilborough College.
More results to follow.