Ilkeston Sixth Form Partnership has achieved another record-breaking year for A-level results.
The partnership between Kirk Hallam Community, Technology and Sports College and Ormiston Ilkeston Academy has maintained last year’s 99 per cent pass rate but the number of students achieving the very top grades has risen.
A total of 10.2 per cent of grades in both A-levels and BTECs were A* or Distinction, compared to six per cent last year.
A* to C grades went up to 71.2 per cent from 69 per cent last year.
Nationally, the pass rate rose marginally to 98.1 per cent but the proportion of students achieving the top grades fell by 0.3 per cent to 26.3 per cent.
Students nervously opened their envelopes at the Kirk Hallam site’s Lakeside Centre this morning (Thursday)
Jenny Scott, 17, got three A*s – in English language and literature, general studies and sociology – and an A in religious studies.
“I can’t believe it,” she said.
“I got my place trough UCAS this morning and I thought they must have lowered the grades for me.”
Jenny is going to study English at Nottingham University.
Another top achiever was Alex Green who got four A*s in maths, chemistry, physics and PE.
The 18-year-old from West Hallam is off to his first choice Loughborough to study civil engineering.
“I was kind of hoping I would get one or two A*s – I would have been pleased with that,” he said.
“I’m just shocked, kind of ecstatic.”
And Oliver Charvill, 18, got much better grades than he was expecting – distinctions in BTEC applied science and business – and is now going through clearing hoping for a place at Sheffield Hallam University.
“I wasn’t expecting these results,” he said.
“But I’ve had to work so hard.”
Directors of sixth form studies Kay Kearton and David Cowley issued a joint statement saying: “We are delighted with the significant improvement in all the areas.
“We are really pleased with all the individual achievements of the students and all the hard work of the staff.”
More results from schools around the area to follow.