The anxious wait for A level results was over today as students found out their grades.
Kirk Hallam Community Academy saw its best set of results yet.
Head of sixth form, David Cowley, said: “Prior to this year the academy worked in partnership with another school and it is most gratifying that these, the first set of results for our very own sixth form, show an overall improvement in all important measures, including average points score per student and average points per entry.
“Students and staff at Kirk Hallam know that hard work and determination are key to success at A-level and our results are testimony to everyone’s efforts.
Top achievers include Laura Addison who achieved A*,A,A, in history, English literature and biology. She will study English literature and creative writing at the
University of Warwick.
Jack Bradshaw got A*,A*,B, in maths, further maths and physics. Jack also starts at Warwick University in September where he will study mathematics.
Rebecca Yeomans, 18, who is registered blind, for three B’s in history, English and psychology. She said: “I got in to Derby University where I will study creative writing. I would like to be an author.”
Mr Cowley said: “This year’s results continue the ongoing trend of improvement at Kirk Hallam Sixth Form and early indications are that the current Year 12 students will not disappoint next year. Anyone wishing to find out more about our sixth form is invited to attend our Open Day on October 14.”
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Derby College, which has a camous in Ilkeston, is celebrating its highest grade percentage in five years with a 98 per cent pass rate overall.
The majority of A2 subjects recording a 100 per cent pass rate including humanities and modern foreign language subjects and the percentage of those gaining A* to C grades has risen nine per cent to 66 per cent.
Among the students celebrating their results were Millie Johnson from Ilkeston who celebrates her 18th her birthday this month. She will go to Leeds University to study accounting and finance after gaining A grades in history and psychology and a B in maths. She said: “I was extremely nervous and got up very early to wait for the text from the university to see if I had got my place.
“I wanted to come to Derby College to gain more independence and to better prepare me for university life and I am so pleased that the decision had paid off.”
Hannah Hallsworth, 18, a former pupil St John Houghton School in Kirk Hallam, is heading to Liverpool University to study history and criminology after gaining A grades in psychology and religious studies and a B in history.
“I can’t believe these results – they were what I had hoped for but not really expected,” she said.
She was accompanied to the college by mum and dad Dawn and Paul. Mrs Hallsworth said: “We are so relieved that it has gone OK and extremely proud. It’s definitely time to celebrate.”
At Friesland School in Sandiacre there was an overall pass rate of 98 per cent. As well as an increase in the number of *A and A grades achieved the data indicates that overall students have made some excellent progress from starting points during their two years in Sixth Form at Friesland.
Mat Puddy, director of Friesland Sixth Form, said: “As a genuinely comprehensive Sixth Form, we recognise achievements made by a wide range of students, obtaining results that will enable them to progress smoothly to the next exciting phase of their lives. We are proud of our students and wish them all every future success and happiness.”
Trent College students in Long Eaton are celebrating another year of improvement.
An impressive 71 per cent of all students’ results at the Long Eaton independent school were graded as A*-B - a four per cent increase on 2014 - with 43 per cent of all grades at the top A* or A rankings. The school’s overall pass rate is an enviable 99 per cent.
Of the 95 candidates, nine students achieved four or more A* and A grades with 20 students in total attaining at least three or more A*-A grades.