Students in Ilkeston and the surrounding areas have been celebrating great results in their A-levels today.
Ilkeston Sixth Form Partnership achieved a 99 per cent pass rate – the highest in its three-year history and up three per cent on last year.
Gemma Gough, 18, who is now off to study sport and exercise at the University of Birmingham, celebrated an A*, B and a C, including one distinction.
She said; “It hasn’t been easy – people say exams are getting easier but there’s no way that’s true.”
Fellow student Christie Cocking got two distinctions and a B after studying PE, maths and business studies.
“I am really happy,” she said
“I’m going out in Nottingham tonight and then off to V Festival tomorrow to celebrate.”
Head of sixth form Dave Cowley said: “We are extremely proud to announce a further improvement in the overall pass rate to 99 per cent.
“In addition well done to all our students who have secured a university place, an apprenticeship or other employment.
“This is a real achievement given the difficult national and regional challenges facing our young people today.”
Elsewhere, George Spencer Academy in Stapleford achieved the highest results in the area once again with a 100 per cent pass rate.
Principal Susan Jowett said the amazing results had surpassed last year’s record achievement.
“The atmosphere this morning was electric,” she said.
“Sparking off tears of collective happiness, elation and pride the like of which we have become accustomed in the recent Olympics.
“I am so proud of these students – each one deserves a gold medal and a place on the podium”.
One student – Sam Davies – achieved an impressive five A* grades and will now go on to study at Warwick University.
Friesland School in Sandiacre achieved an overall pass rate of 98 per cent, matching last year, but had a higher average UCAS points score than last year.
Headteacher Peter Monk said: “They are truly outstanding results.
“Each year it becomes more of a challenge to exceed the results of the previous year but to increase the average point score per student by so much from last year when the figure was already strong is phenomenal.”
Former St John Houghton School pupil Bethany Wattam, 18, achieved an A* in Psychology, A grades in Maths and Biology and B in Physics and has secured a place at Durham University to study Biomedical Science after studying at Derby College’s Joseph Wright Centre.
And Alana Fitchett, 18, from Sandiacre, who came to Derby College from Friesland School, is also celebrating having achieved an A* grade in English Literature, A in maths and B in history.
She said: “I am over the moon that this means I have got my place at Lincoln University to study Architecture.”
Long Eaton School had a 95 per cent pass rate with 35 per cent achieving A* to B grades – also an improvement on last year’s result.
And independent Trent College in Long Eaton acheived a 99.3 per cent pass rate.