There were tears and triumphs as pupils across the Dales opened their A-level results.
And it’s been another record-breaking year for pupils.
Highfields sixth form students celebrated outstanding results, with an overall pass rate above 98 per cent. Many students achieved the coveted A* results and overall 57 per cent of grades were in the A*-B category, three per cent up on 2010.
Head of sixth form, Martin Flett said: “At the end of my first year as head of sixth form at Highfields these results come as a great boost. I am really proud of how hard these youngsters have worked, their commitment, drive and enthusiasm.”
Highfields pupil Anthony Leech, 17, achieved three top A* grades in sociology, English and history. His results mean he has earned a place at Christ College, Cambridge, studying politics, sociology and psychology.
He said: “I’m very pleased, I did a lot of hard work. I fell in love with Cambridge as soon as I went to look around, so I’m over the moon to have got in. I never thought I was going to get three A*s.”
Sam Mak, 18, from Matlock, got A* grades in biology, maths and PE and is going to study physiology at Birmingham.
He said: “I put a lot of hard work in, maths was really hard and I had to get some extra help, but it all paid off in the end. I’m really happy with my results.”
Students at Anthony Gell School in Wirksworth gained excellent A-level results again, with many pupils off to university. Two thirds of the grades awarded were C or above and nearly half were in the A*-B bracket. The overall pass rate was 97 per cent.
Headteacher David Baker said: “Our students have worked incredibly hard to gain these results and I am extremely proud of what they have achieved. The hard work of all the staff and the support of parents are very important, but in the end it is the students who have to put in the hours and prepare for the exams and I would like to wish them all the very best of luck in the future.”
Ollie Smith was visibly shaken after discovering he had got an A* and two As, as well as a BTEC in performing arts, to get a place studying history at Oxford.
He said: “I’m ecstatic. I can’t imagine a better place to study. It hasn’t been easy, it’s been an emotional rollercoaster. The thing that really sets this school apart is the emotional support and pastoral care, they’ve been brilliant.”
Jo Dimbleby, 18, from Crich was jumping for joy after discover she had got an A* in chemistry. Her results mean she can now go on to study the subject at Warwick.
She said: “I’m so excited, I worked so hard, I think I’m going to cry.”
It was also another very successful year at Lady Manners School in Bakewell with many strong performances.
Three students achieved the highest grades of A or A* in five full A-level subjects – Rachael Clough, Ruth Edmonds and Christopher Payne.
Ruth Edmonds got the highest grades possible, scoring an A* in all five of her subjects.
Headteacher Duncan Meikle said: “Lots of students have performed particularly well this year. There is no doubt that the results overall are thoroughly well deserved. Congratulations to students and staff who have had to work very hard to achieve these excellent successes”.