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 A level results today, 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, 3 per cent up on 2010.
Head of sixth form, Martin Flett was delighted with the results.
He 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, was over the moon after achieving three top A* grades in sociology, English and history. His results mena he has earned a place at Christ College, Cambridge, studying politics, sociology and psychology.
He said: “I’m very pleased, I put a lot of hard work in. 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 A*s.”
Sam Mak, 18, from Matlock, 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 this year, with many off to universities around the country. 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 school has again got students on a wide variety of university courses from history at Oxford, medicine at manchester, French and Italian at Bath and business at Derby.
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’m over the moon. 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.”
Mr Baker said: “University places are becoming increasingly competitive so it is great that so many of our students got into the universities to which they applied and so do not need to use the clearing process.
“The school’s average A-level grade has increased again from last year and it is great to see so many young people from our area doing so well. 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.”
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 scored the highest marks possible, getting the A* grade in all five of her subjects.
Nine further students achieved four Grade A or A* passes. They are Michael Beale, Kate Bruce, Grace Dammery-Quigley, Helena Dawson, Laura Edmondson, Jasmine Leng, Naomi Mawhood, Adam Sattaur and Madeleine Tudor Jones.
Another eleven students achieved three Grade A or A* passes – Thomas Baker, Callum Bellhouse, Sophie Bradbury, Harriet Clugston, Hannah Essam, Millie Goodwin, James Gregory-Campeau, Megan Holmes, Lydia Ibbotson, Kyle Robinson and Yasmin Spencer.
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”.