CLEVER pupils at three local schools who helped smash GCSE records in Derbyshire have been applauded.
Students from Belper School, Ecclesbourne School in Duffield, and John Flamsteed Community School in Denby, contributed to a record-breaking year.
Across the county, 79 per cent of 8,700 pupils achieved five or more A* to C grades — up five per cent on last year.
Also, more than half of pupils — 58 per cent — gained five A* to C grades which included English and maths — four per cent more than last year.
Now Cllr Mike Longden, Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet member for education, said: “We are delighted with these results. Many Derbyshire schools have shown improved performance and there have been many outstanding results for schools and individual pupils.
“I’d like to congratulate students, parents, governors and county council staff for their wonderful efforts and success.
“This is the latest in a series of results over the summer which show that Derbyshire schools have enjoyed significant improvement at every key stage.
“We’ll continue to work hard to build on these outstanding achievements in the future.”
At Belper School, 77 per cent of pupils gained five A* to C grades. Of those, 59 per cent achieved at least five A* to C grades including English and maths.
At John Flamsteed, 60 per cent of pupils gained five A* to C grades including English and maths.