Level of top grades is up on last year

PUPILS at Belper School are celebrating after achieving a sparkling set of results in their A-levels.

The school, which is on John O’Gaunts Way, achieved an overall pass rate (students gaining grades between A and E) of 96 per cent.

That was one per cent down on last year, but head teacher Trevor Harding was still happy.

He said: “This is a pleasing set of examination results which reflect the hard work and commitment of all the students and staff involved.”

A total of 98 students sat the exams.

Of them, 67 per cent gained A-C grades, while 20 per cent attained an A or A* grades.

Pleasingly for the school, 13 per cent of students achieved a top A* grade – four per cent up on last year’s figure.

The News spoke to four of the pupils after they received their results.

Declan Henesy, 18, of Belper, got an A* in history, an A in English language, an A in media and a B in drama.

He said: “I am very pleased.

“I was not expecting to get results as good as this.”

He will now head to university in Exeter to study history and added that he perhaps fancies a career in lecturing.

Emma Manion, 18, of Belper, scored A*s in English literature and government and politics, as well as an A in art and a B in philosophy.

On opening her envelope she said: “I was a bit shocked. I did not expect these results. I am very pleased with them.”

Emma is to study English and philosophy at Bristol University.

Elissa Rowe, 18, of Belper, got a B in history, a double distinction in IT, and a C in sociology.

She said: “I got what I wanted. I was shocked! I want to go to Derby to study history.”

As a future career, Elissa is aiming to become a researcher.

Jake Shaw, 18, of Belper, got Cs in PE and biology, a D in general studies, and an E in maths.

He said: “I am ecstatic with them. I got turned down by five universities, but I have gone through UCAS Extra and hopefully my results will help me get into Worcester to study sports therapy.”