Belper students buck the national trend to pick-up top A-level results

Meredith May Riley celebrates her results.
Meredith May Riley celebrates her results.

Belper School’s A-Level results bucked the national trend after the number of students achieving top grades increased by nearly 15 per cent.

Across the UK the A*-C pass rate fell from 77.2 to 76.7 per cent, with some education officials blaming a fall in teaching standards.

However, at Belper School 62.4 per centwere awarded the higher grades, compared to 49.6 per cent in 2013.

Among the highest achievers was Robyn Houghton, 18, from Belper who was awarded three A*s in Economics, Maths and Art and will be studying at Liverpool University.

She said: “When I found out I got into university first thing this morning on the internet I cried. And then when I got to school to check my results, I phoned up my mum and she cried. So it’s been quite emotional.”

Head teacher Martyn Cooper said the percentage of students achieving two A*-B grades had also risen by around 17 per cent.

He said: “A massive well done to the students, who have achieved an excellent set of A-level results this year.The school has seen increases across the board with key measures, some of which have increased significantly.

“We are delighted that the hard work by students and staff has paid off with excellent results. As head teacher, I feel immensely proud of the students and staff.”

For school leavers planning to go to university, it was thought to be an unusually good year to apply, with a “buyer’s market” in which universities are competing to attract students.

Helen Shen, 18, will be attending the University of Surrey after achieving two As and an A* in Economics, Maths and Psychology.

She said: “The application process was quite stressful. But I was able to check whether I had been accepted for university on the internet before coming in to school to collect my results. I still wanted to come along to the school and share in the excitement with everyone else though.”

And Rhianna Goacher, 18, from Belper will be attending the University of Leeds after receiving two AS and tow Bs.

She said: “I found the application process straightforwardand I think it’s a really good systeme that you can find out online if you have been successful before coming in to school.”

Meanwhile, Harrison Yule achieved the results he needed to pursue his dream of becoming a Metropolitan police officer after being awarded a D and E in Biology and PE and a distinction in ICT.

He said: “I’m not one of those who can sit around and enjoy office jokes - I like a bit more action in my life. So I applied to go down to London and join the Met Police and am awaiting my medical now.”

Elsewhere, at Ecclesbourne School in Duffield A and A* grades rose to 37 per cent – with 14 per cent at the highest grade.

Head James McNamara said: “Thirty students were awarded three or more A and A* grades and a record seven students were successful in securing places at Oxford or Cambridge.”