from left to right: Byrony Harper, Iain Dalgleish, Patrick Leask, Freya Harper, Elliot Heeley and James Hall.
from left to right: Byrony Harper, Iain Dalgleish, Patrick Leask, Freya Harper, Elliot Heeley and James Hall.

It was celebrations for some and commiserations for others this morning as Belper teens tore open A-level exam results envelopes.

Year 13 students at Belper School improved on last year’s A Level average points score, with some top-notch individual performances.

Amy Crowder, 18, from Bosley Mews in the town, proved she has a head for numbers with an A in maths and a B in further maths as well as an A in English.

She will now go on to study mathematics at the University of Leeds and hopes to use her skills to break into a career in fashion retail.

She said: “It’s such a relief to know that the hard work has paid off.

“I love fashion - but being good at maths I didn’t think I could merge the two - but there is more of a need for people good with numbers in fashion retail now.

“I’m hoping to do a work placement in my third year maybe.”

She shrugged off any suggestions exams are getting easier, saying ”You can’t have a social life if you want to do well in your A-levels!”

Nathan Fletcher of Loom Close, Belper, is now looking forward to studying communication and media, also at the University of Leeds, achieving an A* in media studies, an A in maths and a B in English language.

But the 18-year-old is not sure where his career path lies just yet.

“At university I’m going to explore all the different modules and see where to go from there really. I did a bit of journalism during work experience, that was alright!”

The talented student gave some of his top tips for revising.

“I used to study as much as I could really - I think I used to copy my notes down around six times to see if I could remember everything.

“I made the mistake in the first year of A-levels by not doing that and I had to resit a few modules. Next year’s students won’t be able to do that so it’s worth spending a lot of time on them.”

Out of the 83 per cent of sixth formers who achieved three A Levels or more at Belper School, special mention goes to some other talented pupils.

Matthew Olney achieved two A* and three A grades and Joshua Wimhurst, two A* and two A grades.

James Cheshire and Patrick Leask both got four A grades while Alexander Goodall, Hollie Birket, Anju Sharma, Sam Milward, Laura Webster, Megan Shaefer, Eliza Day and Daisy Hopley got three A* or A grades.

Head teacher Trevor Harding, said: “We are pleased with the overall results and the improvement on last year. We offer our congratulations to all those individual students who have reason to be proud of their achievements.”

All the students who have achieved three or more A Level results will receive prizes at the school’s award evening in September.

With admissions service UCAS revising its system this year to allow pupils to log in and find whether they had achieved their university place before seeing their grades, there was less of a rush to the school gates across the country this year.

Head of Belper School sixth form Paul Brumby, said: “Most the pupils this year seem to have been given their firm or insurance offer form the universities.

“Ucas has a system in place, and we are hopeful all our students will gain a place this year.”

Nationally the number of students accepted on to university courses is up nine per cent despite a fall in the number of top grades awarded at A level.

The proportion of A* grades awarded fell from 7.9 per cent to 7.6 per cent, the second year running it has dropped. A total of 26.3 per cent of A-level entries were awarded an A or A* grade, also fractionally down from last year.