Derby College celebrates A-level success

Derby College student Zoe Keaton, 18, from Long Eaton, has achieved A* grades in biology and psychology and an A in chemistry.

Derby College student Zoe Keaton, 18, from Long Eaton, has achieved A* grades in biology and psychology and an A in chemistry.

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Derby College has celebrated another bumper batch of A-level results, maintaining last year’s 98 per cent pass rate.

More than 300 students collected their results today (Thursday), with 60 per cent achieving A* to C grades and 20 subjects recording a 100 per cent pass rate including English, politics, modern languages, law, ICT and biology.

Derby College A-levels, Freya Greaves

Derby College A-levels, Freya Greaves

Assistant Head of Academic Studies at Derby College, Stacey Adams, said: “We are obviously delighted to have achieved an extremely high pass rate again this year and particularly that 20 key subject areas recorded 100 per cent pass rate.

“The majority of our students will now be heading off to their first choice university and the team of teaching and support staff have been on hand to support any who needed to clarify the situation and make decisions on their next step.”

Among the students celebrating at Derby College is 18-year-old Zoe Keaton, from Long Eaton, is celebrating after achieving A* grades in biology and psychology and an A in chemistry.

The former Ockbrook School pupil is now planning to take a gap year and apply for university to study medicine.

Derby College A-levels, Layla Oakes

Derby College A-levels, Layla Oakes

“I can’t believe these results,” she said. “This gives me so many different options including potentially Oxbridge.”

Zoe underwent reconstructive surgery on her knee after injuring it playing netball and faces several months of physiotherapy.

“Once I am up and about again, I plan to work as a healthcare assistant to save some money up for several years at university,” she added.

“I came to college to gain more independence and better prepare myself for life at university and have had a great time. This is the icing on the cake.”

Derby College A-levels, Laura Horton

Derby College A-levels, Laura Horton

Amelia Carter, 18, from Chaddesden, gained three B grades in business, maths and chemistry which has secured her plans to do a higher apprenticeship with Barclays in Nottingham.

The company will also sponsor her to study for a degree in banking management at Anglia Ruskin University.​

“I was amazed that I did that well because 4,000 applied for just ten places and I have had to go through nine stages to get the apprenticeship,” she said.

“To me, getting a higher apprenticeship no brainer. University costs so much money but this way I get to earn while I learn and I can continue to live at home.”

Derby College A-levels, Giles Paling

Derby College A-levels, Giles Paling

Laura Horton, 19, from Draycott, is a former pupil at Friesland School in Sandiacre and is now going to Leicester University to study Astro Physics having gained an A in maths, B in physics and C in geography.

“I have always been fascinated by space and my ultimate aim is to work in satellite technology. Leicester is obviously the place to study in association with the National Space Centre and I can’t wait to get started.”

Layla Oakes, 18, from Belper, is celebrating her results after gaining an A in politics and B grades in maths and sociology. This has secured her place at Manchester University to study politics and psychology.

The former Belper School pupil said: “I got up at 6am to log onto the UCAS website, but was not able to get through until 8am when I saw that I had my university place and that really calmed my nerves.”

Giles Paling, 20, from Ambergate, is now planning to apply for dentistry degrees in Bulgaria due to the intense competition for university places in the UK, having achieved A* in biology and A grades in French and chemistry.

Giles had applied for various top universities including Newcastle and Dundee but, despite his grades, still had to reapply through clearing.

Derby College A-levels, Daisy Warzynska

Derby College A-levels, Daisy Warzynska

The former John Flamstead School pupil said: “I originally started A levels at Ecclesbourne and then studied in France for a year before coming to Derby College.

“I am delighted with my results but, when you consider that there are around ten people applying for every one dentistry place here and there are very few universities who offer the degree, I think my best bet is to study abroad.

“It hasn’t taken the shine off today and I am looking forward to the challenges ahead.”

Freya Greaves (18) from Middleton, who is a former pupil at Anthony Gell School, achieved above her targets with A* in history, A in English and B in sociology.

She is now going to study archaeology at York University, having spent the summer volunteering for archaeological digs in Buxton and Monyash.

“I was very nervous in the run-up to the exams but as soon as they finished, I was determined to put them out of my mind and get on with enjoying the summer,” Freya said.

“My twin sister Emma, who stayed on at Anthony Gell, also did well so we will be celebrating together.”

Charlotte Noke, 18, from Horsley Woodhouse, achieved an A grade in sociology and B grades in English and history.

The former John Flamstead pupil is still waiting to hear whether she has got her place at Nottingham University to study English. If not, she is planning to work in administration with Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and re-apply later this year.

“My sister and cousin came to JWC so it was my first natural choice for A levels,” she said. “I am really pleased with the results and it would perhaps be a good thing to spend a year working so that I am in a better financial position to start university next year.”

Tamisha Ancliffe, 18, from Ilkeston, a former pupil at Heanor Gate School, achieved A grades in sociology and psychology and a B in law, which has gained her a place at Sheffield Hallam University to study law.

Tamisha said: “Although I had an unconditional offer from Sheffield Hallam, I was convinced that I had not done that well so kept putting off coming in to get my results. I am over the moon and can’t wait to start at university.”

Daisy Warzynska, 19, from Wirksworth, a former pupil at Ecclesbourne School, gained B grades in philosophy, psychology and history, earning her a place at Bath University to read philosophy and history.

“I can’t wait,” she said. “I love the debating side of philosophy and the course includes medieval history which is fascinating.

“I’d like to be a lawyer when I graduate.”

Derby College A-levels, Charlotte Noke

Derby College A-levels, Charlotte Noke

Derby College A-levels, Amelia Carter

Derby College A-levels, Amelia Carter

Derby College A-levels, Tamisha Ancliffe

Derby College A-levels, Tamisha Ancliffe