AGONY, ecstasy and frustration greeted Ripley and Heanor’s youngsters as they opened their A and AS Level results on Thursday.
Some got the grades, some did not and others were caught in a UCAS log-jam, as busy computer servers hampered students trying to find out whether they had got a place at university.
It was a record breaking year for Mill Hill School in Ripley as 38.3 per cent of A Level students achieved grades A* to B,
In another record for the school, 68.8 per cent of students achieved A*-C results, compared to 63 per cent last year.
Head teacher Sarah Graham said they were delighted with the results.
She said: “This hard-working year group worked very well with the school staff. We focused on assertive mentoring, motivation and all students had a personalised learning programme – everyone worked hard together to achieve these results.
Heanor Gate Science College l opened at 7am and provided breakfast for students so they would have an early start on the other competitors nationally vying for a clearing place.
The ‘outstanding’ Ofsted-rated school hit a 99 per cent pass rate for its A Level pupils, with exceptional performances from 18-year-olds, Kirsty Summers, Jade Colgan and Jade McKenzie, who all achieved three A grades.
Now going to study law at the university of Sheffield, Jade Colgan, from Milward in Loscoe, said: “It’s a huge relief; I was petrified this morning.”
Her pal, Jade Mckenzie, from The Walk in Kilburn, got the place she wanted at Exeter University studying psychology. But she faced an agonising wait as the UCAS website, used by the pupils to check whether they have been accepted at their university of choice, continually crashed.
She said: “I got the three As but I still wasn’t sure - I had to see it on the screen for it to set in!”
Elsewhere, Swanwick Hall School achieved its best ever results for a fifth year running of 99.5 per cent.
And our towns’ pupils studying at Derby College also faired well.
A special mention goes to Katie Beardsley of Ripley, who achieved three A grades.