Anxious wait is over for towns’ teenagers

NERVOUS teenagers in Ripley and Heanor will find out their A-Level results today.

Staff at Mill Hill School in Ripley are hoping the school will further improve on last year’s promising results.

The 1,200 pupil secondary school saw 38 per cent of its A-Level and Vocational A-Level students achieving A or B grades last year and 31 per cent in 2009.

Last year’s results also saw another record for the school with 63 per cent of students achieving A*-C results, up from 57 per cent in 2009.

Head teacher Sarah Graham said that both students and staff had worked very hard this year and wished the 156 sixth formers crossing their fingers this morning, the best of luck .

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.

“All students’ progress is tracked and monitored against their target grades and students are given regular feedback on how to improve. The focus this year has been on developing independent learning, research and critical thinking skills.

“The Extended Project Course that all students now take has achieved excellent results and this will take students successfully on to the next stage of learning.”

Heanor Gate Science College was due to open its doors to pupils at 7am today to give its pupils the strongest chance of grabbing a university spot if they have to go through the clearing process.

Head teacher at the school, Rob Howard, said competition for places at university this year is likely to be fierce, with all places through clearing expected to be filled by 12pm.

He said: “This will allow students time to collect their results and consider their options if they have not got into the university of their choice.

“Experienced staff will be on hand to provide support and guidance from 7am and throughout the day.”