There were as many tears as there were smiles this morning as teens across Ripley and Heanor opened up their GCSE exam results.
It was another successful year at Mill Hill School in Ripley as a record number of the Peasehill pupils passed their mathematics exams.
Seventy-two per cent of students achieved A* to C results in Maths, up from 69 per cent last year.
And 61 per cent of students achieved five A* to C grades including English and mathematics, with the overall pass rate at 100 per cent.
Acting head teacher Carey Ayres said she was pleased with this year’s results as they reflected the hard work of students, staff, parents and carers.
She said “We are very proud of everyone. Many students have achieved very highly indeed.”
Heanor Gate School managed to buck the national trend of falling science grades with 85 per cent of pupils getting two A* to C accolades in a science subject.
Deputy head teacher Mark Blatchly said: “We are delighted with the fact 95 per cent of our students achieved the equivalent of five or more GCSEs at grade C or above, ensuring we are meeting the needs of our students across the ability range.”
He added: “Despite predictions in the media that core subjects may suffer due to considerable ‘turbulebnce’ in exam results this year our maths and science results have proved strong.”
At John Flamsteed Community School in Denby - staff reported the school’s best ever results, with 59 per cent of students achieving five or more GCSEs at A* to C grades including English and maths and 84 per cent of students achieving five or more A* to C grades in all subjects.
Head teacher Danny Holden, said: “This strong performance reflects the sustained efforts of students, with support from staff, across the full range of abilities and aptitudes. “
And Swanwick Hall School celebrated record results for the sixth year in a row, with 78 per cent of pupils achieving five or more A* to C grades.
Headteacher, Jonathan Fawcett, said “I am delighted that in these times of turbulent exam results, Swanwick Hall School has continued its consistent trend of improvement for the sixth year running. We have enjoyed a wonderful morning of celebration, with delighted students, who are receiving well deserved reward.”