Nervous GCSE pupils ripped open their exam results across the region this morning.
The nationwide picture showed the first ever fall in A* to C grades in the exam’s 24 year history.
But local schools faired better - with 94 per cent of Heanor Gate students achieving five or more GCSEs in any subject - a jump of 12 per cent on last year.
At Mill Hill School 94 per cent of pupils achieved five GCSEs or more - marking a 27 per cent rise from 2010.
Following on from successful A and AS level grades, Swanwick Hall School pupils also celebrated record results. A total of 75 per cent of the GCSE teens achieved five or more pass grades.
And Selston Arts and Community College also broke records with a 93 per cent pass rate.
Nationally the picture was less positive, with 69.4 per cent of all pupils gaining five C or above grades, down 0.4 per cent.
For the full round up including comments from top performing pupils grab next Thursday’s Ripley and Heanor News.