Expectant and anxious year 11 students across the region picked up their GCSE results this week as their secondary school journey came to an end.
The Ripley & Heanor News was on hand to speak to some proud students as they opened their brown envelopes, revealing their futures.
Schools across the country had seen a slight rise in A* to C grades, despite concerns over English examinations with the number of A* to C grades down 1.9 percentage points to 61.7 per cent, the fall heavily influenced by the removal of the oral and listening element of the subject, experts have said.
Heanor Gate Science College student Archie Hobson was one of the school’s top performers among this year’s batch of talented pupils, despite taking his GCSE’s under difficult circumstances.
Archie, 16, has spent the last year receiving treatment for cancer, meaning he spent a large amount of time out of school, although on Thursday, August 21, on opening his results he discovered he had achieved an impressive four As and three Bs.
The proud pupil said: “Considering I’ve not been in school that much I’ve done really well.”
Archie now plans to go to Heanor Gate Sixth Form at the Kirkley Drive school where he will study maths, further maths, chemistry and politics.
His mum, Llinos Hobson spoke of how proud she was of her son for doing so well. She said: “He’s done really really well, I’m so proud of him.
“He’s been an absolute star.”
Archie wasn’t the only Heanor Gate student to impress with a stunning set of grades, Sam Wain picked up one A*, six As and four Bs while Amelia Shaw received four Bs, two Cs and an A.
Sam plans to stay on at sixth form while Amelia plans on going to Bilborough College.
Nathan Moore, a science teacher at the school said: “Generally we’ve done really well across the board.
“We’ve done extremely well in the core subjects, maths, English and science which are the subjects we get picked up on the most.
“The vast majority of our students have gotten into their desired colleges and sixth forms and a good portion of them have decided to stay on at Heanor Gate, which is no surprise as the idea of staying with teachers they’ve had throughout their secondary school education is appealing to them.
Sixty-three per cent of Heanor Gate students achieved five or more GCSEs at grade C or above; 51 per cent achieved five or more GCSEs at grade C or above including English and Maths.
South Normanton’s Frederick Gent School enjoyed a successful results day releasing a statement saying that it wasdelighted with this year’s GCSE results, which showed a significant improvement on last year.
The number of students achieving five or more A* to C grades, including English and Maths, had increased to 55 per cent.
All students at the school achieved at least five GCSEs.
Ninety-six per cent of students at Mill Hill School in Ripley achieved an A* to C grade in their English literature GCSE this year.
The Peasehill school also maintained its annual pass rate with 97 per cent of students achieving A* to G grades. Fifty per cent of students scored five A* to C grades including maths and English.
Numerous subjects performed well this year including Core Science, in which 88 per cent of students achieved A* to C grades, 85 per cent of students scored A* to C in Additional Science and inExtra Additional Science that figure stood at 96 per cent.
Carey Ayres, acting head teacher at Mill Hill School, said the school had seen many individual successes from students.
She said: “We are celebrating some fantastic performances by our students who have worked incredibly hard and are extremely pleased with their results.
“We have also seen improvements in higher level pass rates in subjects such as Spanish, French, History and Geography.
“We wish all of our students the best for the future and will be welcoming many of them back to our sixth form in September.”
Alfreton Grange students were celebrating some “outstanding individual performances” in this year’s GCSE results.
Staff said the majority of students had achieved the grades they need to further their education at school, college or in the world of work with an apprenticeship.
For the first time, every year 11 student left Alfreton Grange with at least one qualification.
Jonathan Fawcett, executive head teacher, said: “This has been a very difficult year for the school and, despite this, many students have excelled at an individual level.
“We are delighted that our students are progressing on to exciting pathways to further their education and employment.
“As a school, we are committed to building on the very positive comments in the school’s most recent monitoring visit report - which highlighted the significant progress being made.”