Hordes of nervous A-level students from across Amber Valley descended upon school halls today to discover their futures on results day after years of hard work.
The Ripley and Heanor News was on hand to capture some of our regions brightest young minds in their moment of joy as they opened their brown envelopes which sealed their fates.
Despite changes to the examination system which now sees A-level students sit all of their exams in the summer months rather than in January our sixth forms and colleges saw plenty of young hopefuls achieve their desired results.
Students at Swanwick Hall School are yet again celebrating record A Level results.
The average point score per student of 751 is the highest that the school has ever seen, up 65 points from 2013.
There were also very strong increases in the numbers of students achieving the highest grades of A* and A, with several students securing these grades in all of their subjects.
Jake Bennett was over the moon at having achieved three A*s. “I’m going on to study Physics at Nottingham and now I’ve got my results, I can’t wait to start.”
Cara Turton-Chambers was speechless with delight. She will be going to Oxford to study Geography having been awarded two A*s and an A.
Headteacher Jonathan Fawcett said: “We are once again delighted that our students have achieved such wonderful results.
“This is a tremendous reward for the hard work and dedication that the students have shown to their courses, as well as the support and guidance of our staff.
“The overwhelming majority of students who have applied to university have secured their first choice places.”
Just down the road at Mill Hill Sixth Form students were enjoying similar success upon receiving their results.
Simon Johnson, 19, picked up three As in economics, business and chemistry and a B in Maths to earn himself a place at the Birmingham University to study Chemistry.
“I’m really proud, I put a lot of work into getting my desired grades and I’m looking forward to the challenges of living away from home in a new city and getting into the chemical industry.”
Another proud Mill Hill student Will Borysiak celebrated passing his BTEC in Public Services as he looks forward to a future career in the police force, he said: “I’m delighted to have passed, I think I’ve done really well and I’m looking forward to joining the police when the opportunity arises.”
Mrs Carey Ayres, acting head at Mill Hill said that pupils at Mill Hill had done incredibly well considering that she believes getting into university has become a lot harder.
“Now that January modular exams have gone students are under a lot more pressure as they’re doing all their exams at once, then on top of that they have the added pressure of university entry requirements becoming harder.
“All in all our sixth form students have worked so hard and we’re proud of what they’ve achieved.”
Pupils celebrating a handful of excellent A-level grades at Heanor Gate Science College include Katharine Dobrzycki, 18 who received an A* in Sociology and A grades in French and Maths, she will be going to Warwick University to study International Business and Angus McIntosh who achieved an A* in maths, and three As in Further maths, Chemistry and Physics.