Expectant and anxious year 11 students across the region picked up their GCSE results today as their secondary school journey came to a climactic end.
The Ripley and 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*-C grades down 1.9 percentage points to 61.7%, the fall heavily influenced by the removal of the speaking and listening element of the subject.
Heanor Gate student Archie Hobson was one of the school’s top performers out of this year’s batch of talented students, 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 last week upon 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 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 1 A*, 6 As and 4 Bs while Amelia Shaw received 4 Bs, 2 Cs and an A.
Sam plans to stay on at Heanor Gate 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.
South Normanton’s Frederick Gent School enjoyed a successful results day saying they’re delighted with this year’s GCSE results - which show a significant improvement on last year.
The number of students achieving five or more A* to C grades, including English and Maths, has increased to 55%.
All students at the school achieved at least five GCSEs.
Keep your eyes peeled on this page as more results are set to follow as they come in.