GCSE students in Ashbourne are nearing the end of their anxious wait for results, as schools will announce their successes and failures on Thursday, August 22.
Last year, 57 per cent of students in Derbyshire achieved five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C with 96 per cent achieving five or more GCSEs at grades A* to G.
It is expected results will also be strong this year and new legislation means that all school leavers now have to stay on in education or training until they are 17.
Derbyshire County Council’s deputy cabinet member for children and young people Councillor Jim Coyle said: “It is a nervous time waiting for exam results but I hope students are rewarded for their efforts over the last two years.
“It’s never been more important for students to know what options are open to them as new rules mean they have to stay on in education or training.
To find out more about opportunities following GCSES, including skills festivals, visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk