STUDENTS in Ashbourne finally saw the end of thier nervous wait on Thursday, as the announcements of their A Level examination grades were announced at their respective schools.
Sixth-Form pupils at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, which has come under close scrutiny following a recent Ofsted report which judged the school as ‘not yet good’, have delighted their teaching staff by achieving strong results - bolstering remarks of praise for the sixth form from the Government inspector.
Figures from the Green Road school show that 60per cent of students attained one or more A* or A Grades.
Meanwhile 36 of the results overall were graded A*or A and 67 of the results overall graded were graded A*to B.
Head teacher Ann Martin said: “Once again the Upper Sixth at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School have excelled in their A level results.
The majority of students are successfully placed at a university of their choice or are entering employment.
“For those requiring advice, Head of Sixth Form Mrs Barbara Smith and Assistant Head of Sixth Form Mr Matt Atkins, are available in school.
“There were successes throughout the year and A* and A grades in almost every subject.
“In Sociology, Art and Design, Music, French and Further Maths over half of the grades in each subject were graded A* or A, an outstanding achievement for students and their teachers.”
Among the top-performers this year, four A* or A grades were achieved by Eleanor Harvey, Joe Haswell, Samuel Hughes, Elizabeth Pendleton, Jack Poynton, Kate Smith and Rebecca Toms.
Three top grades were awarded to Joshua Frame, Matthew Hampson, Natalie Handley, Rebecca Hart, Edward Harvey, Jonathan Jessup, Bethan Keeling, Rachael Oven, Alex Pollard, Claudia Sherry, Scott Slater, Elise Warner and Harry Wibberley.
Of the 114 students who sat A levels this year, 68 gained at least 1 A* or A grade.
Year 11 pupil Greta Paszkiewicz who, in addition to completing her GCSEs this year, also achieved an A grade AS level and a B grade A level in Polish.
The Lower Sixth AS level results have also proven strong with James Cash achieving six A grades, Rachel Sales and Ellen Ward five A grades and a further eight students attaining three or four A grades at the end of their first year in the sixth form.
Strong subject performances were posted in geography, art and design, english language and mathematics where A* to C percentages where in the highest quartile.