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All smiles at Denstone College following record year of results

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: August 23, 2013

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CELEBRATIONS got underway at Denstone College on GCSE results day after this year’s crop of year 11 students helped the school post the second-highest crop of results in its history

In total 56 per cent of all the College Road school’s candidate entries achieved A* or A grades including Tom Goldsworthy who swept the board with straight A*s in every subject.

Other pupils wowing their teachers included Thomas Ratcliffe and Johanne Carter, who both also gained 10 A* grades.

There were smiles all round in the art and music departments where every single student entered gained either an A* or A grade and the drama, chemistry and design technology results were not far behind with more than 75 per cent of students achieving A*/A grades. sixty four per cent of of students also gained an A* or A grade in maths.

Overall, 22 pupils gained at least 10 A*/A grades at GCSE and an average of 10 A* to C passes per pupil.

Head master David Derbyshire said: “I am delighted with these impressive results. They demonstrate excellence across the widest possible range of subjects.

“Congratulations to all our students – their hard work and determination has been richly rewarded.”

Student Alice Cottam achieved five A*s in subjects including physics, maths and biology, five As and a B.

She said: “I read something yesterday about the marking being stricter this year so am really surprised to have done so well. I came out of most of my exams thinking I’d done really badly but I’m so relieved that wasn’t the case. I’ll now be studying biology, chemistry, maths and geography at A Level.”

Fellow pupil George Bradshaw-Smith got two A*s in business and economics and history, seven As and two Bs.

He said: “I was quite pessimistic on the drive down as I couldn’t really tell how my exams had gone. I can now come back her for my A Levels with a clean slate to study history, philosophy, business and economics.”

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