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Fifth Form students at Denstone College, near Uttoxeter, are celebrating after achieving outstanding results in their GCSE and IGCSE exams. 26.3% of exams taken resulted in a top A* grade, and 54% of entries resulted in an A* or A grade. Students gained an average of ten GCSE and IGCSE passes at C grade or above.

Individual girls and boys achieved some outstanding results. A total of 23 students (that is 22% of the year group) came away with at least six A* grades, and 23 students achieved a complete set of A*/A grades.

Oliver Bailey, Alice Copestick, Megan Dent and Nikhil Willis attained ten A*s and one A grade each, while Roseanna Burton, Laurie Evans, Jess Harding, Morgan James and Oliver Rylance did particularly well to achieve a complete set of A* grades across all their subjects.

Girls and boys had excellent results in a broad range of subjects. In IGCSE Maths, 72% of pupils achieved A* or A grade. 93% of Design Technology students gained an A* or A grade, while 73% of the PE students achieved those top grades. In History 67% achieved A*/A, and 66% of the students taking English Literature also came away with either A* or A grades.

It is also noteworthy that all 105 candidates in the year group gained a C grade or above in GCSE Maths and 98% of those taking English Language attained A*-C grades.

Headmaster, David Derbyshire, said: “I am delighted by this set of results from a group of girls and boys who have worked hard throughout their GCSE courses. Teachers at Denstone have encouraged and motivated our students, and girls and boys have responded by achieving grades of which they can be justifiably proud.”

“It is also particularly pleasing to see how so many of this year group have also been heavily involved in a range of extracurricular activities such as Sports, Music, Drama and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award while continuing to work hard for their GCSEs. I wish them every success as they embark on their A level courses in September.”

“Thank goodness we chose to take the more challenging IGCSE exams in Maths and English. The national picture of the new grading structure for those subjects looks somewhat chaotic.”

Pictured: Lexie Linnell, Emily Belton, Jess Hollidge, Robert Gray, Samuel Hall, Morgan James and Nikhil Willis