The “Class of 2014” at Denstone have achieved record-breaking A-level results with 37% achieving a top A* or A grade and 78% of all entries achieving a B grade. There were many individual success stories including no less than 13 Upper Sixth students gaining at least 3 A grades or better.
Leading the way was Meg Fairclough who achieved 3 A* and an A grade, securing her a place at Murray Edwards College, Cambridge, to read Psychological and Behavioural Sciences – a stunning performance given that Meg is a year younger than most Upper Sixth Formers. Isabella Hannay (A*AA) gained a place to read Veterinary Medicine at Nottingham while Charlotte Flower achieved a clean sweep of 3 A* grades and will read Civil Engineering at Imperial College. Other outstanding performances included Valeriya Grygoryeva (A*A*AA) while James Bevan, Simon Fearn, Isabella Hannay, Rannoch Linnell, Clare Meredith, Emily Meredith and Rebecca Watts all achieved A* AA grades in their exams. Simon Fearn achieved the remarkable feat of scoring 100% in all his English Literature units over the two year course.
There was widespread satisfaction and delight amongst teaching staff as several academic departments excelled. In Spanish 86% of entries gained A*/A, in History 100% of entries scored A*-B, in Chemistry 88% of entries scored A*-B, and in Design Technology 92% of entries gained A*-B. In terms of the coveted A* grades, English Literature led the way with 42% of entries gaining the top grade.
Headteacher Mr Derbyshire commented: “I am utterly delighted with these results. They are the result of a lot of hard work by the students themselves, supported by high quality teaching and investment in our new library.”
The Photo shows, from left to right, Charlotte Flower, Matt Burnhope, Becky Watts, Perry El and Meg Fairclough