Pupils at the academy’s sixth form in Godfrey Drive, Kirk Hallam, joined thousands of other nervous teenagers across the country in finally opening their envelopes to discover their results.
David Cowley, Head of Sixth Form at the academy, said: “I’m really pleased that so many students have left here today with a smile on their faces having achieved the results they needed to move onto the next stage of their education.
“It’s important that they follow the right path for them- some will be going on to do advanced apprenticeships, some will study at university locally and others will go further afield.
“Professionally as members of staff we want the students to do well for themselves and for the Sixth Form but we also care about how they’ve done and what they achieve. We have an emotional connection. Many of us couldn’t sleep last night ahead of the results.
“Our recruitment for the Sixth Form is very health and students and parents are recognising that if they come to Kirk Hallam we will look after them and help them achieve.”
Ben Collard achieved an A* in Maths, an A* in Further Maths and a B in Chemistry and wants to go on to study Maths at university.
He said: “I’m very happy with my results and got 100 per cent on three of my maths papers. I’m slightly disappointed in my Chemistry result but overall I’ve got to be pleased that these were really good results.
“I had a conditional offer from Oxford for Maths but have not yet heard whether I have a confirmed place but I’m positive whatever happens I will end up doing Maths at a very good university.
“I’ve really enjoyed it at Kirk Hallam. The staff have been very helpful and the standard of teaching, especially in Maths, has been fantastic and very engaging.
“I’m looking forward to going to university and continuing my studies, meeting new people and making new friends.”
Henry Henshaw scored an A in Maths, A in Biology and B in Chemistry and has been accepted by Warwick University to study Bio-Chemistry .
He said : “I checked UCAS this morning and it said I’d been offered a place but you’re never quite sure until you open your results. When you finish your exams results day seems like ages away and then all of a sudden it has arrived and you’re dying with nerves.
“I’m really pleased with my results and am looking forward to going to Warwick.”
Jesse Lewendon achieved an A in Biology, B in Chemistry and C in Maths. He said: “The exams were really hard this year and at times afterwards you sit and think you’ve messed up. A-Levels are a big jump from GCSEs but a good jump and they realty gave me a kick to work hard to achieve my results.
“I have had a confirmed offer to study Bio-Chemistry at Nottingham but I am looking at the possibility of going to Warwick. I’m really looking forward to going to university. It’s a bit scary in a way but it’s exciting to look forward to.”
Gemma Massey got a B in Maths, B in Biology and B in Chemistry. She said: “I’ve been really nervous leading up to results day but relieved once I opened my results and really happy with what I got. A-Levels were very challenging.
“I’m now looking forward to studying Bio-Chemistry at Nottingham. I have been a couple of times and it’s a fantastic environment and I can’t wait to get started.”