14.08.14 - It’s A’s All the Way as Students Celebrate A Level Success

Anxious glances and nervous conversations turned to broad smiles and celebratory cheers as almost half of all our students achieved three or more A*/A grades in this year’s A Level examinations.

Celebrations rang out across the school’s campus as students also received the good news that they had achieved 100 per cent pass rate. The school’s Maths Department was singled out for special mention, with 63 per cent of students taking Maths achieving grade A*, 12 per cent grade A and 25 per cent grade B. In Art, French, Food Technology, German, Further Maths and Music all students achieved grade B or higher.

In addition, all students studying AQA Baccalaureate were awarded Distinction, whilst 75 per cent of Extended Project Qualifications achieved grade A or A*.

Tom Brooksby, Head Master, celebrated the students’ outstanding achievements: “What an extraordinary set of results! This is a day for our students to celebrate their successes with their parents, family and friends and each and every one of them should be extremely proud of their achievements.

“Our dedicated teaching staff share in the excitement of our students and it is with huge pride and immense satisfaction that we are able to wish all students well as they move forward in life, equipped to succeed in higher education and the world of work.”

Eighteen year old Katie Butler from Allestree is one of the 3A’s Club. She achieved an A* in Maths and A’s in Further Maths and Physics. Eleanor says: “I can’t believe it! This is better than Christmas. My results mean I can now go on to read General Engineering at The University of Durham, so now I can really start looking forward to starting the next chapter in my life. It will be strange not being at Ockbrook as it has become such a big part of my life and I just wanted to say a big ‘thanks’ to all the teachers who have helped me achieve my wonderful results.”

Other students living in Derby from the school also achieved three A’s. Rachel Frost, 18 years old and from Allestree, achieved A*s in Art and Maths and an A grade in Physics. She plans to study Computer Visualisations & Animation at Bournemouth University. Emily Groome from Risley achieved A*s in Biology, Maths and EPQ, plus an A in Chemistry and Distinction in AQA Baccalaureate. Amie Marlow, 18, from Morley received straight A’s in German, History and Psychology and plans to read Criminal Justice & Criminology at The University of Leeds. Aimee Reeves, 18, from Thulston received an A* in Biology and A’s in Chemistry and Maths and is heading to The University of Birmingham.

Eighteen year old Eleanor Barker from Ashbourne achieved an A* in Food Technology and grade A’s in Biology and Geography. She now goes on to do nursing at The University of Liverpool, whilst Lakshmi Shajpal, also 18 and from Long Eaton  achieved an A* in Geography and A’s in English Literature and History. She goes forward to read Law at The University of Birmingham. Rebecca Godbeer, 18 from Wollaton achieved straight A*s in Biology, Chemistry and Maths. She goes on to read Pharmacy at The University of Nottingham.

Results: the numbers

24 per cent grade A*

58 per cent grade A*/A

85 per cent grade A*/B

Students will be reading a variety of subjects at university, including engineering, pharmacy, music, history and law. University choices include The University of Oxford, Durham University, University of Nottingham, University of Birmingham, University of Leeds and University of Liverpool.