Exceptional A-level exam results put some schools in a league of their own
PLAYING their part in an exceptional year for A-level results were the students at the Joseph Wright Centre in Derby.
More than 250 students collected their results at the centre, which is run by Derby College in Cathedral Road.
They achieved an average of 198.2 points per exam and an average of 647.1 points themselves.
Head Jay Trivedy said: "We were delighted with these results, which have improved year on year since the Joseph Wright Centre opened four years ago and are testament to the hard work of both students and staff alike.
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"Some of them have exceeded their own expectations and many are the first in their families to go to university."
It was also an exceptionally good year for the region's independent schools, which took top honours for their A-level results.
Repton School, Ockbrook School and Derby Grammar School and Derby High School, both in Littleover, dominated the tables.
The average points at Ockbrook School was 1,082 points, Derby High School, 1094.2, Derby Grammar 911.4 points and Repton School 905 points.
With 270 points for an A grade, it is easy to work out that pupils have passed several of their exams at the highest level.
Derby High School head teacher Colin Callaghan said: "Five girls achieved four straight As and one achieved five A grades.
"These are our best results in 10 years."
At the Millennium Centre, a joint sixth form run by Derby Moor Community Sports College and Littleover Community School, pupils gained an improved average score of 853.2 points each – the centre's best-ever results.
David Nichols, head of Littleover school, and Wendy Whelan, head of Derby Moor, were also delighted with the results.
Mr Nichols said: "This was a further year of outstanding results which yet again showed an improvement on the previous year and maintain a continuing upward trend.
"Significantly, 94% of students achieved or bettered their predicted grades."
Chellaston School also made a good showing in the tables, with pupils scoring an average of 228.6 points per exam and an average of 749.8 points each pupil.
After a bumper year in 2008, Ray Ruszczynski, head teacher at Chellaston School, was delighted to find more improvements in 2009.
"The average point score per A-level is up from 220 last year.
"We were delighted that students continued to gain strong results across all subjects but, in particular, we are delighted that results in English, maths and all of the sciences are strong.
"I think that our strength lies in the fact that we place great emphasis on the core subjects across the school.
"We have continued to place an emphasis on key subjects which should create future employment opportunities for our students."
Woodlands School head teacher Alan Brady was "absolutely delighted" by his school's results, which showed an average score of 726.9 points per pupil and an average of 212.4 points per exam.
He said: "Six of our 76 students gained straight A grades. A-level results day is always a highlight of the year as we see students who came to us aged 11 and have left as confident and successful young adults."
At Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School in Ashbourne, pupils gained an average of 950.8 points each.