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Derbyshire Skills Festival, Pride Park Stadium, 20 September 2018

Careers fair with opportunities to experience practical skills, find out what’s available post 16 such as college courses, apprenticeships and opportunities at local sixth forms. You will also be able to hear from local employers, the NHS and the armed forces to name but a few. Parents and carers are welcome to attend, see attached letter for further details.

SKILLS FESTIVAL LETTER TO STUDENTS

England trip arrangements

Parents/students need to meet at school at 1.15pm on September 8th for the trip to watch England Vs Spain.

Please check the information letter regarding how much spending money to bring:

England Football Letter 2018

Students should dress appropriately for an evening in September and are not allowed to bring any hot food/drinks on the bus.

Come on England!

Students are celebrating another record-breaking set of GCSE results this year.

Patrick Mowles, 16, achieved four 9s, four 8s and two 7s and an A in Further Maths.

He said: “I’m really happy especially as I want to go into Medicine and I got 9s in all of the Science and maths subjects so hopefully I’m on the right track. I want to study Biology, Chemistry and maths in the Sixth Form. I didn’t really worry about the exams after they’d finished as there was nothing I could do to change the result. I was a little bit nervous this morning and when I picked up the envelope.”

Caitlin Lewis, 16, achieved three 9s, four 8s, a B, two 6s and an A* in Further Maths.

She said: “My dad is a maths teacher at the school so I wanted to do well in maths to please him.  When I saw that I had two 9s I was really happy, I couldn’t believe it. I didn’t think I’d get a 9 in maths as I didn’t get that in my mocks. I was quite shocked as I found the whole exam process quite tough.” I’m really pleased.”

Ceris O’Hara, 16, achieved six 9s, an A in Further Maths, an A in Sociology, two 8s and an L2 Merit in ICT.

She said: “I’m really, really happy. I didn’t feel nervous until about five days ago and I couldn’t get to sleep last night.”

David Kirkham achieved five 9s and five 8s and an A* in Further Maths and is staying on in the Sixth Form.

He said: “I was a bit flabbergasted when I saw my results. I really wasn’t expecting that.”

Mathew David achieved six 9s, an 8, two 7s, an A and an A*.

He said: “I’m staying on in the Sixth Form to study Further Maths, Maths and Physics. I was ecstatic when I saw my results. I was a bit nervous when I got the envelope but opening it was like ripping a Band Aid off.”

Brendan McAteer, 16, achieved five 9s, two 7s, two 8s, a 6 an A and an A* and Jade Jordon, who attends our Enhanced Resource Base, passed all of her exams, five of them at grade 4.

She suffers from left-sided hemiparesis, which is a weakening on her left side.

Talking about her results, she said: “It’s amazing. I was quite nervous and very emotional.”

Swimmer Charlotte Hall, 16, achieved grades including a 7, 6s, 5s and 4s along with a B.

She has spent part of the summer competing in the British National Swimming and English National swimming competitions. She won two silver medals at the English Nationals, in the 200 and 100 freestyle races.

Today’s GCSE results mean that the school’s Attainment 8 score, which measures the attainment across the best eight subjects of all pupils, has risen from 42.9 in 2017 to 48.1 in 2018. The school expects its Progress 8 score to be around +0.26 compared to -0.09 last year.

The percentage of pupils achieving a grade 4 or above in English and maths (equivalent to the old grade C) has improved from 62.3% last year to 65.7% this year.

Over 80% of all pupils achieved a 4 or above in English and 62% achieved a 5 or above in English.

The percentage achieving a 5+ in English and maths has also improved from 31.6% last year to 37.5% this year. A total of 57 grade 9s were achieved by pupils this year compared with 11 last year.

Mr Gritton said: “We are absolutely delighted with this year’s GCSE results, which are our best ever, and we would like to congratulate our students who worked so hard and our staff who supported them along the way. These results follow on from last week’s excellent A-level results, which saw students achieve a 100 per cent pass rate, and our Ofsted ‘Good’ rating which we achieved earlier in the year. We look forward to seeing many of our students return to our high-achieving Sixth Form.”

Charlotte Hall 1 (1 of 1)Brendan McAteer (1 of 1) Ceris O'Hara (1 of 1) Charlotte Hall (1 of 1) David Kirkham (1 of 1) Jade Jordon (1 of 1) Mathew David (1 of 1)Caitlin Lewis 2 (1 of 1)

 

Footballer Jack Birkhead, 16, is now facing a tough decision after achieving a set of 3s, 4s, 5s and an L2 Distinction* in Construction.

He has been asked to sign for West Ham Football Club’s academy for one year after he played against the club for Derby County academy.

Jack, a centre-back, said: “Football is everything to me. I played football before I could walk. I only started playing for Derby’s academy at the start of August and after a game against West Ham I got a phone call saying they wanted to take me on. They said I would join their academy for a year and if I was good enough I could become professional at 17. It’s a tough decision as it would mean moving away from home and I have to decide by the middle of September. It’s hard because it would be a great opportunity. I just love football and it would be my dream to play for England one day.”

Jack Birkhead (1 of 1)

One of our highest GCSE achievers is Aba Amponsa, 16, who is also a top athlete as she represents Derbyshire in the 100m. She scored seven 9 grades, three 8 grades and an A* in Further Maths.

The teenager said: “I’m so overwhelmed, I just can’t believe it. It was so hard to gauge how the exams had gone and I’ve actually done the best in some of the exams I came out of crying. I worked so hard, I would get up at 5am to revise, come to revision sessions at school at 7.30am, do my exams and then stay after school to revise too. I had to stop my running for now as I just couldn’t do it all so I gave up a lot. I’m going to study Biology, Chemistry, Maths and hopefully Religious Studies at A-level and I want to be a human rights lawyer.”

Aba Amponsa (1 of 1)

Students are celebrating another record-breaking set of GCSE results this year.

The school’s Attainment 8 score, which measures the attainment across the best eight subjects of all pupils, has risen from 42.9 in 2017 to 48.1 in 2018. The school expects its Progress 8 score to be around +0.26 compared to -0.09 last year.

The percentage of pupils achieving a grade 4 or above in English and maths (equivalent to the old grade C) has improved from 62.3% last year to 65.7% this year.

Over 80% of all pupils achieved a 4 or above in English and 62% achieved a 5 or above in English.

The percentage achieving a 5+ in English and maths has also improved from 31.6% last year to 37.5% this year.

A total of 57 grade 9s were achieved by pupils this year compared with 11 last year.

Mr Gritton said: “We are absolutely delighted with this year’s GCSE results, which are our best ever, and we would like to congratulate our students who worked so hard and our staff who supported them along the way. These results follow on from last week’s excellent A-level results, which saw students achieve a 100 per cent pass rate, and our Ofsted ‘Good’ rating which we achieved earlier in the year. We look forward to seeing many of our students return to our high-achieving Sixth Form.”

Students were celebrating after achieving top A-level results today.

Eddie McAteer, 18, achieved three As in Maths, English Literature and French and is planning on taking a year out before studying French at Bristol University.

During his gap year Eddie will be volunteering in Fiji with an organisation called Think Pacific. He will be working on building projects and sports coaching.

He said: “I’m really looking forward to the volunteering. Eventually I’m hoping to go into sports journalism.

“I honestly didn’t know if I’d done enough after the exams but there was nothing I could do once they were over.

“I was really nervous last night and I had a bit of a panic when I didn’t think I’d answered the right question in the English exam. I’m going to celebrate now though.”

Febi Jaimon, 18, achieved As in Maths and Further Maths and an A* in Chemistry and is going on to study Maths at university.

He said: “I’m really pleased with my results. I couldn’t sleep last night and I was completely nervous.”

Daria Wieckowska, 18, achieved an A in Biology and Bs in Maths and Chemistry and is going on to study Biomedical Science at Nottingham Trent University.

She said: “I felt so happy and relieved when I realised what I’d got. I wasn’t sure how the exams had gone but I’ve manged to switch off over the summer as I had a job so I was working. I received an unconditional offer from Nottingham Trent so I knew I had got in but I was still nervous about picking up my results.”

Ben Connolly, 18, scored three As in Biology, French and Maths and will also be studying Biomedical Science but at Manchester University.

He said: “I didn’t sleep last night and although I set my alarm for 6am it didn’t go off but luckily I just woke up at 6.30am. I couldn’t believe it to be honest, I was absolutely speechless.”

Lawrence Penna, 18, achieved Bs in Music Technology and Drama and a Double Distinction in his Cambridge Technical Media qualification.

He is going on to study Music Technology and said: “I wasn’t feeling nervous until I got the envelope and then when I saw my results I was chuffed.”

Lawrence will complete a gap year at The Briars residential centre in Crich before continuing with his studies.

Ben Wright, 18, achieved three As in Maths, Further Maths and Biology and is going on to Leeds University to study Maths.

He said: “I’ve kept pretty busy over the summer and I thought my exams went quite well and I had done all I could do. I’m happy to be going to Leeds and I’m pleased to have achieved three As.”

Ellie McLaughlin, 18, is celebrating after scoring three As in Biology, Chemistry and Maths and is going on to study Dentistry at Sheffield University.

She said: “I wanted to be sick this morning and when I opened my results it was just a relief. My mum kept asking me what my back up plan was and I didn’t really have one. About five or six years ago I had a lot of orthodontic work done and that is what inspired me to want to study Dentistry.”

Ben Wright (1 of 1) Eddie McAteer 1 (1 of 1) Ellie McLaughlin (1 of 1) Febi Jaimon, Eddie McAteer, Ben Connolly (1 of 1) Fran Vause (teacher) and Ben Connolly (1 of 1) General shot (1 of 1)

Saint Benedict Catholic Voluntary Academy students have achieved a 100 per cent pass rate along with a large rise in the percentage of top A-level grades this year.

A total of 54 per cent of grades were A*-B, compared to 42 per cent last year and 27 per cent of grades were A*/A, up from 14 per cent last year. The average points score per subject was 36, compared to 32 last year.

Mr Gritton said he was extremely pleased with this year’s results.

He said: “We are thrilled to see such an impressive increase in our top grades and to have achieved a 100 per cent pass rate. This fantastic news also comes on the back of our Sixth Form recently being graded ‘Good’ by Ofsted. We would like to congratulate our students and thank our dedicated staff who have supported them along the way. We wish all of our students the best of luck as they move on to the next exciting stage of their lives, be that university, an apprenticeship or employment.”