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2016 A Level Results

Derby Grammar School is delighted to announce that an impressive 22% of pupils were awarded all A* and A grades, a further increase on last year’s outstanding results. The results demonstrate that Derby Grammar School pupils continue to thrive and achieve amongst an increasingly difficult exam environment.

Over two thirds of all grades awarded were A*, A or B and almost 50% of all students have confirmed places at Russell Group universities. The school is proud to announce an average of 349 UCAS points per candidate.

Student Tom Baker from Breadsall, Derby, secured an impressive A*/A*/A in further mathematics, mathematics and physics and will go on to study mathematics and physics at Russell Group university, the University of Manchester. Tom said “The A level courses were challenging but enjoyable. I am grateful for the support I received from the teachers at Derby Grammar School who I get on really well with. I have been at the school since Year 6 so have fond memories here. I am excited for the future and looking forward to getting going!”

Student Shivam Kolhe from Chellaston follows in his parents footsteps who are both Doctors, after securing A*, A*, A grades. Shivam will study Medicine at the University of Newcastle. He said “I am really relieved to have secured a place at my first choice University and I am excited to relocate to Newcastle. I will be celebrating with my family and friends tonight.”

Headmaster, Richard Paine, said “Yet again Derby Grammar School presents outstanding A level results, a true reflection of the hard work, dedication and commitment from both our pupils and teachers.  Congratulations to all of our students who have very bright futures ahead of them.”

Henry Wilson secured an unconditional scholarship at Lancaster University to study French and Linguistics. After gaining straight A grades in French, English Language and German he is looking forward to the next steps in his academic career. Henry said “I am relieved and really pleased with my results. I am off to Lancaster and I’m particularly looking forward to my international placement year.”


To see a summary of our previous GCSE and A level results, click here.


2015 GCSE Results

Following on from its A Level success, Derby Grammar School is delighted to announce another set of excellent GCSE results, with well over half of all grades being A* and A. Headmaster, Richard Paine said, “Yet again Derby Grammar School has achieved an excellent set of GSCE results, with the number of A*-C grades up to 95.3%. These GCSE examination results provide an excellent grounding for progression onto successful future academic careers.”

With the top three performers securing an impressive 31 A* grades between them, it is safe to say it has been a good day at Derby Grammar School.  Phil Holloway from Littleover was the school’s top performer, achieving a remarkable 12 A* grades. Phil follows in the footsteps of his elder sister Laura, who graduated from Derby Grammar School sixth form in 2014 and went on to study at Bristol University Veterinary School.  Phil said, “I was really nervous about collecting my results this morning. I am really pleased with my grades.” Phil is looking forward to commencing his A level studies at Derby Grammar School in September 2015.

Will Carroll from Duffield gained 10 A*’s and 1 A, and Matthew Taylor from Burton-on-Trent achieved 9 A*’s and 3 A’s and both will be continuing into the Derby Grammar School sixth form. 

Matthew Taylor found that his first day at Derby Grammar school back in 2009 was also the Headmaster’s first day too!  Headmaster Mr Paine taught Matthew his very first Geography lesson, and is delighted at the progress he has made over the past 6 years.  Mr Paine said, “The shy, quiet character I remember teaching 6 years ago has developed into a mature, intelligent and confident young man. I am thrilled to see Matthew has achieved a set of results he should be very proud of, and I am looking forward to seeing his academic career flourish over the next two years throughout the sixth form.” 

Another glowing statistic for Derby Grammar School announced today is that 100% of all pupils who took the government’s preferred academic measure, the English Baccalaureate (pupils who achieve A*-C in English, maths, history or geography, the sciences and a language) were successful. This statistic is in stark contrast to the national EBacc average from 2014 at just 22.5%.


2015 A Level Results

Derby Grammar School is delighted to announce a 99.2% examination pass rate in this year’s A level results, with an impressive 21% of pupils awarded straight A*/A grades.

The top two performing students, Richard Bowen and Peter Rugg achieved five A* grades and both head off to Cambridge University.  Richard Bowen from Burton (pictured, left) will study Natural Sciences at Cambridge University. He said, “I am a mixture of emotions; ecstatic, relieved, excited and scared all at the same time! I am excited about what the future holds for me.”

Headmaster, Richard Paine said, “Yet again Derby Grammar School presents outstanding A level results which is a true reflection of the hard work, dedication and commitment from both our pupils and teachers.  I am delighted to see a 4% increase of A* and A grades compared to 2014. Congratulations to all of our students who have very bright futures ahead of them.”

Waheeda Ratyal (A*, A, B) from Burton achieved an A grade in history, despite only commencing her studies in the subject eight months ago.  Waheeda also recently ran in the Burton local council elections, juggling this alongside her A level studies.  She said, “Considering I only started studying history in November, I never imagined I would get an A grade. I am really pleased!”

Ollie Dixon (A*, A*, A) from Hartshorne was Head Boy at Derby Grammar School and comes from a family of past DGS students. His brothers left in 2007 and 2011, and his cousin studied from 2008-2010.  Between the four of them they bagged an astounding 11 A*/A grades. Ollie said, “I am going to Cambridge to study German and French. My granddad was the true inspiration behind my ambition to study these subjects – he was a linguistic expert, fluently speaking many different languages.”


2015 also sees mathematics and physics as the top performing subjects at Derby Grammar School, with 14% of all A* and A grades coming from these subject areas, proof of the strong engineering and scientific base of the city. 


2014 GCSE Results

Year 11 pupils are jumping for joy after collecting a great set of GCSE results.  In contrast to many reports this year, our grades are up on last year with 100% of pupils achieving 5 or more A* - C grades (up %% on last year), 58% A*/A (a 4% rise) and 95% A* - C (up 5%).  Despite controversial reforms to the English assessment, all of our pupils achieved A* - C grades in English.

Pupils worked very hard to achieve these excellent results and should be very proud; they are a credit to the School.

Rishi Gandhewar, Charlie Gardener and Shivam Khol (pictured below, l to r) collected 25 A*s, 5 As and 2 Bs between them!


2014 A Level Results

Well done Year 13!

Once again, our A level students achieved a 100% pass rate in 2014.  17% of all grades were A*s, and just under two thirds of students achieved all A* - B grades.  An impressive 20% of pupils were awarded straight A*/A grades, including Shaene Gnanarajah, Alasdair Fletcher and Laura Holloway (pictured below, l to r), who will be studying medicine (at Cambridge), physics and veterinary science (at Bristol Unversity) next year, respectively.

Glenn Charles, one of our most talented musicians, will the first DGS pupil to go on to study at an Australian university when he takes up his place studying Jazz at Adelaide University in January.  He is pictured below being congratulated by Headmaster Mr Paine.

2013 GCSE Results

There were some truly excellent performances in GCSEs this year.   Of particular note were Henry Staley, Oliver Dixon and Andrew El-Khanagry who achieved over 10* grades each, and Richard Bowen and Peter Rugg with an outstanding 12 A* grades each.

Results were particularly strong in Maths and Science, where over two thirds of all grades were A*/A.  Overall, 28% of students were awarded 10 or more A*/A grades.











Mr Smith congratulates Peter Rugg on his 12 A*s


2013 A Level Results

Our Year 13 students achieved a 100% pass rate yet again, with a record number of A* grades - in fact, almost one in four grades were A*.  A fantastic set of results!

74% of students have secured places at their first choice university.

Mr Paine congratulates History student George Sterland on his place at King's College studying War Studies.