Teenager Ben Mandale was Derby Grammar School’s highest achiever in this year’s A-level results after scoring two A*s and an A.

The 18-year-old, of Longford, picked up the A*s in Maths and Further Maths and the A in Physics and will now go on to Durham to study Maths.

 He said: “I chose Maths as I thought it was a subject that could give me lots of career options. I found out online that I’d got into Durham before I picked up my results but it was good to actually see what I’d got. I felt a mixture of shock and relief. There was a bit of doubt when I logged on to the UCAS website. I didn’t really sleep last night but I got up at about 7.45am. My mum squealed when she saw I’d got into Durham and I’m just looking forward to going there now.”

Sean Pearce is another Ashbourne student who was among the high achievers at Derby Grammar School. He will go on to study Law at university after picking up three A grades at A-level in English Language, German and History.

He said: “I didn’t feel that confident after the exams, it’s quite difficult with essay writing questions as it’s hard to tell how you’ve done and in History there are a lot of dates and facts to memorise. The exam I felt most confident about was German as that’s my favourite subject. I went on holiday and managed to forget about the exams for a while but then when I came back I started to think about my results. I was really pleased when I found out what I had got.”

Ollie Wilson is from Chellaston. His three A grades in A-levels in Maths, Further Maths and Physics mean he’s off to study an integrate Masters degree in Physics (MPhys) at Lancaster University. Ollie was part of the Derby Grammar School team that reached the national finals of the UK Space Design Competition earlier this year. He said: “I’m so excited to have got my grades and to be off to Lancaster.”

There has been a large rise in the number of A*-B grades in this year’s A-Level results at Derby Grammar School.

A total of 63% of grades were at A*-B, which is a 10% increase from 2017 and 22% of grades were A*/A.

In STEM subjects, 83% of grades were A*-C and in A-Level Maths 80% of grades were A*-C. 100% of the grades in Further Maths were A*-C and 90% of the grades in A-Level Physics were A*-C.

Dr Ruth Norris, head teacher at Derby Grammar School, praised the A-Level students.

She said: “We are full of admiration and praise for our pupils’ achievements today. The post-16 world of education has undergone such immense change and increase in rigour in the last few years that these outstanding results are even more of a cause for celebration. Success at A-Level is a key threshold in the lives of our youngsters and we wish them the very best as they spread their wings and take flight in the adult world of work or higher education: they have an exciting future ahead.”

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