Derby Grammar School student Will Keywood is a step closer to achieving his dream of joining the Army after picking up his A-level results.

Will achieved Bs in History, Geography and Religious Studies and is off to the University of Kent to study Military History.

The 18-year-old, of Hilton, said: “My ultimate aim is to join the Army. My grandad was in the Navy and my uncles were Brigadiers. I have always had an interest in the Army and listened to my grandad’s Navy stories although I knew I didn’t want to join the Navy. I would like to join the armoured corps regiment and on the course I’m studying I could be a reserve officer by the time I leave university. It’s been my lifelong ambition and now it’s getting closer and closer. My parents have been very supportive although I did keep telling my mum that I wanted to be on bomb disposal! I received an unconditional offer from the University of Kent so I’ve been very calm about my results.”

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

In STEM subjects, 83 per cent of grades were A*-C and in A-Level Maths 80 per cent of grades were A*-C. One hundred per cent of the grades in Further Maths were A*-C and 90 per cent 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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