It’s smiles all round as eight pupils who sat the GCSE Design and Technology exam reaped their rewards this morning, achieving grades between A* and C between them.

60% of the GCSE mark is from the final project. This is  a major design and make project, culminating in the production of a product based on a theme provide by the exam board.

Alex Liddle achieved an A in his exam and created a Bluetooth MP3 player which also charges a mobile phone for his project. He said: “I decided to make this product as I thought it would be challenging, but it meant I could work with different materials, and develop circuits. The finished product worked well and I was really happy with it.”

Paul Lakritz, Head of DT, said: “This is the first year of Resistant Materials GCSE specification and I am really impressed with the results our students have achieved.

Many of our GCSE and A Level DT students go on to study engineering at university and forge successful careers in both engineering and product design.”

27% of Derby Grammar School grades are at 8, 9 and A*, and a total of 67% of grades in Biology, Chemistry and Physics are at 7,8 and 9. 61% of grades in STEM subjects are at grades 7,8 and 9 and 38% of grades in Maths are 8 or 9. All pupils achieved five GCSEs at grade 4 or above.

Dr Ruth Norris, Head at Derby Grammar School, said: “Huge congratulations to our GCSE pupils today. Their success is a tribute to their hard work and motivation over the last two years. There has been much hype in the world of education, not to mention in the media, about the new more rigorous GCSEs that are now in place.

“However, our pupils have risen to the challenge, achieving an excellent proportion of the very top grades, including the new super grade 9. Staff and parents alike at Derby Grammar applaud our 2018 cohort and we look forward to supporting the pupils’ continued success in our thriving Sixth Form.”

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