Derby Grammar School students are celebrating their GCSE results today.
Owen Walters, 14, of Derby, is in Year 9 and took his Maths GCSE early, achieving an incredible grade 9.
He said: “In junior school at around Year 5 my dad mainly noticed that I was excelling in maths and I was given some of the harder work to do so I covered some of the Year 9 syllabus. Throughout KS3 I went up to GCSE and I took that at the end of Year 9 and got a grade 9. I feel very happy and pleased. I was a little bit nervous this morning. I got pretty good sleep last night though as I was quite tired.”
Another Year 9 student, Jasgobind Singh Virk, 14, of Derby, achieved an A* in Punjabi GCSE.
He said: “I’m really proud especially as I did it two years early. I felt a bit worried, a bit nervous and didn’t want to come for a bit. I managed to eat my breakfast and then I came and got my result. It made my day. I don’t know how I’m going to celebrate, perhaps play some sport with friends. I want to do something in medicine, maybe a doctor so something in sports medicine.”
Varchas Swamy ,16, of Derby, achieved four 9s, three 8s and two 7s.
He said: “I feel great and I am pleasantly surprised with some subjects like Biology. Overall I’m really happy particularly with sciences and maths as I got all 9s in them. I want to study Biology, Chemistry and Maths at A-level and I want to go into medicine. My dad is a doctor and I want to follow in his footsteps. I want to work in a hospital and specialise in something.”
Ahmed Haider, 16, of Derby, was Derby Grammar School’s top achiever. He scored four 9s, four 8s and one 7.
The teenager said: “I’m ecstatic, it’s really good. I’m over the moon, more relieved to be honest. I was so nervous this morning, I was shaking, I couldn’t even have breakfast this morning. My parents are really pleased, very relieved. I’m going to stay on in the Sixth Form and study Maths, Physics and Chemistry and I’m hoping to go on to study Chemical Engineering just because I’m so interested in Chemistry and Maths.”
Aditya Kumar of Littleover achieved an A*, four 9s, two 7s, one six and one 5.
He said: “I feel really good, I got really good grades in all of my subjects, particularly Design Technology, I put a lot of work into that and got an A*. I’m really happy and ultimately I’m hoping to pursue a career in Medicine, maybe in the field of Medical Engineering because of how well I did in the medical subjects like Biology and Chemistry, so I just want to take advantage of everything. I felt a bit panicked this morning and that peaked when I saw the envelopes. I’m happy and at ease now though and I’m going to go home and relax before going out to eat.”
Teja Saladi, 16, of Derby, achieved three 9s, five 8s and one 7.
He said: “I got really good results. I got 9s in Music, English Literature and Physics. I’m staying on in the Sixth Form and I’ll be taking four subjects, English, Maths, Music and Chemistry. I’m not sure what I’m going to do going forwards after that yet. I was a bit nervous but on the whole I was quite relaxed because it’s been a while since the exams. I was probably a bit more nervous today than I have been.
“Over the summer I’ve done the National Citizen Service programme, part of that was doing charity work and we did a football fundraiser and a charity walk and raised over £1,000 for Derby Children’s Holiday Trust. NCS is a great programme, it’s good for just in general social confidence as well. It helped to take my mind off the exams.”