Derby Grammar School students are celebrating excellent GCSE results today with half of all grades at 7, 8 and 9.

In science, 72% of grades in chemistry, biology and physics were at 7, 8 and 9 and 88% of grades in maths and English were grade 5 and above. Five students achieved straight 7, 8 and 9 grades.

One of the school’s top performers was Amogha Ramasharan who achieved three 9s, four 8s and two grade 7s. His grade 9s were achieved in English Language, music and chemistry. He is staying on at Derby Grammar School’s Sixth Form to study biology and chemistry at A-level and is deciding between physics and music. He then hopes to study Medicine at university.

Amogha is a keen drummer who plays in bands at school and has also formed jazz band GCHQ with his school friends.

He said: “I was confident with some of my exams but I also thought that I could have done better in some of them. I’ve managed to switch off over the summer and I’ve only really thought about my results if someone mentioned them. I was thinking about them yesterday but I wasn’t too stressed.

When I opened my results I was relieved and pleased with them. Medicine is something I’ve always been interested in and both of my parents are doctors.”

In GCSE Design and Technology, half of all students taking the GCSE achieved a grade 7, 8 or 9 including James Garside, Aditya Dileep, Aryan Kolhe, Tom Lewis, Ben Middleton and Joginder Singh.

James designed an aid for the elderly to allow them to continue gardening despite weakness and lack of dexterity.

He said: “I was really pleased to get a 9 in DT and I got 100 out of 100 on the practical element. I was very shocked. It took a lot of time but it is all worth it now, I spent hours on it and put it above everything else because I really like the subject and want to study it at A-level. I’m hoping to study Architecture at university.

I don’t really know where the idea came from for the practical but I could only really find one product like it. I showed it to my neighbor who is 90 now I think. Although she couldn’t go out into the garden she looked at it and gave me her opinion. She said she liked it.”

Joginder designed a water transportation system for developing countries.

He said: “I got an 8 in DT and my other results were good too.  I was really pleased with them. The idea for the practical part of my DT A-level came from seeing people on TV carrying water on their heads in developing countries; I’ve seen it in India too. I saw it as a problem and I wanted to come up with a solution. I basically designed a back-pack which you can fill with water. I was pleased with the way it turned out because it worked.”

Paul Lakritz, Assistant Head (Academic) and Head of DT, said: “​Once again, the quality of design and making from our students shows what can be achieved with an open and fertile approach to problem-solving.

“Design briefs successfully explored this year include addressing the needs of people with disabilities, supporting developing countries and encouraging a healthy lifestyle, all providing a true design challenge.

“My particular satisfaction comes from seeing the boys picking up a unique concept and patiently developing and iterating the idea to point of having a fully functioning product. The boys created an exceptional range of quality products this year to the highest standard ranging from household and gardening aids for those with limited dexterity to water transportation systems for developing countries.

“It’s great to see the boys achieve GCSE results that reward their commitment and ability.”

Dr Ruth Norris, Head of Derby Grammar School, congratulated students on their results.

She said: “I am absolutely delighted. The hard work of pupils and staff has been well rewarded and recognised today. This has been another outstanding year of achievement. Our results have increased yet again, particularly at the top end of grades. This builds a clear pathway to success at A Level and beyond.”

Notable achievements in other subjects include all music students who achieved grades 8 and 9, and every student taking GCSE physics passed at grade 6 or above, with two thirds of these being at grades 8 and 9.