Record-breaking A Level results have been achieved at Derby Grammar School where there were increases across the board.

A total of 39 per cent of all grades are A*-A – representing a 7 per cent increase from last year and an improvement of almost 20 per cent over the last two years. The number of A*-B grades has also risen by 3 percent from 2019.

Dr Ruth Norris, Head of Derby Grammar School, said she was extremely proud of all of the students receiving results today.

She said: “It is with overwhelming pride that I congratulate our A Level graduates today. These are record A Level results for Derby Grammar School and they continue our significant upward trajectory of outstanding pupil outcomes.

“With the support of a new management team, to have secured near 20% improvement at A*A in just two years is a sizeable achievement. Our Year 13 leavers have faced the unprecedented challenge and disruption of Coronavirus.

“Despite this, their academic focus was admirably maintained via remote learning until the very end of their courses in May and our pupils can now rightly reap the rewards they deserve. I wish them the very best as they move on to their exciting new horizons.

“I’d like to thank our superb teaching staff and leadership team who have worked harder than ever to support our A Level pupils, particularly through their impressive delivery of first class interactive remote learning. Without a doubt, this enabled our pupils to continue their academic progress in lockdown towards top results and has ensured they are university-ready.”

Paul Lakritz, Assistant Head Academic, added: “‘While it is a shame that a number of our pupils have had their grades adjusted downwards as a consequence of the Ofqual standardisation process, we are still very proud of their achievements.”

Fifty per cent of students achieved an A grade in the new EPQ qualification while 31 per cent of grades in STEM subjects were A*-A. Grades in Music Technology also increased with 50 per cent being A*-A. All candidates in English Literature achieved a B grade or better while A* grades in Biology rose by 2 per cent. The number of A*-A grades in Chemistry increased by 5 per cent to 30 per cent.

Karen Stebbings, Head of Sixth Form and Assistant Head Pastoral, said: “I am immensely proud of the achievements of this cohort. The resilience they have shown in dealing with a set of unimaginable circumstances has demonstrated what we strive to achieve here at Derby Grammar School, well rounded young men and women who are able to cope with and thrive during adverse situations.”