Derby Grammar School is celebrating phenomenal GCSE results today.  The percentage of 7-9 grades is 76 per cent, a rise of 30 per cent over the past two years, while the percentage of 8-9 grades has increased to 56 per cent this year, a rise of 23 per cent since 2018. Three students achieved 9s across the board.


Saevuk Atwal achieved 9s across the board. He said: “This year has definitely had its challenges and as a generation of GCSE students we have suffered a degree of uncertainty and disruption that is without precedent.

“I felt that my chances to excel had been taken out of my hands with the cancellation of exams this year, which left me feeling anxious.

“This morning I felt relief and joy when I received the grades I feel I had worked so hard for over the last two years.”


Sam Littler also achieved all grade 9s.

He said “I am really pleased and proud of my set of GCSE results. I would like to thank all the teachers at DGS for helping me through my GCSEs and this difficult time.

“It has been a challenging year for all GCSE and A level students and I hope they have all achieved what they require to progress into the next stage of their education.”


Jasgobind Virk was also celebrating after he achieved eight grade 9s and one grade 8.

He said: “I’m ecstatic. I got an email with my results on at about 8.30am. My parents and grandparents were with me and we’d been waiting for a while so it was a shock when it popped up. I read it and then I printed it out.

“My grandparents were almost in tears. It has been difficult, particularly with everything in the news about exam results recently, but I feel like we’ve all got the results that we worked hard for.”


Dr Ruth Norris, Head at Derby Grammar School, said: “Our Year 11s are remarkable: they have consistently been an outstanding year group in every possible way. Their GCSE results are some of the best ever seen at Derby Grammar School. These young men are to be whole-heartedly congratulated on their successes, achieved in difficult times, which makes these triumphs even more of a cause for celebration.

“My thanks are also due to our fantastic teaching staff who are celebrating in equal measure. 76% grades 7-9 represent a 30% increase since 2018 – a significant upwards movement in our pupil outcomes.

“Last week, we welcomed the government’s decision to award Centre Assessed Grades. The Ofqual standardisation algorithm sought to flatten the curve and those pupils who were likely to be exceptional top performers were at risk of being downgraded. Our 14 young men who achieved 100% grades 7-9 were likely to be disadvantaged by this. We are therefore delighted that the change allowed our pupils to shine as they deserve.”