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Pupils picking up their GCSE results this morning will find records have been broken and academic improvements made at many schools across Derby and Derbyshire.
With many schools giving out results from 9am on Thursday morning, students will soon know if they have the grades to go on to study A-levels at sixth form or college, or have been accepted onto an apprenticeship of their choice.
School and college staff will be available to give help and advice to those students needing it - whether the results are better or worse than anticipated.
Schools, teachers and students in England are also braced for confusion, however, as the new 9-1 grading scale replaces the old A* to G in certain subjects.
As students pick up their GCSE results sheets this year, the new 9-1 grading system will show up in three subjects - maths, English language, and English literature. The highest grade being nine, which is equivalent to an A*, and the lowest being one, which is equivalent to a grade G.
We will be providing live updates throughout the day on the GCSE results, so you can see how schools across Derby and the rest of Derbyshire get on with their results as the news emerges.
Here's how some of Derby and Derbyshire's schools have fared:
Allestree Woodlands School
Head teacher Alan Brady said 72% of pupils passed both maths and English and overall, 65% of students passed their English and maths as well as gaining at least three or more GCSEs at grade C or above.
He said: "I congratulate all our students who have done so well.
"I am immensely proud of their achievements and I pay tribute to their hard work, perseverance and commitment. The new examination system (especially the English and maths exams) has been deliberately designed to be tougher and our students have more than met the challenge.
"None of this achievement would have been possible without the hard work and dedication of my staff and the strong support of our parents and carers. I am proud of the fact that our students take a wide range of challenging and demanding GCSE course which have high value in the work place and in further and higher education."
Bemrose School, Derby
Teachers at Bemrose School, in Uttoxeter Road, say this year's GCSE results are "impossible to compare" with last year’s figures – but the headlines are that 47% of pupils gained a 4+ or better in English and 34% achieved a 4+ or more in maths.
Executive head teacher, Neil Wilkinson, said staff and pupils had worked hard to raise the aspirations of the school in the last 12 months.
He said: "This year we have a number of students who have done exceedingly well and the vast majority have gained the results we predicted – so we are very happy.
"I would like to congratulate our students and thank our staff for their hard work and commitment during the year. These results will intensify our resolve to continue improving results and we look forward to a successful academic year ahead.
"These results will open the door for our students to now go on to our sixth form or into apprenticeships and the workplace. We are very pleased for them and wish them continued success in the future."
Staff at Chellaston Academy say they are "extremely proud" of what students have achieved.
Head teacher, Kevin Gaiderman, said: "We are delighted to report that we have received another excellent set of GCSE results and are extremely proud of what the Chellaston Academy students have achieved. Both staff and students have worked incredibly hard and the results, which are significantly above national average, reflect this.
"Given the national and increased demands of the new English and mathematics courses, we are thrilled to say that we have maintained our very high standards from last year. Furthermore, the number of students achieving a higher grade pass in English literature has greatly increased.
"We have a remarkable number of students who have achieved a string of top grades, including multiple A*s and grade 9s and we are incredibly proud of the students who, in the face of exceptionally difficult circumstances, have achieved beyond expectation."
Derby High School, Littleover
Pupils are celebrating after achieving a 100% pass rate, with 98% of all grades at C or above.
Denise Gould, head teacher at the school, said the girls were to be congratulated on a "fabulous set of academic results", which have been achieved in addition to considerable achievement across a range of enrichment activities.
She said: "We are very proud of each and every one of our students for their fine results and overall personal achievement. It is very pleasing to see our student's hard work rewarded with such well-deserved grades; they now have an excellent foundation for the next stage of their studies. We look forward to welcoming current students and new students into the sixth form.
"We never take our results for granted, especially in a year which is seeing such significant changes in the examination system, across both GCSE and A-level. It is testament to the dedication of our teaching staff, who have been navigating these major changes with absolute professionalism, that our students have been supported to achieve their best."
John Port School, Etwall
Phil Smith, acting head teacher, said that this year's results are a "testimony" to the hard work and dedication by students and staff.
He said: "John Port School's performance is very high this year and these results are testimony to the hard work and dedication of our students and staff. I would like to pass on my congratulations to all of the students and I am incredibly proud that their hard work has been rewarded."
Lees Brook Community School
Head teacher Zoe House said: "Considering the changes to the GCSEs this year, we are especially pleased with this year's GCSE results, our Year 11 students worked really hard towards these exams and their efforts have been rewarded.
"52% of students achieved a standard pass in both English and maths. We are also proud that our disadvantaged students in school performed particularly well and that 78% of all students achieved at least one A or A* or equivalent across all subjects.”
Littleover Community School
Head teacher Ash Venkatesh said he is "absolutely delighted" that pupils have performed "very well" across a range of subjects.
He said: "Against a background of changes to courses and assessment, including the new 9 to 1 grades in English and maths, this success represents an enormous achievement for our pupils, and we are very proud of them.
"I would like to congratulate not only our diligent pupils, but also their teachers, who have worked extremely hard, and their parents and carers, who have provided essential support.
"After five rewarding years at Littleover, nearly all pupils will be going on into sixth form, college or apprenticeship, and once more we expect that every pupil will go on to contribute to society in a positive way."
Staff at Merrill Academy in Alvaston say they are extremely pleased with the performance of its pupils.
A spokesman said: “We are extremely pleased that after a year which has seen us make significant progress towards the improvements stated by OFSTED in our last full inspection, our year 11 pupils have performed particularly well in a number of vocational subjects which continue to prosper, with many students receiving multiple passes at merit, distinction and distinction stars.
"We are very proud of our student’s achievements and wish them well in their future endeavours."
A total of 87% of pupils gained five or more A* to C grades, including English and maths.
Ockbrook’s Headmaster, Tom Brooksby, said: "I am delighted to report another year of excellent results at GCSE (and iGCSE), our students have worked extremely hard as have my outstanding teachers. These students are a credit to the school and their parents and I look forward to welcoming them back into our thriving sixth form."
Saint Benedict Catholic Academy, Darley Abbey
The percentage of students at Saint Benedict Catholic Voluntary Academy achieving a grade 4 or above in English and maths has risen to over 60%.
A total of 61.4% of students achieved 4+ in English and maths (the equivalent of a C and above), compared to 54% last year. Several students achieved the new top grade 9s in English and maths.
Kevin Gritton, head teacher of the academy, in Duffield Road, said he was pleased with this year’s results.
He said: "We are pleased to see progress being made in the core subject areas and there have been improvements across the board. There are some fantastic individual success stories with several students achieving the new top grade 9s.
"Our students have worked incredibly hard and so have the staff who have supported them and we would like to thank them all for their efforts. We wish our Year 11 students every success in the future and we look forward to seeing many of them returning to attend our high-achieving sixth form."
Saint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy
Joan McCarthy, head teacher at Saint John Houghton CVA, in Kirk Hallam, said that 70% of students have achieved a grade 4 or above (equivalent to C and above) in their English and maths GCSEs.
She said: "We are pleased with our results even though it’s been a difficult year in terms of the changes to the system and we have some tremendous individual success stories. We are extremely proud of each and every one of our students and of our staff who work so hard to support the children.
"We wish all of our students every success in the future and we are sure they will go on to achieve great things."
Trent College, Long Eaton
A total of 71% of all grades are in the A* to B band with 43% in the top A* to A bands. The overall A* to C pass rate is 91.2%.
A spokesman said: "Trent College is very proud its students' GCSE performance in a year which sees for the first time the introduction of the new, more challenging 9-1 number grade system in English, English literature and maths.
"The vast majority of students will now continue on to Trent College sixth form from September, studying three new-style A-levels over two years, with a few of the highest achievers opting for a fourth."
West Park School, Spondon
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Head teacher Brian Walker reported that he was "delighted" for West Park School to be placed as top school in the county in the Derby Telegraph’s recently published Real Schools Guide 2017.
He said: "Hard work and enthusiasm from pupils, high expectations and challenge from teachers and continuing support and love from parents is a recipe for success."