Pupils at Derby Grammar School are celebrating today (12 August) with a fantastic set of GCSE results. Overall, 23 per cent of the results awarded at the school were the top grade 9, while nearly two-thirds (66 per cent) of all results were grades 9 to 7.
Three pupils – Alfie C, Adrian D and Sebastian R – even gained a clean sweep of nine grade 9’s in their chosen subjects.
The school, in Rykneld Road, Littleover, will be looking forward to the arrival of a new headteacher, Paul Logan, from September, following the departure of outgoing head Dr Ruth Norris.
Mr Logan said: “These results are a testament to the hard work and resilience of pupils and staff in the face of the most challenging period facing education I can remember.
“High academic expectations and the adaptability of pupils and staff in embracing new technology has paid off again and will give pupils the best post foundation for the next stage of their educational journey.
“Staff have worked tirelessly to innovate in their teaching – and blending the best of old and new styles of teaching will be a cornerstone of our continuing drive to give our pupils the best possible education and opportunities.”
He added: “I am really excited to join the DGS community. I would like to thank the outgoing head, Dr Norris, for leaving the school in such a strong position.”
GCSE triumph for medic hopeful
Hoping to become a doctor in the future is Param S, who has achieved five grade 9’s and three grade 8’s – in biology (9), chemistry (9), physics (9), maths (9), English language (8), English literature (8), PE (8) and design & technology (9).
His feat is made even more impressive by the fact that Param (17) was born and educated in Jammu, in the north of India, until the age of 13, moving to Derby with his family only three years ago.
Although he attended an English-speaking school in India, Param’s first language is Hindi. And because he arrived in Derby half-way through the academic year, the school tailored its academic offering to allow Param almost three years of GCSE study.
“It’s been quite tough,” he said. “Coming into the country six months after the course started, I needed some extra time to catch up with the way subjects were taught here. I probably had to work much harder because of this.
“The education system in India is quite different – it’s much more a traditional style of learning there, whereas here is more about application and practical learning, which I think prepares you much better for your career.”
Param, whose 12-year-old brother also attends Derby Grammar School, has chosen to study biology, chemistry and psychology A-levels, with a view to becoming a surgeon after university.
The big smile on Param’s face perfectly illustrates how much his GCSE achievement means to him, and the keen cricketer and tennis player is grateful for the school’s support.
“I’ve been very nervous until today, but also excited. I’m so happy with the results,” he said. “The school has been fantastic. The teachers have been very patient with me, they made me very comfortable and really helped me to settle in.”