10 Aug 2021

Derby High School Celebrates A Level Success

Derby High School Celebrates A Level Success

Derby High School today celebrated the outstanding achievements of Sixth Form leavers with the publication of this year’s A Level results. This is an especially significant day for the school as it is the first Year 13 cohort that has included boys. Two years ago, the opportunity of a Derby High Senior School education was extended to boys, who were welcomed into Years 7 and 12 from September 2019.

An incredibly strong cohort of students achieved a superb set of grades. 56% of grades awarded were A*, while 96% were A*-B grades. 72% of the year group achieved straight A*/As.

Amy Chapman, Head of Derby High, commented: “This talented year group has achieved exceptional outcomes in the most extraordinary circumstances. Having undertaken the unusual process of submitting Teacher Assessed Grades, which required us to rigorously scrutinise the way our students had performed throughout their two-year A Level courses, we were in no doubt about the significant academic abilities of this year’s leavers. I am delighted that, despite the difficult circumstances, the students have been awarded the grades they deserved and are safely onto the next stage of their educational journeys. We work hard to help our students gain places to study at top universities, with the vast majority achieving their first choice of university. 70% of the year group have been offered places at prestigious Russell Group universities, including Oxbridge, with 25% successfully starting highly competitive Medicine, Veterinary and Dentistry courses. I wish to thank all the staff at Derby High for the support they have given these students during their time at the school, and for the exciting enrichment opportunities they provided them during periods of lockdown – it was really special to see so many colleagues in school today to congratulate the students on their achievements”.

In addition to achieving excellent grades in their A Level subjects, many leave Derby High with top grades in their Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) - a qualification increasingly prized by universities as evidence of independent research and study skills - where 76% achieved A* and A grades. This year’s projects, which were wide-ranging in their subject-matter and impressive in their delivery, included a study on reasons behind dentophobia, a project based on water conservation, and research into the ethics of animal cloning.