Emotions were running high at Glossopdale Community College this morning, as the 120 A-level students anxiously opened their results.
After two years in sixth form at the Talbot House centre in Glossop, many were overwhelmed as they ripped open envelopes which revealed their final grades.
Head teacher Steve Playford said the school’s results were as good as last year and between 50 and 60 per cent of the year 13 pupils were hoping to go university.
This year, all of the students at the specialist performing arts college, on Talbot Road, have gained a qualification and 50 per cent gained grades A* to B.
He said he was “very pleased”, adding: “It’s been fantastic watching the students opening their envelopes and showing their delight for the results that they’ve got. Many did better than expected and will be able to follow new pathways which are even more aspirational.”
Like many others, student Rebecca Mottershead said she already knew she had got into her first choice, studying performing arts at Buckinghamshire New University, before she arrived, thanks to UCAS, the online admissions service.
But she said she was “relieved” with her B in psychology, C in music and distinction in drama nonetheless.
Ella Newton had the added pressure of opening three friends’ sets of results, who were away on holiday, as well as her own.
As she relayed the all-important news abroad, she said: “It’s hard, because you don’t know I’m trying to sound as normal as possible.”
An excited Matthew Connell told the Advertiser he was off to learn Russian as part of a modern languages degree at Liverpool University, thanks to his ABB in Spanish, French and Music.
He said: “I’m over moon. I was most nervous about French as I didn’t take it at GCSE.”
And high-achiever Annabel Crane was overcome with emotion with her A* in English literature, an A in psychology and an A in English language, saying: “I’m a bit overwhelmed. I only needed AAB to get into Leeds. I’m very happy.”
Zorazelda King was also ecstatic and her good grades made her question whether to scrap her planned gap year to China. She said: “I’m proud I got a double distinction in dance and drama.”
Some students, however, did not fare as well as hoped and were visibly disappointed with their grades.
Mr Playford said: “My advice would be to them would always be to seek advice on what to do next.”