A PEAK school has sought clarification over letters congratulating pupils on their top GCSE marks.
Hope Valley College had been led to believe that nine of its students achieved the top ten marks in the country for their drama exam.
Exam board Edexcel usually send out letters to only the ten top candidates in each subject.
However, this year, in drama and art, so many candidates had achieved 100 per cent marks that the board decided to send letters of praise to all candidates who achieved this feat, not just the usual ten.
Deputy Principal Paul Dearden said: "Our GCSE drama candidates who received letters achieved fantastic marks and results.
"The fact more than ten candidates received letters should not detract from their genuinely outstanding achievement – nor should it detract from the value of receiving a letter recognising their amazing accomplishments.
"Everyone at the college is incredibly proud of them and they should be proud of themselves."
The Hope Valley students who received letters were: Jenny Armstrong, Joe Skelton, Izzy Burns, Tom Cottell, Eoin Loveless, Alex Carrie, Emily Field, Stephen Hollis and Tom Wraight.