Nervous tension turned to proud smiles and laughter at New Mills School and Sixth Form as A-level students opened their results envelopes among friends, family and teachers.
In particular the Church Lane school, which is awaiting a decision over the future of its sixth form centre, has boasted a 100 per cent pass rate at A2 level.
Headteacher Debbie McGloin commented: “Mornings like this remind us why we join the teaching profession.
“Playing such a vital part in opening doors for young people and helping them step out into the wider world and achieve their ambitions is what it is all about.”
Among the students celebrating success is Alex Greensmith, who was speechless after achieving A*, A, B and C grades. He will now progress to study broadcast journalism.
Mike Greensmith, Alex’s dad, said: “These are amazing results for Alex and we know he worked hard but he couldn’t have been better supported by the teachers in all his subjects.
“This is no surprise to us as a family as our daughter excelled in this sixth form and Alex has had the same experience.”
Other year 13 students embarking on new adventures include Amelia Fernley (A*, A, C) who will study law and criminology, Chukchai Saenborisut (A, B, C) who is following his ambition to study media production, Ellen Dean (A, B, B) will progress to study the History of Art, while Frances Cope (A*, A*, A) will be using her creative and academic talents to study food development and innovation.
Head of Sixth Form Nick Munn said: “I’m very proud of the young people and staff of New Mills School who have achieved their targets and beyond today.
“It’s vital that the year 13 get the grades they want, but we are also celebrating with our year 12 students who have received A/S grades today”.
Louise Banks was delighted to achieve four A grades, while Ella Hardwick Allen was awarded grades A, B, B, B and said: “I am thrilled with all my grades. I hope this keeps me well on the path to achieve my ambitions to go to university and then work internationally in cities like Paris”.
Another student, Lucy Emmet, was delighted to share her results of A, B, B with her mum Emily, who said: “I’m so pleased that she did so well after all her hard work!”