DELIGHTED National Church Of England Academy in Hucknall had plenty to celebrate after its students achieved an outstanding 100% pass-rate in their A-level exams.
Eager pupils gathered at the Annesley Road school to discover their results. Did their hard work pay off or would they have to take stock and revise their plans?
There were scenes of delight and disappointment at schools up and down the country.
But at National, pupils and staff rejoiced in their results with every student who sat an exam achiving at least an E-grade.
There were some particularly outstanding performances across the board.
But two National students who stood out in particular were Jessica Simms, who received an A* grade for psychology, and Andrew Jowitt, who also achieved the top grade in technology.
Assistant principal Martyn Jobling said the school was delighted with its students’ performance.
“We are very pleased with our results this year,” said Mr Jobling. “The students have all worked hard to achieve a fantastic set of results.
“The results show continued improvement on previous years with a points score of 211 per entry — a rise of 11 points on last year.”
The National Academy achieved a pass rate above the national and county averages of 98% and 97.4% respectively.
Mr Jobling added: “The academy and staff are all very proud of these achievements and we wish the students all the best for their future, whether that be at university or in employment.”
The Post 16 centre also had students collecting their AS-level results on the same day, which give pupils an indication of their efforts so far after the first year of the two-year process.
Lauren Firman (17) is studying French, history and English and was pleased with her progress so far.
“I’m happy with the results,” said Lauren who picked up her gradings with fellow students Ana Bosano, Isaac Johnson and Tom Scarbro.
“I’m glad I can continue through to next year and looking forward to the final year.”
Isaac, who is hoping to study accounting at university, added: “I now need to carry on working hard to achieve the necessary my A-level results to get to the university of my choice.”