Students at Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy in Ilkeston are celebrating this year’s GCSE results.
The school had an overall pass rate of 93 per cent of pupils achieving 5 GCSEs at A* to G grade and 70 per cent of pupils achieved an A*-C grade in Maths.
Paige Collins was one of the school’s most successful student in vocational subjects as she achieved a Distinction* in her BTEC courses of Business, Art and Design and Sport, as well as achieving Bs in Maths, Statistics and English Literature and Cs in Science and English Language.
The 16-year-old said it was hard work doing all the subjects.
“It was a bit stressful when I had to do all the coursework for the BTECs and the exams. I was hoping that I would do well and I am so pleased that I have done.”
Hannah Hayes was delighted with her results too as she can now go on to do A levels – Law, Art, Business and Psychology.
“The exams were really hard, so although I hoped I had done ok I really wasn’t sure,” said Hannah.
Hannah achieved As in English Literature and Maths, Bs in RE, Additional Science and History and a C in Science, she also achieved a Distinction* in Art, C in Science and C in English Language BTECs.
Many pupils overcame difficulties to get their results including Beth Cotton, 16, who discovered she was dyslexic at the start of Year 11.
“I always knew there was something not quite right but wasn’t sure what it was,” said Beth.
“Dyslexia runs in our family so I wondered if I might be dyslexic so it was good to find out in the end.”
Beth got grade Cs in English, Maths and History and passed BTECs in Science, IT and Art.
“I didn’t think I would pass, I am really happy,” she said.
“I had lots of extra support from school with extra lessons, after school things and was allowed extra time in my exam.”
Beth is now planning to study Criminology, Health and Social Care and Art at OIEA’s Sixth Form in September.
Luke Hallam also excelled in his exams. The keen singer and drummer found he was dyslexic when he was in Year 9 and extra support at school has ensured he has got the grades to go to music college in Nottingham in September.
Luke (16) achieved B in Music, B in Science, B in Media Studies, C in Additional Science, C in Maths, C in English Language and D in English Literature.
“I love playing the drums and singing so I really wanted to go to music college, but I didn’t think I would do this well. I am really pleased. I had to work really hard, but it was worth it.”
Kaitlin Reilly has got the grades she needed to be able to go on to study Level 3 Childcare course at Derby College in September. The 16-year-old didn’t start at Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy until Year 9 as she had been at school in Long Eaton and Scotland prior to that.
“I didn’t think I would do that well as I used to mess around,” said Kaitlin. “I did work really hard towards the end of the year though as I wanted to do well.”
Kaitlin achieved a B in Media Studies and Cs in Drama, English Language, English Literature and Maths.
Principal Dave Smith said: “It is fantastic to see that the effort of staff and students has been rewarded. I was particularly pleased with students who achieved their potential with some individuals like Laura Ellington making huge amounts of progress in English and Maths.”