A* grades for Breaston resident and former Sandiacre Friesland student

Published on: Thursday, 15th August 2019
Ethan Lee jumps for joy after receiving his results

The largest cohort of A level students for several years collected examination results at Derby College Group’s Joseph Wright Centre.

Just over 733 students sat A level examinations at DCG’s post-16 Academic and Arts college in the city this summer.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects scored significant increases in higher grades including Chemistry with 55% of students gaining A*/A/B grades which is a 10% increase on last year.

Other subject areas celebrating higher grades include modern languages such as Italian and Spanish as well as Film Studies and Media.

Furthermore, 16 subjects available for students at JWC scored 100% pass rate.

Head of The Joseph Wright Centre Stacey Adams said: “We are very pleased with the overall strong pass rate and particularly the increases in higher grades achieved for several key aspects of the A level curriculum.

“Once again, the breadth and flexibility of subject options has enabled students to choose subjects that they enjoy, which is reflected in their grades.

“This will give them the widest options to progress onto the next stage of their lives whether that be higher education, apprenticeships or the world of work.”

Among the students celebrating was Ethan Lee (19) from Breaston who gained A* grades across the board in English Language, Psychology and Sociology.  Ethan is a former pupil at Friesland School and is now going to the University of Nottingham to study Cognitive Neuro Science and Psychology with the aim of a;l career in research into autism.  He said: “I am at another level of relieved and thrilled with my results.  I have had a great experience at College and can’t thank the staff enough.”

Ethan was part of the College’s pioneering Peer Mentor programme – supporting fellow students – in line with his passion for equality – and was presented with a Peak Award this summer by the College for his achievements.

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