PUPILS at a Marchington school are celebrating after receiving high standard in their entrance examinations.
Smallwood Manor Preparatory School saw all 20 year six pupils pass the entrance exams to Denstone College.
It also saw 12 pupils gaining academic, music, art or all-round scholarships or exhibitions.
To achieve entrance to Denstone College, every pupil must sit examinations in English, mathematics and science as well as undergo an interview with the senior members of staff including the headmaster.
The pupils who achieve the highest grades are then awarded scholarships or exhibitions.
Where applicable, pupils can also be assessed on their musical, artistic and sporting abilities and if successful will receive scholarships or exhibitions for tuition.
The exams saw four pupils achieve an all rounder scholarship, two pupils get an all rounder exhibition, two get an academic scholarship, two achieve an academic exhibition, one achieve a music exhibition and one get a academic scholarship and art exhibition.
Speaking about the pupils’ success, Mike Harrison, head teacher of Smallwood Manor said: “I am absolutely delighted to announce that a record 12 pupils have performed so well in their specialist areas that they have received awards.
“Each pupil performed superbly, and we can’t ask for more.
“I am incredibly proud of both the 12 pupils who achieved scholarships or exhibitions and the other year six pupils who passed their exams with flying colours.”
He added that he believes that the school’s success lies in the quality of its teaching and curriculum.
He said: “Our motto is that we don’t teach classes, we teach individual children – and I would also like to extend my thanks to the teaching staff for giving our pupils a rewarding environment in which to thrive.”
David Derbyshire, head teacher at Denstone College, remarked on the very high standards achieved in the exams by the Smallwood pupils.