After a difficult last 18-months, 120 A-Level Students collected their well-deserved results this morning. With record numbers moving on to university, the pressure was on to secure the grades needed. It was, therefore, extremely uplifting to see every student moving on to their chosen degree course including securing places at Oxford University, Cambridge University and Medical School.

Dr Ingate, Principal said “This group of students have been through so much disruption due to the pandemic and yet they have shown great resilience and tenacity to achieve results that will make them and their families proud. Even during lockdown and the period of remote learning, they all attended their virtual lessons and completed work on time. The ‘A-Team’ photo below shows some of our many students who achieved A grades across the board, but this should not detract from everyone feeling delighted with what they have achieved.”

“They should all feel a great sense of satisfaction today because that hard work has paid off. Their grades were carefully calculated from internal exams and controlled assignments as well as teacher assessments and I was very impressed with the rigour and professionalism of their teachers. It was no surprise that our submissions and samples sent off to the exam boards for scrutiny checks were not changed or amended. I really hope that their next steps will not be disrupted and that their degree courses, higher apprenticeships or jobs work out well – they must keep in touch!”

Mr Torrance, Head of Sixth Form added “I am really pleased for all the students – some amazing results that are thoroughly well-deserved. They have had so many disruptions during their journey in Sixth Form, and during the whole process they have all shown adaptability. This is probably the best word that describes this year group. They adapted to circuit breaks, isolations as well as further lockdowns, which were incredibly stressful! And they adapted to all the changes around examinations and assessments with such maturity for which they should all be commended!”

“Without question, through all these adaptations they will have built a real sense of resilience that will serve them well in the future. During all these moments, they have cared for each other and built some brilliant friendships that will last for many years to come. I would also like to mention the amazing staff that have worked so hard during their studies, to ensure that their journey was as smooth as possible.”

In the words of the U.S. rapper Jay-Z, ‘the genius thing we did was, we did not give up.’

Today, we should ‘give it up’ for these 120 amazing young geniuses.