After a tricky last 18 months, 230 GCSE Students collected their well-deserved results this morning.  With large numbers hoping to stay on into the Sixth Form, the pressure was on to secure the levels needed. Record numbers of students – such as these pictured – achieved top grades across the board but it is important to recognise today that every 16 year-old deserves recognition for what they have achieved.

Dr Ingate, Principal said  “if you had told me two years ago that these students  would have to cope with the pressures of a global pandemic, lockdowns and remote learning I would have not believed you.  However, here we are today celebrating a fantastic set of results meaning that every 16-year old should be able to successfully move on to their chosen next step, whether this is Sixth Form or FE College.   It is often said that adversity brings out the best in people and I have certainly witnessed this.  From a total commitment from their teachers to do their very best to ensure their classes performed well – through to absolute resilience and determination from these students to do their best.  They have been remarkable – putting up with uncertainty, government u-turns and the ebb and flow of a pernicious virus – always with a willingness to do the extraordinary – something that will put them in good stead with whatever life has to offer in the future.”     

“They should all feel a great sense of satisfaction today because that hard work has paid off.  Their GCSE Levels were carefully calculated from internal exams and controlled assignments as well as teacher assessments.  It was no surprise that our submissions and samples sent off to the exam boards for scrutiny checks were not changed or amended.”

Mr Stopps, Deputy Principal added “every member of Birchwood’s Class of 2021 should be very proud of their achievements as one chapter of their life closes and another one opens.  As well as congratulating the students we would also like to thank all of our parents and carers who have offered plenty of their own grit, determination and resilience in supporting their children to make the most of their education in what have been uniquely trying circumstances.  It has been a real team effort and both the Year 11 students and their teachers owe our parents and carers a debt of gratitude.  In overcoming adversity in the way they have I have no doubt that the Class of 2021 will go on to be decent, thoughtful and successful adults in their future adventures.  We wish them well.”

The final words go to Mr Phillips, their Head of Year, who added “I am so very proud of our year 11 students. They have come up against tremendous challenges and not been found wanting. Their resilience, perseverance and character are a credit to themselves, their parents and to Birchwood.”