CELEBRATIONS were on the timetable for many Worcester students as the nervous wait for A-Level results came to an end.
Exam results were revealed with city students discovering whether they had secured the grades they needed to progress to life at university.
The pandemic saw all A-Level exams axed meaning the grades received on Tuesday (August 10) were based on in-school assessments.
Because of the pandemic, education chiefs at Worcestershire County Council supported by Worcestershire Children First have undertaken not to collect and publish school level data.
As a result, schools across the city were not required to release results for students and the school overall.
Staff at Christopher Whitehead Language College and Sixth Form shared images of students celebrating and a message which read: “Some super results! We’re so proud of you all”
Another strong set of results were produced at Worcester Sixth Form College and notable successes included Rebecca Sherwin who achieved A* grades in Physics, Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and the Extended Project and Josh Winfield who achieved A*s in Politics and Philosophy, Ethics and Religion and A grades in French and Spanish.
Madeleine Meredith achieved A*s in English Literature, History, Philosophy, Ethics and Religion and the Extended Project and Ella Hart who achieved A*s in English Language, History and Law and a B in the Extended Project.
Principal Ed Senior said: “Congratulations to all our students on the grades they have achieved. These reflect the significant effort, dedication and commitment of students and their teachers who have had to work harder than ever to overcome the uncertainty and disruption of the last two years.
“While it has been a challenge, our students have developed new skills and demonstrated resilience during periods of remote learning which will have prepared them extremely well for their next steps whether that is university, employment or an apprenticeship.
“I am proud of what our students have accomplished and am sure that they can look forward to continued success in the future and hope that they will keep in touch to inspire future students.”
RGS Worcester students walked away with an impressive set of results following a truncated year in school because of Covid.
Among the students celebrating are Will Osborne who achieved four A* and a place to read Mathematics at Oxford University while twins James and Malachy Larkin achieved six A grades between them.
Ben Sutton who played cricket for the England disability team in the World Cup before the pandemic achieved A*, A and B grades.
Headmaster John Pitt said it was ‘fantastic’ to see students celebrating after what he described a ‘challenging year’.
“They have done so well and we so very proud of them and the teachers who have done so much to support them.”
Usually A-level results are released mid-to-late August, but the important data has been moved forward slightly this year to allow students more time to appeal results.
King’s celebrated as its Upper Sixth pupils were rewarded after a two years of A Level study, with 84 per cent of pupils achieving their first choice University place.
Headmaster Gareth Doodes, said: “It has been an extremely successful day for King’s, and we are so proud of the achievements of our U6 pupils who are without doubt the finest group of kind and ambitious people one could meet.
“They have faced two years of disrupted study with determination and chutzpah, embracing new ways of learning whilst at the same time providing inspiring leadership to other year groups.
“Despite the peaks and troughs of last year, which encompassed the bright days of last September and the dark days of January, they have managed their studies with maturity and resilience.
“It is impossible to let this moment of celebration pass without reflecting upon the quite exceptional work of the teachers at King’s. They have gone above and beyond in providing extra help, tuition, and support. I am beyond proud of the entire community.”