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Birchwood High School A-levels: Adaptability key as all 120 students secure their chosen further education courses



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Every A-level student at Birchwood High School has secured their chosen further education course with results revealed on Tuesday (August 10).

At the Parsonage Lane secondary in Bishop's Stortford, 120 youngsters received their grades and are now moving onto further education at institutions including Oxford and Cambridge universities and medical school.

Their principal, Dr Chris Ingate, 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.

Birchwood High School principal Dr Chris Ingate. Picture: Vikki Lince (50068168)
Birchwood High School principal Dr Chris Ingate. Picture: Vikki Lince (50068168)

"Even during lockdown and the period of remote learning, they all attended their virtual lessons and completed work on time.

"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.

Birchwood High School's A-team - just some of the students who achieved a clean sweep of A grades (50069261)
Birchwood High School's A-team - just some of the students who achieved a clean sweep of A grades (50069261)

"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!"

Ian Torrance, Birchwood's head of sixth form, added: "I'm really pleased for all the students – some amazing results that are thoroughly well deserved.

"They've had so many disruptions during their journey in sixth form, and during the whole process they've 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, which they should all be commended for.

"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."

The school summed up their spirit quoting US rapper Jay-Z: "The genius thing we did was, we did not give up."



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