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Birchwood High School A-level and BTEC results: Record number moving on to first-choice universities, apprenticeships or employment

Jubilant sixth-form students have been collecting their A-level and Level 3 BTEC results from Birchwood High School in Bishop’s Stortford this morning (Thursday, August 17).

The head of the Parsonage Lane secondary, Dr Chris Ingate, said that a record number of students were moving on to first-choice universities, apprenticeships or employment.

The school expects every sixth-form leaver to move on to their chosen post-18 pathway over the next few days.

Collecting exam results at Birchwood High School
Collecting exam results at Birchwood High School

Dr Ingate, who is about to retire, said: “After the chaos of their GCSEs due to the pandemic, this cohort of sixth-form students has done really well and should feel rightly proud of their achievements.

“I would rather not single out certain students for exceptional performances as every one of our Year 13 students has had different stories to tell over the last four years.

“Our sixth form prides itself on not only its academic results but also our pastoral support and enrichment opportunities. It was clear to me, when I attended their leavers’ prom, that they had all worked hard and enjoyed their time in the sixth form, making new friends and developing into responsible and caring young adults. I wish them well with the next stage of their lives.”

Birchwood High School’s retiring principal Dr Chris Ingate. Pic: Vikki Lince
Birchwood High School’s retiring principal Dr Chris Ingate. Pic: Vikki Lince

Ian Torrance, head of sixth form, added: “I would like to congratulate the class of 2023 – some very pleasing results across the board. We are all very proud of the caring and wonderful bunch they have become and I have no doubt they will continue to be in the future.

“The last two years have really been about navigating back to the norm, which for everyone has been a challenge and a real adjustment period.

“They have all tried their very best to do this, along with leading the younger students within the Birchwood community, which they have done fantastically. They should be very proud of their achievements.”

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