Another successful year of A-Level results despite pandemic’s difficulties
Students across Telford and Wrekin have been celebrating after receiving their A-Level results today (10 August)
For the second year in a row, A-Level grades have been teacher-assessed, after exams were cancelled due to school closures and disruption to teaching caused by the pandemic.
This year’s grades have been determined from a wide “range of evidence” including mock exams, coursework, essays and in-class tests.
The borough continues to have a high proportion of students who have passed their ‘A’ Levels and other equivalent qualifications, a credit to the hard work undertaken by students and staff in another challenging year.
Telford College is celebrating another improved set of A Level results, outperforming the national average and including a record-breaking percentage of high grades.
The college’s 7th Form has seen an overall 11% rise in high grades this year, with 100% pass rates across three quarters of its curriculum areas, including English language and literature, further maths, physics, biology, chemistry, geography, economics, business studies, law, psychology, and computer science.
At Newport Girls High School this year, 85% of A-levels were graded A*-B with 65% of these A*-A. 34 students achieved all of their A-level results graded A* or A and the school maintained its pass rate of 100%.
Michael Scott, Headteacher at Newport Girls High School paid tribute to the class of 2021 and their teachers:
“When this cohort moved into Year 12, no-one could have foreseen the difficulties they would have to face in three national lockdowns.
“The resolve of our Year 13s to battle on regardless and to continue producing work of exceptional quality is why we are delighted to be celebrating with them today.
“Their teachers have also gone way above and beyond what would normally be expected to grade and moderate set pieces of work.”
Michelle Salter, Telford and Wrekin Virtual School Headteacher for Children in Care said:
“After an exceptionally challenging year in education, our Children in Care have worked to the absolute best of their ability and their results are a reflection of the hard work and effort they put into their assessments.
Our Year 13s are off into adulthood with a strong set of results behind them – many are continuing in further education, with some young people off to university to start their journey into higher education. We also have a number of young people successfully engaged in employment through the Kickstart programme.
Well done to all our young people who have dreamed, believed and achieved!”
Madeley Academy were also delighted with the outcomes for their students with many managing to secure a place at their first choice university.
Councillor Shirley Reynolds, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Education, said: “Congratulations to all students, everyone should be very proud of the results achieved.
“A big Thank You to all our staff in schools and colleges for their continuous hard work and support to our young people in another challenging year caused by the pandemic.
“I am very pleased to say that our borough continues to have a high proportion of students who have passed A-Levels or equivalent qualifications, with improvements being seen on last year’s results.
“I wish all students the best of luck with their future, whether they enter higher education or the world of work.
“For anyone who needs information, advice and guidance on career and future planning, our FutureFocus service can support."
The Council provides FutureFocus as a service offering career advice and guidance to anyone up to 19 years old and offers a drop-in service at Southwater One, Monday to Friday, 10am – 5pm..
FutureFocus can be contacted on 01952 388988 or via the “Contact us” page on the Telford Job Box website at www.telfordjobbox.co.uk, on Twitter @telfordjobbox or Facebook/telfordjobbox.
Photo: Students at Telford College on A-Levels results day 2021
Photo credit: Telford College