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Students Celebrate GCSE and A-level Results – 90% of County School Sixth Formers Offered Uni Places

Published on: 15 Aug, 2021
Updated on: 15 Aug, 2021

By David Rose

Students along with their schools and colleges have been celebrating this year’s GSCE and A-level results, released in the past week.

Normal exams were replaced by teacher-set grades, and Guildford County School said it feels it has been able to give a “real experience to all of our students by hosting our own, internal exams series, which formed a key part of our assessment process this year”.

Nationally, fears have been expressed about “grade inflation” but Gavin Williamson the Education Secretary said students “deserve to be rewarded” following the pandemic disruption and said: “We do expect students to get better grades this year.”

Pictured above and below, GCSE students at Guildford County School celebrate their results.

Reflecting on its GCSE pupils and their results, the school’s head teacher, Steve Smith, said: “We are delighted to be able to congratulate the Year 11 class of 2021 for their fantastic results and also to wish them well as they move on to the next phase of their lives with our full support and our very best wishes for the future.

“For most, this will be here at Guildford County sixth form and we cannot wait to welcome them and a large number of external recruits, through the doors in September.”

The school says that deserving of special mention are Madeleine, Ella, Ellie, Daisy, Josh and Joseph who have all achieved outstanding individual results. The school is also tremendously proud of James, Ruby, Lili and Leonie who topped the value-added charts, achieving well above their individual target grades.

Around 90% of Guildford County School’s departing sixth-form students have been offered places at universities.

The school says it is very proud of Shannon, who has overcome many personal challenges throughout her school journey to shine in her sixth-form studies, securing a place on a business management degree course; to Olivia who is the first in her family to attend university and has flourished in her A-level studies; and to Millena who arrived at the school with English as her second language. The school says she has shown exceptional tenacity and dedication to secure a place studying marketing, also the first in her family to attend university.

Two have been offered places at Cambridge University. Rachel will study natural sciences, and Emily will study medicine. The school says it is tremendously proud of Chloe who has secured a place at the University of Bristol to study veterinary science and Charlie who will be studying music at the Royal College of Music in London.

The Department of Education is not compiling or publishing school performance figures this year, and Guildford County School says it will not at this stage be publishing school level performance figures for this summer.

At Guildford College, 380 GCSE students achieved a pass grade after studying English and / or maths at GCSE level. Many of its GCSE students are learners who need to retake maths, English or both, in order to continue in education or progress their career.

The college, that is part of the Activate Learning group, said these can include young people who are retaking their exams alongside studying their further education subjects or those who may have missed the chance to go to university first time round and want to study at degree level.

Nicky Secrett, an access to nursing student at Guildford College, celebrated passing her English GCSE.

Nicky Secrett, aged 50, an access to nursing student celebrated passing her English GCSE with a grade 7.  She will now study adult nursing at the University of Surrey, and said: “I am really happy to get this result today. It took a lot of hard work studying for a GCSE alongside my access course and it’s thanks to Guildford College that I can now pursue my lifelong ambition to have a career in nursing.”

Sophie Greaves-Hurd, 18, is a beauty therapy student at Guildford College. She said is delighted to have passed both her English and maths GCSE with grade 4, having sat them for the fourth time.

Sophie Greaves-Hurd celebrates passing her GCSEs.

Sophie added: “I am so relieved and proud of myself for persevering and passing my exams this year. I felt it really was my last chance and I worked so hard. This means I can now go on and study for a Level 3 in beauty therapy, which will mean that I can finally look forward to a career in the beauty industry.”

Jack Philipou, 19, achieved a grade 4 for his English GCSE and said: “I’m really proud of what I have achieved and I’m thankful to the staff at Guildford College for their support.”

The head of Guildford College, Neil Brookes, said: “Students have been through another extraordinary year. They have worked amazingly well in demonstrating their skills and knowledge in a variety of ways that will stand them in good stead for the next stage of their journey.

“To achieve what they have this year shows a level of grit and resilience like no other. We wish everyone collecting results today every success with their next steps.”

At Merrist Wood College in Worplesdon (also of the Activate Learning group), 267 GCSE students achieved a pass grade after studying English and/or maths.

Molly Newland, 19, has been studying for her GCSE English alongside her Level 2 horse care management course, and said: “I am so pleased and relieved to have finally passed my English GCSE. A big thank you goes to my English tutor, Sarah O’Mahoney, who was so supportive and gave me the confidence to persevere and study hard.”

Merrist Wood College’s Jo Manser, whose title is director of delivery, said: “I would like to congratulate our students on the grades they are receiving today, we know how hard many of you have worked for this and we are very proud of your achievements.”

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test One Response to Students Celebrate GCSE and A-level Results – 90% of County School Sixth Formers Offered Uni Places

  1. Peter Mills Reply

    August 15, 2021 at 12:17 pm

    Am I being cynical for thinking that any educational establishment that measures itself on student performance (grades), might (even subconsciously) offer grades that are higher than those that might have been obtained by sitting real exams?

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