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A-level students across five different schools within the Unity Schools Partnership picked up their results today. Here is all the reaction from school leaders…

Vicky Neale, Headteacher at County Upper School:

“We were delighted to welcome students safely into the school to collect their A-level results. The most important statistic in any year is how many students are able to go onto the destination of their choice. So I am delighted that all those progressing to apprenticeships or specialist colleges have had their places confirmed and that 95% learned this morning that they are off to university. I know they would want to join me in thanking the staff for all their help in making this possible. In this most unusual of years, I would like to pay tribute to our students in this year group. They have always embraced the ‘County way’ and involved themselves hugely in the all-round education we provide. They exemplify all that is good about young people and all the staff join me in wishing them the very best for their futures.”

Daisy Hopkins, Head of Sixth Form, Haverhill Community Sixth Form:

“Our Year 13 students have consistently impressed the staff at the sixth form with their resilience and dedication to their studies. Their hard work has paid off. All of our students who wanted a university place have got one, 91% of them at their first-choice university. We are proud of all of our students. They truly are a credit to our school and our local community and we wish them the very best of luck for the future that lies ahead of them.”

Emma Wilson-Downes, Headteacher, Felixstowe Academy:

“Students have worked incredibly hard and have continued to demonstrate our school values throughout this challenging period. We are delighted that this has been recognised in the results that they have achieved. We are so proud of each and every one of them and we have enjoyed sharing in their excitement today. We know they will go on to be great alumni of our school and be fabulous ambassadors for the school and the town in their future careers.”

Jodie Hassan, Headteacher, St Edward’s Academy:

“I would like to pay tribute to the resilience and hard work of all our A-level students during these unprecedented times. Our students have worked incredibly hard – they have been as dedicated as any group I have seen during my 25 years as a teacher. Through no fault of their own, the chance to sit their A-levels was taken from them just weeks before the exams. They have had to overcome obstacles that none of us could have predicted.
“With the support of our staff, who have worked tirelessly over the last few months, St Edward’s students have shown remarkable commitment to their studies.”

Wayne Lloyd, Headteacher, Thomas Gainsborough School:

“This has been an unprecedented situation. We are delighted for our students who have been successful in moving to the university of their choice. I would also like to pay tribute to my staff for all their support of our students during this time.”

Tim Coulson, Chief Executive, Unity Schools Partnership:

“We are proud that school staff had prepared the students sufficiently well, before the unforeseen cancellation of examinations, that they have still been able to achieve the necessary grades to go on to university and other further education.
“We wish them well and thank all our school staff for their excellent work throughout this period.”

Our students have worked incredibly hard – they have been as dedicated as any group I have seen during my 25 years as a teacher.