Students and staff were celebrating success this morning as the results were published following this summer’s final exams. These national exams were the first for three years as we return to normal following the Covid pandemic. Students at Holmes Chapel Sixth Form recorded a 100% success rate across all A Level examinations. Parents joined students and staff in creating a real buzz of excitement as the morning quickly unfolded.
Nigel Bielby, Executive Headteacher comments:
“We are really proud of the students receiving their results today, not least because they have all passed every exam that they sat and a significant number of them have achieved extraordinary outcomes. We have to remember that these students worked through the pandemic and had both their GCSE and A Level studies disrupted by school closures. They have shown themselves to be extremely hard working and resilient”
The students, who started to arrive at the college early this morning to receive their results, are now able to finalise their plans for the next stage of their personal journey. Teachers and senior school leaders were on hand to help the students take stock, analyse and interpret their results. After a very successful seven years at the school and Sixth Form College, It is always a genuine pleasure to watch so many students confirm their next steps in terms of university places, higher-level apprenticeships and employment opportunities. A number of students will work with college staff throughout the day to secure the vital offers which will open up the next stage of their educational careers.
Mr Bielby continued;
“Today is one of the most pivotal days in the education calendar, marking, as it does, one of the key transition points, not only in students’ educational careers but also, for some, the start of a new career pathway. Results days are a celebration of what individual students have achieved, and what they have been able to show that they have learnt and mastered.
Our students at Holmes Chapel have once again turned in some superb performances and I would like to praise them for how hard everyone has worked, over the past two years in particular, but also in the preceding five years. I would also like to place on record my personal thank you to the teachers and other staff who have worked together with our students to make this an outstanding environment for learning”
Students celebrating their success with Executive Headteacher Nigel Bielby
Left to right: Lawrence Manly, Theodore Castle, Riley Colan-Barnett, Nigel Bielby, Ben Carter, Heidi Clayton, Max Lavin, Laura Williams, Max Siniawski, Samantha Keys, Abi Burgess.
Lawrence Manly (A in Politics, A in Psychology, B in English Lit) is going to his first choice The University of Sheffield to study Politics and International Relations. Lawrence said: “I’m really proud and happy with my results. Online learning during Covid was hard but I kept myself motivated. I know if I kept working hard I would get the grades I needed.”
Theodore Castle is off to Aberystwyth University to study creative writing after achieving a B in theatre, C in english language and B in sociology. He feels his results were a great achievement considering these were his first exams since his SAT’s in year 6!
Heidi Clayton is also over the moon with her results as she achieved a B in history, C in philosophy and Distinction* in media studies. And is now off to The University of Hull to study American Studies.
Max Lavin (A* in Photography, D in Theatre and C in Computer Science) is heading to Brunel University London to study visual effects and motion graphics. He said: "I’m really happy with the A* because it’s something that I never thought I’d get in my time in school. "My results have got me to the place I need to be in so it’s perfect really."
Whilst a very happy trio who have all got the results they needed were Laura Williams (B in Business, Distinction* in Health & Social Care), Abi Burgess (B in Geography, 2 A’s in Psychology and Maths) and Samantha Keys (3 A’s in Maths, Biology and Chemistry).