College students say pleasure ranges ‘by way of the roof’ after getting A-level outcomes

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tudents at Peter Symonds School in Winchester have spoken of their excessive “pleasure ranges” as they acquired their examination outcomes regardless of dealing with the disruptions of pandemic lockdowns.

John Diedrick, 18, from Winchester, Hampshire, has secured a spot to check aerospace engineering on the College of Birmingham having gained A* grades in geography, maths and his Prolonged Venture Qualification (EPQ) with an A in physics.

He stated: “My pleasure ranges are actually excessive, I’m simply relieved that I’ve obtained the grades and I’ve all of the choices open to me.

“I’m very excited to maneuver out of residence and be unbiased and examine a full course on issues I’m excited by.

John Diedrick appears to be like at his A-level outcomes alongside principal Sara Russell at Peter Symonds School (Andrew Matthews/PA) / PA Wire

“I used to be actually nervous that I may not get the grades as a result of aerospace is admittedly aggressive, it’s only a reduction that each one the onerous work I’ve performed over the previous two years has paid off.

“My motivation was low throughout lockdown, my productiveness wasn’t nice however once we got here again I actually obtained my head down and refocused.

“There have been so many distractions in lockdown, on-line studying was a bit tough and lots of people struggled.”

Leonie Rowe, 18, from close to Romsey, goes to check classics at Durham having achieved A* grades in Latin, classics and EPQ with an A in historical past.

She stated mock exams had helped her put together for the exams as her yr had missed out on sitting exams for his or her GCSEs.

{The teenager} stated: “It was onerous to start with as half was on-line and it was a wrestle to make mates however this yr obtained a lot better and the faculty has been actually useful, having individuals to speak to, they even introduced in a mini zoo to assist us take care of stress.”

On her outcomes, she added: “I’m actually comfortable, it’s so good to have it confirmed and know I’m going someplace in September, it’s a very nice feeling.”

Leyna McQuillin, 18, from Salisbury, Wiltshire, gained a double distinction star Btec in IT and a B in psychology A-level and can go on to check a level in e-sports at Staffordshire College.

Leyna McQuillin, left, appears to be like at her outcomes on her cellphone along with her mom Michelle McQuillin (Andrew Matthews/PA) / PA Wire

She stated: “I’m very proud of my outcomes, I can’t complain as I’ve my place already confirmed, there have been rumours they had been marking harshly however I’ve performed alright.”

Ms McQuillin stated she struggled to clarify her diploma option to her dad and mom’ era, and added: “I say it’s just like the previous Pac-Man tournaments the place individuals would compete to set document scores however these days it’s with higher arcade machines.”

She defined it may result in a variety of profession choices, together with operating occasions, broadcasting and creating aggressive groups.

She added: “My pleasure ranges are by way of the roof.”

Nikita Howard, 18, from Whitchurch, achieved a distinction within the new T-level of childcare and training.

She stated: “It was good expertise, it was a half placement so I realized what it could be like within the classroom.”

Nikita Howard, left, and Skye Paterson share their outcomes for his or her T-levels (Andrew Matthews/PA) / PA Wire

Skye Paterson, 18, from Winchester, who achieved the identical outcome on the identical course and can go on to check training research and early childhood at Winchester, stated: “I actually preferred it as a result of we did placement and work within the classroom and my academics had been actually supportive.”

The move fee for A-levels at Peter Symonds School this yr was 99%, with 40% of the grades awarded being at A* or A.

The proportion of A*, A and B was 67%.

Principal Sara Russell stated: “This yr group has had an academic expertise like no different – the primary to have its GCSE exams cancelled, and the primary to be requested to take a seat full A-level examinations, and all types of Covid preparations to navigate in between.

“In opposition to a nationwide drop in A-level efficiency, we’re proud that we now have bucked this development and our college students’ grades are as excessive as final yr: certainly, the proportion of A* grades has truly elevated, with virtually 1,000 securing this prime grade.”


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