Our A level students are marking the end of their time at school today, with the publication of this year's A level results. Following the period of disruption through the pandemic and all the trials and tribulations that provided it is a delight to be able to report such a positive set of outcomes today. We knew that the grading of this year's A levels would be aligned with that of 2019, the last year before the pandemic began. Following the considerable debate about exam results in recent weeks we are delighted to be able to report that our cohort of year 13 students have achieved a set of outcomes that recognise their commitment and progress, and which enable them to progress to the next stage of their education. The headline statistic that 63% of qualifications were graded A*-A and 83% were graded A*-B should not, and cannot, be compared with any of the last three years' results. This year's students deserve great credit for their hard work over the course of their education, especially during the last 4 years. They did not sit GCSEs and experienced a good deal of disruption to their education. Despite this they have relished the opportunities - both academic and co-curricular - provided during the Sixth Form. As a result they have achieved a superb set of grades which demonstrate their intellectual prowess, their aspiration and their determination.

Headteacher, David Atkinson, said "It has been great to catch up with so many of our students this morning, and to join with them in recognising what they have achieved, individually and collectively. They have worked together to seize the opportunities presented during their time in the Sixth Form, especially after such a disrupted time earlier in their education. They deserve this moment in the limelight to celebrate how they have developed and the successes they have acheived. Thanks, too, to our dedicated and highly capable team of staff who have guided and challenged them through the last two years, and to the parents and families whose support is so important. We wish them all the very best for their next steps and look forward to hearing all about it in due course."