Thursdays in mid-August are often times of great celebration at St Margaret’s, as students collect their exam results and bask in the glory of their often exceptional achievements.
And today was, from that point of view, no different. Our Year 13 students have once again achieved highly in their ‘A’-levels and BTECs, and the vast majority are now able to progress to the University, apprenticeship or job of their choice.
Mr Brierley, the Principal, commented: “It is fantastic to see so many of our students smiling and enjoying the fruits of their labours – and it is immensely gratifying for our staff too, all of whom have worked so hard to give each student the best possible start in their adult lives”.
But from every other point of view, today was very different from a ‘normal’ Results Day. Students were still invited into school to collect their results, but they had to queue in a socially-distanced manner – and almost the whole process took place outside. And of course, the students were collecting exam results for exams they never sat, thanks to the restrictions brought in to combat Covid-19. As Mr Brierley put it: “the virus may be small, but it’s certainly casting a big shadow over our Results Days”.
A Covid-safe Results Day wasn’t the only problem the school has had to wrestle with today, though. The Government’s late change to the Appeals process has only added to the hurdles we’ve had to face, and it’s still not clear how an appeal based on students’ Mock results will work. But for now, all are keen to ensure that St Margaret’s students rightly took their place centre-stage. Our Year 13s have achieved so much during their time here, and we are immensely proud of the contribution they’ve made to our wonderful St Margaret’s family.
All Year 13 students have a letter from the school with their results explaining choices they have and where to seek support if they need it.
We have also posted a guide from Ofqual HERE.