York A level results 2020 – as they happened
13 Aug 2020
Here’s how a very different A level day unfolded in York. Well done to all York’s amazing students!
York College: We applaud our students’ outstanding resilience, effort and commitment
The whole York College community is applauding the Class of 2020 “for demonstrating outstanding resilience, effort and commitment in their studies throughout the Covid-19 pandemic”.
Following the lockdown in March, York College students and staff adapted well to learning remotely, accessing online teaching sessions and independent teaching materials, delivered by tutors.
Students embraced the change in order to continue their studies and ultimately achieve their ambitions.
A college spokeswoman said: “With commitment and dedication, the students’ hard work is now enabling them to progress onto university, further training or employment, and they can look to the future with the qualification they originally set out to achieve before their lives were dramatically turned upside down.”
The hundreds of York College students excited to embark onto the next stage of their educational journey/careers includ:
Harry Walker is progressing to the University of Surrey to study Veterinary Science, having achieved Biology (A*), Maths (A*), Chemistry (A). Harry says: “In lockdown each subject tutor did what they could to make studying accessible, and I want to say a big thank you to them.”
Robbie Messenger is looking forward to taking a gap year before studying Physics at Lancaster University in 2021. (Physics (A*), Further Maths (A*), Maths (A*), Chemistry (A). Robbie says: “My tutors have been so supportive throughout the whole of my time at York College, and especially during lockdown. I’ve had a great time at College and now I’m looking forward to studying my favourite subject at university.”
Rebecca Edwards is going on to study Games Development at York St John University, having achieved a Distinction in Creative Media Level 3 at York College. Rebecca says: “’I’ve always been interested in Creative Media, and chose York College as the course offered more practical input and helped me to figure out which area I’d like to go into in the future. During lockdown I was able to access the software I needed at home, to work on my Final Major Project, and also had regular Teams meetings with my tutors.”
Matt Phillips is taking a gap year and wants to study Computer Science at university next year. He is delighted with his results; Maths (A*), Further Maths (A*), Computer Science (A). Matt says: “Overall, my experience at York College has been beyond what I expected. Lockdown happened so quickly and my tutors stepped up to the plate and just carried on teaching. I am so grateful for their support.”
Elysia Normanton is excited to study Medicine at the University of Birmingham having achieved fantastic results: Biology (A*), Chemistry (A), Maths (A). Elysia says: ““I chose York College as I was ready for a different, more mature environment which has allowed me the freedom to focus on what I’ve needed to work on. Studying through lockdown has been very different, but I’ve had regular contact with my tutors, which has really helped.”
Grace Clark will study Multimedia Journalism at the University of Salford, and then hopes to have a gap year before studying a Masters in Investigative Journalism. Grace is overjoyed with her results: Politics (A), Law (A), Religious Studies (A*) and an Extended Project Qualification (A*). She says: “Lockdown has been difficult, but the support from College has been amazing. My tutors were always there for me, I had regular online lectures in all my subjects, and even the option of doing addition lectures!”
The following students successfully secured their Oxbridge places this year:
Annie Brown will study Natural Sciences at Pembroke College, Cambridge. Annie achieved Physics (A*), Chemistry (A*), Maths (A*), Further Maths (A)
Keturah Sergeant will study Classical Archaeology & Ancient History at Balliol College, Oxford. Keturah achieved Ancient History (A), Late Medieval & Early Modern History (A*), Religious Studies (A*), Politics (A)
Leah Oates will study Modern Languages (French and Spanish) at St Edmund Hall, Oxford. Leah achieved French (A*), Spanish (A), and English Literature (A)
Following an unconditional offer last year, Eloise Peniston will study English Literature at Somerville College, Oxford. Eloise has taken a gap year following her A Levels in English Literature, Psychology, Drama & Theatre Studies.
York College principal: ‘There’s never been a more testing time to be nervously waiting for exam results’
York College chief executive and principal Lee Probert said today: “There’s never been a more testing time to be nervously waiting for exam results.
“Our results reflect the high-quality work of a skilled and dedicated staff team, navigating a complex process.
“I am enormously proud of how our staff and students have worked during the period of lockdown. Whilst there is a lot of noise about the process for determining grades, our collective priority is our students and supporting them to achieve their progression ambitions.
“These results are an important milestone in a student’s journey and we’re here to ensure that journey continues in a positive way.”
Huntington School: Excellent results in an extraordinary year
Year 13 at Huntington School have earned their excellent results, staff said.
“I am delighted for our students in this extraordinary year that so many of them have attained results which allow them to take the next step in their lives, whether that be into employment or onto university,” director of sixth form Chris Hardwell.
Head John Tomsett said:
Our young people have earned these excellent results after 13 years of hard work in schools.
The fact that the last three months of their school career were interrupted by the pandemic is immaterial to me.
It has been a tough, uncertain time for many of us. I just want our students to begin the next stage of their lives safe in the knowledge that their results are utterly well-deserved. I am hugely proud of every one of them.
He also thanked Huntington teachers “who have invested a huge amount of time in ensuring that these grades accurately reflect our students’ capabilities”.
The Mount School students reflect on their successes
The Mount School’s Hannah Walton-Hughes achieved straight A* grades.
Hannah said: “Today has been a really lovely reward because I couldn’t have asked for better results. It’s really nice to know my work paid off! I couldn’t have done this without The Mount and all the opportunities and support I’ve been given.”
Hannah is taking a gap year before going on to study English with Creative Writing at the University of Nottingham.
Alicia Lake who joined The Mount at the age of three, has always been creative and, from a young age, her desire has been to become a fashion designer.
Alicia’s love of art and design has been nurtured as she progressed through the School and has seen her win many design competitions.
Today she celebrates achieving an A* in her art A Level and an A in Art and Design (plus an A in Classics).
Alicia is especially happy as she is one step closer to her goal after earning a much-coveted place to study Fashion Design at Ravensbourne University in London.
Alicia said: “I’m really happy about my results, it’s a relief after everything that has happened with lockdown. Whenever I needed help, my teachers were always supportive.”
Sophie Lofthouse also celebrates achieving straight As, securing a place to study veterinary medicine at Nottingham University. “I love Biology, so Maths and Chemistry were the ones I was worried about. It’s like a dream come true! Veterinary Medicine is what I have wanted to do since I was seven, and now at last it feels like it’s tangible,” said Sophie.
Head of Sixth Form Michael Spiers summed up the day. “A socially distanced results day was a little unusual. However, it was wonderful to see the girls again and share their much-deserved success.”
Girls from The Mount School celebrate outstanding results
Girls from The Mount School York are celebrating outstanding A Level results today, said principal Adrienne Richmond.
She said she was tremendously proud of their achievements. “They have worked extremely hard over their two year A Level courses.
“Despite the unusual circumstances of the last few months and the cancellation of exams, in true Mount style the girls always remained upbeat and motivated.
“Throughout lockdown our dedicated staff provided girls with online lessons completing the course syllabuses. Girls then undertook extended study sessions designed to develop their study skills for university and beyond.
Most of the students will be taking up their places at university in a wide range destinations and courses including business, english, fashion design, geography, psychology and veterinary science.
Fulford School: Praise for ‘bright, engaged, caring and capable’ class of 2020
“We are extremely proud of the hard work and commitment demonstrated by our students,” said Steve Lewis, the head of Fulford School.
“This has been a difficult time for our young people. They have been asked to show fortitude and resilience in a changing climate.
“In amongst all the conversations around algorithms and the methodology of creating the exams results, it is important to keep their achievements across the whole of their school career central.
“They are a bright, engaged, caring and capable group of young people with vast potential. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to have them as part of our school community.”
He offered his congratulations and best wishes, adding: “We are delighted to celebrate their success over their time at Fulford School and we wish them well as they go to university, start apprenticeships and work or take up gap years.”