Archbishop Holgate’s School said today: “We are delighted by the achievements of our Year 11 students and extremely proud of their collective efforts in the face of the unprecedented challenges they have faced this year.
“It is great to see that their hard work, commitment and potential have been rightly recognised and rewarded with an excellent set of GCSE outcomes that build on the outstanding performance the school has achieved over the previous three years.”
Headteacher Andrew Daly said: “I remember how difficult it was when myself and my colleagues in the Year 11 team spoke to the year group for the final time before lockdown.
“We saw it dawn on the student’s faces that despite all their hard work, they might not actually get to sit their GCSE exams.
“At the time we reminded them (just as we did Year 13) that the measure of their success and development is much more than examination results, that both individually and collectively they have consistently embodied the school values and that they are young people of considerable character.
“While all of this remains true, I am delighted and relieved that they will now be appropriately rewarded for their efforts and move forward with both the qualities and qualifications for the next stage of their own personal journey.”
Head of Year 11 Alex Arthur said: “The Year 11 students this year have been faced with an incredible amount of uncertainty over these past five months.
“Today, I am delighted to welcome back our Year 11 students into school for the first time since the school closure, and together we can begin to put the trepidations behind us and celebrate their incredible hard work and achievement.
“The grades students have received, based on their teacher predictions, are recognition of their hard work and dedication over the past year, and they demonstrate the potential that we see in each individual within the year group.
“On behalf of the Year 11 pastoral team, it has been a privilege to have supported students throughout this incredibly turbulent year.
“They have lived our school values of Justice, Compassion, Forgiveness and Trust into being every day, and are finishing the year as well-rounded young men and women.”