York leaders praise students’ A level success after ‘incredibly challenging period’

City of York Council education leaders today praised the hard work and dedication of A level students across the city.

This year’s results have been based on mock exams and coursework rather than the usual formal examinations because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Cllr Ian Cuthbertson, the executive member for children, young people and education, said: “I want to offer my sincere congratulations to everyone who has received their results today.

“We all know that pupils have once more had to continue their studies through an incredibly challenging period of disruption and uncertainty. The resilience and determination of our students is a credit to them, their families and carers; it’s also a great tribute to the teaching staff who have supported, challenged and encouraged them.

“I hope that these hard-earned qualifications will enable the young people to take the next stage on their skills development journey, whether that’s in work, further or higher education or some other opportunity. I wish each one of them the very best of luck for the next stage of their journey.”

Amanda Hatton, corporate director of people, said: “I take my hat off to each and every student who has faced this challenge; I’m immensely grateful to all their parents and carers who have supported them and, of course I thank all those hard-working teachers and staff who have gone above and beyond in exceptional circumstances.

“Congratulations to you all, and most especially to the students for staying the course in these extraordinary times.”