A-levels 2021 have been like no other as these Fenland students can testify
It's been a year like no other but students across Fenland still managed to deliver the results they needed when it came to today's A-level results.
The Covid pandemic not only meant pupils spent much of the past 18 months learning online at home, but their success or failure was down to assessment rather than the usual formal exams.
Students at the Neale-Wade Academy in March described how difficult it had been for them to determine where they were in terms of grades and what they needed to do to secure their footing as they take their next steps.
No doubt teenagers up and down the country were facing a similar dilemma as they prepared for their A-levels without the usual end of studies exams.
Lukas Rothwell and his mates, Miles Brown, James Terrington, Elliott James and Levi Peynado were all breathing sighs of relief as their results were revealed and they had achieved what was required to ensure they could go on to their chosen university or in the case of Levi take on an apprenticeship with the police.
Lukas, who is off to study biomedical science at Suffolk Univeristy, said he had worried throughout the year as he tried to work out what he needed to do to make sure he achieved the grades he needed.
"It's been really hard, you hope that you are doing enough, but it has been difficult to know what the universities will be expecting and it has also been difficult for our teachers.
"All we could do was work hard and hope that we were doing the right thing."
Miles, who is off to De Montford University in Leicester to do mechanical engineering agreed, but he was delighted to receive a B and two CCs and said that was what he was expecting to achieve.
James is off to Loughborough to study aerospace engineering having achieve A* and two As, but he also agreed it had been a tough year for everyone.
"It really has been difficult to know what the results would be, but obviously I'm really pleased, and I got what I was expecting, which is great," he said.
Elliott, who is off to Anglia Ruskin in King's Lynn to do psycho sociology, attained ABC grades, and was equally relived to have achieved what was needed.
A spokesperson for Cambridgeshire Secondary Heads Group, said: “Students taking GCSE, AS and A-Levels regulated by Ofqual will this year be awarded grades based on an assessment by their teachers. Earlier this year the Government confirmed no performance data for schools will be published, as in 2020, because of the exceptional circumstances under which grades have been awarded.
“As the results are not comparable to previous years, Cambridgeshire secondary schools and colleges will not be able to publish school level performance data and will focus again on celebrating the successes of students whose hard work and dedication resulted in them securing a great outcome, given the challenges of the last year.”
Meanwhile fellow Neale-Wader Erin Anthony had a double whammy to face when it came to her studies.
Like everyone else she spent much of the time learning online but to add to her difficulties Erin also underwent major surgery in October to have part of her intestines removed, so she also had to contend with recovering from the operation.
So she was absolutely delighted with her results and is now heading to Edge Hill University in Lancashire where she will be studying law.
Her ultimate ambition is become a football agent, or failing that an international lawyer working in either America or Australia.
She said: "It has been a difficult time for me especially with the surgery, and I'm waiting to have another operation, so I'm really pleased with my results, I certainly did better than I expected."