Happy tears at University Academy Long Sutton as students pick up their results
Tears of relief and joy were seen at University Academy Long Sutton (UALS) when months of waiting came to an end for GCSE students.
Principal Liam Davé said he was proud of this year's students and staff for their hardwork in challenging year.
He said: "Their achievements are excellent, but given the trials and tribulations that pupils have faced across the country over the last 18 months, makes this cohort’s achievements all that more remarkable.
"Since their return in March, Year 11 pupils were still engaging in learning, preparing for, and ultimately sitting numerous assessments that had been written in accordance with a stringent and robust moderation process; now pupils can finally enjoy the fruit of their labours.
"I would like to congratulate all of our Year 11 pupils for their hard work, not just during term time, but also for all of the extra hours they put into their studies; engagement in live streamed lessons during the periods of lockdown, attendance at Saturday school, Easter classes and indeed after school sessions was fantastic.
"Parents also deserve thanks for supporting these catch up mechanisms made available to our pupils. I wish all of our Year 11 leavers the very best for the next stage in their educational journey, and I wish them every success in the future."
Tears of joy were running down the face of 16-year-old Grace Pharro after opening up her envelope to discover she had a whopping seven Grade 9s, a Grade 8, a Grade 7 and a Grade 5.
A career in nursing beckons for Grace, who will be undertaking a health and social care BTEC in September.
She said: "I am over the moon and so happy. I wasn't expecting this. I guess that was down to not having confidence but to see it written down shows how hard work has paid off.
"I am really proud to have a Grade 9 in Physics.
"I like helping people so becoming a nurse fits my personality."
Finley Protherocross (16) is a step closer to fulfilling his dream of becoming a vet thanks to an excellent set of results.
The Sutton Bridge youngster has achieved a 9 in History along with four Grade 8s, two Grade 7s, a Grade 6 and a distinction*.
He said: "This is better than I was expecting - especially in History, I didn't expect to get that. I am really happy.
"I am probably most proud of my IT distiction*.
"It had a been a different year but I think I have preferred this system to exams as you have more of a chance to control your grades."
Finley will be studying A-Levels at the College of West Anglia and plans to go to university.
Kieron Wykes (16), of Tydd Gote, is thrilled with six Grade 8s, two Grade 7 along with a distinction** in IT.
He will be going to the College of West Anglia to study A-Levels.
Kieron said: "I did fairly well, it was what I was expecting."
Laid-back Lewis Maxwell is going to be joining the sixth form at University Academy Holbeach after securing three Grade 8s, a Grade 7, four Grade 6s.
Lewis (16), of Long Sutton, said: "I am disappointed with Grade 8 in Maths and I am not bothered about the rest."
Long Sutton teenager Libby Davies was overjoyed with her results, which included a 9 in English Language, 8 in English Literature - as were her family and friends.
The 16-year-old, who also received four Grade 6s and two Grade 5s and a distinction in Performing Art, will be joining the sixth form at Springwood Academy in King's Lynn.
Libby, who hopes to become a midwife, said: "I'm emotional. I am over the moon with my results."