RESULTS DAY: A-level round-up across Sefton
Teenagers across Sefton celebrated their A-level results today after a pandemic-disrupted year brought record numbers of As and A*s.
Almost half of all results nationally were either A or A* this year, as schools relied on teacher assessments to avoid the chaos caused by 2020’s moderating algorithm.
Schools in Sefton were no exception to the national trend. At Hugh Baird College in Litherland, more than 50% of students scored results between A* and B while 99.7% passed.
One of the top performers was Callum Bliss, whose brother Richard drowned in the Mersey two years ago while studying for a business degree at the University of Liverpool.
The boys’ dad Keith said he had been “inspired by his brother to do better”, and he too will pursue a business degree.
Callum said: “It’s been hard, but when you’re so motivated you can just focus and do anything.”
Another stand-out student at Hugh Baird was Mia Hankinson who, like many this year, has chosen to study medicine after securing three A*s.
She said: “It’s been a tough two years for everyone and it’s nice to see that literal blood, sweat and tears are paying off, although I find it hard to believe still.
“I’ve spent more time out of college than in college, but to be going to uni at the end of it doesn’t feel real.”
There was also success for students planning to study biomedical sciences, with Theresa Irabor securing a place at King’s College London and Ellie Burns off to Manchester with hopes of eventually doing a PhD.
Joe Poole, assistant principal at Hugh Baird College, said: “Young people are sometimes labelled as having a lack of resilience, but this is definitely not the case with this group of students. What they have achieved over the last two years is remarkable and I am so proud of them.
“They have dealt with multiple lockdowns, remote learning, and a huge amount of disruption to their sixth form experience. Yet here they are collecting their incredible results today.
“It’s so nice to see so many happy and smiling faces, they really do deserve the grades they have achieved.”
In Southport, there were more celebrations at Christ The King High School, where head of sixth form Helen Cunningham said: “It has been a hectic 18 months and as a sixth form we have navigated through a lot of change, we’ve rebranded, we’ve got a fantastic intake of students joining us for next year and to see the students today happy and proud of their results is what you come into the job for.
“We’re really proud of our students, and the staff as well who have worked incredibly hard to keep them motivated”
Head girl Zusanna Semeniuk, who is going to study communications and media at Liverpool after securing an A and two Bs, added: “I’m very excited. At first it was stressful getting used to learning through the internet but then once we got used to it we could email our teachers asking questions and they’d answer immediately.”
At Formby High School, staff said there had been a noticeable increase in students going to study engineering and, perhaps inspired by the NHS’ performance in the pandemic, medicine.
Headteacher Dominic Mackenzie said: “Whilst many students would have preferred to sit examinations, they should feel pleased with all they have achieved and excited about what lies ahead. Success is a team effort and thanks must go to their teachers and parents who have provided great teaching, and calm guidance and reassurance along the way.
“Take a bow, Year 13. Your achievements are commendable and we have enjoyed you being part of the FHS community along the way. Best wishes for your continued success.”
Words: Chris McKeon, Local Democracy Reporter
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