Bridgnorth Endowed’s class of 2020 is celebrating an outstanding set of GCSE results with a mixture of joy and relief, following an unprecedented period of school disruption.
These are students who came into the year looking forward to a significant educational milestone, only to find the usual rites of passage wiped out by COVID-19 in an instant.
However, teachers have praised their perseverance as they continued working diligently during the lockdown to provide further evidence to prove their attainment and fill any study gaps.
Thankfully, their significant efforts have been rewarded with some exceptional grades, allowing them to take the all-important next steps towards their post-16 education or training choices.
This year’s school leavers are now poised to study a range of courses at popular destinations, including Shrewsbury Colleges Group, King Edward’s in Stourbridge, Thomas Telford Sixth Form and Telford College.
Among the successes at Bridgnorth Endowed was star student, James Litchfield, who achieved an impressive eight Grade 9s and one Grade 8, with plans to move on to King Edward’s in September.
Special congratulations also go to Anthony Simpson, who is due to study A Level French, Chemistry, Biology and Psychology at Thomas Telford, after gaining four Grade 9s and five Grade 8s.
Mae Cates-Walters scored top marks across all subjects, and will go on to study A Level Maths, Economics and German at Thomas Telford, whilst classmate Jessica Chance is heading to Old Swinford Hospital to take English Literature, Psychology and PE.
Amelia Reynolds achieved four 9s, two 8s and three 7s, and Fabian Stallard-Gorton, who also received an excellent set of results, is off to King Edward’s to study A Levels in Maths, Chemistry and PE.
Other inspiring stories include Lucy Leith, who has secured a highly sought-after place at Birmingham’s BOA Academy to study Performing Arts, and horse-enthusiast, Elle Brickley, who will do A Levels at Shrewsbury with ambitions of becoming an equine vet.
A small group of students will be embarking on a variety of exciting apprenticeship opportunities, such as Alfie Edwards, who will train with Shrewsbury-based gunmaker Midlands Gun Services while completing an engineering qualification at The Marches.
Headteacher, Mr Worth, comments: “I am exceptionally proud of our Year 11s for the positive way they have conducted themselves, despite missing out on so much in their final year of school.”
“I’d also like to give my heartfelt thanks to our teaching staff who have worked extremely hard, and endured many sleepless nights, to make sure they got the right results for each student.”
Highlights: A Day of Celebration