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Students at The Blue Coat School have been celebrating their A-Level results today, marking the culmination of two years of hard work and dedication to their studies despite all of the disruption caused by the pandemic.

Scilla Yates, Headteacher, said: “There is no denying that it has been a challenging couple of years for our students, who have had to adapt to all of the additional hurdles they have faced during the pandemic and throughout most of their Sixth Form years.

“I could not be prouder of what they have achieved. The resilience and determination that they have shown has been remarkable, and I am delighted to see that our students have secured grades that they truly deserve. There has been some amazing achievement and success.

“Our students will now go on to some exceptional university courses, higher apprenticeships and employment, and I know they all have bright futures ahead of them.”

Among the smiling faces was Finlay Whitton, who achieved 4 A* in Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths and Latin. He will go on to study Maths at the University of Durham. In addition to his studies, Finlay has also run 100s of miles to raise funds for charities during the last year – including running four miles, every four hours for 48 hours for Papyrus UK Suicide Prevention.

Finlay said: “Mental health in young people has been a real issue during the pandemic, and I wanted to do something to support charities that would help.

“I was absolutely delighted to secure the grades that I have. The school has been incredibly supportive during the last two years – the teachers have been so proactive in helping and supporting us.”

Jennifer Nolan also secured 4 A*s and will be heading to Kings College London to study Dentistry. “I have loved my time at school, and have got to take part in so many things alongside my studies. Whatever I have needed, the teachers have been there at a drop of a hat to help me.”

Oliver Merriman, Head Boy, will be heading to Gonville and Caius College at the University of Cambridge to read Spanish and German. He said: “I am elated to get these grades. 3 A*s was always my aim, but I have worried if I could achieve it because of the uncertainty of the pandemic.

“Not knowing what was going to happen the next day, because someone you sit next to may have tested positive or because of a new Government announcement, has been really challenging and has always weighed heavily on my mind. My family always support me, and teachers really do dedicate their time.”

Ms Yates added: “I also want to applaud the families of our students. Helping our young people through their studies during a pandemic has been a real partnership – and more than ever before I think that our community should take a moment to acknowledge the collective efforts of everyone who has supported our talented and inspirational students.”

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