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A level and Professional and Technical Results 2020

Students received their 2020 A level results on 13 August. It has obviously been a difficult time for students, parents and teachers over the last six months. We are so proud of the resilience and positivity that our Year 13 students have shown in coping with the difficult circumstances that none of us could have predicted at the start of the year. Students have worked incredibly hard over the last 2 years and deserve the excellent grades that they have achieved. We wish students all the best and we are always here to support them with decisions about their exciting next steps.

Comment from Mr Hayes, Headteacher on Results Day:

Cumbrian schools are proud to serve our children, their families and the communities they come from. This year the situation with Covid 19 and the shutdown of schools in March makes this results day unique. The grades the students are receiving are the result of the national standardisation of centre assessed grades we submitted back in June. We hope that the students believe they have received grades that reflect their hard work and depth of learning throughout their courses. We congratulate them all on the manner in which they have coped in these quite extraordinary times.

The majority of students will be really pleased with their results and will have the grades to go onto to their anticipated destinations in September. We acknowledge that for some they may be disappointed and those students may wish to prove that they can do better in the Autumn exam series and it is essential that schools across Cumbria all support students to do that if they wish. It will be a challenge with the restrictions in place in September in schools but there will be a determination to make sure each individual student has every opportunity available to maximise their grades.

The DFE have cancelled Performance Tables for this year and there will be no amalgamated headline results published for schools, which is right and proper given the circumstances around the exams this year. There is no doubt that leaves the focus on those that really deserve it, the people we should all be congratulating; the students.

Head of Sixth Form, Miss Nelson said:

 Our students, the children of our wonderful county and schools are also more than the sum of their grades and so today we want to celebrate the individuals who have shone for all sorts of reasons.

I have never been more proud of a group of sixth form students than I have over the last 5 months. During the hardest periods of time, our students stepped up as volunteers and employees in key worker positions in care homes, and supermarkets to name just two roles, and showed the initiative to set up community support systems such as village book deliveries, and PPE production lines.

Celebrating just some of our students' amazing achievements:

 Victoria Handley is recognised for the highest progress in the year group, having attained an A in Philosophy and Ethics, B grades in Psychology and English, and an A grade in her Extended Project qualification. Victoria has been a key volunteer at Sandgate during her time in sixth form, listened to younger students reading, and organised form group charity drives, as well as holding down a part time job. Victoria goes on to study Philosophy at the University of Birmingham.

Jonah Aldridge has secured 3A*at A level in Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics, along with an A* in his Extended Project qualification. He has also contributed a huge amount to the school community in terms of drama and music productions, inter-county athletics, voluntary work at Oxfam, mentoring younger students and heading up a Terracycle sub-group for our Eco-committee. Jonah is going on to study Mathematics further at degree level at the University of Edinburgh.

Kate Matthews has worked extremely hard to complete 4 A levels in English, Drama, Maths and Geography to grades A*, A*, A and A respectively. Alongside this, Kate challenged herself to complete her Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and a World Challenge expedition. These each involved a huge amount of charity work and commitment to develop her skills and fitness levels, and to raise significant amounts of money. She has also been a key character in drama productions and become a British National Kata Champion. Kate follows her passion to study English Literature and Theatre Studies at the University of Leeds.

Rosie Berners-Lee came to us having achieved outstanding GCSE results at Settlebeck School, and has now attained three A* grades in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics. Rosie taught herself GCSE Mandarin to an A* standard and is currently learning the Accordion, whilst also practising and teaching Ballet. Rosie leaves us to study Biochemistry at St. Andrews.

Lucy Davies has a confirmed place to study Geography at Cambridge, and is now deciding whether to start in 2020 or 2021.  She had secured a Gap Year involving teaching Mathematics in Zambia, following on from her previous experience with Project Trust. Lucy has also completed her Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, a World Challenge expedition to India, participated in the NCS programme, and contributed to school and our wider community in so many ways.

Impressively, Harriet Barker has been recruited to attend Bradley University, Illinois as an international Golf player where she will study with a 100% academic and sport scholarship for an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science with Biology.

It only feels right that the last words should go to the students of the class of 2020.

“QKS has fantastic teaching and a very friendly environment to study in.” Nathan Young

“QKS always offers good support and is able to help you achieve what you want to achieve.” Kate Matthews

“QKS treat you like an adult – you get to be responsible for yourself.” Libby Roberts

“The extra-curricular opportunities are fantastic.” Emily Blythe

“QKS is a great stepping stone to any further education and allows you to play a more independent role in your education; it’s also a great opportunity to build friendships.” Jonah Aldridge