A-level results 2021: Harington School pupils celebrate results
Pupils at Harington School are celebrating outstanding A-level results today, with more than 40 per cent of all grades achieved at A* or A standard.
This year, A-level grades were based on teacher assessments due to the significant disruption to learning due to the covid pandemic.
John Harrison, headteacher, said: “I am really proud of the achievements of all our pupils who have worked closely with the teaching staff over the last two years to achieve some really impressive results.
"Staff worked tirelessly to ensure that pupils received excellent support throughout their time at the school.
"Pupils are now entering into a really diverse range of courses in which I am sure they will excel."
Eleven students, Alice Burton, Daniel Law, William Marsh, Oliver Nash, Sasha Newby, Adam O’Brien, Holly Perril, Spencer Sampson, Jenny Sharpe, Sevede Tavasli and Bethany Treadwell, all achieved at least three A*s in their subjects.
Pupils have secured places on courses at some of the most competitive universities in the country.
Adam O’Brien who is studying civil engineering at the University of Bath said: “The teachers were incredible and the level of support we have received throughout has been great. I will be sorry to leave but I am really looking forward to next year.”
Catherine Uff who will study foundation art next year added: “Despite the challenges of the pandemic I have thoroughly enjoyed our time at Harington and made some great friends.
"I am looking forward to the next stage of my education.”
While university places are still being confirmed, the school is anticipating that nearly fifty per cent of all pupils will have secured the grades required to take up a place at a prestigious Russell Group university.
Pupils leaving the school will be studying a really diverse range of courses including Environmental Sciences, Robotics, International Development, Urban Planning and Meteorology along with the popular options of Engineering, Law and Psychology.
Daniel and William Law who are studying engineering at Sheffield and Leeds said: “We enjoyed the extra-curricular activities on offer at Harington particularly music.
"Harington provided an excellent opportunity by offering the Gold Duke of Edinburgh award, we really enjoyed the experience and it taught us resilience and determination which helped us with our A-level results.”
This year a number of pupils have applied for and accessed degree apprenticeships with companies such as Ernst Young, Grant Thornton, XPS Pensions and BAE.
Cameron Jones, who has secured a submarine testing and commissioning engineering apprenticeship at BAE, said: “The school was very supportive in assisting me with my application for the apprenticeship at BAE.
"I had decided before I joined Harington that I did not want to go to university and wanted to secure an apprenticeship."