Honiton Community College Sixth Form students are celebrating another year of great results. This is despite being unable to sit exams due to the coronavirus crisis.
Principal Glenn Smith said: "The overwhelming majority of awarded grades reflect the hard work and potential of our students.
"Individual results were well deserved; achieved through shear effort and dedication, together with plenty of resilience and stickability.
"A-Levels and BTECs are tough, and this year’s recipients deserve their excellent grades, just as much as any previous cohort. Although they did not get the opportunity to sit their exams, they have dealt with their own unique tests this year.
"Every student destined for university has secured their first choice. Consequently, we are extremely proud of the performance of the class of 2020.
"After an unprecedented year in education we must acknowledge the way our students have dealt with the challenges of coronavirus as well as all the uncertainty surrounding their grades. Mental health and wellbeing has been, and always will be, our priority."
Students were clearly excited about the future as reflected in the comments of a few individuals.
Nathan Paveley (A*AAA) said: “Surprised and pleased with the results I’ve been awarded and incredibly excited to study Physics at Cardiff University in September.
"This success is in no small part due to the education and support I received in Sixth Form. There is a constant sense of community and good humour in the centre and I leave with a heavy heart. I wish everyone all the best in their futures.”
Lauren Gavin (B,C,Dist) said: “Very proud to have been awarded the Reading List Foundation Scholarship and will make very good use of the £250 when I read Criminology at Plymouth university.
"I’m grateful for all the support and the inspiration I have received during my time in Sixth Form and now really looking forward to university life; the independence, meeting new people and continuing to learn.”
Luke Gouldson (A*A*A*A) said: “Thrilled by my results, which will allow me entrance to Southampton, my firm choice of university, to study English. I have loved my time at sixth form and intend to spend at least the next decade thanking my teachers for giving all their time and effort and, of course, celebrating.”
Tom Lilley (C,C,Dist) said: “I’m taking a gap year and starting my travels in Scotland, embarking on some volunteering. My time is sixth form and the opportunities that I had were amazing.
"The support that I received, in the build-up to my exams was outstanding. Thanks to everybody and I’m sure I’ll be back soon to let everyone know about my adventures!”
Sarah Johnson (ABC) said: “I have chosen to take a year out and go to Hartpury University in 2021 to study Bio-veterinary Science. I’m excited for the busy university life but my gap year will enable me to travel, work and take some time to relax.
"Sixth Form has enabled me to explore numerous pathways for my future and I have received continued support throughout my 2 years here.”
Oli Bright (ABBC) said: “I have university places waiting for me but am deciding to go into an accountancy apprenticeship in Cardiff. My time at sixth form has been brilliant, many laughs with my fellow students, with very supportive staff members encouraging me the whole way through my journey.”
Mr Smith continued: "I know every student will echo my sentiments when I praise staff here at the college.
"They’re a fabulous group of supportive and talented professionals, who provide bags of discretionary effort. Undoubtedly, staff are a significant ingredient in our recipe for sixth form success, year upon year.
"Post-16 studies are led and managed by Selena Burroughs and I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude, on behalf of all of our community, for the amazing job she does."
Selena Burroughs, Director of Post-16, stated: “I am delighted with the results that the students have achieved in this unique year of their education.
"From the moment they joined Sixth Form two years ago, they have channelled their energy and passion towards their subjects and although the formal exams were absent this summer, this should not distract from the fact that many had already achieved their final unit grades if following a BTEC Course, and the internal grades achieved in the rigorous assessments since they started with us that contributed towards their final awarded grade.
"These would not have been possible without continuous effort and knowledge being demonstrated by the students. They have been an absolute delight to have as part of our Sixth Form Community and leave a strong legacy of achievements behind them for the new students that are joining us in Post 16.
"They all have amazing journeys ahead of them, heading for university, apprenticeships, employment or taking in some worldwide travels (when permitted).
"We all wish them the best of luck with their next steps and congratulate them once again on everything they have achieved in this historic time.”