Students Celebrate A Level Success at John Cleveland Sixth Form Centre

JC6 students and staff celebrated A Level and Level 3 BTEC result success on Thursday 13th August. Although the day was slightly different to previous years, with students arriving at designated times and wearing masks inside the building, staff made sure that the social distancing didn’t put a dampener on celebrating success.

This year, students have confirmed places at Universities including Oxford, Birmingham, Liverpool and Exeter and will be setting off in September to study a vast array of courses, from Film Production and Maths, to Motorsport Engineering and Professional Policing, while many other students are starting the next exciting chapter in their lives by planning to take part in industry-based apprenticeships.

Caitlin celebrated on Thursday after she was accepted at Oxford University to study Experimental Psychology. Her results included an A* in Psychology, A* in Sociology and an A* in her Extended Project Qualification. She was extremely happy with her results, commenting, “I am gob smacked, amazed and delighted with my results, I am so looking forward to studying at New College!” Talking about her experience at JC6, she added, “I have received a massive amount of support from JC6, including work on my personal statement and mock Oxbridge interviews, along with a lot of advice. I have really enjoyed everything about my time at JC6 and would like to say a big thank you to all the amazing staff at JC6 who have helped me.”

Planning to do a Degree Apprenticeship in Technology at the University of Birmingham, to gain a degree in Computer Science and two years’ experience in industry, Rhys was extremely happy with his results, but sad his time at JC6 had come to an end, “I have loved my time at JC6. All the staff are extremely helpful, whether you need help with revision or just someone to talk to, they are always there. Teachers have played a big part in helping me achieve these results, they really made me focus on my studies at the beginning of Year 13. I’m sure anyone else would really love studying at JC6 as much as I have!” 

Another JC6 student planning to follow an apprenticeship route is Katie, whose results included an A* in Sociology and an A in Media said, “I am really happy with my results. Now, due to the current circumstances, my plan for next year is to work full time until applications open up again for apprenticeships in Project Management.” She added, “There have always been opportunities for help – teachers go above and beyond and if you need to talk to them they are there. During lockdown I have been receiving help from my teachers via email and in a time of uncertainty they have been really positive which is what I needed.” 

Reilly is one of the many JC6 students this year who are moving onto study a Science degree following finding success at JC6. Reilly achieved As in Biology, Chemistry and Maths and an A* in his Extended Project Qualification, has been accepted onto his first-choice course and University, expressing, “I am very happy with my results and excited about my next step after being accepted onto the Micro Biology course at the University of Manchester. After I complete my degree I am planning to study for a Masters, spend some time travelling and pursue a career as a Virologist. 

All staff at JC6 have been great, especially those in the Science department. They were so helpful and supportive when I had questions, even in their spare time when they put on additional after school classes or spent extra time sharing revision techniques. The JC6 team have definitely helped me to achieve.”

Head of JC6, Janet Paterson said, “We are very proud of our students, not only for all of their hard work during their time in JC6, but also for the considerable resilience they have shown throughout this difficult time, though all the changes to their plans, uncertainty about results and concerns about how exams would be awarded. They deserve great credit for both the results they get and for the great character which they continue to show. 

We wish them every success now as they move on to the next stage in their lives, into employment, apprenticeships and onto further study.” 

As well as celebrating A level and BTEC success, JC6 have also been delighted to hear of the successes of their former students graduating from University this Summer across the country: so many of them have achieved at the highest level, including Georgie Moore who graduated with a First in History from Cambridge University; Isaac Peace with a First in Mathematics from Birmingham University; Sarah Parkin with a First in French and English from Oxford.

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