Bodmin College Students Celebrate GCSE Success

There were smiles and celebrations at Bodmin College yesterday as students received their long-awaited GCSE results.

The Covid-19 pandemic brought disappointment and frustration to students earlier this year as they missed out on the traditional milestone celebrations of Leavers’ Day and the Prom. Summer exams were cancelled and sudden changes made by the DfE and Ofqual in the way results would be awarded led to confusion and frustration, but today students were welcomed back to the school site for the first time in almost 5 months – to scenes of excitement – to collect results, leavers’ hoodies, photo souvenirs and to share stories of success.

Principal Emmie Seward-Adams said “it’s more important than ever this year to celebrate and recognise the achievements of these fantastic young people. It’s been wonderful to see their nervous expressions melt into to smiles and tears of joy and relief. We’re exceptionally proud of them all. Not only have they endured months of lockdown and the disappointment of missing traditional celebrations but now they’ve had the added anxiety caused by so many last minute changes to the results process. They have shown incredible positivity and resilience. They have achieved truly fantastic results, and after 11 years of hard work they really deserve to celebrate these absolutely superb results.”

Amy was one of the year group’s highest achieving students, recording an impressive 5 grade 9s in English Language, Maths, Geography, RE and French along with 4 grade 8s in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Further Maths. William celebrated 6 grade 9s in Maths, Further Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Geography along with an 8 in English Language and 6s in English Literature, Photography and Graphics, both are thrilled to have secured the Sixth Form courses they were hoping for at Bodmin College.

Sunny, Finn, Faye and Amy also celebrated exceptional results with grade 8s and 9s in English, Maths, Science and EBacc subjects. Perran, Simona and Isaac were all amongst the top students for progress and attainment, with Joanna, Callum and Morgan achieving the highest levels of progress.

William opened his results with friend Isaac; both ecstatic to see that all their dedication and hard work had been worthwhile. “It’s been such a rollercoaster, I can’t quite believe it! Thank you so so much for all the support, it’s made everything more manageable and this is just the best!”

Ethan is still awaiting BTEC results but celebrated achieving grade 9 in Maths, 8s in all 3 sciences as well as Geography and 7s in English and ICT. Ethan nervously opened his results with friend Ben, both exclaiming with delight as their achieved the results they had hoped for. Both go on to study at Bodmin College Sixth Form.

Students in the Greenfield Unit, also achieved excellent results in Science and English especially with Errol, Ben and George securing top results.

Nationally, there has been much conjecture regarding the inflation of centre-assessed grades but Principal Emmie Seward-Adams says, “these grades have been very carefully calculated and reflect years of hard work from students and staff; it’s important to remember that of course CAGs may be higher for some because the factors that affect students on exam day have been mitigated. Exams can so easily be affected by an isolated incident on the day, heightened anxiety, missed or misread questions – even a spilt cup of tea on the morning of an exam can have an adverse effect that can lead to undeserved disappointment! The CAGs present a bigger picture and have absolutely been hard earned and truly deserved. I would like to personally congratulate everyone involved for their incredible effort and dedication resulting in these amazing achievements. Our students and staff are a credit to our school.”

Ms. Seward-Adams added, “Our students have more than earned an enjoyable summer break, and I would like to wish them a restful final few weeks ahead of their new pathways in September. We’re excited to be welcoming back so many to our Sixth Form and for those going on to apprenticeships or elsewhere we wish them the very best of luck for the future.

This year has also seen record numbers of new students applying for a place at Bodmin College Sixth Form which offers an excellent and unique academic, vocational, creative and sporting curriculum, hard-working staff coupled with superb facilities – and of course the friendly sense of community.”

Bodmin College will hold a Sixth Form enrolment day in its Sixth Form Centre on Friday 21st August with appointments and drop in sessions from 9am, where both current and prospective students are welcome to come and learn more about enrolling at Bodmin College Sixth Form. To find out more or to access help and advice, please contact KET@bodmincollege.co.uk