More than 1,000 students from Priestley College received their exam results in 2020 and looked forward to university, apprenticeships and employment.
Priestley Principal James Gresty said he felt inspired by the dedication shown by young people and tutors during a difficult time.
“It was a year like no other, but at Priestley we felt like we had a set of students like no other and we could not have been more proud of them,” he said.
“Alongside accessing remote learning, pastoral care and careers guidance during lockdown, they have also been supporting their families and friends and making valued contributions to their communities.”
Among those who impressed on results day was Meg Byrom who collected A*s in Geography and English and an A in Politics. She is now headed to Cambridge to study Politics.
“Going to Cambridge had never been on my radar until I joined Priestley,” she said. “Studying on programmes like The Graduate was so influential in my decision making and my tutors supported me all the way.”
Another student heading to Cambridge was former Sir Thomas Boteler pupil Damien Dooley who was heading to university to study Natural Sciences.
During his course he became best friends with Jordan Holdsworth as they shared every class. Both earned A*s in Chemistry and Maths, an A in Physics while Damien added another A* in the Extended Project while Jordan achieved an A.
“We met on the starter day at Priestley and then again on our first day and have been friends since,” said Jordan, who accepted a place at Warwick studying Maths.
Despite the uncertainty resulting from coronavirus Priestley students had extra reassurance thanks to taking AS-Levels at the end of Year 1, an option not available at other local colleges.
These results can be used as evidence for any student choosing to appeal the final grades, which have been determined by the Government’s standardisation process.
One of the students who was certain about his next step was former St Ambrose College pupil Greg Wilmot who got As in History, Economics and Politics, securing his Economics degree apprenticeship with the Civil Service.
Former Culcheth High pupil Hannah Gallier took home a triple distinction* in Art and Design and headed to Nottingham Trent University.
“I had a really good time at Priestley, I made a lot of friends and the teachers were really supportive,” she said.