University Success

University Success for many at St Michael's

A great number of St Michael's students were celebrating last Thursday at gaining their first choice place at university - including some of the most difficult universities to get in to, such as Oxford and Cambridge. This was an unusual year, with the lockdown and the cancelling of examinations, but these students studied hard during Year 12 and until lockdown in Year 13 - and impressed their teachers such that they were predicted to do well this summer - and their hard work was rewarded.

On Monday morning I wrote to parents to ask them to write to their MP in order to persuade the government to change its mind and award the Centre Assessed Grades to students - by the end of the day the government had finally seen the light and made this change. This has improved the prospects of many of our students.

A significant number of students were disappointed by their grades last Thursday as 45% of teacher assessments had been downgraded - and this prevented them from gaining their first preference place at university - but now many will experience a greater chance of accessing the course of their choice for next year.

It has been a week like no other - some of our students have been riding an emotional rollercoaster since last Thursday and I hope that all will now be able to settle down to planning their next stage in life. I wish them all good fortune and happiness.

Michael Stimpson

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