Bexhill students are celebrating strong GCSE results after a summer of uncertainty with the cancellation of their exams.
Pupils at Bexhill Academy and St Richard’s Catholic College had endured a tough school year due to the Covid-19 lockdown.
But they can now enjoy the rest of their holiday after the Department for Education announced they would receive teacher-predicted grades.
Doreen Cronin, principal at St Richard’s, said the Government’s decision had been greeted with relief by staff.
“I want to place on record my congratulations to the pupils and staff for all their endeavours over the GCSE courses and now wish Year 11 even greater success and happiness as they pursue their new courses at Sixth Forms and Colleges,” she said.
Miss Cronin acknowledged the difficulties experienced by pupils and parents/carers but insisted they wouldn’t allow lost learning to hold them back.
“I have no doubt that they will all go on to achieve great things, making an impact on society as well as accountability measures.,” she added.
Bexhill Academy also released a joint statement from Vicky Norris-Wright, the head of academy, and Catherine Davies, the executive principal.
“We salute every one of our students for their individual achievements over their time with us,” it stated. “We are proud of how they have conducted themselves and are delighted with the grades awarded that will launch them forwards to the next exciting phase of their success.”
The statement highlighted it was a “fabulous year group”, with a number of students receiving impressive Grade 9 qualifications in many subjects.
“We have been really impressed with the resilience and positive attitude the students have had over the last few months with both the pandemic and the unprecedented focus on the 2020 GCSE’s