Today we are celebrating the A-level results of the class of 2021. It has been a sixth form journey like no other with unique challenges including periods of remote schooling for a significant part of students’ last two years of school.
Headmistress, Rebecca Dougall says: “After an extremely challenging year, I’m just very proud of our Upper Sixth and our staff. The students have done brilliantly and it’s now lovely to hear all of the excitement for university or gap years – the buzz sounds and feels normal and that is the biggest celebration of all”
For one student, Emily, this is the second year of receiving A-level results. After gaining three A-levels in 2020 – Geography, Psychology and DT – she realised that she wanted to study medicine and therefore would need to take A-level Biology and Chemistry. Emily reflected:
“The challenge of taking two additional A-levels in just one year has taught me how to work effectively. St Helen’s has really helped with this – from teachers always being helpful to effective exam techniques. Learning support since Year 9 has also helped massively including in the additional year of A-levels. St Helen’s culture and ethos that it’s okay to ask for help if you’re struggling is so unique and has really helped me learn.
The whole journey has taught me that wanting something so badly will give you the resilience to pursue your dream, and if you work hard enough you can get it! I have pushed myself and have become more confident as a whole person. And as a result, I’ll do something that I really want to do for the rest of my life.”
We’re so excited for Emily that she is now off to study medicine at the University of East Anglia in September.
The year group’s Head Girl, India, gained three A*s in Biology, Chemistry and Geography which has secured her a place to study Bioscience at Durham University. She said:
“Not in a million years did I think I would end up with these results. I couldn’t be more grateful for the support at St Helen’s over the full seven years here, there’s nothing like it! I came in as the typical shy girl in Year 7 and honestly can’t believe I’m here now, I couldn’t be more grateful.
In Lower Sixth, I was so surprised to be elected as Head Girl. Although some of the Head Girl tasks have had to be done online due to the pandemic, it has been a fantastic learning experience. Leading a group has helped so much with confidence and been a great steppingstone for potential leadership roles in the future.”
We now wish the very special class of 2021 all the best for the future on all their chosen pathways.
Learn more about St Helen's Sixth Form:
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