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Students in North Yorkshire received their A-level, BTEC and T-level results today after sitting their first formal exams since the Covid-19 pandemic.

For the past two years, summer exams have not taken place and instead, students have been awarded grades calculated by their teachers. Despite the disruption to education brought about by the pandemic, there is much to celebrate across North Yorkshire.

At Settle College in North Craven, headteacher Gareth Whitaker said: “This Year 13 have had to adapt to periods of online learning during Year 12 and didn’t have the experience of sitting formal GCSE exams, before taking A-levels in national exam conditions. They have had to be incredibly adaptable and resilient in responding to the national disruption the pandemic bought.

“I saw all the determination and hard work the students and all the staff were putting in and today has been testament to that.

“We’re overjoyed at how well the students have done. The number of students who got their first place was fantastic.”

Settle College is a rural secondary school in North Craven which has just 650 pupils and 80 students in its sixth form.

Head girl Louisa Bullock received a distinction star in her BTEC in Business, along with a C in psychology, D in biology and an A in her EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) for which she chose to research fast fashion and climate change. She will be going to her first choice university of Northumbria to study International Business Management.

She said: “This was the first time since I sat my SATs at 14 that I had sat formal exams. A-levels was a big step but I’m overjoyed at my results.”

Harry Wills will be going to Lancaster University to study particle physics and cosmology after getting an A* in maths; A* in chemistry; A in further maths and A in physics.

He said: “It feels great to get the results I wanted after all that hard work. It was a lot of work, but I would recommend to anyone taking on four A-levels to just keep working!”

Harry Murfin decided to study A-levels after being inspired by the subject of geography and will be pursuing his dream of studying physical geography at Northumbria University and hopefully pursue a career in meteorology. He received a distinction star in his IT BTEC; a merit in Business BTEC and a B in geography.

He said: “You have to cram a lot into two years, but I can’t believe it’s all over now.”

Director of children and young people’s services, Stuart Carlton said; “Young people across North Yorkshire are to be congratulated on their A-level results this year.

“Our students have shown great resilience in the face of significant challenge and deserve credit and every success as they move to the next stage of their education, employment or training.

“If you did not get the results you wanted, there are still plenty of options. Talk to your family and school about your next steps and explore the opportunities available through clearing.”

Assistant director for education and skills, Amanda Newbold said;  “I wish all our students receiving their results today well as they take the next steps on their education journey, or in to training or employment. 

“We recognise that for many young people this year has been their first experience of public examinations and so I would also like to thank our schools and colleges for their exceptional work and for the care and support they have offered to this cohort of students during a very challenging time for young people.”

Councillor Annabel Wilkinson, executive member for education and skills, said: “I would like to offer my congratulations to all young people in North Yorkshire who are receiving their A-level, BTEC and T-level results today.

“Our young people have work tirelessly for two years under challenging circumstances; their hard work and determination has been inspirational and they should be very proud of themselves. Well deserved credit also to their families and teachers for supporting them.

“I wish everyone the very best for their next steps and longer term futures.”

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