What a phenomenal group of young people received their GCSE results at Saltash Community School this morning. The disruption caused by the pandemic meant that they had to adapt to online learning, wear masks in their classrooms for months on end, and were not able to undertake the same range of practical activities as in previous years.  However, they were not deterred! They showed incredible resilience and adaptability along with a real desire to perform well across the range of assessments used to calculate their final grades. This cohort showed incredible maturity and tenacity and it has certainly paid off.

A huge shout-out must go to Lucy and Mia, our top performers, who each achieved eight grade 9s in their suite of results and to Daisy, Erin and Jack from our ARB who all achieved GCSE Art alongside their Entry Level Certificates in English, Maths, Science and PSHE.

Headteacher, Kate Littledyke, is immensely proud of the Year 11 students: “Not only have these students battled against the odds in such a difficult and disrupted year to achieve results of which they should be proud, but they have also shown incredible empathy and compassion to each other and their teachers over the course of the pandemic. I know the students will want to join me in thanking their teachers and support staff who have worked tirelessly to ensure that they have the skills and knowledge they need for their next steps.”

As Head of Careers, Emma Gue highlights that the students have had to be tenacious, proactive, and resilient in researching and gaining their post 16 offers this year. She comments: “I have been so impressed with how they have coped with continual changes in the application and interview processes for their post 16 choices. They have shown real confidence with unplanned changes like virtual interviews, open evenings, and tours, and have managed to secure offers within their areas of interest with a number of different providers. It has definitely been a challenging year to enter the world of work and apprenticeship-interested students have had to show more perseverance and endeavour than ever before in order to achieve apprenticeship places.”

Well, done to Aleesha, Amelia, and Becky who have secured apprenticeships in Healthcare, Business and Administration and Engineering and to Iestyn, Jack and Oscar who have secured apprenticeships with local businesses. Finally, to Theo who has an apprenticeship at Babcock and Aiden who has been accepted to join the Royal Navy as a weapons engineer.

Of course, we are looking forward to the vast majority of our students returning to our Sixth Form in a few weeks’ time.

Head of Year 11, Emma Metters paid tribute to her year group: “I am hugely and incredibly proud of our Year 11 students and would like to congratulate them all on their hard work.  Each and every one has experienced the most unprecedented disruption to their GCSE courses and has succeeded in the face of challenges that none of us could have predicted when they set out on their learning journey.  It has been a pleasure and a privilege to have worked with this group of incredible young people as they have moved through school.  Today, and these results, have been a credit to them: their resilience in the face of adversity; their tenacity in getting through to the end, and their motivation to succeed.  I would like to wish them all, as individuals, the very best of luck as they move forward to the next chapter of their lives.”