Students at Bilborough College are celebrating outstanding results, rewarding the huge effort they have made since the start of the pandemic. Students have had to adjust to learning by live-remote lessons during lockdowns to complete their courses while still demonstrating high levels of learning and understanding. As well as having to cope with the pressures and stresses of a pandemic, there have also been bubbles, self-isolation and Covid-testing to contend with, and the disappointment of cancelled exams – all of which have contributed to two challenging years of education.
All schools and colleges have used the Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs) methodology this year to reward students for their holistic performance over a range of pieces of work. Bilborough College students achieved the highest A-level ever pass rate this year of 99.8% and the highest ever proportion of A*-C grades of 82.6%. We also saw 100% pass rates on all our BTEC courses, rewarding the hard work and assignments completed by all our BTEC students.
David Shaw, Principal at Bilborough College, congratulated students on their results.
He said, “Along with the rest of the staff team here at Bilborough, I’m delighted that once again so many of our students have performed so well. This is one of the most important days of the year for us and when everyone has worked so hard in such challenging circumstances, it is great to see all the effort, dedication and hard work rewarded with excellent results. No one however should believe stories that UK students achieving grades in 2021 somehow had it easier this year than in other years. Teacher assessed grades offer us a much more accurate and substantial reflection of what students are capable of achieving rather than the snapshot of exams where sometimes people just have a bad day. As a consequence, overall results are up but there is no doubt that the grades achieved have been earned and there is solid evidence for them.
The college now has key staff available every day right through to the start of term for advice and guidance around results, UCAS, and next steps for students. We wish all the best to our students for their futures at university, on apprenticeships and in the workplace and are confident they are well equipped for a bright future.”