STUDENTS from Backwell School have been receiving their A level and vocational subject results this morning (Thursday, August 17).

Staff from the school have congratulated pupils for their fantastic results and for continuing to work hard, despite the post-pandemic challenges they faced.

After four years of significant disruption to their education, these students have taken exams that have been marked ‘normally’ - at the same level as the 2019 cohort, the last year of results before the pandemic.

Many students have had their university places confirmed and are looking forward to moving away from home and embarking on a new journey.

Others have secured valuable apprenticeships and other training offers.

Headteacher of the school, Jon Nunes, said: “We are incredibly proud of our year 13 students, who have met the huge challenges they have faced over the last few years with positivity and determination.

"We are looking forward to following their progress as they embark on an exciting new chapter in their lives at university, in training and employment, in many cases preceded by wonderfully exotic travel plans.

"Congratulations to all our leavers and thanks to parents/carers and Backwell staff for the support and expertise you have given them.”

Head of Sixth Form, Rose Haywood said: “The Sixth Form Team are delighted to celebrate the achievements of our students.

"Support and guidance for future plans will be available on an ongoing basis for those who want help or advice. We wish them all the very best of luck for their next steps.”

If you didn't get the grades you needed, don't worry. 

Dr Nick Smith, course director and founder of The Oxford Open Learning Trust, has shared some words of wisdom on what to do next.

He said: “For those who don’t receive the grades they had initially hoped for, there are a number of options available to help them achieve their future goals. 

“We know it can be a stressful time, so the first thing to do is look at the UCAS clearing systems, as this will show you which institutions have places available.

"Many institutions will still be accepting students, so have a look on the UCAS website or give them a quick call to check if your course is on offer elsewhere."