On A level results day this week, sixth form students across County Durham were praised for their dedication and resilience during the coronavirus pandemic.
Durham County Council recognises that students receiving their results this year have experienced unprecedented challenges, including two lockdowns and periods in between in which many students are likely to have had to self-isolate because of coronavirus and the resulting safety measures.
As a result of the unprecedented times in which students have sat their A levels, a system of teacher assessment was introduced in lieu of public exams and designed to be flexible enough to take into account such a challenging period.
In County Durham, the average grade achieved at A level is a B plus and the average Applied General and Tech Level result is a Distinction.
Cllr Ted Henderson, Durham County Council’s Cabinet member for children and young people’s services said: “We are incredibly proud of everyone who has received their A level results today.
“It has been such a challenging two years for our students and I would like to congratulate them for showing such resilience in applying themselves to their studies and the assessment process, as well as coping with the pressures of the ongoing pandemic.
“Whatever grades you received, please be assured that we are working hard to ensure there are opportunities for you to follow your dreams in County Durham as we recover from the impact of the pandemic. Support is available, and I would encourage anyone who is unhappy to seek it out. It is more important than ever that we look after out mental health and wellbeing.”
Cllr Henderson has also praised the enormous efforts of school staff across the county, adding: “This has been an immensely challenging time for schools and colleges, which have had to adapt quickly to implement new arrangements in such a short space of time. They have worked so diligently to give their students grades that are fair and accurate.
“We are so grateful to all education providers for their hard work and commitment to children and young people in County Durham.
“While there are still challenges ahead, we will do everything in our power to support schools and colleges when the new academic year begins.”
Students who did not receive the grades they hoped for and those looking for careers advice can find out about the council’s adult learning and employability courses at www.durham.gov.uk/adultlearning.