For pupils across the country and around the world, 2020 has been one of the most challenging years in education, and beyond. As with all of the difficulties they have encountered, Westholme students have risen magnificently to the emotional challenges posed by the cancellation of their examinations. In the context of the latest announcement from the Government and Ofqual we once again congratulate our Upper Sixth on their achievements, and celebrate not only the hard work each one has put in over their time at Westholme, but also their resourcefulness, their resilience and their wider contribution towards School life.
Principal Lynne Horner, said “I want to pay huge tribute to all of the students in our leaving Upper Sixth for their commitment and contribution to learning, which has been a great example for our younger pupils; they have given so much to our school and to our wider community. I feel very fortunate to have had such a positive, diverse and committed group of young people in our school. I know that many were frustrated that they were denied the opportunity to sit their examinations, and to demonstrate their academic achievement in the usual way, but we could not be prouder of how they have handled the challenges they have encountered this year. Their collective results are very impressive, and are testament to the talent, dedication and togetherness of this fantastic year group.
“Whilst school has come to an end for these students and we are supporting them fully throughout the challenges created by last minute policy changes and guidance. We are looking ahead and focusing on next steps. As is the case every year, our staff will continue to support and advise them as they prepare for the next stage of their lives. Universities are understandably reeling and adjusting to the roller coaster of changes encountered over the last week and more. We are on hand to help with any questions that our students and their parents might have.
“Despite the very strong results received by our Upper Sixth leavers this year, and in light of the ongoing complexities, we have decided it would be inappropriate to share headline figures as previously, and the many individual success stories that are contained therein.
“With the grading process this year being so radically different, it no longer feels right to laud our collective results or make comparisons to previous years’ results, favourable as this would be. This takes nothing away from the endeavours and achievements of our students who have combined hard work with their natural talent, to overcome the difficulties presented and achieve so well this year. I could not be prouder of them. Nor does this take away from the collective efforts of our dedicated and professional teachers who have inspired and supported our students throughout.”