A level results day LIVE: Updates from West Sussex schools as students collect grades

Welcome to our live blog for Thursday, August 13, as A Level results day arrives – we will be bringing you all the latest news from West Sussex.

Thursday, 13th August 2020, 9:39 am
Results day

Stick with us for live updates from schools across West Sussex throughout the morning.

A level results day LIVE: Updates from West Sussex schools as students collect results

Last updated: Thursday, 13 August, 2020, 17:12

West Sussex County Council offers support

The county council is offering support to anyone who has not achieved the results they were hoping for this year. 

Career advisors are on hand to help young people consider the options that might be available in further education, employment or training.

Student is first in college to go to Oxbridge

A big congratulations to head girl Sophie Cook who has become Midhurst Rother College’s first student to gain a place at Oxbridge. 

 She is set to read law at Hertford College, University of Oxford.  

Chichester College student ‘over the moon’ with results

Chichester College student Vittoria Hambleton was delighted to achieve an A, A* and D in her A Levels. 

She said: "I'm very happy. I woke up this morning with loads of text messages from my friends saying 'oh, I didn't get in to university or I've not got the grades I wanted' but this is better than I was expecting so I'm very happy.

"I was expecting to come in with a D and two Bs and so getting an A* and an A I'm very over the moon with."

Jumping for joy at Chichester Free School

This photo sums up the feeling at a school in Chichester this morning.

Despite much confusion across the country over how results are being calculated, students at Chichester Free School told our reporter of their delight at their achievements.  

Cranleigh School headteacher ‘deeply sorry’ for students who could not take exams as planned

A-level results at Cranleigh School are ‘mainly consistent with expected levels of achievement’, according to the headmaster, who said he was ‘deeply sorry’ that students could not take their exams as planned after working so hard. 

Almost 40 per cent of students gained A*/A in two or more subjects.

‘Tears of relief’ at the Sir Robert Woodard Academy in Lancing

There were tears of relief at the Sir Robert Woodard Academy in Lancing today as students received their results. 

Despite the new system leaving many pupils across the country disappointed, there were still many notable successes.

“It’s been extremely stressful” - says student heading to Oxbridge

Megan Porter from the Sir Robert Woodard Academy in Lancing was ‘really excited’ to secure her place at Oxford University to study French with A grades in French and English Literature.

She said she had cried tears of relief when she got her results, but admitted the truncated school year had not been plain sailing.

“It’s been extremely stressful to not have any control over our grades,” she said, and added the long wait for results had been challenging

Felpham Community College students share their results

Students at Felpham Community College were pleased to find out their grades this morning after an anxious wait. 

Isabelle Saunders, who achieved an A* in English, an A in Biology and an A in Chemistry, said: “I was really nervous with the results due to watching the media and what happened in Scotland with results, however I have got on my course and I am going to Bristol University to do Medicine so I can become a Doctor.”


Hannah Clark, who achieved Maths A*, Biology B, Chemistry A, Extended Project A*, said: “I’m really pleased with my results especially as I worked so hard. I’m going to Southampton University to take Maths and Actuarial Science.”

Feeling disappointed about your results? This is what to do

While many young people are celebrating getting their results today, others will certainly be feeling disappointed after months of uncertainty about their exams. 

Childline said it delivered 1,121 counselling sessions with young people over exam stresses between April and July 2020. 

They told counsellors they were feeling overwhelmed that their exams had been cancelled, were struggling with the uncertainty and felt robbed of the chance to sit their exams. Others regretted not taking their mocks more seriously.

Childline has issued the following advice for anyone struggling today. 

Wendy Robinson, head of services at Childline, said: "It’s vital that children remember their grades do not define them and there are still plenty of options for them. 

"Childline has advice for children and parents and carers to help them during these uncertain times.

"If you don’t feel the grade reflects your child’s ability speak to the school about retaking the exam this autumn. Or make an appeal about how the grade was decided. 

"Look at other courses, training programmes and apprenticeships. Speak to the university they’ve applied to – they might be flexible. And don’t forget there’s always the clearing process.

"If your child finds it hard to talk about their results be patient and supportive until they feel ready. 

"Encourage them to take their time and think about what they want to do next. Write down a list of pros and cons.

“If they’re finding it hard to talk they can contact Childline for free, confidential support and advice on 0800 1111 or www.childline.org.uk.”

Paralympics disappointment for Bognor Regis student

For The Angmering School student Louis Saunders, from Bognor Regis, the pandemic not only affected his A levels - it also stopped him competing in the Paralympics in Tokyo.  

The 18-year-old boccia player, who is on Team GB, still managed to get an A* in Biology, having spread his studies over three years so he could train for the games.  

He said: “Now I’m focused on performing my best at the 2021 games, and getting the grades really helps me do that by taking the stress away.”  

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