Our UCAS process – related to university applications – is now swinging through as we clarify predicted grades and support students with their choices and personal statements as they plot their way forward in life.

Our Sixth Form team is leading our staff through reviewing student progress, seeking a balance to the applications and making sure staff comments all tally well on the school reference.

Elsewhere, we are supporting students applying for elite courses, such s at Oxbridge and subjects like medicine.

Our recent extra Year 13 Partnership Evening mapped out the current challenges in terms of changing grade boundaries and risks with university accommodation associated with missing first choices. Undoubtedly, whilst the context is difficult, our students are well prepared and with parental support as well there is every chance of success.

We have our Year 13 Mocks just shortly after half-term and these will be a formal chance to learn where the gaps are so that teachers can help students to close them before the real thing in the Summer.

Helen Barratt, Assistant Headteacher, said: “We have a robust process and look at every child as an individual to ensure that they have the best possible chance of getting an offer and then secure the grades to obtain the place. We are already excited about hearing the first offers roll in.”