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There were celebrations at Saint Benedict Catholic Voluntary Academy today after every student who applied to university gained a place.

Students achieved excellent results with the vast majority being awarded the same final result as their Centre Assessed Grade.

Plans were in place to support the small proportion of students who had their grades adjusted.

Staff were delighted to find out this morning that every student who had applied through UCAS had been offered a place at university.

Mr Gritton said: “We were delighted that all of our students who applied to university have been successful.

“They have worked incredibly hard, staying positive and focused after going through an extremely difficult time over the past few months.

“The most important thing now is that they can move onto the next phase of their education and they should be very proud of what they have achieved.”

David Kirkham, 18, achieved an A in Maths, an A* in English Literature, an A* in Religious Studies and an A* in Music Technology.

The teenager has secured a place at the prestigious Birmingham Conservatoire which only makes a handful of offers each year. He will study Music Technology and his dream is to become a music producer.

He said: “Initially I was a bit disappointed when I heard that the exams were going to be cancelled because I felt like I’d done a lot of work and I wanted to prove myself.

“I did feel fairly confident about my grades but I did get a bit worried when I heard what had happened with the grades in Scotland.

“I was pretty nervous last night and it took a long time to get to sleep. I was hoping to get As and Bs and I thought anything higher than that would be a bonus.”

Frantisek Bakota achieved an A* in Further Maths, an A* in Maths an A* in Physics and is hoping to go on and study at the University of Manchester to study Theoretical Physics.

He said: “I think when I heard the exams had been cancelled it was all a bit confusing after two years when everything was set in stone it all changed. I coped ok with it though and got a lot of support from my teachers. I carried on working at home and started preparing for university. I knew I had good mock results so I wasn’t too nervous and now I have my results I’m feeling relaxed.”

Head girl Bernisha Basram, 18, achieved a B in Psychology, an A* in Sociology and a B in Religious Studies.

She is going on to study Occupational Therapy at the University of Liverpool.

She said: “I just feel overwhelmed but in a good way. I was devastated when I heard that the exams were going to be cancelled as I thought that meant that all of my hard work was going to go down the drain. I couldn’t sleep last night but when I picked up my results I was ok because I thought there was nothing I could do, it was out of my control. I’ve always wanted to help people and my aim is to become an occupational therapist. I thought that would be a good choice because it incorporates the mental and physical side of health.”

Caitlin Lewis was given an early birthday present when she picked up her results today as the teenager is due to celebrate her 18th birthday on Monday.

She achieved an A in Chemistry, a B in Physics and an A in Maths and is going on to the University of Nottingham to study Chemistry and Molecular Physics.

She said: “There’s been so much uncertainty and I was very nervous a few weeks ago as I thought what if I don’t get what I need, I don’t really have a back up plan. I logged onto UCAS when I was in the car at 8am so I knew I had my place at university and that was a relief. I am thinking about going into research and maybe doing some teaching. I love teaching and I also love performing so what I’d really like to do is put the two together and have my own science TV show. Now I just have to work really hard at university!”

Sam Connolly achieved As in Maths and Geography and a B in Physics. He is going on to Bristol to study Environmental.

He said: “I was quite worried after the exams were cancelled. It felt a bit like we were in limbo because we didn’t know how the grades were going to be awarded. I’m really pleased with my grades.”

Mrs Robinson, Head of Sixth Form, said: “I’m incredibly proud of all of our students. It’s been a pleasure to work alongside them for two years and to watch their journey. They have worked so hard and deserve every success. I’m sure they will go on to achieve great things and I wish them the best of luck for a future.”

A Year 7 student has contributed to a worldwide global effort to raise funds for the World Health Organisation’s response to Coronavirus.

Romanii Elliott and mum Kheira Bamford joined thousands of singers from across the globe – both professional and amateur – to contribute to Judy Collins’ Global Virtual Choir.

Singers were asked to record audio/video of themselves singing along to singer-songwriter Judy’s version of Amazing Grace.

Every person who contributed is featured on a video which can be viewed here:

Alan Cumming, Judith Owen, Steve Earle, Madeleine Peyroux, Mandolin Orange, Tift Merritt are just some of the singers who participated in this Global Virtual Chorus event – plus internationally known choirs including The Sixteen, New York Choral Society and Soweto Gospel Choir.

All proceeds raised from this single will be going to the World Health Organisation Solidarity Response Fund:

Kheira said: “I had an email about the Global Virtual Choir and I knew that Romanii had been looking for something to do. She’d seen on the news about Captain Tom raising money for the NHS so the email came at just the right time.

“We had to learn a line from the song and video ourselves singing it. There were a lot of takes and we had to record it a few times.

“There are so many people on the video that we haven’t been able to spot ourselves but our names are on the credits at the end. The song is also available to buy from Apple and iTunes.

“We were nervous waiting for the video to come out but we were really pleased when we say it. Our part is in the third and fifth verses.

“We haven’t really been able to do anything physically to help so this was the one thing that we could have done.”