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Covid-19 proves to be no barrier to the success and progression of Launceston College Sixth Form students

Despite the Covid-19 enforced lockdowns and the much-publicised disruption to education over the last 18 months, Sixth Form students at Launceston College have once again achieved outstanding A level success this year with over 30% of those seeking to go to university achieving places at prestigious Russell Group universities. Principal Jenn Burn said “I am absolutely delighted that in the highly unusual and unique set of circumstances that we find ourselves in, the students at Launceston College Sixth Form have been well rewarded for the years of hard work and effort. The grades the students have achieved have been well earned and reflect their endeavour and commitment to their studies. We wish them the very best as they travel to some of the most prestigious universities in the world or on to their first steps in some exciting career opportunities.”

Students have been very successful in their attempts to get into their chosen universities with 90% gaining places at their first choices. Six students have achieved the remarkable results of A* grades in all their chosen A levels. These students now have exciting futures ahead of them with Maisy Barrow securing a place at Oxford University to study Biochemistry, Jess Larkum winning a much-coveted place at Dundee University to study Medicine, Alice Barriball gaining a place at the University of Bath to study Architecture, both Evie Asman and Luiseach Gillespie securing places at Manchester University to study Biomedical Science and Neuroscience respectively, and Alex Widgery who is going to study Mathematics at Exeter University.

Other high attaining students included Harry Japes who achieved two A*s and one A grade to secure his place at UCL (University College London) to study Geography.

Steve Rush, Head of Sixth Form, said “For our students to achieve such remarkable results after an unprecedented two years of disrupted study speaks volumes for their resilience and determination to succeed. In many ways these students are more prepared than ever before to take on the challenges that will come their way as they move towards the next exciting stages of their careers. I am just so very proud of all them all and once again Launceston College students have demonstrated that they can compete with the very best having been rewarded with some fantastic opportunities at either top universities or following apprenticeship and employment pathways. I look forward to watching their careers flourish as these amazing young adults make their impact on the world. I would like to give recognition to the parents, carers and families for the help and support that they have given the students over the last two years and in addition, this year, I’d also like to say a very public thank you to all the staff at Launceston College who have also faced significant challenges in order to make sure that our students received the grades that they so deserved.”