For QMC Results Day has always been a day of celebration, seeing students open their results with friends and celebrate their achievements after working so hard. This year is different in so many ways and whilst it is true that support is being given to those who have not been allocated the results they deserve, we are still celebrating. We are celebrating how enormously well our students, staff and teachers adapted to ensure learning continued in lockdown. We are celebrating the supportive community QMC is renowned for, that continues to shine in extraordinary circumstances, and of course we are celebrating excellent results.
We were sad to not be able to offer the usual Results Day experience for students this year. However, a small handful of students were invited in for press interviews. Stood on paint markers, two metres apart, the atmosphere changed from being anxious and subdued to one of relief and celebration as results were revealed on mobile devices rather than the usual opening of envelopes.
Despite examinations being cancelled, QMC results maintained its excellent performance of a 99% pass rate. 80% of the grades awarded being A*- C.
Ciaron Cooney (pictured centre) achieved A* A* A* A* A* after committing to a busy programme studying Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Philosophy and the Perspectives on Science Extended Project Qualification. The ex-Bishop Challoner School pupil who has secured a place at University College London to study Medicine said “Whether I was on or off site there was great support from the teachers and the staff, both on the academic side but also on the mental health side. The resources we had were excellent. The teachers are such experts and I don’t think I could have done as well at any other college. Whilst of course it comes down to my effort, I could not have flourished like I did here if it wasn’t for the support I received at QMC.” Mrs Cooney added “I can’t even put into words how delighted I am for Ciaron. He’s been really looked after. It’s been hard work but it’s paid off and he’s done himself really proud (and so have QMC!). “All three of my children came through QMC and as a parent I felt so secure”
English Literature, Ancient History and Philosophy student Nicole Haynes (pictured ‘elbow bumping’ with proud teacher Rachel Kirby) achieved A*AA securing her place to study English and Drama at Birmingham University. Nicole said “I quite enjoyed learning in Lockdown as it was something to do and I really enjoyed all of my subjects anyway so it was a nice thing to continue doing.” Delighted Mum echoed “I’ve been very happy with the teaching and support she has received at QMC. During normal times and lockdown she’s enjoyed her time studying and her teachers have been amazing and very supportive.”
Cambridge bound Eve Cleland who achieved straight A* grades for Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths said “I couldn’t fault QMC, both in normal circumstances and in lockdown. I had amazing teachers and great support all of the time. During quarantine the online lessons gave us the options of extra courses as well too so that we weren’t bored.”
As well as A Level Results those studying BTEC courses also received results today. Will Usher, previously of Cranbourne School, achieved D*D*D* and is going to study Popular Music Performance for Vocals at BIMM London.
Katie Wade successfully completed an Extended Diploma in Art and Design achieving D*D*D*
Katie, who is going on to Winchester School of Art to study Textile Design, said “I enjoyed my learning experience at college by always staying focused and driven on my course and wanting to make the most of my abilities. My learning experience during lockdown felt secure and efficient because I was able to easily communicate with my teachers online to ask questions. I remained working in an organised way with routines for me to stick to.”
Principal Ali Foss commented “I am hugely proud of the work that went into these excellent results, both by the students and the staff. We wish our young people every success in the future. This has been a year like no other and we will continue to provide support for individuals that have been disadvantaged by the results they have been given.”
If your results are not what you had hoped for please contact the college for advice and support.