Today, at NHSG, we are celebrating the excellent achievements of every one of our pupils in their A Levels this summer and I could not be more proud of the Class of 2021. The grades received are hugely well-earned and well-deserved.
This has been another extraordinary year, and a very difficult time for everyone; the pandemic has impacted on three quarters of the girls’ Sixth Form experience and they completed their A levels in unprecedented circumstances. They have faced lockdowns, self-isolation and a great amount of uncertainty during this time.
And in response, the girls at NHSG have shown their resilience and adaptability, as well as their compassion for others, alongside a dogged determination to meet the demands placed up on them with regards to their studies. They have risen to the challenge of the new grade assessments that they were required to complete in order to provide robust evidence of their level of attainment. There is no doubt that the girls have been put through their paces in this respect, as have all pupils in England.
So with all this behind us, today is a chance to focus on the girls and their excellent achievements and it’s a real delight to be able to do this in person with both the girls and their parents.
For most parents, this will be the first time they have been able to pass through the school gates since March 2020, so it feels like a hugely significant milestone in so many ways. For the girls, today also means that they can start to move on with the next stage of their life and at NHSG, for the vast majority, this means university and higher education. I wish them all the very best of luck.
I also want to pay tribute today to the herculean efforts of our staff who have supported the girls so well throughout the past two years, and in particular for their work throughout the pandemic where they have gone over and above to ensure the girls have continued to have the very best teaching and learning possible. When all this began in March 2020, we were able to move very quickly to an online Guided Home Learning programme and this stood us in good stead for what was to come, providing the foundation for us to be able to continue to teach throughout the pandemic.
As we look to the next academic year, I remain cautiously optimistic that we will not face the levels of disruption in education that we have had to deal with as a result of Covid-19 and I am very much hoping that we can return to near normality. The past 18 months have been stretching but at the same time the innovation that we have seen in school has been remarkable and we will be looking to build on that in what I hope will be a post pandemic environment.
Mr M Tippet