Editor’s comment: Congrats to all borough’s A-level pupils

PUBLISHED: 08:00 18 August 2018

Students at The Campion School getting their A-Level results. Patrick Oliver with 2 A stars and 2 A's

Students at The Campion School getting their A-Level results. Patrick Oliver with 2 A stars and 2 A's


I am sure there are a huge amount of massively relieved 18-year-olds breathing out massive sighs of relief at the realisation that they passed their A-levels.

There will also, I am sure, be some in Havering feeling disappointed - not everyone can be a winner on A-level results day.

Well, as Jeremy Clarkson tells us every single year, he failed all of his exams miserably, and he’s doing alright.

Success is not easily quantifiable, and the age old argument over our education system is that the academically less gifted are left behind.

Which is why it’s important to highlight on weeks like this one the work of places such as Havering Sixth Form College, which is seeing increasing numbers of students enrol onto vocational courses – with increasingly good results.

Overall, Havering’s performance on Thursday was remarkable.

Frances Bardsley has proudly declared its ‘best results ever’ whilst Coopers’ Coborn has boasted the highest marks it has achieved in 15 years.

That is good news – in a year where Havering’s secondary schools were roundly criticised by Ofsted, it is a relief to see the other side of that narrative being played out in real time.

I’ve covered the last three years of A-level results days for the Recorder, and I know there will have been tears aplenty in school halls across the borough.

I hope tonight our teachers and other school staff can head home, relax and, for the most part, congratulate themselves on a job well done.

After all, it all starts again in three weeks.

In other news, if you’re a dog person like I am see our coverage of the Mayor of Havering’s doggy walk

You can thank me later.

Have a great week, see you in seven days’ time.

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