Tears of joy from students after exam grades U-turn

Published: August 21, 2020

Telford College students have revealed how they have cried with delight after the Government’s U-turn over A level and GCSE exam grades.

The decision to give students the grades estimated by their teachers, rather than those created by a controversial algorithm, have been described as ‘common sense’ by college staff.

Holly Davies, head of Telford College’s 7th Form said: “We have been deluged with messages from students expressing how happy they are, and thanking us for our efforts.

“It has been a stressful few days for everyone, but we are just delighted to see that all of their hard work, both before and during the Covid-19 lockdown, is now going to be properly recognised.”

Ben Johnson, from The Rock, will now be going to Lancaster university to study natural sciences with A* grades in A level maths, chemistry, biology, extended project, and an A in further maths.

He said: “I want to thank the college for everything. I think Telford College’s 7th Form deserves more recognition than it gets.”

Faye Oliver from Bratton is now off to Birmingham University to study English language and linguistics, with straight A* grades in sociology, psychology and English language.

“I am over the moon with the Government’s announcement. I’ve cried again tonight – as if five times on results day wasn’t enough!

“When I started college, I was very shy, quiet and struggled with my confidence. However, through the relationships I have had with all of my teachers and the lifelong friendships I have made, I have really come out of my shell and gained so much confidence.

“The college has given me so many opportunities that I don’t believe I would have had elsewhere. I will forever cherish my time at Telford College – they have given me the skills needed to move on and succeed.”

Josh George, from Priorslee is also off to Keele University in September, his first choice university, to study economics after passing A levels in photography, economics and film studies.

He wrote to say: “I never thought I would be off to university back from our first meeting. Thanks for giving me that chance and all the help along the way.”