A-level results day 2021: Recap the updates and reaction as students in Portsmouth, Gosport, Fareham, Havant and Waterlooville collected grades

Thousands of pupils across Portsmouth and Hampshire have collected their A-level results.

By Matthew Mohan-Hickson, Emily Turner, Steve Deeks and Tom Cotterill
Tuesday, 10th August 2021, 5:34 pm
Ella Gillett with her results at Portsmouth High School - she achieved 3 A*s. Picture: Habibur Rahman
Ella Gillett with her results at Portsmouth High School - she achieved 3 A*s. Picture: Habibur Rahman

There were plenty of smiles and sighs of relief as students found out what grades they have achieved this morning.

Once again exams have been cancelled due to the on-going Covid pandemic and the results are based on teacher assessments – drawing on a range of evidence, including mock exams, coursework and in-class assessments using questions by exam boards.

Undated file photo of students sitting an exam. Picture: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Results day has also been moved slightly earlier in 2021, taking place on a Tuesday instead of the normal Thursday in mid-August slot, with GCSE’s being collected then instead.

Ofqual interim chief regulator Simon Lebus told the BBC that pupils in England awaiting their A-level and GCSE results can “feel satisfied” that their grades are fair this summer.

He said there have been three stages of checks to ensure students can feel they have been “fairly treated”, including Ofqual checking the policies that schools have for awarding grades and exam boards looking over them.

Our reporters and photographers will be out at colleges and sixth forms in Portsmouth, Gosport and Fareham this morning to speak to teachers and students.

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Recap updates from A-Level results day in Portsmouth and Hampshire

Last updated: Tuesday, 10 August, 2021, 10:00

  • Students collecting grades
  • A-level grades surge to record high
  • Record number of students accepted on to degree courses

Portsmouth High School student gets 3 A*s

Ella Gillett at Portsmouth High School got three A* in her results!

Congratulations Ella!

Pictures: Habibur Rahman

Ella Gillett got three A*
Ella Gillett got three A*

Portsmouth High School student ‘proud of herself’ after getting her grades back

More successful results at Portsmouth High School

It was happy days for Amelia Spencer, 18, at Portsmouth High School

Tears of happiness at Bay House in Gosport

Beth Tomkins and tutor Zoe Bruink

Beth Tomkins and tutor Zoe Bruink. Picture: Matthew Clark

There was tears of happiness for Beth Tomkins, 18, who received grades A, B and C in English literature, history and politics after a difficult year. ‘I can’t stop crying, I was expecting three B grades so to get an A was amazing,’ she said.

‘It’s been an awful year after we lost a student and friend in January. My mental health was low after that but the school has been so supportive.

‘That network has got me through.’

Beth’s tutor Zoe Brunink said: ‘We’re very proud of the resilience Beth has shown and to deal with everything thrown at her during this challenging time.’

A-level grades surge to record high after exams cancelled for second year

The proportion of A-level entries awarded an A grade or higher has risen to an all-time high after exams were cancelled for the second year in a row due to Covid-19.

Hundreds of thousands of students have been given grades determined by teachers, rather than exams, with pupils only assessed on what they have been taught during the pandemic.

Girls performed better than boys at the top grades, and female maths students overtook boys for the first time in the number of A* grades achieved, figures for England, Wales and Northern Ireland show.

In total, more than two in five (44.8%) of UK entries were awarded an A or A* grade this summer – up by 6.3 percentage points on last year when 38.5% achieved the top grades.

Overall, the proportion of entries awarded the top A* grade this year has surged to 19.1% – the highest proportion since the top grade was first introduced in 2010.

The figures, published by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ), cover A-level entries from students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Portsmouth High School headmistress ‘very pleased’ with results

Jane Prescott, headmistress of Portsmouth High

Jane Prescott, headmistress of Portsmouth High, said: 'We're very pleased, the results reflect hard work and dedication. It's been hard for them to learn online - we phoned all our pupils every week.

‘It's outstanding - we're so pleased for them. They have showed impressive resilience.'

Tears of joy as results are opened

‘At first I struggled with online learning but then I found it gave me more time in my day'

Alice Snook, 18, has two A*s and two As. She said: 'It's really good - better than I needed. A lot of hard work went into it.

‘At first I struggled with online learning but then I found it gave me more time in my day.'

An avid sailor, Alice works as a dingy instructor and has chosen to go to Exeter to study Law and Business partly because of the sailing facilities.

Alice Snook

This is the scene at Portsmouth College

Portsmouth College

Picture: Habibur Rahman

Photos capture the joy at Portsmouth High School this morning

Here are some more joyful pictures from Portsmouth High School this morning.

Mahera Chowdhury, 18, collects her grades

Mahera Chowdhury, 18, collects her grades

Portsmouth High School
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