With everything from Formula Woman finalists to front page photographers; Mathematicians to Marine Biologists - Worksop College sees another set of A-level students achieving their goals this results’ day.
With a return of conventional examination procedures, students at Worksop College have been eagerly anticipating their A-level results – a new experience for this cohort as students have been receiving prediction-based grades for the last two years. However, students are rightly delighted with their efforts, with an impressive crop of results – no mean feat, considering the school is broad-ability and non-selective.
Throughout her A-levels, Captain of School and Southwell resident Alicia Barret has juggled her studies alongside competing as a motor racing champion. Today Alicia receives A, A, B and is heading off to Nottingham Trent University to study Zoo Biology. “I’m over the moon with my results,” she tells us. “I’m so lucky that the school was supportive of my racing – I wouldn’t have received these results if I hadn’t had the flexibility around my racing schedule.” Alicia hopes to continue her racing career while away at university, and aims to win a seat in the GT cup driving McLaren GT4s.
Joining in her excitement is co-captain Uroš Gluščević, who woke up to a straight run of A*s in Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Computer Science. Uroš who joined the school from Montenegro as an HMC scholar, a programme which offers assistance with fees, has played a key role at the school since his admission in 2019. He told us, “although I have no doubts I will enjoy university, I know I will miss the time spent in Worksop, and I hope to come back one day.” Next up for Uroš is Delft University in The Netherlands where he will study Computer Science.
Another student who received a clean sweep of A*s is cricket enthusiast James Blackburn, who played for Bawtry Cricket Club while studying Maths, Biology, French and Further Maths. Come September, James will be leaving his hometown of Bawtry and heading up to Durham, where he will complete a degree in Maths.
From Maths to Music, and Joe Thompson was ecstatic to learn that he had been accepted into the Royal Northern College of Music to study Pop. His A* in Music will stand him in good stead for a future in the industry.
Sheffield boy Isaac Parkin was over the moon with his results, including an A* in Photography – unsurprising considering he has been working for the Press Association throughout his A levels, covering premiership football games. Isaac’s entrepreneurial drive has already seen him reach huge photography milestones, including covering the Commonwealth Games and having a shot published on the front cover of The Guardian. Isaac is heading straight into the world of work, having already landed work with Sheffield United and Wolverhampton Wonderers.
Amy Briggs is leaving Worksop College with A*, A*, A in Fine Art, Economics and Geography. After fourteen years at the school, having joined at just 4 years old, Amy will be leaving North Notts for the bright lights of Liverpool, where she will complete a degree in Marketing.
Although students were able to physically sit exams, we cannot forget how heavily A-levels were disrupted by the pandemic, with students having to endure an entire lockdown during their first year of studies. Headmaster, Dr John Price, says:
"Days like these remind me how fortunate I am to work with such incredible young people – they have taken each challenge in their stride, using adversity to demonstrate their strength, resilience and willingness to achieve. I'd like to express my thanks to the staff who make this school so brilliant - everyone from teachers to support staff. Although I am delighted with such fantastic results, I am most proud that students are leaving today as kind, well-rounded people – each one setting off on their individual adventures. Whatever their next step in life may be, whether it is attending their chosen university, or pursuing an interest, I wish them the very best."