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A-levels 2020: Thomas Gainsborough School in Great Cornard pays tribute to achievements of students following challenging year



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A-level students at Thomas Gainsborough School have been praised for achieving some top grades, in the face of having their exams cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Pupils across Suffolk are collecting their results today, which are based on predicted grades from teachers, which have been standardised by the exams board.

Among those who picked up their results today are Gemma Deacon, who will attend St Catherine College at Cambridge University to study history, after achieving an A* in an extended project qualification (EPQ) and three As in history, French and drama, respectively.

A-level results day 2020 at Thomas Gainsborough School. Pictured: Gemma Deacon. (40424539)
A-level results day 2020 at Thomas Gainsborough School. Pictured: Gemma Deacon. (40424539)

AJ Simms will also study history at St Andrews University, with two A* grades in English literature and an EPQ, an A in philosophy and a B in history.

Caitlyn Ryan received an A* in sociology, two As in English and psychology and a B for an EPQ, and will now go to Bath University to study psychology.

Jacob Miculob will study biomedical science at Kings College London, having secured four As in biology, chemistry, maths and an EPQ.

A-level results day 2020 at Thomas Gainsborough School. Pictured: Jacob Miculob. (40424551)
A-level results day 2020 at Thomas Gainsborough School. Pictured: Jacob Miculob. (40424551)

Paying tribute to students and staff, TGS headteacher Wayne Lloyd said: “This has been an unprecedented situation.

“We are delighted for our students who have been successful in moving to the university of their choice.

“I would also like to pay tribute to my staff for all their support of our students during this time.”

Tim Coulson, chief executive at Unity Schools Partnership, of which Thomas Gainsborough School is a member, said: “We are proud that school staff had prepared the students sufficiently well, before the unforeseen cancellation of examinations, that they have still been able to achieve the necessary grades to go on to university and other further education.

“We wish them well and thank all our school staff for their excellent work throughout this period.”