A Level students from Cadbury Sixth Form College were congratulated by Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street this morning as they opened their much-anticipated results.
Alongside a number of university acceptances, the results have enabled students to secure a broad range of opportunities including further education, apprenticeships and work placements across the city and throughout the UK.
The sixth form is celebrating a 99% pass rate in A Level subjects with more than 30 subjects with a 100% pass rate, reflecting the hard work of both staff and students throughout their time at Cadbury Sixth Form College.
The majority of students have received their results online, however a small number were invited to collect their grades in person and receive congratulations from Andy Street.
The Mayor, who grew up in Northfield and attended school in Edgbaston, spoke to pupils including Zaynab Sohawon, who achieved A*, A*, A, B, and Skye Ewers, who secured 3 A*s. Both students will be moving on to the University of Birmingham, with Zaynab studying Human Neuroscience and Skye studying Medicine. Jamie Ray-Chandler who studied BTECs in Music and Performing Arts alongside an A Level in Politics, will now be moving on to university to study a degree in Acting.
Andy Street, who is chair of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), discussed with students the education, skills and training opportunities available to them, including through the WMCA’s #FindYourFuture Summer Careers Festival, which is a series of virtual and physical events for young people, offering advice and guidance on topics including careers advice, employment and health and wellbeing.
Commenting on her results, Zaynab said: “I’m absolutely ecstatic to get these results, all of the hard work from the last two years has paid off! The support that we’ve been given at Cadbury Sixth Form College both with our studies and our extra-curricular interests has been fantastic, and I can’t wait to go on to study at the University of Birmingham.”
The Mayor said: “Final year students and teachers at Cadbury Sixth Form College should be proud of the results that have been achieved today, and I would like to congratulate them all.
“We know that young people have been hardest hit by the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, but as part of my 100,000 jobs plan we’re working tirelessly with our partners to create new opportunities for them. For example, apprenticeships are a great alternative to education or college, offering qualifications up to degree level. And there are more than 6,000 Kickstart vacancies in the region, enabling businesses to employ talented and eager youngsters at the start of their career, with Government covering the cost.
“We are determined to give young people the best possible start to their career – especially if they haven’t gained the exam results they were hoping for – and there are lots of opportunities available now across the region through the online Youth Employment Platform that we’ve developed with Youth Employment UK.”
Julia Stevens, Principal of Cadbury Sixth Form College, commented: “I am very proud of all our students, who have so many opportunities ahead of them after their results, and would like to thank our staff for their resilience and support over what has been another challenging but hugely rewarding year.”
Enrolment for the 2021/22 intake opens on Thursday 12th August.
For more information about the WMCA’s Summer Careers Festival and other opportunities available for young people across the region, visit the Youth Employment Platform at https://www.youthemployment.org.uk/employment-help-young-people/youth-friendly-places-in-the-uk/west-midlands/