STUDENTS at Ortu 6th Form Centre are celebrating some amazing A-Level results today.

Despite the challenging year many students have had due to the pandemic, those at the 6th Form Centre have pushed through and are looking to further their education, begin apprenticeships and even study abroad.

Mr. Ceri Evans, headteacher, said: “I am truly thrilled for all the students, the hard work they have put in and the grades they have achieved.

"I am saddened that some of our students’ efforts will not be justly rewarded with their results, but the school will be following this up to ensure that Ortu 6th Form Centre students get the grades they fully deserve.

"Our intention at the moment is to ensure every student is able to secure their place at university or get the apprenticeship that they initially chose. Regardless, well done and congratulations to everybody.”

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Liam Berry, 18 from Stanford-le-Hope, and Headteacher of Ortu Gable Hall, Mr Ceri Evans

Dr Sophina Asong, CEO of Ortu, is keen that all students take their next steps successfully.

She said: “This year our students have prevailed under some of the most difficult circumstances ever seen. Throughout their course and continuing into lockdown, they have shown great determination and commitment to their studies.”

Ms. Sue Weston, Director of the Ortu 6th Form Centre commented: “I am absolutely thrilled for the young people of our Ortu 6th Form Centre. I am so proud of all my students who have worked hard in such difficult circumstances and I wish them every success for the future.”

Our Ortu 6th Form Centre is extremely proud of everyone’s hard work during this year, and would like to highlight some individuals that have really excelled.

Some individual highlights include Theo Adesina, 18, who is number one in the UK under 20s long jump. He came 2nd in the World Championships in Croatia, with the Sixth Form College funding his trip.

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Theo Adesina

Theo is extremely happy with his results and would like to thank Mr. Christopher Wilson for helping him with his athletics and supporting him throughout his athletic career. Theo plans to go to university in America in January, but in the meantime will study in the UK at Brunel University.

Tom Pasquale, 18, studied the Arts at Ortu 6th Form Centre and is very happy with the results he gained. He had a difficult time during his school life but has matured throughout his time in 6th Form and is ready to take on the world.

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Tom Pasquale

Tom said: “I wouldn’t be here without all my teachers who have been so helpful and amazing. I never thought I’d make it through 6th Form and I’m lucky to have had Miss Latham there to support me. She’s like a second mum and has been there the whole way.”

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Maya Price