STUDENTS at Harwich and Dovercourt High School have been celebrating after receiving their Level 3 qualifications – and preparing for their next steps in education and the world of work.

Leaders at the secondary school have paid tribute to this year’s cohort in the wake of the Covid pandemic which saw them unable to sit formal GCSE examinations.

Headteacher Kate Finch said: “At Harwich and Dovercourt High School we have been made very proud once again of our young adults' achievements.

“For the year group who did not sit formal exams in year 11, this is a huge show of resilience. “Many of our students go on to their adult lives now with the destination of their choice - some university and some the world of employment. “We wish all our young people the greatest of luck and best wishes as we watch them move on.

“Our students are breaking the mould in an area with low rates of level 3 qualifications, taking the aspirational strides forward that their parents and carers have supported and encouraged them to do and now they begin the next steps with pride.”

Among the achievements, Chloe DeBath and Louis Perkins gained the grades needed to take up Wildlife, Ecology and Conservation Science in Suffolk, Oakley Taylor is heading to the University of Derby to study Business Fashion and Amina Jannah will be at the University of Bath next month reading Sociology.