Published: 13:30, 12 August 2021
| Updated: 14:06, 12 August 2021
Pupils and staff have been celebrating this morning after learning the results of this year's GCSEs.
As last year, the government did away with exams and asked teachers to assess pupils' progress based on coursework and classroom activity.
For most of the year, pupils also ended up being taught at home during an unsettling and complicated 18 months.
At the Oasis Academy on the Isle of Sheppey a number of students achieved top results.
Tamuka Cross, 16, from Sheerness, secured two grade 9s, equivalent of an A in previous years, in combined science, a 9 in English literature and an 8 for English language.
She will be heading to Canterbury College in September to study her A-levels. She said: “I am so happy with my results! I worked really hard. It was everything I’d hoped for.”
Ben Dewsall, 16, from Sheerness performed well achieving grades 8 and 7 in combined science and 7s in English. He will be returning to the Oasis Academy sixth form in September to study dance, drama and psychology.
Bradley Murphy, 16, did well after a "challenging journey" through the school from Year 7. His highlights included a 7 in enterprise, 7 in sport and 5 and 4 in English and maths.
He said: "I have had a mixed experience at school and at times it’s been really difficult. I’m so grateful for all the support I’ve had from my teachers and I’m really pleased with my results today.”
He will be joining the sixth form at Oasis Academy in Sheerness and is looking forward to a bright future.
Maja Druzynska and Esthy Lungwa-Loussi, both 16 and from Sittingbourne, achieved two 9s, two 8s and two Distinctions between them. The students, who both speak English as their second language, joined Oasis Academy in Year 10 and Year 11 respectively, taking their English literature exams a year late.
Their teacher Ellie Jones said: “The girls have done fantastically well and with minimal teaching time. We are so pleased for them and wish them the very best in their future studies.”
Oasis principal Tina Lee said: "We are thrilled for our young people who have worked so hard for these results in very challenging and difficult circumstances.
"At Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey we are passionate about giving our students the opportunities they need to make great progress and have choices at the end of their time with us.
"This year more of our students than ever are finishing Year 11 with the qualifications they need to take the next step towards a fulfilling career.”
She added: “Today is also an important testimony and a credit to our fantastic teachers who are so dedicated to our students. This year has presented an incredible challenge and a very strenuous assessment procedure. We are very grateful that their commitment has enabled our students to do their very best.”
Sarah Hartnell, Year 11 outcome leader, said: "We are thrilled for all of our students on their results today. They have worked hard and reaped the rewards. We wish them all the best on their next steps, wherever that may be. Their achievements are an inspiration to the younger students of what can be achieved."
She said the school's sixth form was continuing to grow and would welcome more prospective students at its induction day tomorrow (Friday) at the Sheerness campus in Marine Parade.
For Sittingbourne GCSE results click here.