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GCSE results day 2020: Linton Village College students show determination, compassion and drive

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Linton Village College has praised its students who have shown “exceptional determination, compassion and drive during these challenging times”.

Like many schools across the country and because of how GCSE grades have been decided this year, Linton has not released the usual run-down of results and instead focussed on the achievements of pupils.

Principal Helena Marsh said: “It has been an exceptional year for us all, but in particular our Year 11 students who have foregone their traditional school leavers’ experiences and rites of passage. While examinations are typically stressful, they are an important demarcation of the end of secondary education and capture students’ academic accomplishments.”

She added: ““Now, more than ever, it is important to recognise and celebrate students’ broad educational and personal achievements. I am proud of LVC students’ stoicism and resilience as their time at LVC ended prematurely. There are many examples of students who have shown exceptional determination, compassion and drive during these challenging times.

Charlie Walker (40903499)
Charlie Walker (40903499)

Charlie Walker is one such student. Since the lockdown in March he has made daily trips from Balsham Post Office and stores, using his modified bike trailer, to deliver essential groceries to vulnerable, shielding residents.

Charlie is moving on to study a Level 3 Diploma in Sport at Cambridge Regional College.

Meanwhile, Sam Norris, who was the victim of a serious motorbike accident a year ago, at the time of lockdown was making amazing strides to sit all of his GCSE exams. His perseverance on and off the track with his acquired brain injury has been remarkable, the school said.

Sam Norris (40903503)
Sam Norris (40903503)

Sam will continue his studies in motor mechanics at Cambridge Regional College and is preparing to speak at a neuro conference in October.

Despite her exams being cancelled, Cleo Gillibrand demonstrated independent learning skills, swapping her revision for completing extensive numbers of online learning modules available through the BeReady careers and curriculum platform. Cleo is looking forward to joining Hills Road Sixth Form College to study biology, chemistry and geography.

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