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County Durham A level students praised for their resilience

On A level results day, sixth form students across County Durham have been praised for

their dedication and resilience during the coronavirus pandemic.

Durham County Council recognises that students receiving their results this year have

experienced unprecedented challenges, including two lockdowns and periods in between

in which many students are likely to have had to self-isolate because of coronavirus and

the resulting safety measures.

As a result of the unprecedented times in which students have sat their A levels, a system

of teacher assessment was introduced in lieu of public exams and designed to be flexible

enough to take into account such a challenging period.

In County Durham, the average grade achieved at A level is a B plus and the average

Applied General and Tech Level result is a Distinction.

Cllr Ted Henderson, Durham County Council’s Cabinet member for children and young

people’s services said: “We are incredibly proud of everyone who has received their A

level results today.

“It has been such a challenging two years for our students and I would like to congratulate

them for showing such resilience in applying themselves to their studies and the

assessment process, as well as coping with the pressures of the ongoing pandemic.

“Whatever grades you received, please be assured that we are working hard to ensure

there are opportunities for you to follow your dreams in County Durham as we recover

from the impact of the pandemic. Support is available, and I would encourage anyone who

is unhappy to seek it out. It is more important than ever that we look after out mental

health and wellbeing.”

Cllr Henderson has also praised the enormous efforts of school staff across the county,

adding: “This has been an immensely challenging time for schools and colleges, which

have had to adapt quickly to implement new arrangements in such a short space of time.

They have worked so diligently to give their students grades that are fair and accurate.

“We are so grateful to all education providers for their hard work and commitment to

children and young people in County Durham. While there are still challenges ahead, we

will do everything in our power to support schools and colleges when the new academic

year begins.”

Students who did not receive the grades they hoped for and those looking for careers

advice can find out about the council’s adult learning and employability courses at

The mental health and wellbeing community Kooth is offering support to young people via

its website and social media channels, @KoothUK on Facebook or

@Kooth_UK on Instagram.

The charity Student Minds is also offering support and guidance online at


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