Pupils and staff at Starbank School are celebrating GCSE results day after overcoming a year of pandemic disruption.

Pupils and staff from the school faced a difficult year as they worked to counter disruption caused by lockdown, periods of self-isolation and illness. Exams were cancelled this summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Exam boards issued qualifications based on grades determined by teachers following assessments and tests completed in school.

Despite these challenges, teachers say that pupils at the school secured excellent results by working with an exceptional level of commitment throughout the year.

Today, pupils are celebrating their achievements as they collect their results and take their next steps towards their dream careers.

A number of pupils from the school secured the top grades, including Hafsa Anwar who achieved four grade 9s in English Literature, English Language, Food Preparation & Nutrition and Sociology. Alongside her collection of grade 9s, the dedicated pupil also achieved grade 8s in History, Mathematics, Combined Science and Spanish. Hafsa will now continue her studies by completing A levels at Solihull Sixth Form.

The school’s highest achieving pupils who are celebrating exceptional sets of GCSE results also include Nuha Taiba (two grade 9s, four grade 8s and two grade 7s), Sabah Hussain  (one grade 9, one grade 8 and six grade 7s), Sidrah Choudhury (three grade 9s, three grade 8s and one grade 7) and Zain Zakria (two grade 9s, three grade 8s and three grade 7s). All of them look forward to starting the next chapter of their education when they join local sixth form colleges in September.

Gaetano Ferrante, Principal at Starbank School, said that he was very proud of this year’s cohort of GCSE pupils and their achievements that had been earned during a time of exceptional challenge.

He said: “This year, our pupils have demonstrated an extraordinary level of commitment to their education and also to supporting one another through an extremely difficult period.

“I am immensely proud of all our pupils and staff who have all worked so very hard throughout the pandemic. Despite the incredible challenges this year has presented, our pupils have achieved incredible results.

“Congratulations to all our pupils collecting results today, and a huge thank you to everyone who has helped to support our pupils to achieve their best during these difficult times.”

Starbank School is an all-through school for pupils aged 3-16, based across three sites, in Birmingham. The school joined Star Academies, one of the UK’s leading multi-academy trusts, in October 2020.