Students celebrate their futures

A level exam results at Drapers' Academy
Councillor Oscar Ford (left) congratulates students at Drapers' Academy, with Trevor Cook, assistant director of education
Published: Thursday, 18 August 2022

Pupils across the borough have received their exam results today (18 August 2022).

Many started arriving early this morning or opening their emails to receive A-level, AS Level, T Level and Level 3 Vocational Qualifications results.

Councillor Oscar Ford, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, visited Drapers’ Academy, Harold Hill, along with Trevor Cook, Havering’s Assistant Director of Education, to find out how pupils got on.

Councillor Ford said: 

“Huge congratulations to students across the borough today. Their hard work has paid off and many will be going off to college, university, training courses, apprenticeships and jobs to pursue their dreams.

“I also know that today isn’t a good news day for everyone, and for the students who haven’t got the grades that they’d hoped for, support is available so they know what steps they can take next.” 

It was the first time in two years that pupils were able to sit their exam after the pandemic meant that many students could not physically attend school.

Pupils at Drapers’ Academy arrived at school early this morning in anticipation of their results.

Darren Luckhurst, principal of Drapers’ Academy, said:

“After what has been a turbulent two and a half years for our students, I am pleased that their resilience stood them in good stead to achieve such great results.”

Many pupils from the school will now be heading to university and carrying out apprenticeships.

“They all have bright futures ahead of them and in due course I look forward to hearing about their next achievements,” added Mr Luckhurst.

Among those celebrating was Alex who achieved three As in business, economics and psychology – better grades than he needed and said he expected, to study economics at his chosen university.

“I might look at going to a higher university,” he said. “I’ll need to speak to my teacher.”

He jokingly said he might just initially down play his grades to family before telling them of his success.

Meanwhile Josh is off to Anglia Ruskin University to study quantity surveying after achieving A, B and two Ds in biology, drama, and maths and physics, respectively.

He said: “I called my dad and he was very proud of me.”

Pupil Jess added:

“I was very nervous. I didn’t think I would get to go to university. I thought it was just for clever people, but I’ve got two Bs in product design and art and design and have a place at Ravensbourne University.”

Student Kirsty said about her results: “They’re not great, but I’m not sad, as I got the grades I wanted for one of the subjects, which was an A* in drama, which I’m interested in.”

Her friend Chloe, who achieved an A, B and C in drama, psychology and product design, said she was a little disappointed but would be looking for an apprenticeship.

Pupils who haven’t got the grades they wanted can speak directly to their school about the options available to them.