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Student success on A-Level results day

By NewarkAdvertiser Reporter

Jess Atherley is going to Sheffield Hallam University, where she can also focus on her love for basketball.
Jess Atherley is going to Sheffield Hallam University, where she can also focus on her love for basketball.

A wheelchair basketball player has received the grades she needed to secure her place at university.

Jess Atherley, from Newark, signed for Sheffield Steelers wheelchair basketball club earlier this year and has now recieved the grades she needed to gain a place at Sheffield Hallam University.

The Nottingham College High Pavement sixth form student will be going on to study history at university, but in Sheffield will be able to dedicate more time to her love of basketball too.

Jess gave a special mention to a faculty area manager at High Pavement who has helped her along the way.

She said: "David really worked hard with me this year, and I think that support helped me to get the grades I needed for uni."

Another success story from High Pavement sixth form is Harmony Goodwin, 19, from Boughton, near Ollerton, who achieved A, A, B grades in psychology, biology and chemistry.

After a tough time in the past where she became ill and had to take a break from some subjects, Harmony turned a corner and is reaping the rewards.

She is now off to study veterinary medicine at the University of Nottingham.

Harmony said: "I started attending counselling sessions that the college provided.

"The counselling was very useful and I was able to get over it. I feel like having a counsellor at college gives you someone to talk to who won’t judge you.

"You don’t know them personally and they’re not going to tell anyone – it really does help, I’ve recommended her to some of my other friends too.

"Today I feel amazing and I can’t wait to go to university, I really thought it had all gone wrong because the exam season seemed so stressful, but I did it, I'm going to be a vet!"

Harmony Goodwin celebrating her results.
Harmony Goodwin celebrating her results.

Head of Nottingham College High Pavement Sixth Form, Jeannette Mortimer, said: "Results day is an important milestone for our students, which will take them to the next step on their journey, which for many is a higher level course at college or university, a higher or degree apprenticeship, or employment.

"We’re really pleased with our 98% overall pass rate this year; it just goes to show how much hard work our students have put in over the past two years.

"Today is about celebrating their achievements, but also to recognise our lecturers who have given them such support along the way.

"This is an exciting time for our students and we wish them every success for the future."


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