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An occasion for celebration at CAST as GCSEs are awarded

An occasion for celebration at CAST as GCSEs are awarded

There have been celebrations at the Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology (CAST) today as GCSE qualifications were awarded.

Students and staff gathered at the college this morning to reflect on the commitment and efforts over the past few years which have gone into the GCSE qualifications awarded today. This comes after what has been another challenging year across the country due to the pandemic.

This year, GCSEs were awarded following Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs) due to the cancellation of external examinations. As part of this assessment process, students at CAST sat moderated exams and completed a variety of coursework to demonstrate the progress they had made.

There were a number of students celebrating particular successes today, including:

  • Sandra, who joined CAST in Year 9 and is returning for Sixth Form. She said of the college:

“I really like how there is such a strong focus on science at CAST as I want to train to be a vet and I know that continuing to study A Levels in Chemistry, Biology and Psychology at CAST will enable me to pursue this. The Challenge Projects have been particularly useful and enjoyable.”

  • Sorren, who is also returning to CAST soon to complete A Levels in Environmental Science, Geography and English. Sorren said:

“I am staying in the Sixth Form at CAST because I know that I have benefitted from the focus on academic learning and the individual attention teachers give to students and also the strong emphasis on practical work in science.”

  • Maddie, who is now going on to study Biology, Psychology, Maths and DEC (Design, Engineering and Construction) at A Level at CAST, in order to pursue a military career with a focus on engineering. She joined CAST in Year 9 and is grateful for the support she has received in order to achieve her excellent results.
  • Holly, who joined CAST in Year 10 and is aiming to pursue a law degree after completing her A Levels. Holly said:

“I would like to thank my teachers and I am very grateful for the opportunities CAST has given me to become an independent, self-motivated learner. I have made so much progress since I joined CAST. I have benefitted from the learning environment and that we are treated as individuals and as young adults.”

  • Reka, who now wishes to pursue a career in medicine. Reka said:

“Completing the biochemistry practical session during the Sixth Form Induction Day confirmed that this is what I want to do at A Level and in the future. The learning environment at CAST has really helped me; the teachers know and treat us as individuals. I have found how teachers feedback to us in order to progress particularly helpful.”

Staff are now looking forward to welcoming many of these students back in a few short weeks to the college’s Sixth Form. Today’s celebrations come after a successful week for their Year 13s, with many securing places to prestigious universities including Oxbridge and Russell Group institutions.

Danielle Pacey, Principal at CAST, said:

“Over the past 18 months, our GCSE students have impressed us with their hard work, dedication and commitment to their studies. This is reflected in the qualifications they have been awarded today and I am very pleased for all of those who are celebrating after a long and challenging year.

“Our focus on science and technology equips our students with the academic qualifications that are highly valued in many of the UK’s leading professions, as well as the practical experience and understanding that allows them to develop their skills further.

“After so much time doing remote learning, it is fantastic that so many of our students will be continuing their studies in our Sixth Form so that they can enjoy many of the opportunities that have not always been possible over the last two academic years.”

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Posted: Aug 12, 2021,
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