Virtual schools are a service that exists in every council to promote the education of looked after and previously looked after children.
Last week a total of 34 children picked up GCSE results at Trafford’s Virtual School, with 13 of them now going on to study A-Levels or equivalent next year. More than half of the students achieved level 4-9 in English and the maths results were even better, with more than 56% achieving level 4-9.
Lynsey Burridge, Head of Trafford Virtual School, said:
“There were some really amazing outcomes in really challenging circumstances including 10 Grade 9s.
We were also particularly proud of one of our young people who has had a really disrupted year and has been accessing full time alternative provision – she improved her engagement hugely over the summer term to secure a Grade 4 in English.”
Trafford’s Virtual School, which offers extra support to students in care, as well as to their carers and foster parents, also celebrated good A-level results, with four students now going onto Higher Education.
One student said:
“I am so pleased working hard paid off and I felt supported through the lockdowns. I cannot wait to go to uni now!”
There are also 12 young people who will be moving into their second year of A-Level equivalent qualifications next year.
Cllr Karina Carter, Trafford Council’s lead member for education, said:
“Congratulations to all the students for a fantastic set of results. The past two academic years have been incredibly difficult but staff and students alike have been brilliant in adapting to the difficult circumstances.
I’m so proud of Lynsey and her team for what they have been able to deliver in partnership with our schools, their leaders and teachers, and making good on our priority of giving a fair start to all our children and young people in Trafford.”
Posted on Monday 16th August 2021