The headteacher of a secondary school in Aylesbury has praised his students and staff after the latter enjoyed getting their GCSE results this week.

In what has been a disruptive two years for students due to the Covid-19 outbreak, Mr Gavin Gibson of the Aylesbury Vale Academy was in a buoyant mood in the morning of August 12, as his year 11 students picked up their grades.

Out of the 195 teenagers to pick up their results, this included Jennifer and Jessica Gadirova, who visited the school for the first time in over six months.

The twins had been training for the Olympics in Tokyo, and each won a bronze medal in Japan.

Speaking to the Free Press, Mr Gibson said: “It has been a fairly arduous process and after a lot of uncertainty this year, it is good to get some closure.

“It is heartening to see as the students have demonstrated such resilience this year through times of hardship and uncertainty.

“They didn’t know at the start of the year how it would end, but they have come through and that is a testament to their youth and strength in being able to do that.

“I’m really proud of them.”

One of the standout students was Kayden Carr.

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The elated 16-year-old was ‘over the moon’ with his results, as he got a double seven in science, a seven in English, a distinction star in business, a distinction in PE, and a pass in computer science.

He said: “I’m just over the moon, to be honest – I can’t describe the feeling.

“The teachers have done great because with Covid, it has not been easy – it’s been hard for all of us and I really appreciate everything the teachers have done for me.

“Especially my science teacher – she did a lot to help me pass and I can’t thank her enough for all her help, and I wish she was here so I can give her a huge hug.

“Ms Blake-Huggins, thank you so much for helping get my grades.

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“She’s the best teacher around and all the staff here are good.”

Another student, Emily Dyson-Flower, who got sixes and sevens, added: “It has been quite tricky as I came here two years, so I started all new subjects which has been quite hard due to Covid, but I did OK as I got through.”

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She plans to go into the army to become a mental health nurse.

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The school’s head of year, Rachel Leach, said: “I’m feeling fantastic – the students have worked really hard this year considering all the barriers we have had, and to finally open all those envelopes is just brilliant.

“Seeing all the kids’ faces makes it really.”