More than 5,700 16-year-olds at 31 secondary schools in Manchester collected their GCSE exam results today.
The results day comes after two academic years of learning that included only two full terms taught in school under what would be considered 'normal' pre-pandemic conditions.
Since March last year, students at schools in the city have faced repeated lockdowns, periods of isolation, illness, and bereavements, as the city has battled against rates of Covid-19, with rates frequently higher in the city region than in other parts of the country.
Pupils in Manchester have missed more face-to-face teaching time than most parts of the UK due to school closures and school teaching bubbles being impacted by positive Covid tests between March 2020 and the end of this academic year in July.
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Councillor Garry Bridges, Executive Member for Children and Schools, Manchester City Council, said:
"Manchester’s Year 11 pupils have had a really tough time of it- missing more face-to-face teaching than pretty much anywhere else in the country.
"Since March last year they have had to adjust not just to one new normal, but several new normals in order to complete their studies.
"Lockdowns, on-line lessons, working in bubbles, periods of isolation, illness, and for some pupils having to cope with family bereavements, all placed a heavy burden and additional pressure on them at a time in their lives when any other year they would only have had their studies to think about.
"Reaching this milestone today is a tribute to their resilience and to the support of their schools and families.
"Well done to everyone who got what they needed to progress to the next stage of their learning. For those who didn’t, don’t panic - there are people to give you the advice and support you need for your next steps."