Wyggeston and QEI, Regent, and Gateway are grand old names of Leicester schools from a bygone age.
Today they are colleges, taking youngsters mainly between 16 and 18, and are one of shining lights of the city’s education system.
Last Thursday was A-level results day and I spent it visiting and talking to students of all three. It’s a wonderfully hectic day when the vast majority of teenagers, even if they don’t quite get the grades they want, get accepted to go to university.
In a way it’s quite an old-fashioned sort of day. Much of the world of education these days seems to be about the proportion of pupils who struggle: the 16-year-olds who don’t achieve five good GCSEs including English and maths; the tiny number of hardcore truants which reflect so badly on schools’ reputations; the 11-year-olds who don’t come up to the mark in their SATs.
A-level results day is the time for the huge silent majority. The day when the students smile and celebrate moving on to adult life.
And it demonstrates how many young people come out of Leicester’s education system with flying colours.
Tomorrow it’s hectic again. It’s GCSE results day and there’ll be plenty more great success stories to tell. Read them in the Leicester Mercury.