Councillor Eunice Campbell-Clark, Portfolio Holder for Schools at Nottingham City Council, said: “We have some fantastic young people in the city who have shown incredible mental strength and fortitude to study for their exams in these most difficult and unprecedented circumstances.

“Years 10 and 11 represent a big step up for pupils as they begin their GCSEs and other vocational courses, but to have navigated that path under the shadow of a global pandemic with its associated complications and frequent school bubble closures is quite remarkable.

“I’d like to warmly congratulate all pupils in Nottingham who have received their results today, and thank them, their teachers, support staff, parents and carers for all the hard work and commitment. We wish them the very best with whatever comes next, be it sixth form, college, apprenticeship or employment.

“We shouldn’t underestimate the Covid impact on the 2021 cohort, nor for the year group before them who saw their 2020 exams severely affected. Their efforts are all the more impressive for that and we’re so proud of them.”