‘It is devastating for school to end like this’ - GCSE student tells GMB

A year 11 student told Good Morning Britain it is 'devastating' for her time at school to end with the government-led shutdown in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Maryam Patel from Thornhill Community Academy, who joined Ben and Kate via a webcam link, said she was shocked and devastated for this to be her last day at the school and to have her exams cancelled this summer.

The head girl, who appeared alongside her headteacher Matthew Burton, added that she does not know when, or if, she will return to the school as a pupil.

Burton said everyone in the country has to do 'our bit' and assess the outcomes once more information is provided by the government.

"It was quite shocking to us all," said Maryam. "It was devastating really because we have been working so hard over the past four-and-a-half years for these summer exams.

"We've been studying and working the best that we could for it and for it to end like this is just obviously devastating."

Maryam said there was a sad feeling that she and her classmates have had their last day at school thrust upon them by the government's measures in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

"Clearly there is anxiety about what the outcomes will be," said Maryam's headteacher Matthew.

"What we will make sure we do at Thornhill, is we will fight any battles that need to be fought on behalf of our students."

He added: "While there is a lot of disappointment, there is a great deal of fortitude, resilience and bounceback-ability and that this is actually part of something wider."

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