Whitby student welcomes A-level U-turn - but still left in limbo over his future

An A-level student from Whitby Sixth Form who felt he’d been robbed of his future is now hoping to get on his chosen course at Imperial College London.

By Duncan Atkins
Tuesday, 18th August 2020, 1:22 pm
Updated Tuesday, 18th August 2020, 1:26 pm
A-level student Kilian Robinson.
A-level student Kilian Robinson.

Kilian Robinson, 18, of Egton, consistently achieved the highest possible grades for his subjects Biology, Chemistry and Maths over the past two years.

But he was horrified on Thursday to discover that his centre assessment grades had been reduced from A*A*A* to ABB by the controversial Government algorithm, despite him not once attaining anything lower than an A.

He said today (Tues) that Imperial College London had indicated they would keep his place on a Biological Scienes course open to him if he successfully appealed.

Yesterday's Government’s U-turn means Kilian has attained his grades and fulfilled his side of the bargain.

He is now waiting to hear back from Imperial College London, having emailed them after the dramatic climbdown was announced.

“They said they would honour my offer if I got the grades – now I’ve got them," he said.

“The fight isn’t over. Everyone is anxious about it and what if the course is full?

“It’s a massive problem, yes I’ve got my grades but it’s still to be resolved.”

Kilian was offered a place on a Molecular Genetics course in Edinburgh, despite not his results being initially downgraded, but he declined as he has set his heart on a place at Imperial College London.

Earlier in the week, Kilian hit out at the system of students’ grades being moderated, adding: “I have sacrificed invaluable time with friends and put my heart and soul into my A-levels.”