COVID-19 was of course a significant development in what was our very full educational calendar. It placed a buffer on the tracks leading to our A-level exams and ultimately to the results that will grant us access to university, higher education or the workplace. Little did we know less than a month ago that we wouldn’t be sitting our final exams and that our educational journey of fourteen years would come to such an abrupt end.

Our unexpected final day, Friday, March 20, still found spirits high at the Burgate School and Sixth Form as we said fond farewells to each other and to staff alike. T-shirts then signed, murals tattooed and finally cupcakes consumed.

For many this abrupt ending has had a strange and large psychological impact, partly due to the new absence of the routine and rigour which our education system instils or hopes to instil upon each individual that passes through its doors. Many of us are suddenly struggling to fill the days or to find meaningful things to do with our days. However, many have also taken the opportunity to really take stock, to enjoy having a rest from formal education and that has been welcomed. Despite this, learning remains important, with much to read, learn about and to critically consider, many Burgate Upper Sixth students are continuing to do just that.

It is sad to be leaving education but it’s important to remember it has simply been a stepping stone to the next chapter in a still unwritten book.

On a side note if the Salisbury Journal are looking for an 18-year-old agony aunt, this writer has his whole 8-3 to fill!

By Louis Hodgkinson – sixth form student

– Editor's note: Thanks for the offer Louis, we'll bear you in mind!