I left school age 18 with good grades in the usual exams (A-levels, and GCSEs before that, for those familiar with the UK style system). Most of my peers opted to go to a standard University, however I started work full time and studied a degree, and eventually a Masters degree after that, with the Open University (distance learning). There were various reasons for that but primarily the chance to get on with career-type work while studying and avoid the debts. I still completed the degree in the usual 3 years.
It's now around 10 years later and I have those 10 years of career relevant work history with increasingly 'senior' positions and more responsibility that goes with that.
I work in a field where background checks, professional integrity, being trustworthy etc are very important (I know those are important in a lot of roles, but some more than others!) due to the high levels of system access and responsibility involved in the role. (Not sure if this is relevant!)
I am now updating my CV again ready for 'other opportunities'.
The usual advice I hear is to leave out "school" (age 16-18) accomplishments from a CV once they have been 'superseded' by a degree and/or years of professional experience.
However, because my degrees were done through a channel more often taken by people who - for whatever reason - didn't do the 'conventional' route e.g. had children quite young, didn't get the required exam grades to get into university, 'dropped out', etc etc... I don't fit that profile and did actually follow that 'conventional' route except with the choice of university.
Should I include the "school" (A-levels) qualifications on a CV because of the points above?
Is there any language I can use on a CV to spin the above (e.g. completing it in 3 years whilst also working full time) - I can talk about this appropriately in an interview, but struggling what/whether to put in writing on the CV to get to the interview stage.