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Council congratulates and reassures Cornwall's students on GCSE results day

It is several weeks since pens were downed following the last of this year's GCSE exams and students will be nervously checking their results this morning.

It can be a worrying time for many of the teenagers, hoping to get the grades they need for the next part of their lives.  This could include further study in college or starting an apprenticeship.

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Sally Hawken, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Wellbeing said: “Congratulations to all those collecting their GCSE results this week – I hope the hard work has paid off and you have achieved the results you wanted. I wish you all best for whatever path you decide to follow.

“And as well as students, I’d like to give praise to teachers, staff, Governors, parents and carers for their role in helping young people fulfil their potential.”

This will be the second year that numerical grades have been used - after replacing the traditional A* to G grades as part of a general overhaul of the GCSE system in the last few years. 

Sally continued: “Collecting GCSE results can be an emotional time for teenagers and their families alike, however, young people now have access to more pathways than ever before.

“While young people now continue in learning or training until they are 18, this does not mean they need necessarily to stay on in a classroom. Many will choose to remain in full time education, such as a school sixth form or FE College, however they can also opt for work based learning such as an apprenticeship or take part in part time education or training if they are employed, self-employed or volunteering for 20 hours or more per week.

“For anyone who is unsure what to do next, they can contact the National Careers Service which offers free and impartial advice and access to a range of online tools, including skills tests, course search, job search advice and personalised help from careers advisers.”

The National Careers Service can be contacted in confidence by telephone on a dedicated careers helpline 0800 100 900, via web chat and email by searching online for the National Careers Service.

Posted on Thursday, August 22