Congratulations to all those students who have their GCSE* results today. I hope that you’ve done as well as you hoped to, and that you are out celebrating.
If you haven’t done as well as you needed to for the plans that you had for September, don’t fear. There are plenty of options available to you including retaking some subjects, choosing a different course in your schools sixth form or at college – either the same subject(s) but at a lower level or different subject(s) you do have the grades for. You could look at undertaking an apprenticeship or taking part in one of the entry to employment courses. Now is the time to speak to a careers advisor at your school or the college you are planning on going to, and seeing what is available to you.
Remember, in ten years time, it won’t matter what you passes you got today, only how you move on from here. I know plenty of successful people who did exceptionally well at school, but I also know plenty of successful people who still haven’t got a C in GCSE maths and don’t plan on doing so either.
*For those that don’t know, GCSEs (standing for General Certificate of Secondary Education) mark the end of compulsory education in England at the age of 16. Typically students will take between 5 and 10 subjects, normally including English Language, Maths and Science. About half of candidates across the country do well enough at 16 to progress directly into courses that can lead to university entrance.
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