More than 16,000 pupils in Essex are celebrating after collecting their GCSE results - (Thursday 24 August).
On results day, Essex County Council has moved to praise learners across the county for their hard work and dedication to their studies.
Councillor Tony Ball, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Education Excellence, Lifelong Learning and Employability, said: “I would like to extend my congratulations to everyone who sat their GSCE exams this year.
“The commitment and dedication of learners, teachers and families have contributed to some fantastic outcomes, and I want to wish everyone who has collected their results today the best in whatever they decide to do next.
“We remain committed to ensuring all pupils in Essex receive the best possible education and continue to work very closely with all schools in order to ensure this is the case.”
The National Careers Service (telephone 0800 100 900 - open until 30 August, from 8am to 10pm) and school or college career advisers can provide information, advice and guidance to students about resits, qualification and subject choices, apprenticeship and careers advice. Any young people who are feeling worried or overwhelmed by the options available to them after leaving school are encouraged to find out about the local wellbeing support available.
If a student is not happy with their results in some subjects, they have the option to appeal their results or retake their exams in those subjects. Their school or college will be able to tell them about these processes.
Alongside school leavers, ACL Essex learners across the county have also received their results today. ACL offers a range of GCSE courses, from English, maths and various sciences to psychology, sociology and computer science.
The adult education provider also offers residents the chance to go onto further learning once they have achieved their GCSEs by enrolling on an Access to Higher Education course.
Councillor Ball added: “Offering adults the opportunity to take GCSEs helps them increase their employment opportunities, build essential skills, and enables people to take the next steps in their learning journey.
“I’m proud of the fact ACL Essex offers such a range of opportunities for people across Essex and would again pass my congratulations to the learners who have picked up their results today.”
New GCSE courses at ACL will commence in September. English and maths GCSEs are free to those people who do not currently hold a grade (A*-C/ 4+) in the subject already. Find out more at https://aclessex.com/gcses/.
Cllr Peter Schwier AIEMA
Cabinet Member for Environment, Waste Reduction & Recycling