Conservative led Wiltshire Council has praised GCSE students for their determination and hard work as they collect their GCSE results today (25 August).
Students are receiving exam assessed grades for the first time since 2019, after COVID restrictions led to the introduction of teacher assessed grades.
GCSEs are currently ranked on a 9-1 scale, where 9 is the top grade and grade 4 is a standard pass, roughly in line with the former Grade C.
Conservative Cllr Laura Mayes, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills said:
Congratulations to all students finding out their GCSE results today.
Also thanks to those who have provided support to students, teachers, school staff parents and carers who have helped students through the challenges of the last few years.
If you have obtained the grades you wanted good luck with your next steps. For those students who don't have the grades they were expecting you have support around you to decide the best options. Good luck to everyone.
Students that do not receive the grades they anticipated should initially speak to their school or college who can offer help and advice about options available to them including the appeals process.
There is also a dedicated results page on the Work Wiltshire: Results day full of advice and what to do next. The site also has a range of information including apprenticeship advice for those wanting to consider this route.
The Work Wiltshire: Building Bridges can also help those who did not get the results they wanted. The free programme (funded by the European Social fund and Lottery community Fund) offers 1:1 support from a friendly development worker to help students decide on next steps in getting employment, education, or training.
The programme offers careers advice sessions with Adviza for more vulnerable young people (aged 16-18) that provide extra support from a qualified Careers Adviser. This is available until the end of August and offers face to face, online and telephone sessions. Advisors will encourage and assist these students into what they want to do next either education, employment, or training. People can contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
The National Careers service will be answering calls on their helpline between 8am and 8pm from Thursday 18 August to Friday 2 September.
Call them on 0800 100 900 for support following results day.