Students across the Westmorland and Furness area celebrate exam success following GCSE results day.
Early indications show results in the area have improved for all pupils compared to the last time students sat physical exams in 2019. For disadvantaged pupils, grades 4 to 9 are up 2.4% and grades 5 to 9 are up 3.5%.
Compared with the outcomes from the previous year, results in Westmorland and Furness present a slight fall, as do the results nationally. The fall does not come as a surprise as the results have been realigned since the 2022 GCSE outcomes which took account of disruption caused by COVID-19.
Naturally, GCSE results day is marked by contrasting emotions, with some young people celebrating and others not getting the results they were hoping for. Whatever the result, all students should be congratulated for their exceptional efforts in what has been a unique and challenging few years.
Cllr Sue Sanderson, Westmorland and Furness Council’s Cabinet Member for Children's Services, Education and Skills, said:
“Following a challenging few years, the improved results are a testament to the hard work and dedication of our young people and I want to take this opportunity to congratulate you all.
“Whatever you decide to do next, know that whatever your results there are still plenty of opportunities available to you – including with us here at the council. Each year we announce our apprenticeship opportunities and have numerous jobs available right now with excellent progression opportunities.”
“Today is a day to acknowledge the great work of students, as well as all the excellent work by Head Teachers, Teachers, schools, colleges and parents. I want to take this opportunity to say thank you all for supporting our young people over the last few months.”
Milorad Vasic, Westmorland and Furness Council’s Director of Children's Services, said:
“I want to congratulate our young people on all their hard work and I am immensely proud of everyone’s efforts.
“Whatever your results it is now time for you to focus on the future and the opportunities which lie ahead. I wish all our students every success as they embark on this exciting next step in their lives and careers.
“If you’re unsure about what to do next, parents, carers or pupils can contact the National Careers Service Exam Results Helpline on 0800 100 900.”
If any student is unhappy with their GCSE grades, they will have the opportunity to sit an exam in the autumn, or, in certain circumstances, to appeal the grade through their school or college.
The National Careers Service Exam Results Helpline is available for young people who need help or advice around exam results or next steps. To speak to a career’s adviser, call 0800 100 900 from 8am to 10pm, 7 days a week.