Thousands of the county’s pupils will be celebrating today (Thursday 23rd August) as results come in for their GCSEs and vocational examinations.
Full county data is not available until later in the year but Warwickshire head teachers and the local authority are anticipating Warwickshire’s results will again be above the national average.
Cllr Colin Hayfield, Warwickshire County Council, Portfolio Holder for Education and Learning, said: “Congratulations to everyone collecting their results today. This is a really important time for pupils who will be full of nervous excitement as they open up their exam result envelopes.”
“It will be some time before we know the full validated results for Warwickshire but we are optimistic that the vast majority of Warwickshire pupils will have reached their target grades. I wish everyone the best of luck for the future whether that will be in continued full-time education, an apprenticeship or training.”
Chris Malone, Head of Education and Learning for Warwickshire said, “Warwickshire’s new Education Strategy was approved by the County Council in July. It focuses on ‘working in partnership, celebrating success and aiming for excellence’. Today we celebrate the achievements of thousands of Warwickshire young people and we acknowledge the contribution made by all the educators who have supported them so that they can succeed.”
Around 5600 sixteen-year-olds sat their GCSEs in schools this year. In addition further education colleges and training providers supported a number of 16-year-olds with GCSEs and equivalent qualifications, such as BTECs and other practical and applied learning qualifications.
Under the government’s legislation to raise participation and increase the nation’s level of education and skills, all young people completing Year 11 will be expected to continue in education or training until they reach at least their 18th birthday. They can stay in full time education or training at school, a Sixth Form College, an FE College, a training provider or start an apprenticeship or a job with training.
For anyone who does not achieve the grades they hoped for or has not yet secured a post-16 destination, Prospects Independent Careers Services can offer support. Prospects are commissioned by Warwickshire County Council to provide free independent careers guidance and support to 16 to 18 years who have yet to secure a post 16 destination. Tel: 01926 461600 or 02476 321 950.
The following website contains information to help with searching and applying for an apprenticeship https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeshipsearch
Alternatively, The National Careers Service can be contacted to access free information and advice about education, training and work on Tel: 0800 100 900.