Oxford,
24
August
2017
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12:05
Europe/London

Thousands of Oxfordshire students receive GCSE results

Relief has arrived for thousands of nervous students across Oxfordshire who opened their GCSE results today.

A comprehensive and validated list of results per school will, as usual, be available in the Autumn from central Government – including comparisons with how Oxfordshire has fared against the national picture on key measures.

Commitment of students and teachers

Cabinet Member for Public Health and Education, Councillor Hilary Hibbert-Biles, said: “On results day it is our job as a community and a county council to acknowledge the hard work and commitment that our young people routinely show in coming through these important exams, and the dedication and professionalism of our teaching staff who do their best to enable children to fulfil their potential.

“The exam period is a stressful time for young people, so it’s also important to remember the role of parents and carers in supporting their children to achieve their goals.

“We look forward to the Autumn when councillors will no doubt want to analyse how Oxfordshire is performing. Academies are fully independent of councils, but we do take our role seriously in seeking to congratulate and perpetuate good practice while holding to account and seeking to assist schools where performance could be better.”

Next steps

While the vast majority will choose to stay on at school or further education colleges, there is also a wide range of workplace training schemes and apprenticeships available within Oxfordshire.

Throughout the results period and beyond, county council staff will be available via the web chat service on the Oxme website or over the phone (01865 328460) to talk to young people and parents about the wide range of learning and employment opportunities available in Oxfordshire, and to help with applications.

“Cllr Hibbert-Biles added: “If you don’t get the GCSE grades you’re hoping for, or are simply not sure what to do next, you can rest assured there will be a place in learning guaranteed for you in September.

“Our simple message to young people is not to panic - there are plenty of opportunities out there and the professional help you need to figure out what to do next. You should speak to your school, local college or get in touch with the council for help and advice.”

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