Next Steps advice for GCSE students from Oxfordshire County Council

Oxfordshire County Council has congratulated young people on their 2019 exam successes; thanking parents, carers and Oxfordshire teachers who have helped, supported and encouraged pupils.

County Council Cabinet Member for Education and Cultural Services, Councillor Lorraine Lindsay-Gale, said: “It is our great privilege as a county council to acknowledge the hard work and commitment that our young people routinely show in coming through these important exams. We also celebrate the dedication and professionalism of all staff and governors who do their best to enable children to fulfil their potential.”

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

Councillor Lorraine Lindsay-Gale, said: “If your GCSE results mean you need to change your plans 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.”

For anyone unsure of their next steps after receiving their GCSE exam results, further help can be found at www.oxme.info and through the National Careers Service which has a helpline number: 0800 100 900.

Or for anyone interested in apprenticeships: www.oxfordshireapprenticeships.co.uk

Throughout the results period and beyond, county council staff will be available via the web chat service on the Oxme website to talk to young people and parents about the wide range of learning and employment opportunities available in Oxfordshire for 16-19-year-olds.

Details of drop in sessions and other local support can be found at www.oxme.info/resultsday

Chris Hilliard, Oxfordshire County Council’s Deputy Director for Education, said: “Oxfordshire County Council is seeking to raise its profile in education to work closely with all of our schools in partnership; and provide the best outcomes for our children and young people.

"We are extremely proud of the hard work and dedication of our schools and academies as they strive to achieve the best outcome for children and young people. This is achieved through commitment of head teachers, staff, governors, pupils, and of course parents and carers."