County celebrates excellent results
THOUSANDS of the county’s pupils celebrated on Thursday as results came in for their GCSEs and vocational examinations.
And head teachers and the local authority are celebrating as Warwickshire’s results are again above the national average.
Cllr Colin Hayfield, Warwickshire County Council, Portfolio Holder for Education and Learning, said: “Congratulations to everyone who has collected their results. This is a really important time for pupils.”
“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.
"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 5,600 16-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 is 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.
Telephone: 01926 461600 or 02476 321 950. The following website contains information to help with searching and applying for an apprenticeship 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.
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