Results day celebrations for Warwickshire GCSE pupils

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Thousands of the county’s pupils will be celebrating today

(Thursday) as results come in for their GCSEs and

vocational examinations.

Full county data is not available until later in the year

but Warwickshire headteachers are anticipating improved

results again this year, with the local authority expecting

results above the national average.

Cllr Heather Timms, Warwickshire County Council, Portfolio

Holder for Children Young People and Families, said: “This

is a really important time for pupils who will be full of

nervous excitement as they open up their exam result

envelopes.

“I congratulate all students on their achievements and wish

them luck for the future, whether that will be in continued

full-time education, employment or training.

“The long hours of hard work and dedication of all the

teaching staff, plus the support of parents, that

contributed to the students’ success should also be

celebrated today.

“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.”

Around 5800 sixteen-year-olds sat their GCSEs this year.

And, as a result of continuing partnership working between

schools, further education colleges and training providers,

increasing numbers of 16-year-olds are also celebrating

success with GCSE equivalent qualifications, such as Young

Apprenticeships, BTECs and other practical and applied

learning qualifications.

Yvonne Rose, Warwickshire’s County Council’s learning and

achievement service manager for the secondary phase, added:

“I am sure many young people will be delighted today as

they receive their GCSE results which will enable them to

move on to the next stage in education, training or

employment.

“Under the government’s recent legislation to raise

participation and increase the nation’s level of education

and skills, 2013 will be the first time that all young

people completing Year 11 will be expected to continue in

education or training for one more year. They can stay in

full time education or training at school or FE college, or

start an apprenticeship or a job with training.”