Thousands of pupils in Wolverhampton will be finding out how they fared on Thursday (23 August, 2018), and Councillor Lynne Moran, Cabinet Member for Education, said: "I want to wish all our young people collecting their GCSE and other results next week the very best of luck, and I hope they achieve the outcomes they want.
"I'd like to take this opportunity to congratulate pupils - and their teachers and parents - on all their hard work and wish them the very best for the future, whether they are planning on continuing their education, taking up an apprenticeship or traineeship, or entering employment for the first time."
She added: "The City of Wolverhampton Council is committed to helping schools improve and to driving up standards so that our children and young people have the chance to reach their full potential.
"We have seen steady improvements in educational standards in Wolverhampton over the last few years - with 90% of our schools now rated Good or Outstanding by Ofsted, the highest ever - and over the next few days we'll start to get a clear picture of how pupils have performed in their GCSEs this year."
A number of organisations will be providing help and advice to students, including schools, colleges and training providers, and there are lots of options available for young people - whether their exam results are as they expected, better or not quite as good as they hoped they would be. These include going on to college, entering the world of work or becoming an apprentice.
Apprenticeships are real opportunities for people of all ages who are motivated to work, enthusiastic to learn, and want to earn a competitive salary while gaining a nationally recognised qualification. Leading industries and businesses are looking for the next set of dynamic apprentices to shape the future of organisations in Wolverhampton. More information about apprenticeships is available from Type=links;Linkid=10863;Title=Wolves Workbox Apprenticeships;Target=_blank;.
Black Country Impact provides one to one customised support and training for young people in Wolverhampton who are aged 16 plus and not in employment, education or training. It helps them overcome the barriers that may be stopping them from finding and securing training, education or a job. For more details, please visit Type=links;Linkid=10859;Title=Wolves Workbox iMPACT;Target=_blank;.
Young people can also get impartial advice and help to apply for opportunities from Connexions Wolverhampton on Salop Street. No appointment is needed to use its drop in service on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1.30pm to 4.30pm, or by calling 01902 773040 during office hours. For details, please visit Type=links;Linkid=10864;Title=Wolves Workbox Connexions;Target=_blank;.
Councillor Moran added: "If you haven't quite decided what to do next, don't panic - there are plenty of doors open to you, and plenty of support out there to help you make the right choice including from your school, Connexions Wolverhampton or Type=links;Linkid=9951;Title=Wolves Workbox;Target=_blank;."
- released: Friday 17 August, 2018