TEENAGERS picking up their GCSE results today who didn’t quite get the grades they wanted are being assured that all is not lost.
Hundreds of secondary school students from across Hartlepool and East Durham were collecting their GCSEs this morning after five years of hard work.
Many will be jumping for joy having bagged the grades they wanted.
Some may not have done as well as they would have liked.
But the message from town colleges and career advisors is “don’t panic – help is here”.
Hartlepool Sixth Form College assistant principal Adrian Bostock, who oversees careers advice and guidance, said: “Generally, any student who is interested in progressing with Hartlepool Sixth Form College, whether they get the expected results or not, should make contact with the college where we would be pleased to speak and advise of support.
“Our enrolment starts today. Young people who have already applied to us have all been allocated enrolment appointments and that will continue throughout next week.
“If students have not been in touch, the message we put out is it’s never too late.”
Colette Hogarth, head of sixth form at English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College, said: “We advise people not to panic. We look at everyone on an individual basis at EMS and they should come to our enrolment day between 9am and noon tomorrow or they can pop in to speak to staff throughout next week for expert advice and guidance.
“We will look at the best options and way forward for them and hopefully be able to find a path that suits them.”
Nacro offers an alternative to A-Levels.
Bosses at the Usworth Road-based centre say 13 per cent of 16 to 18-year-olds are Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET).
But keeping young people in education will mean better qualified, “job-ready” young people if they find the environment that meets their needs and the demands of local employers.
Manager Barry Hockborn said the main aim is to get young people work-ready and bursaries mean getting paid while studying.
Sarah-Louise Dawson, 19, struggled at college and dropped out after becoming pregnant. But Nacro helps her with childcare and she has just passed her Level 1 in motor vehicle repair.
East Durham students looking for apprenticeships can visit here.
The free Exam Results Helpline number is 0808 100 8000.
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