GCSE Results Day: Pupils praised after second year of returning to exams

In the second year of returning to exam-based assessment since the coronavirus pandemic, Durham County Council has acknowledged the success of pupils receiving their results across the county today.

In County Durham, 62.2 per cent of children achieved the pass grade of four and above in English and maths. This data is slightly above figures for 2019 which was the last time formal exams took place with the same grade boundaries.

Cllr Ted Henderson, Durham County Council’s Cabinet member for children and young people’s services, said: “I would like to say a big well done to all the students receiving their GCSE qualifications today.

“Not only is this the year where grading has returned to pre-pandemic levels, but it is also the second year of exam-based assessment since covid. While it has been a few years since the pandemic, these pupils will have experienced disruption through their time at school and at the beginning of their GCSE studies. They should all be very proud of what they have achieved today, which is due to their hard work in the face of these challenges.

“Whether you decide to use today’s achievements to pursue further education or work placements, there are lots of opportunities for young people in County Durham.”

Pupils who did not receive the grades they hoped for and those looking for careers advice can visit www.durhamworks.info where they will find information on apprenticeships, recruitment and training for 16 to 24-year-olds across the county.

There is also more information about the council’s apprenticeship programmes and adult learning and employability courses at www.durham.gov.uk/jobsandcareers

Meanwhile, the mental health and wellbeing community Kooth is offering support to young people via its website www.kooth.com and social media channels, @KoothUK on Facebook or @Kooth_UK on Instagram.

The charity Young Minds also offers support and guidance online at www.youngminds.org.uk