School pupils across Sunderland received their GCSE results today (Thursday 20 August). For some students, today marks the end of their time at school and the beginning of the rest of their lives. Whilst some will continue on to complete their A Levels, others will go onto college, training schemes such as apprenticeships, or will even make their way into the world of work for the first time.
Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, this is the first time that GCSE exams haven’t gone ahead. The exams – which were due to take place this summer – were cancelled across the UK to help control the spread of the virus. Students will now receive their centre assessment grades, which are the grades their school predicted they would receive in their exams, had exams gone ahead.
Jill Colbert, Chief Executive at Together for Children, said: “I’d like to congratulate all of the pupils who received their GCSE results today and wish them all the very best for their future. Pupils, parents and school staff alike have faced incredibly challenging circumstances over the past few months due to coronavirus lockdown restrictions and they should all be immensely proud of the way they have adapted during this time, ensuring our young people in Sunderland continue to learn and reach their potential.
Councillor Louise Farthing, Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services at Sunderland City Council, said: “Well done to all pupils receiving their GCSE results today. Coronavirus restrictions have placed huge pressure on students and schools, but your continued dedication and achievements should be celebrated, and you should all be very proud of yourselves.”
Jill adds: “Together for Children offers a Careers and NEET Service for all young people in Sunderland. If you’ve received your GCSE results today and aren’t sure what you’d like to do next, please do get in touch with our team, who can provide advice and guidance about further education, training and employment. Together, we help you to decide what your next steps will be.”
Any young person aged 13-18 can access our Careers and NEET Service, as well as young people up to the age of 25 who have a special educational need or disability and an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). Get in touch to speak to one of our team.