STUDENTS in Wiltshire collecting exam results today are being congratulated – and offered advice – as they decide on their futures.
Wiltshire Council has congratulated students for their dedication and hard work as secondary schools and colleges open early for results day.
Cllr Laura Mayes, cabinet member for education and skills, said: “Congratulations to all the students who are finding out their A Level and Vocational Technical Qualification (VTQ) results across Wiltshire today. It really is a culmination of the years of hard work and dedication that they’ve put in, and students should be proud of their achievements.
“I also wish to extend my congratulations and thanks to the teachers, and other school staff for the support and hard work that they have put in to help students achieve their results. Also to the families who are there supporting students through what can be challenging times.
“If there are students who don’t quite have the results they wanted or are unsure of what to do next, there is a whole range of advice out there to help. So don’t worry, speak to your school or college, use the support available and you will find the path that’s right for you. Good luck to everyone.”
Students who do not receive the grades they anticipated should initially speak to their school or college who can offer help and advice about options available to them including the appeals process.
There is a dedicated results day page on the Work Wiltshire website at workwiltshire.co.uk/results-day, with details of the support and advice available.
For those thinking about starting an apprenticeship after A Levels, information and registration details can be found at workwiltshire.co.uk/home/apprenticeships.
The Building Bridges programme can help people to develop their confidence and skills, access education or take steps towards employment.
The free programme (jointly funded by the European Social fund and National Lottery Community Fund) offers 1:1 support from a friendly development worker to help students decide on next steps in getting employment, education, or training.
People who are worried about receiving their exam results or require support following their results can contact the Wiltshire SHOUT service. This is a free, anonymous 24/7 mental health text messaging service which will not appear on your bill. Text WILTS to 85258 to be connected with a trained volunteer who will aim to support you to a calm and safe place.
Help and support is also available from the National Careers service, which can be contacted via social media, webchat or by phone. You can contact the helpline on 0800 100 900 from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 5pm on Saturday.