Council celebrates GCSE results in Bucks

The waiting is finally over for thousands of young people across Buckinghamshire today (23 August), as they find out their GCSE results at long last.

As they prepare to take their next steps, whether in more education or training, Mike Appleyard, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, wanted to take the opportunity to send his congratulations on their hard work.

He said: “I would like to congratulate all our GCSE students on their results today. A huge amount of hard work goes into preparing for these exams and, as ever, our students are a real credit to their schools and to the whole county. I hope their efforts are rewarded and they get the grades they aimed for.

“A huge thank you to the teachers and school staff too, who have worked tirelessly to support our students, as do so many members of their family and friends. Exams time can be testing for lots of people, so I hope they all have the opportunity to enjoy their success.

“Whatever the outcome it’s really important for Year 11 students to know exactly what their options are as they continue their education or training. These are:

– full-time education such as sixth form or college

– an apprenticeship or traineeship

– part-time education or training if they are employed, self-employed or volunteering for more than 20 hours a week

“Even if students haven’t done quite as well as expected in their GCSEs, there are still opportunities available to them. Schools can put them in touch with advisers who can go through the options open to them. These include a wide range of vocational qualifications, apprenticeships and other opportunities. Further information is available at which is specifically aimed at Year 11 leavers.

“Buckinghamshire has a reputation for great education and we are constantly looking for new ways to work with schools and other providers to ensure children and young people have access to the very best opportunities available.”