Advice available 
for GCSE students

Students get their GCSE exam results last year at Cansfield school, Ashton
Students get their GCSE exam results last year at Cansfield school, Ashton

WIGAN teenagers were today receiving their GCSE results - and were being urged to seek advice before deciding their next move

Almost 4,000 pupils from the borough’s 18 secondary schools found out their grades after a nail-biting wait since taking their exams at the start of the summer.

Results across the borough remain at impressive levels with 63 per cent of pupils achieving five or more best entry GCSEs at A* to C grades including English and maths.

While some pupils may be celebrating with a handful of A* to Cs, some may be disappointed and fear for their prospects.

But Exam Results Helpline (ERH) is open from 8am today to provide advice and support to students picking up GCSE results.

Careers advisers are ready to provide impartial guidance to students who are unsure what to do next.

It can offer advice on subject choices at sixth form as well as information on other potential options for students including local colleges that are available and apprenticeships in the area.

John Carberry, a careers adviser who has worked for the service for over 25 years, said: “A lot of the young people we speak to often aren’t aware of any other options available to them apart from their school’s sixth form. That’s where we come in – to guide each individual on what’s best for them.

“If the students haven’t got the grades they were predicted or have done better than expected it can throw them off their plans. They want to talk things through with someone experienced. Anyone who is unsure what to do next should give us a call on 0808 100 800.”

Coun Joanne Platt, cabinet member for children and young people at Wigan Council, said: “I’d like to congratulate our pupils and teachers, who have worked very hard for these brilliant GCSE results.

“We have an excellent education record here in Wigan Borough and that’s down to the ambition of our pupils, the commitment of our teachers and the support of our parents. I’d like to thank them all for their hard work and support.”