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Congratulations to Norfolk GCSE students

22 August 2019

The wait is over for thousands of students in Norfolk as they find out their GCSE results today.

Early indications show that average results from Year 11 students in Norfolk schools, for GCSE English and Maths at Grade 4 and above, have slightly increased on last year at 63% compared to 62% in 2018.

John Fisher, Cabinet Member for children’s services at Norfolk County Council said:

“Congratulations to the students across Norfolk who are receiving their GCSE results today. Their achievements are down to years of hard work and dedication throughout their school careers.

“I would also like to recognise the important role that Norfolk’s teachers, parents and carers have played in helping to achieve these results.

“Students have an exciting range of options open to them, from further study at A-Level to work-based placements with an apprenticeship. I would encourage anyone who is unsure about what to do next to use the advice and guidance available to them."

"From the results that have already come in I am excited and encouraged by what we have seen today and I want to wish Norfolk's next generation the best of luck with whatever they do next. We should continue to have high aspirations for education at any age in Norfolk and these results are a key part of that.”

Case study - Emily Redmond

Emily joined the English GCSE course with Norfolk County Council's Adult Learning at Wensum Lodge.

Emily Redmond, 31, had a difficult time at school so her self-confidence was very low. She decided to join the GCSE English course at Wensum Lodge so she could apply for a place at university.

When Emily joined it was discovered that she had undiagnosed dyslexia so she was given additional support through the Learner Services Team.

Emily said: “My reading and writing had always been a cause of anxiety for me and I’d always suspected that I might be dyslexic but was also afraid that I might just be stupid. The classes slowly brought me out of my shell and helped me build my confidence, not only in my writing ability but in my ability to talk to people.”

Emily received her results today and has achieved a Grade 8 in GCSE English which will allow her to fulfil her life-long ambition of going to university. She has been offered a place to study Ceramics at the University of the Arts London at the Central St Martins college.

She said: “I still can’t believe how far I’ve come. This course has done more for me than I ever would have imagined, and I would advise anyone who’s thinking about it to just go for it. You’d be surprised what you can achieve and what you’re capable of.”

Photo above - Emily Redmond

Wensum Lodge hold enrolment days in September for GCSE courses, which are free for anyone aged 19+ on 31 August 2019.  Visit the Adult Learning webpage for more information.

Advice for students

There's plenty of help and advice for those who may have not done as well as expected, changed their mind or don’t have anything for in place for September.

Who can you speak to about your plans?

  • Speak to the careers teacher/adviser at the school you went to - they will be able to offer you help and advice.
  • Get in touch with the sixth form or college you have applied to - find out whether they will still give you a place on your chosen course.Even if you have not achieved the grades required for the course you may still be able to get a place on another suitable course.
  • Call the Exam Results Helpline on 0800 100 900, from 8am to 10pm, 7 days a week (available from 14-29 August).You can speak to experienced careers advisers for advice on all the different options available.Calls are free from landlines and most mobile numbers.
  • Speak to an adviser at Norfolk's Help You Choose Helpline on 0344 800 8022 - if you are not fixed up and need impartial advice or support.
  • Visit the Help You Choose website to search for the latest courses and qualifications in sixth forms and colleges or look for apprenticeships, traineeships and training vacancies.

For more information about what to do on results day see The Student Room GCSE results advice.

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