PUPILS who have spent their summers anxiously waiting for their GCSE results will be able to collect them from schools tomorrow.
Pupils from Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School will be among thousands who have sat their exams this summer collecting results, a week after sixth-formers picked up their A Level results.
Last year, 57 per cent of students in Derbyshire achieved five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C with 96 per cent achieving five or more GCSEs at grades A* to G.
New legislation means that all school leavers now have to stay on in education or training until they are 17.
Derbyshire County Council’s deputy cabinet member for children and young people Jim Coyle said: “It is a nervous time waiting for exam results but I hope students are rewarded for their efforts over the last two years.
“It’s never been more important for students to know what options are open to them as new rules mean they have to stay on in education or training.
“Whatever their results, help is available including from schools and county advisers and from our Skills Festivals.”
Currently, most students stay in some form of education or training when they finish Year 11 but options open to school leavers this year include going on to full-time education. These include sixth form, college or work-based learning; an apprenticeship or part-time education or training if they are employed, self-employed or volunteering for more than 20 hours a week
Derbyshire County Council, in partnership with Derby City Council and the National Apprenticeship Service, has organised a series of careers events for Year 11s showcasing careers, employment and training options for 15 to 19 year-olds.
The events take place from 3.30pm until 8pm at Pride Park Stadium in Derby on September 18 and 19; the University of Derby in Buxton on September 24 and at the Proact Stadium, in Chesterfield on September 25.
Councillor Coyle added: “Young people who stay on in education or work-based training will have better skills, more opportunities throughout their life and more chance of fulfilling their potential.
“Even if students don’t do as well as expected in their exams, schools can put then in touch with advisers who can go through all the options open to them.”