Thurrock politicians congratulate students on A-level results after challenging year

YEAR 13 students across Thurrock are receiving their A-level results this week. Published by the Department for Education on Thursday 13 August, the results follow months of disruption to the usual end of year and exam process due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Cllr Shane Hebb, Deputy Leader of the Council, said: “I would like to pass on my many congratulations to our students who, after months of uncertainty, have either received their A-level results this week or are due to receive them by post soon.

Councillor Shane Hebb

“Despite the many disruptions caused by COVID-19 and no final exams taking place in education across the country as we would have expected, our young people have worked incredibly hard and have continued with their studies, striving to achieve their best.

“A number of students may choose to appeal their calculated grades through their school or college, or would like to improve their grades by sitting examinations in the autumn and I wish anyone in this position the best of luck.

“Everyone should be proud of what they have achieved during this challenging academic year and I want to reassure you that there is plenty of support available across the borough to guide you with next steps. I wish all our young people every success in the future.”

In addition to the support available from individual schools, young people in the borough aged 16+ can receive free, virtual support in deciding their next steps including education, employment and training, from Thurrock Careers advisors based at Inspire Youth Hub in Grays. For more information please visit the careers support webpage or call the team on 01375 413 735.

Useful tips and guidance are also available for those thinking about the next steps to take with jobs and careers across the borough via Thurrock Opportunities.

Shadow portfolio holder for education, cllr Bukky Okanade also congratulated students.

She said: “We all understand this year has been difficult and disruptive to students, particularly the disappointment of not being able to sit normal exams.  

My congratulations to our young people today, who have received their A level results.  I hope the results have best reflected the dedication and hard work they’ve put in.  I also hope the results will move them to the next stages of their career, whether work or furthering their education to University and other endeavours.

“I would also like to appreciate Thurrock schools, teachers and support workers for getting the students through this challenging time”.

The portfolio holder for education, cllr Andrew Jeffries did not issue a statement as he is on holiday.

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