Results Day

It's that time of year again. Teenagers up and down the country have been anxiously awaiting GCSE and A-level results. Shaping future careers and influencing life-decisions -and going through it with my own children - I know results day can be an anxious time for parents too.

We had some fantastic results across Maidstone and the Weald. Photographs of students jumping for joy were pleasingly aplenty.

Staff and students at The High Weald Academy celebrated after securing their best ever GCSE results; while 68% of students from Cornwallis and New Line Learning Academies gained A* to C grades with the overall pass rate increasing from 98% to 99%. Brilliant.

A-level results were equally impressive. St Simon Stock in Oakwood Park achieved a 100% pass rate with 79% of students achieving three A-levels. The number of pupils to scoring A* to B grades increased by 10% at St Augustine Academy; and at Oakwood Park Grammar, 72% of results were between A* -B in pre-university subjects. Just a handful of the superb results. Congratulations to all and good luck to those students going off to university.

Of course results day can be a disappointing day for some, but university is not the only pathway to success.

Indeed, since 2010 some 1.8 million new apprenticeships have been created giving young people the chance to earn and gain a qualification whilst gaining invaluable workplace experience. The Government is also offering £1,500 grants for businesses of up to 1,000 employees to take on 16 to 24 year old apprentices if they haven't taken one on in the last year.

I've seen for myself the power of apprenticeships in action: at the Hilton Hotel Maidstone and at Maidstone McDonald's. Hard working youngsters achieving management positions and others going off to Uni.

So whatever the result last week: our young people across the constituency can be confident, that with hard work, they'll find a career that suits them.


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