Young people across Reading have been receiving their A-level results this morning (Tuesday 10 August).

As last year, the government decided A-level exams could not be held this summer because of the disruption students faced due to the pandemic.

Instead, teachers were asked to assess the standard of work each student had achieved in their subjects so the school or college could determine a grade.

Young people in Reading who received their results today should be proud of what they have achieved under such difficult circumstances. And they should take advantage of the support on offer if they are disappointed with their results.

Prof Dr Kate Reynolds, Director of Education at Brighter Futures for Children, said: “It has been a challenging time for students who have had their education disrupted during a vital period of their school career and I would like to congratulate all those who have achieved the results they were after.

“Any young people who did not receive the grades they hoped for should contact our excellent Elevate careers service to discuss all the options open to them.

“I would like to pay tribute to all school staff in Reading who have worked so tirelessly to support young people throughout the pandemic.”

Cllr Ashley Pearce, Reading’s Lead Councillor for Education, said: “Young people receiving their A-level results today have experienced an extraordinary 16 months. Those who achieved the grades they wanted should be very proud that their determination and perseverance has paid off.

“Anyone who did not receive the results they had hoped for should not worry as there are so many options open to them and I would urge them to seek the advice and support available.

“I would like to thank all staff in Reading’s schools who have given 100% commitment to educating and support their students throughout the pandemic.”

Young people in Reading can access information, advice and guidance from Brighter Futures for Children’s expert careers advisers if they are concerned about their exam results. The team at Elevate careers service can be contacted in the following ways:

Elevate is also holding a summer networking event next week to give young people a chance to talk to local providers about college courses, training and employment opportunities. The event is being held in partnership with New Meaning on Thursday 19 August, 11am-3pm, in Portman Road, Reading.

Young people living in Reading aged 16-19, or up to 25 for young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities, can book a place by calling Elevate on 0118 937 3766 or by email to:

The Virtual School will be available on results day to support children looked after and care leavers if they require any advice, information or guidance. Please contact Mab Akhter, Virtual School Assistant Headteacher, at