Young people who sat their GCSE exams in Reading this summer will be finding out their results this morning.

Vocational technical qualification (VTQ) students will also be receiving their results this week.

The team of advisors at Elevate careers service are on hand to offer guidance and advice to young people who need support after receiving their results this morning, including a drop-in session between 12noon-4pm today (Thursday 24 August).

Brian Grady, Director of Education at Brighter Futures for Children, said: “I wish every success to all the young people receiving their exam results in Reading today.

“Your time at school was interrupted by the pandemic which meant you faced the challenges of remote learning and being away from friends and family. I hope your resilience and hard work has paid off and that you have received the results you wanted.

“If your results are not what you were hoping for, please try not to worry. There are so many different opportunities to consider and our team of expert advisors at Elevate career service can offer you guidance and support.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all headteachers, teachers and school staff in Reading for supporting their pupils with such dedication through challenging times.”

Cllr Ruth McEwan, Reading’s Lead Councillor for Education and Public Health, said: “Congratulations to all young people in Reading receiving their GCSE results today. I have been so impressed with the way you have tackled the challenges of the pandemic with such perseverance and determination and achieved so much.

“This is an exciting time in your lives and if your results were not quite what you were hoping for there are still many options available to you. Please contact our friendly careers advisors at Elevate who can help guide you through them.

“I hope you enjoy the remainder of the summer before embarking on your next adventure.”

There are a variety of ways of getting in touch with advisors at Elevate:

The following websites offer advice for young people and parents/carers about coping with stress and anxiety around the exam results period: