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GSCE results day is just around the corner! I know this can be a nervous time for children all across England, anxiously reliving the answers you provided and wondering what results you might get. You might have seen your friends and siblings get their A-level exam results last week and this may have got you thinking about your next steps and what you want to do – which is so exciting!  

The last few years have been challenging, for children and young people especially. You have had months of online learning, being away from your teachers, your friends and haven’t been able to do the things you love. I am so impressed by the way you have handled this time – something to tell your grandchildren about one day. I want you to be proud of all you have achieved because I know it hasn’t been easy. 

GCSEs are always stressful, they are the first of the big exam seasons and can influence what you do next in life. I really hope the grades you get reflect the hard work I am sure you all put into preparing for your exams. But it’s important to remember that, if you don’t get the grades you are hoping for, there are always other options and other journeys to consider. It is so important that you use the resilience you built up during the pandemic to respond to whatever the outcome is on Thursday.  

Try and distract yourself as best you can, enjoy the last few days of summer before you start thinking about going back to school. Know that there are people around you, like friends, parents and teachers that will be there to support you and help you navigate what the next stage of your education or training might be.  Good luck!  

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