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Medway students collect their A level results

Date: 13/08/2008           Category: Learning and Achievement

The agonising wait is over for more than a thousand students across Medway as they collected their A and AS level results today (Thursday, 14 August). Around 1, 200 pupils sat exams at the beginning of the summer, with many hoping they will lead on to a place at university or employment. Last year’s results were the best ever for Medway students; this year’s results will be published nationally in a month or two and is expected to continue the trend. But for pupils whose results may not be as good as predicted, the message is don’t panic and take time to assess the situation before doing anything rash. In these cases help is at hand both from tutors and Medway Connexions. Telephone: 01634 845936, from 9am to 5pm, Thursday, 14 and Friday, 15 August. Text: 07766 413219 Minicom: 0800 968336 Or online at: www.connexions-direct.com Alternatively, students can contact the National Results Helpline on 0808 100 8000. Students are also urged to contact admissions teams at colleges and universities if their results do not meet the conditional offer grades to discuss whether they can be accepted onto the course or be offered an alternative. For pupils at the Sir Joseph Williamson Mathematical School in Maidstone Road, Rochester, the wait was even more agonising as their results were opened in the glare of the media. Headteacher Dr Gary Holden, who was at the school this morning, said the 144 pupils who sat exams should feel incredibly proud of their achievements. He said: “Today’s results are a tribute to the hard work our students have put in for the last two years, and to the excellent support they have received form their teachers. I wish them well in the next important step in their careers.” Chairman of Governors Mick Costello said “I offer my warmest congratulations to the young people who have collected their results today. They are a credit to themselves, their school and their families.” Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services Cllr Les Wicks congratulated all the pupils who sat their A levels. He said: “The students have worked hard and have much to be proud of. I wish them well in their future studies and careers”. Medway Council’s Director of Children and Adults Rose Collinson added: “I congratulate all young people at the end of their courses and celebrate their successes. I wish them all every good wish for the future. “My thanks go also to the teachers and parents for their support of our young people.“