Published: Friday, 17th August 2018

The Cabinet portfolio holders for children’s services and education have offered their best wishes to young people and advised of the opportunities available across Medway.

In a joint statement following A-level results day on Thursday, 16 August, Cllr Andrew Mackness, Portfolio Holder for Children's Services and Cllr Martin Potter, Portfolio Holder covering Educational Attainment and Improvement at Medway Council, said: “A-level results day was both a nerve-wracking and exciting time for hundreds of students across Medway. It is an important time for our young people as they consider their options to prepare for the future. Medway schools continue to make progress and offer support to young people to help them achieve their aspirations. Despite more challenging tests and a reduction nationally in students achieving higher grades, early indications suggest that Medway’s results overall are looking promising. This is a testament to the hard work of Medway’s young people, as well as the professionalism of the teachers.

“In Medway we recognise that one size doesn’t fit all and we have a range of secondary schools offering young people of all abilities and with different interests, from science to sports and arts, the opportunity to reach their full potential. Medway has become a centre of educational excellence with young people from Medway, across the UK and internationally attending one of the many courses offered at either the University of Kent, University of Greenwich, University for the Creative Arts or Canterbury Christ Church University. However, whilst many of Medway’s young people will soon be getting ready to start university, we recognise that more young people are choosing to learn on the job. Our Apprenticeship Academy is an alternative route into further education, offering young people the opportunity to access the world of work and achieve qualifications and new skills. We also offer a variety of courses at Medway Adult Education, which was recently rated good by Ofsted. Our learning centres are based in Gillingham and Rochester and offer a variety of classes, including computing, media, languages and social care. There is also support for students who have a disability. 

“We would like to wish each and every young person going on to the next adventure in their life our best wishes.”

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