Statement on today's GCSE results

Statement from County Councillor Jayne Rear, Lancashire County Council's cabinet member for education and skills:

"Congratulations to all of Lancashire's GCSE students, who should be very proud of their achievements after many years of hard work and weeks of revision not to mention the long wait for results to be published.

"We are very proud of all that they have achieved, especially against the extra pressures that they have endured as a result of the pandemic and wish them every success as they move to the next stage in their education.

"Many will be delighted with their results but for those who perhaps did not gain the grades they hoped for, our fantastic advisors at Talkzone are available to talk about anything from results, to feeling low, relationships, finding work or training.

"I'd like to remind pupils that there are always lots of possibilities and other options to consider, it just might be that you want to take a different path to the one you originally planned.

"A huge 'thank you' to our hardworking school staff, who always go above and beyond for the pupils in their care."

Notes to editors

Note to Editors:

Lancashire County Council's specialist support service, Talkzone, is a vital advice service offering help and support to all young people between the ages of 12 to 19 years and up to 25-years-old for those with a disability.

The service can be accessed by telephone, email, text and web talk. It is available from 2pm to 10pm every day, 365 days a year - even including weekends and Bank Holidays.

In addition to contacting Talkzone, young people whose results aren't what they expected are urged to contact the university, college or further education provider that they had planned to attend and discuss the options and courses that are still available to them..

Young people can call Talkzone on 0800 511 111, text on 07786 511 111 or email Alternatively, get in touch through its access webtalk services or via Facebook.