The Upper Bann MLA said, “Today will have been a hugely significant day for each of the 26,000 students receiving AS and A Level results. It is a testament both to their hard work and of everyone associated with our schools that local students have again outperformed their counterparts across the rest of the United Kingdom. We must ensure that we retain that excellence within our education system whilst working to improve levels of under attainment.
Whilst it will have been a day of celebration for many it is important to remember that today is not the end, but only the beginning of the story for these students. It is important everyone weighs up all the choices that are now available to them. Whilst many will move to university, this is not the only option, and for those who are disappointed today, the first point of contact should be your school or college for advice. There are alternative qualifications available, whilst Higher Level Apprenticeships can also help provide a pathway into employment. The Clearing process is also an opportunity for others to secure a university place.
The CCEA results helpline will also remain open from 9am-5pm until 30th August. It can be contacted by phone on 02890 261260 or at [email protected]. There are many paths available and whilst these results are important, they do not have to define outcomes in later life.”