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Waiting over for students as A-level results day dawns

Published: 14 Aug 2014 06:000 comments

THE waiting is over – hundreds of teenagers across Bracknell and Wokingham are finding out their A-level results today (Thursday) to finally find out whether they have secured that all-important place at university.

Jumping for joy: The scene at Ranelagh School last year as youngsters picked up their A-level results.

After years of hard work and long nights of revision, results day can be a highly-charged and stressful time, particularly for those left disappointed with what they find in their brown envelope.

Fortunately, schools and support services are on hand to help guide the kids, and parents, through the confusing world of clearing, adjustment and employment.

Schools throughout the area have been gearing up for the big day.

Kathy Winrow, head-teacher of Ranelagh School in Bracknell, said all department heads and A-level teachers had been in over the holidays to help with the preparations.

“We are ready for the day,” she said. “There will be lots of staff, lots of one-to-one help for the students.

“We do the same every year. We’ll be here on Friday too, to make sure our students are sorted.”

Sandhurst School deputy headteacher Simon Banford added: “Most of our students do get their place at university but we have teams in place who can help them negotiate with the universities.

“We’ll have heads of department and sixth-form teams in, they will be here to help throughout the day.”

Easthampstead Park Community School will also have similar support in place. Deputy headteacher Abigail Hallworth said: “We’ll have the usual provisions in place.

“Students can find out their results online before they come into school, so we have senior teams on hand to support them when they come.”

For independent advice and support, university application system UCAS will also be providing extra advice and guidance on a special helpline.

The Exam Results Helpline is staffed by highly-experienced advisers who are available to students who want to talk through their options, regardless of how happy they are with their results.

This year the service has upped its game and will be providing even more support via dedicated Twitter and Facebook pages.

It is also the only helpline that has direct access to UCAS information about Confirmation and Clearing.

The Exam Results Helpline is available on 0808 100 8000, for further information visit www.ucas.com/examresultshelpline.

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