Celebrating exam success!

Undated handout of teenager looking worried. See PA Feature HEALTH Revision. PA Photo/ Handout.
Undated handout of teenager looking worried. See PA Feature HEALTH Revision. PA Photo/ Handout.

YOUNGSTERS from all over our local area were nervously opening their envelopes on Tuesday morning as exam results were released.

And here at the Arbroath Herald/Guide & Gazette we want to celebrate your exam success and achievements!

Next we will publish messages from pupils who want to share their amazing results and we would also love to know what local youngsters are planning to do next, whether it be university, college, training or employment.

Parents will have also been just as nervous as their children and we also want to hear from any mums, dads or even grandparents who are just bursting with pride with the results too.

So if you want to see your message in the newspaper next week, email us on arbroath.herald@jnscotland.co.uk.

You can also tweet us @Arbroath_Herald or @GuideGazette or leave us a message on Facebook, remembering to tell us which school you attended.

Then we will tell our readers all about your hard work!

Of course there will have been some young people who might not have received the results that they were quite hoping for.

But there are many organisations at hand that will help you decide what to do next.

Skills Development Scotland have set up a free advice line on 0808 100 8000.

Here operators can give advice and support to both parents and pupils about further education and careers.

SDS chief executive Damien Yeates said: “As always our advice is not to panic – making the call is the vital first move in finding out what options are available.

“Often parents or carers call on behalf of their children and that can enable family discussions on the best way ahead.

“The helpline is about finding the right path for the individual and we have a wide range of services to help people identify and build successful careers.”

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) also operate a clearing system on their website where you can check for available courses if you don’t quite make the grades for your preferred university or college option.

Andrea Robertson, director of customer operations at UCAS said: “You can find detailed guidance about the clearing process on the UCAS website, alongside courses still available.

“It’s very important to be flexible and determined when looking at the alternatives, and to research the requirements properly. You should be as well informed as possible before you make that call to admissions staff to discuss your potential acceptance.”

And anybody feeling anxious or worried about their results and would like to speak to somebody about it, ChildLine can be contacted on 0800 1111.