Creating a Brighter Future for Staffordshire children

The culmination of years of work and the waiting was finally over this week for Staffordshire students who have been busy collecting their results for both GCSE and A Level studies.

Congratulations to young people across the county who have achieved excellent results with early indications from 43 of our schools showing that 57% of students achieved 5 A* – C including English and Mathematics.

Although we are yet to collate the final data, initial results indicate that our steady GCSE improvement appears to be continuing in line with national trends.

For those students who didn’t get exactly as they had hoped with their grades – all is not lost. There is lots of help on hand out there to advise and guide them on next steps, and I would urge all of them to take a look before feeling too disappointed.

Parents can also help too –Bright Futures is the council’s dedicated online tool which offers information on places to study and most interestingly looks at where future jobs are likely to be available in Staffordshire, and crucially what qualifications are needed for these roles.

Our congratulations go out to each and every student who has collected their result recently and I wish them the best of luck in any future education or employment they go to embark on.

Last week friendships flourished once again for the Staffordshire and German teenagers who united to tend to the war graves at the German Military Cemetery on Cannock Chase.

It was great to see so many teenagers visiting from Germany and I know they value their time with us here in Staffordshire. Not only does it give all the children a chance to build new friendships but also the chance to improve their language skills, learn more about the history of the World Wars, and be involved in projects that concentrate on the theme of peace and reconciliation.

Over the next two weeks, the young people will be taking part in different activities including outings to the National Memorial Arboretum, Coventry Cathedral and RAF Cosford as well as visits to the Trentham Estate and Alton Towers.

I am sure you will all join me in welcoming them to Staffordshire.

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