Crunch time for GCSE youngsters

HUNDREDS of Scarborough youngsters are set to receive their GCSE results today – as experts predict another record year.

Teenagers from Scarborough’s six secondary schools will learn their fate this morning, with the pass rate expected to rise for the 24th year in a row.

It has been suggested the number of entries achieving at least a C grade could reach 70 per cent this year, up from 69.1 per cent in 2011.

Pupils from Scalby School scored excellent GCSE results last year, putting them in the top 25 per cent of schools nationally. George Pindar Community Sports College, in Eastfield, had excellent figures, while Graham School enjoyed its best-ever results and Raincluffe School saw its marks soar by 20 per cent.

Help is at hand for young people unsure about their future careers or wishing to change plans after their results. North Yorkshire County Council’s Youth Support Service, which offers information and advice about careers, learning and work for young people in the region, is offering extra support at this potentially difficult time.

Advisers will be on hand in local youth support centres as well as schools and colleges to help with a range of issues including apprenticeship applications, writing CVs, interview techniques, college course details and job vacancies.

Young people and their parents will have the chance to talk through possibilities and opportunities if they want to change plans following their results or have nothing organised post-September.

l See tomorrow’s Evening News for a full list of GCSE results.