It’s that time of the year again for schools and pupils across Doncaster and, after what will no doubt have seemed like a long wait, thousands of young people received their GCSE results this week following on from the A-level results last Thursday.
As many of you will know, this can be a nervous and exciting time for students, parents and teachers, and I would like to congratulate everyone who worked hard and got the outcome they were hoping for.
Results day not only signifies the culmination of a lot of hard work, but also the start of a new phase in the lives of our young people.
Whether it is moving on to A-levels, further education courses, university or the workplace, things will be changing for most students.
Of course, we know not everyone will be quite so pleased.
No doubt a few tears will have been shed too, and unfortunately that is part of life.
It’s all a learning experience and, while it’s easy to say for those of us who aren’t experiencing it, not getting the results you wanted isn’t the end of the world.
There will always be another opportunity.
What is important is that young people are able to take success or failure in their stride, deal with it in a positive way, and move forward.
In the modern world, having a good education and high skills levels are vital.
It is one of the most influential factors in how the lives of young people will turn out.
It is no coincidence that people with high skills levels are able to secure good jobs, with higher wages and more opportunities.
I am passionate about ensuring all of our children are able to succeed, whether that is through an academic route or, crucially, through vocational learning.
I’ve attended various apprenticeship events over the last few weeks and it has been great to see the variety of opportunities available in Doncaster.
We have made great strides forward in the number of apprenticeships available and I want this to continue.
Of course good apprenticeships are only possible if we also have thriving employers, which is why recent figures about rising job levels in Doncaster are also welcome.
I’d also like to take this opportunity to offer my thanks to all the teachers and staff at our schools and colleges, and hope everyone has a good Bank Holiday and what is left of the school holidays before the start of the next academic year.
* Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster