To all getting results this week,

This week may seem like the culmination of the years you have spent on your courses, the final jumping off point before the next steps in the world of work, apprenticeship, further education, or higher education. It may seem quite overwhelming, but it’s important to look back at what amazing things you have all achieved.

You’ll all be sick to the back teeth of hearing talk about living in ‘unprecedented times’, but for people in schools these last 18 months have been a wildly different experience to what any of you would have imagined. Who would have thought that we’d be in the same position this year with students getting their results without sitting any exams at all?

That is not to say that you have all been slacking for the last two school years. I know the amount of work that has gone on behind the scenes to make sure you’ve all been looked after and taught your courses fully, by both your teachers and your parents and carers. I also know the amount of care, dedication, and hard work you have all put into your studies and that should be something that you are all incredibly proud of. From the late-night essay writing fuelled by caffeine, to the practical coursework you’ve had to do in your own house, the last academic year has certainly thrown more tests at you than usual.

Whatever your next steps are, you should be very proud of the work you have all put in this year. But don’t let a number or letter on a piece of paper define you, you are worth so much more than these pieces of paper tell you. You are all immensely creative, passionate, courageous, resilient, motivated, and ambitious in your own ways. So be yourself and be yourself proudly.

Here are a few tips for results day:
• Have a good night’s sleep the night before
• Charge your mobile phone (you might need it to contact colleges and universities)
• Support your friends
• Treat yourself to your favourite evening meal
• Make plans to enjoy the rest of the summer before your next steps!

Your next steps are your choice, whether it’s college, sixth form, university, apprenticeships, or something completely different, you have the abilities to succeed.

Best wishes for now and for the future,


Mary’s letter to students receiving results this week.
Mary’s letter to students receiving results this week.
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