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Support for students opening their results

West Sussex County Council has released the following information to support students opening their exam results this August.

Watch a video of one of our careers advisors Tania speaking about ways the team support young people:

Students in West Sussex will be opening their A/AS Level and GCSE results two days apart this week after overcoming another hugely disrupted academic year.

Results day for A levels and other vocational courses is Tuesday, 10 August 2021, with GCSE results day on Thursday 12 August. Exams were cancelled for a second year because of the Covid-19 pandemic, so students will be awarded teacher assessed grades.

Nigel Jupp, Cabinet Member for Learning and Skills, said: “I want to congratulate every West Sussex student, even before they have opened their results, for the resilience and determination they have again shown this year. Many of you will have completed your course almost entirely through the pandemic, studying remotely and without the motivation of being with your friends or teachers, and without the opportunity to sit exams.

“I also want to thank every teacher and school staff member for finding new and innovative ways of supporting our young people, while doing everything you can to keep them safe and able to learn.

“The very best of luck to everyone opening your results and please remember, even if you don’t get the grades you wanted, there are many options open to you and lots of support and advice is available.”

Careers advisors from West Sussex County Council are available to offer one-to-one support to any young person who needs them.

They will be able to discuss your situation and help you consider your options.

You can contact the careers team by calling 0330 222 2700 or email

For those planning to go to University, the government has advised that universities may accept lower grades than expected and individuals are advised to make contact with them directly.

Emotional wellbeing support is also available for children and young people experiencing mental health difficulties in West Sussex, either linked to exam results or for other reasons. Those who are in need of help are encouraged to explore the wide range of advice and guidance available, and to seek wider professional help if needed.

Information and resources available to support children and young people’s mental health:

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