Editorial comment: Exam results success is an inspiration

PUBLISHED: 07:45 23 August 2017


It’s hard not to be inspired by the success stories from this year’s A-levels.

From schools achieving record results to individual tales of hard work reaping well-deserved rewards, it’s important to congratulate Newham’s young people on their success.

And today (Thurs) should bring even more success to the borough as Year 11 pupils collect their GCSE results.

There is a lot of negative press surrounding young people - and it is right that those who carry out crimes on our streets are criticised and punished.

But the vast majority of teenagers in Newham are hard-working young people determined make something of their lives.

It’s only natural some young people will be disappointed with their results, whether they are A-levels, GCSEs, Btecs or something else.

Maybe they haven’t received the grades they needed to get into their chosen university or college, or the exam just didn’t go as well as they hoped.

But there are plenty of alternative options out there - apprenticeships, for example, or taking a year out to resit exams, or even going straight into the world of work.

And of course there are plenty of celebrities out there who take to social media each year to highlight how they have succeeded despite poor grades.

So to those who are moving on to something new in September, congratulations - and to those of us that aren’t, let’s recognise just how much of an achievement passing exams is.

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