Support for those who are left unsure which way to turn

A level results at Sussex Downs College. August 15th 2013 E33138P
A level results at Sussex Downs College. August 15th 2013 E33138P

It is not good news for all students but the Sussex Downs College principal says those disappointed with their A Level results have plenty of options to consider.

Results day is stressful for students and while it leaves some happy and relieved, others do not get what they had hoped for and are left without university places or unsure which way to turn.

Melanie Hunt, principal, said, “Whether you studied at Sussex Downs or not, come and see us. You can talk and discuss your options.”

Sussex Downs College has access courses in a range of subjects which last one year and prepare students for university.

Ms Hunt also said apprenticeship were also becoming more popular and were an excellent option for those wishingt to earn as they train.

She said, “For people who haven’t got great results, there are options.

“No one is a failure. Everyone has skills and talent that I think we can help and exploit.”

Emotional support was also offered at Sussex Downs College with Eastbourne Samaritan volunteers on hand to lend a caring ear to those struggling on results day.

GCSE results are out next week and Childline is also offering support for youngster.

Susan Dobson, services manager, said, “Although many young people will be enjoying the break from school, we understand many young people’s minds will be on their upcoming exam results.

“We hear from lots of young people each year worried or panicking about their results, and want to let them know they are not alone - ChildLine is here to listen to them.”

Samaritans can be contacted on 08457 90 90 90 and ChildLine on 0800 1111.