Colleges minister recollects his examination outcomes disappointment and says ‘don’t panic’



he colleges minister has urged college students who didn’t get the A-level grades they wished to not panic, as he advised how he was left upset by his personal examination outcomes.

Will Quince mentioned he didn’t get into his first selection college however ended up having a “unbelievable time” at one other establishment the place he obtained a level, made buddies and met his spouse.

He appealed to college students to not be disheartened if their outcomes weren’t what that they had aimed for, telling them “the world genuinely is your oyster” in the event that they work laborious and have a plan B.

Ucas mentioned 20,360 college students came upon on Thursday that they don’t have a spot at college.

I knew my exams hadn’t gone significantly properly, so it was after all disappointing

In complete, 425,830 college students have been accepted into college or school this 12 months – the second highest quantity on document.

Mr Quince, talking at Ucas on Thursday, mentioned there are a number of choices for college students, together with apprenticeships and employment.

He mentioned: “I didn’t get the grades that I wished and hoped for and anticipated to go off to college. It has at all times been a aggressive course of. It at all times will probably be. That’s the character of examinations or the system primarily based on examinations.

“However my message is ‘don’t panic’. It’s really not the top of the world. You should still get into your first selection college, chances are you’ll not. Chances are you’ll select to undergo clearing and go to a unique college.

“Chances are you’ll go on to additional schooling, go on to an apprenticeship, or chances are you’ll go straight into the world of labor or come again to additional schooling or larger schooling at a later level.

“Your grades are vital, however they don’t outline you. What defines you is your laborious work and your motivation. So I’d say don’t panic, converse to individuals at Ucas.”

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Of his personal expertise, he recalled: “I knew my exams hadn’t gone significantly properly, so it was after all disappointing however you recognize, I knew it wasn’t the top of the world. That’s why it’s so vital to have a plan B.

“As I say your grades don’t outline you. I didn’t get the grades I wished. I didn’t go to my first selection college. I ended up going to my reserve selection college.

“I had a unbelievable time. I obtained a level, I met my spouse, I’ve obtained some unbelievable buddies that I’m nonetheless buddies with now and I went on to change into a solicitor, a Member of Parliament and now schooling minister.

“So it’s actually vital to emphasize – don’t panic when you don’t get the grades you want and wish. It’s really not the top of the world. There are individuals right here to assist. There are such a lot of choices open to you. The world genuinely is your oyster – simply work laborious and have a plan.”

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