City of York Council: ‘The last 18 months have been incredibly challenging for young people’

City of York Council education leaders have praised the hard work of students across the city who have received their GCSE results today.

Cllr Ian Cuthbertson, the council’s Executive Member for Children, Young People and Education, said: “I want to congratulate all our students who are receiving their Key Stage 4 results today.

“The last 18 months have been incredibly challenging for young people, the vast majority of them having had their studies disrupted.

Their results are testament to their hard work and perseverance, besides being a great tribute to the valued support of their parents, carers and teaching staff. I hope these results will provide a springboard to success in the next stage of their learning and life journey.”

For anyone who didn’t get the results they were hoping for, support is available across the city – for people who may be seeking an apprenticeship or other employment opportunity or for those wanting to move into full-time education.

Young people who are concerned that their personal circumstances may make accessing education, employment or training more difficult could also benefit from advice.

People can find support in York from:
• Their school. Teaching staff will be able to support pupils with their next steps.
• Careers Advisers employed by our schools
• Admissions teams at York College and Askham Bryan College
• City of York Council Learning and Work Advisers in our Young People’s Service at 30 Clarence Street; pre booked appointment slots are available and advisers can support with searching for vacancies, developing your CV, completing applications and preparing for interviews. Tel: 01904 555400
• National Careers Service – for local employment and training opportunities; or call the national help-line 0800 100 900
• Council-led ‘York Apprenticeship Hub’ – find us on Facebook @ York Apprenticeships; email us at [email protected] for local apprenticeship vacancies. There are still around 50 opportunities in the city and many more in Leeds across a range of sectors and job roles and we can sign post you to agencies and training providers.

Information and advice is also available for school and college leavers at, which includes a handy ‘next steps’ factsheet for A Level or GCSE students, which explains many of the options available, including apprenticeships and further learning

Support is also available for anyone who is particularly worried about their results and next steps.
York mind offer services to young people at, email [email protected] or call 01904 643364

For young people who prefer online messaging there is

Kooth is a free, online counselling and emotional wellbeing platform for young people aged 11 to 18 (you can use Kooth until you turn 19 yrs old).