GCSE students across the county collected their results this week following their first full uninterrupted year of school and college since the pandemic.
There was a particularly strong performance in English and Maths where the proportion of students getting higher grades 9-5 in both subjects was 46% and 9-4 66%.
Cllr Bob Standley, lead member for education and inclusion, special educational needs and disability at East Sussex County Council, said: “Our young people have coped admirably over this last academic year and have worked hard to ensure that they were well prepared for their examinations.
“It’s wonderful to see the achievement of our students in East Sussex and it’s a huge credit to their hard work and dedication to their studies. We also want to thank our teachers and support staff in school, as well the support of parents and carers. Our congratulations to them all.
“The commitment shown by students across East Sussex will provide them with a solid foundation on which to continue their studies and build their future careers. I’d like to wish them the best of luck in the future.”
Advice for parents and young people on the next steps available including further education, work experience and volunteering, traineeships, apprenticeships, T Levels, being your own boss, the new Kickstart programme, and support for young people with additional needs can be found at https://careerseastsussex.co.uk
In addition, the Youth Employability Service provides one to one support for vulnerable 16 to 18 year olds who may need extra support with the next step in their education, employment or training. Teenage career advice, support and guidance is available at https://www.cxk.org/services/youth-employability-service-yes
Cllr Standley added: “The past two years have posed many challenges to the younger members of our community, particularly when it comes to mental health, and students may find receiving their exam results and taking their next steps more difficult this year.
“Support is available to those who may be struggling and I would encourage people to seek help if they need to.”
Young people, parents and carers can find information on the help available to support their mental health and wellbeing at eastsussex.gov.uk/mentalhealthresources