‘Keep calm’ advice as exam results day looms large

Local students get their A level results tomorrow while GCSE students will have to wait another week to see how they fared

WITH A and AS level results out tomorrow (Thursday) and GCSEs next week, hundreds of students across Fermanagh are being urged to weigh up their options.
Pupils from St Michael’s, Mount Lourdes, Devenish College, Enniskillen Royal Grammar, St Joseph’s, Erne Integrated College, St Eugene’s and St Comhghall’s will all receive their results, with many hoping to achieve a place at university.
It can be a particularly stressful time for young people and their families with decisions to be made about college and course choices in the wake of results that may or may not have met expectations. The advice, as always, is to stay calm, take whatever guidance you can and give yourself the time and space to make the right decisions.
Enniskillen Royal Grammar School principal, Elizabeth Armstrong is urging students to take their time and avail of help when making the important decisions they will be facing over the next couple of weeks.
“If things do not go as you have planned the key is to keep calm, take time to check out all of your options and keep in touch with your school or college. The careers and senior staff there who know you well can guide you in making informed choices at this crucial time. 
“At the heart of all of this, it is important to remember that there are always options in every situation. The key thing to bear in mind is that having looked at what is available for you and taken advice – it is in the end your choice to make. It is therefore very important that the students are available themselves to make the necessary calls in those vital days immediately after the results as universities, providers and employers need to deal directly with the students themselves”. 
The Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) has set up a dedicated examinations helpline which will offer advice and guidance for all students who are expecting their A-Level and GCSE results over the next fortnight. 
The helpline number 028 9026 1260 will be in operation from 9am until 5pm today (Wednesday) until Wednesday 30 August. Lines will also be open from 7am tomorrow, A Level results day. 

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