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  • MP CONGRATULATES PUPILS ON EXAM RESULTS AND ADVOCATES APPRENTICESHIPS AS ALTERNATIVE TO UNIVERSITY

    Mel Stride

    CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has congratulated pupils from the three secondary schools and colleges in his constituency – Okehampton College, South Dartmoor College in Ashburton and Queen Elizabeth’s in Crediton – on their GCSE and A-Level results.


    This year saw GCSEs change from the traditional A* to G grades to a more rigorous set of exams, which were graded 9 to 1, with 9 being the highest. Proponents of the change say the new qualifications are on a par with the best performing education systems in the world and that they better prepare students for the world of work and further study.


    Mr Stride said:


    “It is a big moment in a young person’s life to open their GCSE or A-Level exam results. All pupils who worked hard should be very proud of their efforts, whether they achieved the grades they wanted or not.”


    The Central Devon MP, who was awarded a free place at a grammar school before being offered a place at Oxford University to study Chemistry before changing subjects to study Politics, Philosophy and Education, added:


    “For many considering their next step university will be their best option, but I strongly urge pupils to also consider apprenticeships. The quality of courses available is very high and for many young people the option to gain vital experience and important qualifications while also earning is a really strong alternative.”







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