Shaid Mushtaq Published: Thursday, 15th August 2019

“First of all we’d like to say congratulations and well done to all our students as they move into higher education or employment."

Councillor Shaid Mushtaq, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “First of all we’d like to say congratulations and well done to all our students as they move into higher education or employment.

“I’m very proud of the successes of the ‘2019 Class of Oldham’.  Today is the culmination of years of hard work by all our students, teachers, parents, governors and staff.

“Some of our young people may not have achieved the grades they wanted. Please don’t worry as the council, colleges and schools along with our partners are here to help and give support.

“I encourage all those young people to think carefully about their next steps – whether that’s continuing their studies or going into vocational training – but remember that there’s so many opportunities and avenues of support out there.

“Changes to many subjects have been underway since September 2015 and all exams are now taken at the end of the course.  

“Different subjects are being updated in different years, with the last set of changes being made this year. In the meantime, comparisons between old and new style A-Levels are difficult to make.

“We must take care when making any comparisons, both with previous years and between subjects and organisations.

“We will be looking at our results closely and comparing these with the regional and national picture before making any assumptions.”

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