Support for students opening their results

Careers advisors are available to offer one-to-one support to any young person who needs it.

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Release date: 9 August 2021

Students in West Sussex will be opening their A/AS Level and GCSE results two days apart this week after overcoming another hugely disrupted academic year.

Results day for A levels and other vocational courses is Tuesday, 10 August 2021 with GCSE results day on Thursday, 12 August. Exams were cancelled for a second year because of the Covid-19 pandemic, so students will be awarded teacher assessed grades.

Nigel Jupp, Cabinet Member for Learning and Skills, said: “I want to congratulate every West Sussex student, even before they have opened their results, for the resilience and determination they have again shown this year. Many of you will have completed your course almost entirely through the pandemic, studying remotely and without the motivation of being with your friends or teachers, and without the opportunity to sit exams.

“I also want to thank every teacher and school staff member for finding new and innovative ways of supporting our young people, while doing everything you can to keep them safe and able to learn.

“The very best of luck to everyone opening your results and please remember, even if you don’t get the grades you wanted, there are many options open to you and lots of support and advice is available.”

Careers advisors from West Sussex County Council are available to offer one-to-one support to any young person who needs it. They will be able to discuss your situation and help you consider your options. You can contact the careers team by calling 0330 222 2700 or email

For those planning to go to University, the government has advised that universities may accept lower grades than expected and individuals are advised to make contact with the university directly.

Emotional wellbeing support is also available for children and young people experiencing mental health difficulties in West Sussex, either linked to exam results or for other reasons. Those who are in need of help are encouraged to explore the wide range of advice and guidance available, and to seek wider professional help if needed.

Information and resources available to support you and your mental health:

Youth Emotional Support can help with anything that may be worrying you, such as anxiety, relationships and self-esteem. It’s free and available to 11 to 18-year-olds. Search: YourSpaceWestSussex on Instagram and WSYourSpace on Twitter. Email: or call 033 022 26711

• The e-wellbeing website provides emotional health and wellbeing advice to young people and how to connect to support across Sussex.

• The Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust website has a dedicated area with information for children and young people.

• For parents/carers supporting a young person: ‘Recipes 4 Wellbeing’ cards provide help and advice on a range of difficulties and what to look out for and when you should be concerned.

Young Minds is UK’s mental health charity for children and young people and includes lots of information, resource and advice for children, young people and their families.

• Further information about summer wellbeing events supporting young people and parents in Horsham is available on the Horsham District Council website

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