It’s exam results time again! Whether receiving GCSEs or A-levels, we know it’s an anxious time. After all that pressure and hard work months ago, what’s the outcome going to be and what will it mean for what happens next? Have no fear, we’re strong believers that no matter what your results, your future is bright!

Some of our young people are amongst the thousands that have been waiting to open envelopes on either 15th or 22nd August. This is what Vanessa, aged 16, had to say:

“It’s something that determines what you’re going to do in the future. I’ve been waiting so long for results and I don’t know what to expect. I worked hard in the exams and spent hours sitting on the chair. It’s scary to know what we got. Every year grade boundaries get higher and because you stress out in the exam hall and because of stress you don’t know how well you did when you’re under pressure. It’s scary to think about, I’d just rather not even speak about it!

When I finish college I want to go to university and study drama because I want to be an actress. On the side I’m going to be doing coaching for gymnastics and football. I’m always going to have sports on the side, but the aim is to be an actress.”

Of course, exam results are important and if you’ve achieved what you hoped for and are now looking to University or College, that’s fantastic, congratulations! But if perhaps you missed a grade or two, or found that exams just aren’t your forte, there are still plenty of pathways to success. Just check out some of these:

Michel Roux Jr - our very own Celebrity Ambassador! Now instantly recognisable, Chef Roux left school at 16. Instead of higher education, he went to Paris to take up an apprenticeship at Maître Patissier, Hellegouarche. Over the next 10 years or so, Chef Roux trained in a number of restaurants and other food establishments, before returning to the UK and joining his father at the legendary Le Gavroche. He took over running the restaurant from his father in 1991, and remains Chef Patron to this day.

Richard Branson - Now one of the richest men in the world, dropped out of school at 16 to start his first business - a magazine called ‘Student”. Apparently his headteacher told him he would either end up in prison or become a millionaire - turns out he was right in one way!

Stormzy - Did pretty well at GCSE with 6A*s, 3 As and 5Bs, although he admits being on the verge of getting expelled. At A-level he passed, but didn’t do quite so well and again was almost expelled. What he learned, was the importance of a good work ethic and look where that’s taken him!

The thing about exams is that they don’t test everything. You may know your stuff, but find it difficult to handle the pressure of exam conditions. That’s ok. You haven’t ‘failed’, there are pathways out there where you can apply knowledge on the job, for example through a vocational programme or apprenticeship scheme. There are loads out there.

At BIGKID we strongly believe in a holistic education. We believe that behind every kid is something BIG. What we learn in the classroom is important, but so are the skills you can learn on the pitch, in the music room, or even by hanging out with friends. We are always looking at how we can support our young people to improve their self confidence and develop important life skills such as leadership, communication and teamwork.

So, if you’re opening or have opened one of those brown envelopes last week or this, no matter what’s inside, you are capable of achieving your dreams and we are cheering you on!

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