Thousands of pupils across Havering received their GCSE results via email yesterday after the coronavirus pandemic stopped them from gathering in large numbers at their schools to collect them.
Instead, GCSE students attended schools in smaller groups, or received their results at home via email or through school and college websites.
Pupils were graded based on a range of evidence, including mock exam results and non-exam assessments and they were given the grade they were likely to have received if their exam had gone ahead.
Meanwhile, the Department for Education decided not to publish the usual breakdown of pupils’ achievements to reduce the added strain of the “league table” comparisons.
Councillor Robert Benham, Havering’s Cabinet Member for Education, Children and Families, said: “We know the build up to this moment will have been enormous for pupils and that some will be celebrating while others will need support if they haven’t achieved the grades they expected or wanted.
“However, we wish our pupils well in their future endeavours as they continue in their further education.”
For those who didn’t achieve the grades they’d hoped for, they can speak to someone at school and they will have the option to do a re-sit in autumn once they have spoken to their teachers.
For help and further information pupils can visit: https://www.gov.uk/careers-helpline-for-teenagers