Students at schools across Manchester have received their A level and BTEC results today after an academic year like no other - disrupted by lockdowns and sometimes repeated periods of isolation for some students, and for others against a backdrop of family illness and bereavement.
Councillor Garry Bridges, Executive Member for Children and Schools, Manchester City Council, said:
"This has been another really tough year for young people. Getting this far in their studies against the backdrop of a global pandemic is an absolute credit to their resilience and hard work, and that of their schools and colleges in supporting them. They should be very proud of themselves for this.
"For those who have achieved the results they need today to go on to university, an apprenticeship or employment - well done, that's brilliant.
"For those who haven't, please know you're not alone in this. The important thing now is to speak to your school, college and others to get the guidance and support you need to help you work out your next steps."