UPDATE: Good luck messages for Norfolk’s A-level students

PUBLISHED: 15:20 15 August 2012 | UPDATED: 10:47 16 August 2012

Students celebrating their A-level results at Wymondham High School last year. Picture: Denise Bradley

Students celebrating their A-level results at Wymondham High School last year. Picture: Denise Bradley

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A summer of waiting ends for thousands of students today when they get their A-level results. Here we have gathered messages of support and advice for Norfolk students.

BBC Sport presenter Jake Humphrey said: “Good luck. I know just what you’ll all be going through in 24 hours. There are so many ways to approach life, remember that tomorrow whatever your own result, it’s only part of your life, not everything. If you pass, congrats, if you don’t there is always another route.

“In ‘98 I got E, N, U for my A-levels. Thought it was worst day of my life, turned out to be the best- it led directly to TV work experience.

“The most important things are ambition, hard work and self-belief. Have those in your locker, work out what you want from life, and go for it.”

Norwich North MP Chloe Smith said: “Good luck to everyone looking forward to their exam results in Norwich North. I can remember my A-level results day in Swaffham pretty clearly. You can go on and do so many things from here, so never panic.”

Archdeacon of Norwich Jan McFarlane said: “A-level results are so scary because so much hangs on them. I hope that you get the results you deserve but if not, don’t despair. When one door closes another opens – and it may prove to be the better one in the long run.”

Henry Bellingham, MP for North West Norfolk said: “I know just how much hard work, effort and energy is put into achieving the best possible results, and I would like to send my good wishes to you all.

“My advice to anyone falling short of their desired grades is not to panic, but to speak to your excellent teachers and career advisers who will help you to plan the next step in your education.”

BBC Look East presenter Stewart White said: “I know how difficult it is waiting for results. I never worried much before or during exams, but I hated waiting for the grades. Whatever you get, you need to remember you did the best you could (I know in some cases this is a dangerous assumption). For lots of you, the choices you make now will be just as important. Please remember this is just a step along the way, it is not the end of the road. Whether you go on to university, decide to re-sit some of the exams, or go out and find a job, there are lots of choices and lots of opportunities. Learn from what happens today and then move on. Good luck.”

Simon Wright, MP for Norwich South said: “I remember approaching the day I collected my A-level results with some trepidation. Its an anxious time, and I wish the very best of luck to all students who are awaiting their results. I would urge those who haven’t managed the results they were hoping for to seek advice over their next steps. There’s plenty of support available, for example from course providers, Ucas, and the new National Careers Service. The important thing is to ask for help - and not to panic.”

The Rt Revd Jonathan Meyrick, Bishop of Lynn said: “With a variety of children, nephews and nieces who have all been going through the agony of waiting for exam results over the last few years, I know how anxious a period these last weeks will have been for all of you who expect their results tomorrow. I have been holding you in my prayers and wish all the best of luck now and through these next years of deciding on your future careers.”

Norman Lamb, North Norfolk MP said: “I wish everyone the very best of luck for their results. If you get great results, fantastic - make the very best of the opportunity this will give you. But if you end up disappointed, don’t, for goodness sake, give up. Fight back. Many of our Olympic champions have shown that success often comes after disappointment. And you may find that your skills take you in a different direction than you expected. I realise that times are not easy but success will come to those who work hard and graft.”

Elizabeth Truss, MP for South West Norfolk said: “I wish students in Norfolk all the best at this nail-biting time. “After the hard work, this is the time to enjoy the rewards. And if results don’t quite match expectations, don’t despair - there are good opportunities out there - make the most of your talents.”

MP for Mid Norfolk, George Freeman said: “Good luck to all the Norfolk students - and their anxious parents –awaiting their A-level results. This generation of school leavers face an ever more competitive and international world and good school results provide a real platform for successful careers.

“But this doesn’t mean that without straights A*s you can’t succeed. As our great Olympians have shown, success is all about attitude. With determination and hard work, nothing is impossible. And many successful people in business aren’t academic. Many, like Richard Branson and Alan Sugar, did it without a single A-Level to their name.”

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