Advice for school leavers on GCSE results day

Gateshead College will be opening its doors for the first time on GCSE results day to offer support and advice as thousands of young people across the region get the grades that will determine their future.

Baltic Campus will be open on August 23 to give school leavers a chance to get advice on the courses available to them.

Gateshead College's principal Richard Thorold said: "Results day is a stressful time so we've taken the decision to open our facilities to give school leavers a chance to come and speak to us face to face to find out what options they have for continuing their studies beyond school.

"If young people don't get the grades they are expecting it can be a very daunting experience but they shouldn't panic. Our careers guidance team and other members of college staff will be on hand to answer questions and provide guidance and information on the courses we offer.

"It's also an opportunity for anyone who hasn't yet signed up for a course or who has changed their mind about what they would like to study."

Colleges traditionally remain closed during the summer, which includes the GCSE results day but Gateshead College's Baltic Campus will be open from 9am until 1pm.