It’s that nerve shredding time of year again for teens in the Ripley and Heanor area - as A level students prepare to open their grade envelopes on Thursday, August 15.
But education authority Derbyshire County Council is urging students not to be too downhearted if things don’t go to plan.
Deputy cabinet member for children and young people Cllr Jim Coyle, said: “This is a big day as these results are the product of two years of hard work.
“For many students the grades they get will determine what they do next and this can lead to high levels of anxiety.
“We want to reassure everyone that no matter what the result may be, there is help available for them.”
The council says students’ first stop should be their school or college, which have advisors on hand. Or drop in to the nearest Connexions centre at Alfreton where advisors can give careers advice and guidance.
If you have just missed your grades, you can try your chosen institution to see if you can still get in, or go through clearing.
If you are not thinking about higher education, the county council has an apprenticeship website, www.apprenticeships.org.uk or you can visit upcoming careers fairs at Ripley Leisure Centre, on Friday, September 6; Pride Park, Derby, on Wednesday and Thursday, September 18 and 19; at the University of Derby at Buxton, on Tuesday, September 24 and at Proact Stadium, Chesterfield, on Wednesday, September 25.