Exam results day: Where to go next?

As thousands of Scottish school pupils find out their exam results, we look at two different career paths for further learning.

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Remarkable discovery of 4,000-year-old gold

Four schoolboys from Alston, Cumbria, have found an ancient gold hair tress.

The gold hair tress is the partner to an ornament found in 1935
The gold hair tress is the partner to an ornament found in 1935 Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The discovery was made when the youngsters, all from Alston Primary School, had taken part in a community dig at Randalholme Farm in Northumberland. They had been inspired by an archaeology project at school.

The 4,300-year old hair tress is the partner gold ornament to a one found during a previous dig at the site in 1935 led by Herbert Maryon which was found by one of the four boys - Luca's - great-grandfather.

They told ITV about their discovery:


The exam results are out for Scottish students - but how did they do?

The wait is over for thousands of students in the region after the Scottish Highers and National qualification exam results were published today.

Nationally, the number of students gaining a C-grade or above in their Highers was 77.1 per cent In the Borders that figure was 80 per cent, while in Dumfries and Galloway had it's best result for Highers for a decade, with a 78.4 per cent pass rate.

Depending on their exams results, pupils will now have to make a choice about what to do when they leave school.

They can choose to go on to higher education, start an apprenticeship or even go straight into work.

Lori Carnochan met two young men who want the same job, but have chosen very different career paths.

Scottish exam results: Where to go for help

Help is at hand for students picking up their exam results in the South of Scotland today.

If you haven't got the results you wanted - or you want to speak to someone about your future - they should phone their school in the first instance where staff will be on hand to help.

Alternatively, you can also call the Skills Development Scotland's helpline on 0808 100 8000.

This is open from 8am until 8pm on 5 and 6 August and 9am until 5pm on weekdays until 13 August.

The helpline will also be open from 10am until 4pm at weekends.

Ninety percent pass rate for Scottish Borders students

Pupils opening their exam results in the Scottish Borders today have achieved a ninety percent pass rate overall, with high pass rates for both the new National 4 and National 5 qualifications.

Eighty percent of those taking a Higher qualification in the Borders also passed, while nearly 84 percent of Advanced Higher pupils passed.



Exclusive: Police to re-investigate claims of sexual and physical abuse at a former residential school in Cumbria

by Ashley Derricott

Granada Reports can reveal that allegations of abuse at a former residential school for boys in South Cumbria are to be re-investigated by police. Underley Hall was a place where pupils, many of them with learning difficulties, should have been safe. According to those we've spoken to they weren't. Their claims of sexual and physical abuse in the 1970s and 1980s are now being re-investigated as part of Operation Tweed.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cumbria Police on 101 or can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Advice and support for adult survivors of abuse can be found on the NSPCC's website.

Council approve West Cumbrian school closure

Cumbria County Council have today approved the move to close two failing secondary schools in West Cumbria, in favour of replacing them with a single academy.

Southfield Technology College and Stainburn school in Workington will now close in August 2015, delaying the closure from the end of this year.

The proposed new academy will have 1,200 places for school children.

Stigma of being transgender is 'distressing'

A young transgender man from Dumfries is calling for better education on gender in schools, to help prevent bullying and prejudice. However, he wasn't identified in the piece because he didn't want to be shown on TV due to the stigma.

Becky Kent from the Scottish Transgender Alliance spoke to Emma Baker.

Watch: Fixers: One man's aims to increase gender education

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