Live updates


Man with no qualifications becomes author

Rik Stone has published his first book despite getting no qualification at school Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

If your results weren't all you were hoping for don't despair.

Many people have been in exactly the same position and have gone on to make a success of their lives.

Rik Stone left school aged 15 with no qualifications, but he overcame this to become a published author.

Rik grew up in North Shields on North Tyneside and went to work at Clelands shipyard before joining the merchant navy.

He thinks it's never too late to learn.

  1. Border

National exams helpline open

The exam results helpline Credit: UCAS

For students who may have received some unexpected results, the national exam results helpline will be open until noon on Saturday (24th August).

Parents and students can talk to experienced, impartial and friendly careers advisers who will talk through what options are available, including higher education, taking a gap year and finding employment.

David Murdoch, a student who called the helpline, said:

“It was really great to have someone properly explain my options - what I could do, alternatives I hadn’t thought about, and the processes I needed to go through. Best of all, I got objective advice.”

The Exam Results Helpline can be reached on 0808 100 8000. Calls are free from landlines. Mobile network charges vary.

For further information including opening hours, click here.


North East names wish students luck

Double the success for GCSE twins

Double the nerves, then double the celebrations for identical twins who totted up 26 A*s between them. Rachel and Jennifer Thomson both achieved 13 A *s each, including further maths.

Rachel and Jennifer Thomson Credit: ITV

They took all the same subjects and in some subjects got the exact same scores; in others they did not drop a mark.

Whickham School head teacher Steve Haigh said he wasn't surprised with the girls' grades but was 'amazed' at the scores they achieved.

  1. National

Exam boards question rise in 15-year-olds taking GCSEs

Exam boards have criticised the rise in the number of 15-year-olds taking GCSE exams, with 91,000 children sitting the tests a year early.

Why oh why do we now get a significant increase in 15-year-olds taking GCSE?

– Andrew Hall of the exam board AQA

Early entry does not benefit the students. The results are far lower for 15-year-olds - these qualifications are designed for 16-year-olds.

Students should be left to learn for those two years and that is what we would encourage.

– Mark Dawe of the exam board OCR
Load more updates