YOUNG PEOPLE across the borough are celebrating their GCSE results with success rates similar to last year.
Early indications suggest 52.3 per cent of students achieved at least five grade A* to C passes, including English and maths.
This is a slight decrease of 0.1 per cent on 2014, but should rise when the Department for Education confirms adjusted figures this Autumn.
The Oldham Education and Skills Commission was set up last year to help raise school standards and the aspirations of young people.
Chaired by Baroness Estelle Morris, it has brought together a broad range of local, regional and national experts from the education, skills and business sectors.
The commission’s final report is due in October and will show how everyone can help to raise education standards and close the gap on the national average.
Councillor Shoab Akhtar, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “I’d like to congratulate all students who have worked so hard, and I wish them every success.
“These results are, however, still below the national average and we know – along with schools, partners, governors and parents – that there’s a lot of work to be done.
“The forthcoming report of the Oldham Education and Skills Commission is going to be the driving force in this process.
“We all need to take responsibility as a community – every person needs to do their bit in helping to raise aspirations of all our young people.”
Young people who may not have anything lined up yet are urged to contact Positive Steps who will be able to provide vital support and advice. Call 0161 621 9400 or visit them at Medtia Place, 80 Union Street, Oldham, OL1 1DJ.
Those thinking about going straight into employment or training can find out what is available locally by signing up to Get Oldham Working. Go to their website, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0161 770 4674.
To find out more about the Oldham Education and Skills Commission visit their website.