It’s that time of year again and the sound of ripping envelopes is soon to be heard across Medway as students find out their exam results.

Nearly 5,000 Medway students sat their GCSE and AS/A2 level exams at the start of the summer and the wait for results is almost over.

A Level results will be published on Thursday, 18 August, while GCSE students will have to wait one more week until Thursday, 25 August to find out how they got on.

Results in Medway have improved continuously for the past six years, with 77 per cent of students achieving five A* to C grades in GCSEs last year.

For many students, their results could lead to a place at university, college, training or employment.

For pupils whose results may not be as good as predicted, the message is don’t panic amd take time to assess the situation before doing anything hasty.

Equally, if results are better than expected, students may want to rethink their options, again help and advice is available through tutors and Medway Youth Trust.

Parents and students can phone the results freephone helpline on 0800 046 7603 from Thursday, 18 August to Saturday, 10 September. During weekdays you can access the helpline number Monday- Friday 9-5pm, weekends 11-5pm including bank holiday.

Alternatively visit the Medway Youth Trust website or call Medway Youth Trust on 01634 334 343. You can also text: Medway88020 and an adviser will call you back.

Students are also urged to contact admissions teams at colleges and universities if their results do not meet their offers to discuss whether they can be accepted on to the course or be offered an alternative. You can log into to see if you are eligible to use clearing.

Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services, Cllr Les Wicks, said: “Our students have worked incredibly hard this year and I am sure their dedication will have paid off.

“Results day can be an anxious time for students and we want to make sure they know about the range of options available to them.

“I’d like to congratulate all our young people on their achievements and their teachers who have worked so hard to help students fulfil their potential.

“I’d also like to wish all students who have sat exams this summer the best of luck and every success in whatever they choose to go on to do.”