Here's to hard workers' future
CONGRATULATIONS to the many local teenagers who have reason to be celebrating fantastic A-level results today.
The hard work they have put in throughout their school lives will have resulted in the university places they always dreamed of for some and a first job for others.
This is never the time for claims – because the pass rate continues to rise – that the exams are getting easier.
Students have worked hard and they, their teachers and their supportive families deserve the full credit for that.
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They have still had to achieve top marks to get on the most in-demand courses and continue to be compared with each other. For the second year in a row, there was also actually a fall in the proportion of top grades.
It was a day that didn't start well as it emerged that UCAS's website had been hacked.
The Cheltenham-based organisation was quickly able to reassure us that normal service had been resumed but it will take a bit longer for 10 pupils at Tewkesbury School.
For them to be told that their examination board had been unable to give them a grade because the school had given them the wrong module would have been devastating.
Credit should go to headteacher Gary Watson for his fulsome apology and his efforts to sort it out. It seems the board may now come up with a way of rewarding them a grade in Health and Social Care despite the mix-up.
But some of the youngsters will still be left wondering what result they would have achieved if they had taken all 12 modules.
It should not have happened and schools must tighten up their procedures to ensure that this is a one-off.
IT'S not as if it's an exciting new name. It's TSB.
After 163 years, a name that had done the county proud – the Cheltenham & Gloucester – is going to disappear forever.
TSB was in its heyday when it was the trusted Trustee Savings Bank. But even then it probably didn't have the respect that always used to be afforded to the C & G.
Banks and trusted don't seem to fit in the same sentence any more.
But we still mourn the demise of the C & G.