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How we can help you plan for your future.

Many of you will be waiting anxiously this week to see how you’ve fared in your GCSEs. But what happens if you don’t get the results you were hoping for?

First of all, don’t worry because there are always options.

You could drop into our Learning Centres, for instance, where members of our Employment and Training team will be able to give you advice and support about what you can do next (you don't have to be a Peabody resident). They can also tell you about any apprenticeships on offer. Here's more information:

Our Employment and Training service

If you’ve got any more questions, you can also contact our Outreach team at They’ll be happy to point you in the right direction.


"Do something you're passionate about"

Following last week's A'level results, some young people now find they've got more options than they anticipated. Tahmena Miah (pictured above), 18, lives on our Whitechapel estate in Tower Hamlets. She recently received her A' level results and was delighted to get three good grades: A in English; B in Maths and B in Religious Studies (RS). She already has seven GCSEs at grade A  and two at A*.

We caught up with Tahmena to ask her how she felt about the whole exam experience and discussed her plans for the future.

How did you find talking your exams?

Maths was difficult as I didn't think I was going to pass. There were several papers to do for the exam, and when I saw them I thought it is not going to go well. I didn't have any problem with the English and RS. I found RS interesting because it covered philosophy and ethics. 

How will you use your qualifications?

I was not planning on going to university as I had secured an apprenticeship for myself. This apprenticeship was with the Step Forward Project. I was going to be a business administrator for a charity called 'Step Up to Serve'. But I called university clearing when I got my results and they accepted me at Queen Mary University.

What you going to do with your degree?

I am going to be doing a degree in English and would hope to go on and become a professor or lecture in English.

What would you say to other young people? 

I would say to any other young person: make sure you do something you enjoy, whether you go to university or do an apprenticeship. Do something that you are going to be passionate about.

Things do not always work out the way you plan. I woke up on the day of the exam results and thought that I would be doing an apprenticeship, but it ended in me going to do a degree.