Today is the beginning of opportunity. I congratulate all the students in Brent receiving their GCSE results today. Students, parents and teachers have once again shown that good results are the product of hard work and commitment. I hope that all those who have supported these young people are proud of their achievements. In particular, I want to thank our teachers whose professionalism in a constantly changing education environment has been superb.
For those who have not achieved the grades that they hoped for, the challenge is to refocus and perhaps consider new options. Exam certificates are important landmarks but there are many inspiring and wonderful people who have achieved great things without them. Many of our Olympic Medallists are a testimony to that!