A marathon not a sprint in the race to the exam finish line!

The butterflies are fluttering in the stomach, the sleepless nights have started, fingernails are chewed – and that’s just the parents and teachers!

Exam time is upon us and it’s the culmination of years of hard work by pupils, teachers and all of our dedicated school staff alike.

Thanks to all who have got our thousands of city pupils to the start line – now it’s just the race to be run!

If like me you have children preparing to put their hard work to the test you’ll be well versed in the trials and tribulations of revision timetables and the sweat and toil of preparation.

We’ve all been through it ourselves and it’s easy to forget that there is a lot of pressure on young shoulders. As we always say at this time of year, all anyone can do is give it their best – whatever the results may be, there’s a long road ahead for every pupil and opportunities at every turn.

Good luck to all of the young people as the exams get into full flow and to the parents and carers who will be lending a guiding hand.