GCSE success for our children

The end of August is a time of nerves and excitement for children throughout the country as they await the results of their GCSE examinations, and this year it was no different for some of our children at AWW.

Having spent many long hours grappling with quadratic equations and literature analysis, our children and their teams were eagerly waiting to find out whether their hard work had paid off and they would achieve the results they deserved.

We were therefore delighted when results day on 24th August brought the news that all the children who had entered for their GCSE exams had passed, and had achieved the grades they needed to move on to further education.

The journey to entering and passing these examinations was not an easy one for these children, and the challenges that they overcame makes their achievement even greater. We are so proud of them!

One of our successful students explains what it meant to her to have the support of our talented Education Lead, Jamie, throughout the process:

“I’m really grateful for Jamie, who managed to enrol me for my GCSEs. She did everything she could, and I know she has gone out of her way to push and push for me to be able to sit the exams.

She never let me down. Even when I was at my lowest she was still determined to make sure I had a bright future”. 

“If it wasn’t for Jamie, I wouldn’t have had those opportunities”. 

Moving somewhere like this is scary but I can really see the benefits now. Before I came here, I didn’t even picture myself having a future anymore, but now I do.

Over the past couple of months, I’ve been filled with self-doubt and Jamie has helped me not only understand my work but also my anxieties around the exams.

I’m now feeling much more positive about my future. Thank you, Jamie, for not putting too much pressure on me, for always listening and for not stopping until everyone listened to what I wanted!”

We are so lucky to have an Education team at AWW who dedicate themselves tirelessly to helping each child identify and achieve their personal goals. Often this means working to re-engage a child with education when they feel let down by it, helping them to understand that they can achieve great things.

Passing GCSE exams is something that many of our children would not have believed possible when they joined us, making their success even more rewarding. Jamie tells us:

“I am so incredibly proud of our children who sat their GCSEs this year. What a phenomenal achievement despite the challenging circumstances they were all facing in the run-up to these pivotal exams. The resilience shown towards their future aspirations is a true testament to their characters and they should be so proud of their results.

We are excited to see them start college this week and to follow them on the next stage of their journey. We wish them all the very best in their futures and can’t wait to see what they achieve next!”

If you would like to join our talented team we would love to hear from you.  Please find our current vacancies here.

What Others Say About Us

I am truly taken aback by the level of care you have shown. The staff have gone out of their way to show him the attention and care that he has never had. When I visited him, it was like I was looking at a different child to what he was before he came. He was not like a child in care, he was like a child in a family. You have literally saved his life.

Social Worker

All children and young people thrive, and they make progress while living at the home. Because of the services provided the children and young people experience an individualised, stable and consistent home life. Children and young people benefit from the integrated, multi-disciplinary approach to education and care. They each achieve their full potential and, in many cases, do so beyond previous expectations.


I am so grateful to the AWW team for their dedication and commitment to caring and supporting Sam. He recently reported that being at there gave him the space to think and the opportunity to reflect on his attitude and make plans for his future.

Social Worker

I have to share my delight at Luke’s progress at AWW. Thanks to your support, in the last 17 weeks Luke and has turned his life around significantly. From where he has come from to where he is now, I am so proud of him.

Social Worker

The placement was really good and beneficial to me. The staff were all really supportive and nice and always made themselves available to me if I had any problems. The outdoor activities that were offered helped me to have a better outlook and showed me that I can do so much more in life, and it really helped me process and made me feel like a better person.


As METCO Officer for Cumbria Police I have regular contact with the team at AWW in relation to vulnerable children at risk of CSE and going missing. If a specific incident has occurred, the Home Manager and I speak on the phone to discuss the best way forward. She also attends CSE risk assessment meetings and we receive Philomena Protocol forms when a young person arrives in placement.

Cumbria Police