Counsellors at children’s charity Childline service are poised to help Scottish school pupils who are worried about the exam grades they have received.

Results from the National and Higher exams, which pupils sat in June, are being sent out today (Tuesday, August 6).

Leanne Ferries, a Childline service manager, has encouraged any pupil worried about the future after their results to get in touch for free, confidential support and advice.

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She said: “There can be an incredible pressure for children and young people during the exam period and this can turn to extreme anxiety around results time, especially if their marks don’t match up to their expectations or hopes.

“They can often think these exams represent their last chance to make something of their lives but this is certainly not the case and there are plenty of other options for those who do not get the results they expect or need.

“We’ve heard from pupils who’ve had panic attacks and severe stress and fear over their exams and potentially not getting the right grades. This can lead to depression, excessive crying, low self-esteem or even suicidal thoughts.”

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Childline’s free confidential helpline is available on 0800 11 11. Youngsters can also send emails to counsellors or receive support online at or by getting the “For Me” app.