‘I’m holidaying on a boat’: celebrity words of wisdom on A-level results day | Jeremy Clarkson

Jeremy Clarkson has proved faithful and continued his tradition of sharing his success story on A-level results day.

For years, he has taken it upon himself to reassure despondent teenagers that good grades do not equal a prosperous future by reminding them of his own career and wealth.

“Don’t worry if your A-level results are disappointing. I got a C and two Us and I’m currently vacationing on this boat,” he tweeted along with a photo of a boat deck with picturesque mountains in the background.

Don’t worry if your A level results are disappointing. I got a C and 2 Us and I’m currently holidaying on this boat. pic.twitter.com/f7BQxi86wS

— Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) August 18, 2022

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The former Top Gear host wasn’t the only celebrity to reach out to students; sports presenter Jake Humphrey has also used his story of A-level “failure” to encourage the younger generation.

Sharing a photo of his Sunday Times No.1 bestseller, High Performance, he tweeted: “Not a bad book for an A-level failure, if I do say so myself.”

Not a bad book for an a-level failure, if I do say so myself 😜 https://t.co/ZZ5rPZ1EDk

— Jake Humphrey (@mrjakehumphrey) August 18, 2022

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Chef Gordon Ramsay, who has five children, has tried to lighten the burden of performance with free food.

The restaurateur invited those who had been eagerly awaiting the results to head down to Street Pizza in Southwark, London, for a meal on the house.

“I’m going to help you celebrate by making the most amazing pizzas in the house,” he said in a video.

“Honestly, I know it’s been a tough two years. So well done, and believe me, it’s not always about the A*s. It’s about understanding who you are.”

Massive well done to everyone collecting their #ALevel results today !! Celebrate with pizza on me at Street Pizza Southwark from 11:30am! Gx pic.twitter.com/mQ0tA3EgHy

— Gordon Ramsay (@GordonRamsay) August 18, 2022

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Astronaut Tim Peake shared his own words of encouragement, admitting that his results were not what he had hoped for.

“Congratulations to everyone who got the A level/T level/BTec results they wanted this morning,” he tweeted.

“Don’t be too disappointed if you didn’t – mine wasn’t what I was hoping for, but if you put your mind to it, you can achieve anything.”

Congratulations to everyone who got the A’level/T’level/B Tech results they wanted this morning. Don’t be too disappointed if you didn’t – mine weren’t what I hoped for but if you put your mind to it you can achieve anything. pic.twitter.com/CX96NgLwBx

— Tim Peake (@astro_timpeake) August 18, 2022

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Congratulations to everyone who got the A’level/T’level/B Tech results they wanted this morning. Don’t be too disappointed if you didn’t – mine weren’t what I was hoping for, but if you put your mind to it, you can achieve anything. pic.twitter.com/CX96NgLwBx

— Tim Peake (@astro_timpeake) 18 August 2022

A-level grades have fallen since last year, but are still higher than results achieved before the pandemic in 2019.

They had been expected to be lower than in 2020, when the pandemic forced an upheaval of the education system and teachers assessed their students to arrive at a final grade.

However, as the exam returned this year, the proportion of As and A*s awarded has fallen.

Top grades in England, Northern Ireland and Wales fell 8.4 percentage points on last year’s record results, while A*s alone fell by 4.5 points.

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