Support is available in Hounslow to those who get disappointing GCSE results tomorrow (Thursday, August 20).

School leavers with poor grades can sign up for Positive Directions - a course designed to help them get back into further education and employment.

The programme, run from centres in Staines Road, Hounslow, and in Wembley, is aimed at 16 to 18-year-olds who have left school or college without many qualifications and have not gone on to further education or found a job.

Participants receive support, careers advice and tutoring to help them improve their skills and gain qualifications, plus the chance of work experience with a local employer.

The course, run by Skills Training UK, lasts up to six months and can be started at any time.

Dee Dee Perrier, 17, of Wembley, signed up after failing to get into sixth form college.

She said: "My initial fears of having no friends on the course soon disappeared and I now have a great family of friends and we share everything together.

"I've been focusing on my maths at Positive Directions and I hope to start at Paddington Sixth Form Academy this September to do media studies."

Abi Osho, who manages the Positive Directions programme, said: "Many of our young people have not had the best of times during school. It's not just about qualifications; in fact qualifications might be the last thing on their minds.

"We re-engage them, support them, give them a voice and mentor them. All of those ingredients are important."

* For more about Positive Directions, call or text 0790 8574 253 or visit