GCSE Results?

(38 Posts)
CouthyMow Sat 25-Aug-12 08:28:08

My DD has just finished Y9. In June, her whole year group sat their RE GCSE exams. (They do them early at her school, for all students).

Should she have got a letter for results? Should she have gone into the school to get them? Or will she get results when she gets back to school?

The school have not given us any information on this, all I know is that she sat exams in June for RE and we have no idea how well or not she did.

CouthyMowWearingOrange Sun 09-Sep-12 13:16:36

Even doing that, with the change to linear with no chance for resits, there is practically no chance of her getting C/C/D in any 3 subjects. sad

She may get a 'B' in Catering - A/A* from the practical and a C/D for the final written exam, but the other subjects it will be impossible as her classroom/controlled assessment grades for Health & Social care and Textiles will be more like a C/D, with no chance to resit them, and an F/G/U grade in the final exam. Giving her a best result final grade in her 3 best subjects of B/D/E. sad

It's just pissing me off. I have an appointment with the top LSA/SenTA at her school in a week and a half where we are going to discuss all this.

I just don't know what to do, this Catering course is the only way she will be able to contribute to the household, and I can't feed and clothe her on fresh air.

What do I do if this happens? Kick her out when she won't even get Housing Benefit until she's 25? Take food out of my younger DC's mouths to feed her if she becomes a NEET due to not getting on her course? We are already below the poverty line, that would make it impossible to feed all my DC's!

I am in such a quandary as to what to do, what to help her to aim for, how to survive if she can't get on this course - she can't do anything else, she won't get a shop job because she wouldn't pass a basic Maths & English test.

I want to know how I will continue to feed her and have her living at home without taking money from my younger DC's food money when I no longer get any money for her?

CouthyMowWearingOrange Sun 09-Sep-12 13:20:59

And even the textiles one is a problem - when she chose that in her options, it was made clear that she needed a sewing machine at home.

We had one then. It broke while I was making world book day costumes for my younger DC's, and it was so old that the manufacturer doesn't exist any more and the part is unavailable.

I am struggling to find the money for a new one, so even getting the practical work done is going to be difficult. The school refuse to open the textiles room after school, saying that it can be used at lunchtime - but due to her SEN, DD NEEDS the routine of getting her lunch and eating it in the lunch hall, and she eats so slowly that it takes her the whole lunchtime to finish (eating issues from Autism).

noblegiraffe Sun 09-Sep-12 13:21:13

Technically there is nothing stopping her from resitting, she will just have to resit the linear exam (so all in one go) rather than individual modules.

If she is just starting Y10 then she could sit exams at the end of Y10 and resit at the end of Y11. In maths and English there are also linear sittings in November so she could sit them this November, next June and November and June of Y11.

noblegiraffe Sun 09-Sep-12 13:23:06

There must be someone on mumsnet with a sewing machine they never use that could be donated?

CouthyMowWearingOrange Sun 09-Sep-12 15:14:15

No, all the exams will be in Y11, and would have to be resits at college, which would waste another year, because I can't afford to find her past 4 years at college. At all.

And because of her SN's, doing resits at the same time as her Catering course isn't going to be possible, it would be too high a workload for her to manage and cope with.

She won't be able to cope with college and a job at the same time either, it is only manageable and cope-able for her if she does one at a time.

Hence 4 years being the utter limit because that's when CTC & Child Benefit will end, and my other benefits will be affected too.

And I certainly wasn't begging for a sewing machine, I am saving up for one, it's just slow going because I am skint.

I hate having a disability that prevents me from working to get out of the financial mess I'm in. It makes having 2/4 DC's with SN's even harder!

noblegiraffe Sun 09-Sep-12 15:42:25

She can be entered for exams at other times, even under the new rules. You would probably have to pay but my school certainly enters lower ability students in November and then June of Y11 so she could have two bites.

noblegiraffe Sun 09-Sep-12 15:49:13

Sorry if you thought I was suggesting you beg for a sewing machine, I was just thinking of that 'I've got but don't need, does anybody want?' thread on Chat.

CouthyMowWearingOrange Sun 09-Sep-12 15:54:36

Her school used to, but they converted to Academy status on the 1st September, then promptly informed us that they will only be doing the exams in the June of Y11. If they don't think you will achieve a G, then they won't put you in for it!

All the Secondaries in our town are the same, as they converted as an 'Academy Consortium' together, and this has been rolled out across all the Secondaries. So no option to move for extra chances either!

noblegiraffe Sun 09-Sep-12 16:19:05

Even if you pay for it? confused why would a school refuse a child the chance of a better grade?

CouthyMowWearingOrange Sun 09-Sep-12 23:14:39

Because they would have to put LSA time into preparing her, a scribe in to write for her, a reader in to read the questions out to her, and an invigilater (sp?) to oversee the exam.

They aren't prepared to.

noblegiraffe Mon 10-Sep-12 12:51:59

Does your local mp have a surgery? I'd go along and say everything you've said here about how the education system in your area is failing your daughter and ask him what he intends to do about it.

HelenKR Tue 22-Jan-13 07:07:48

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OneMoreMum Tue 22-Jan-13 17:56:36

Sounds like you're having a real nightmare but I do think it might do you both good to stand back a bit and take a deep breath.

It's great she has an interest and a goal but 2 more years at school then 4 years at college are a long time and lots of things can change in that time. Things might go better at school and she may get her grades OK, or when she starts the catering course she may find something else that interests her more than the patisserie.

I'm worried she's tying herself down to one very specialised area (chocolatier) that presumably doesn't have a lot of job openings, wouldn't it be better to aim towards it and see what happens along the way?

Try not to think of it as her only chance to get a job, ever - it may not be easy but there are opportunities to learn as an adult. Is it inconceivable that she do the lower level course, followed by the 2-year course then get a catering job for a year to save up for the patisserie course?

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