Countdown to exam results. Anyone else feeling anxious?

(646 Posts)
jellybrain Tue 30-Jul-13 11:11:40

Waiting for DS1's Gcses results on 22nd of August. He did really well last year but, all the talk of moving grade boundaries has got me worried. Fingers are very tightly crossed for maths as this is the subject he struggles with most.

bruffin Tue 30-Jul-13 11:19:06

We are waiting DS As results on 15Th then start of uni application process

RussiansOnTheSpree Tue 30-Jul-13 11:39:43

I'm pretty convinced that, for various reasons, it went disastrously for DD1. I keep telling myself that I've come to terms with this, but then I realise that I haven't. I know my DH is stubbornly refusing to recognise that being assaulted (and having your face smashed in) the day before your first exam, and having a broken right hand for the whole exam period, on top of existing SEN issues, is not a recipe for outstanding success. He clearly still thinks that she will get results in line with her ability. But I just can't see that happening and my biggest fear is having to pick not just her but him off the floor at the end of August.

BackforGood Tue 30-Jul-13 11:44:46

ds has his AS results due out on 15th. They are not expected to be hugely impressive, however, there's nothing we can do about it until then so no point in worrying until we receive them.

Theas18 Tue 30-Jul-13 11:49:07

my stomach keeps lurching when I think of 15/8....

DS AS results. whilst I have no reason to suspect he didn't work hard and do His best he really needs top grades here to proceed with His chosen career.

then next year, goodness I will be on the edge completely! actually there are so many hurdles between now and getting to uni-each one vital I need to chill !

creamteas Tue 30-Jul-13 13:02:06

I have two date in mind!

The most important is DD's GCSE results. This is pretty unpredictable given the grade boundary issues and her ASD! But unless it is a complete disaster, she will be able to do the AS levels that she wants to (as the school are relying on teacher assessment rather than grades because of her disability.

The other date for me is the 11/8 when unis get the A level results. Last year was a really difficult year as grades were down so many of our CF students didn't get their grades (and we couldn't just accept them because of the AAB/ABB cliff edge). Jobs depend on undergraduate numbers, so this is always a bit of a worry!

jellybrain Tue 30-Jul-13 15:51:30

Your poor DD Russians, was none of this taken into account or will there be any right of appeal of things don't go as hoped?
Hi Creamteas Ds is also ASD. He had 1 blip with his first science paper which he scrunched into a ball when he was told to stop writing( he had about 2 marks worth left to write on the final question). Luckily the paper was ok once it had been smoothed out.
We discussed the pros and cons of his approach and I think the other exams all went ok wink

RussiansOnTheSpree Tue 30-Jul-13 16:35:16

Jelly they put in a special circumstances thing for the first exam, I'm not sure if it applied for the whole umpty thrumpty weeks though, what I do know is that you don't get over something like that just like snapping your fingers. sad

basildonbond Tue 30-Jul-13 21:40:52

Trying not to worry as there's sod all anyone can do about it now ... Ds blithely unconcerned - hah

mintsauce Tue 30-Jul-13 23:19:16

DS has AS but hope he will do well. However I find he school's expectations difficult to deal with.

mintsauce Tue 30-Jul-13 23:20:29

DS has AS but hope he will do well. However I find he school's expectations difficult to deal with.

Mutteroo Tue 30-Jul-13 23:21:20

DS gets his AS results on 15/8 & he's not hopeful on the 3x A grades he wanted. It's not the end of the world & I've no doubt DS will achieve whatever grades he gets, but he may not get into his first choice uni. As he's taking a gap year after his A levels, he doesn't have the worry of applying for university yet so we're keeping everything very low key & hoping DS's negativity is proved wrong. Good luck to all DCs next month!

circular Wed 31-Jul-13 05:52:39

DD really dreading 22/8. Had bad papers in 2 of the subjects she wants to take for A level, but rpthinks possibly done better than expected I. Subjects she is not good at. So consequently worried that as changing schools, may be forced to retake AS in the wrong subjects.
On holiday currently. But can tell she is worried as keeps saying most days that hopefully she is wrong and has aced them all.

Russians As your DDs school take GCSEs in yr10, is there any scope for retakes in yr11 instead of so many (think you said 6) AS?

circular Wed 31-Jul-13 05:55:24

Reposted due to autocorrect above

DD really dreading 22/8. Had bad papers in 2 of the subjects she wants to take for A level, but thinks possibly done better than expected in subjects she is not good at. So consequently worried that as changing schools, may be forced to take AS in the wrong subjects.
On holiday currently. But can tell she is worried as keeps saying most days that hopefully she is wrong and has aced them all.

Russians as your DDs school take GCSEs in yr10, is there any scope for retakes in yr11 instead of so many (think you said 6) AS?

mindgone Thu 01-Aug-13 00:38:54

Hi all, anxious here too! DS1 A2 results on 15/8 and DS2 GCSE results a week later! Stressy times ahead! wine

mumslife Thu 01-Aug-13 12:39:48

very anxious here as well she tried so hard but who knows with the grade boundries

patatasbravas Thu 01-Aug-13 16:04:05

Yes! Scottish results are on Tuesday <frets>

DS1 needs an A to secure his place at uni, he's very confident, I'm a ball of nerves.

wine

McFluffy Thu 01-Aug-13 17:09:38

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Copthallresident Thu 01-Aug-13 18:42:51

I am already getting very nervous. DD also AS, predicted good grades and capable of it on a good day with a fair wind. She worked hard but with Dyslexia and Dyspraxia to cope with, who knows if she has shown what she can do or been ambushed by her issues. Of course the subjects she wants to pursue are essay subjects sad. I know she will make a great addition to the uni course she wants to pursue, full of insight, empathy and original ideas but it is just getting her there...... Last year she took to her bed in floods of tears because she didn't quite live up to her predictions, though a creditable set of GCSEs by any normal standards and especially in the post Gove GCSE dystopia. So I am bracing myself...... On the 15th once she has gone into school, I shall be in as bad a state as when I have to go for scan results after my annual post Breast Cancer check ups whilst I wait for her to emerge. Doubtless even if it is good news she will put on a grim face as is now a family tradition established by her sister hmm

Copthallresident Thu 01-Aug-13 18:49:29

correction, doing AS.

WorrySighWorrySigh Fri 02-Aug-13 08:36:10

<stops rocking>

No, not anxious at all. I have always had this nervous tick and inability to concentrate

<resumes rocking>

MirandaWest Fri 02-Aug-13 08:41:45

I'm feeling a bit anxious and its not even my DC hmm.

Bfs DS gets his A Level results on 15/8 - am really hoping he gets what he needs to go to university. Can't imagine what I'll be like when its my DC although have a few years to go for that.

mrsjay Fri 02-Aug-13 08:54:30

scottish standard grades are out on tuesday <wibbles> dd is beside herself as some of the results need to be a 1 or 2 for her to do her Highers I am confident she will do well though, it is the waiting that is worse than the actual result , she says hopefully

basildonbond Mon 05-Aug-13 17:04:52

This morning...

Me: Remember, you need to keep 22nd free
Ds1: why, what's happening on the 22nd? (brain cogs start whirring) it's not your birthday is it??

Erm it's just me getting anxious in our house then ...

ISingSoprano Mon 05-Aug-13 17:12:37

Ds is certainly getting anxious about A2 results on 15th.

Keep calm and carry on everyone, what's done is done, and all those other cliches!

Milliways Mon 05-Aug-13 18:00:51

We are waiting for A level results, Uni places awaited etc.

prettydaisies Mon 05-Aug-13 18:08:22

We're waiting for A2 and AS results next week and then GCSE results the following week. DD is actually quite anxious for next week, but DS not bothered!

Hi there

Another one here awaiting A level and GCSE results.

Ds1 is lovely but feel that he's not ever worked hard enough over the last 2 years and if he gets BCC I'll be thrilled, not that he knows what he wants to do hmm apart from go to Camp America next year!

We're expecting ds2 to have done well in his GCSE's but you never want to take anything for granted do you.

I'm starting to feel quite nervous.

frogs Mon 05-Aug-13 18:50:36

Hi Milliways!

dd1 waiting too. It seems like only a couple of years since we were doing a secondary transfer thread for them...

smile

It's tomorrow here and I have two getting results. I feel sick hmm

xylem8 Mon 05-Aug-13 19:06:57

waiting for A2s. Apparently the unis get the results this sunday.
More excited than anxious here!

mrsjay Mon 05-Aug-13 19:26:37

OH Katie it will be fine honestly smile

Milliways Mon 05-Aug-13 22:22:54

<<Waves at Frogs>>

See you here on 15th! smile

minsmum Mon 05-Aug-13 22:32:35

Waiting for A2 on the 15/8. My DD who never shows nerves over anything bit my head off yesterday over a very simple question about her accommodation so I think she is very stressed indeed.

MsAverage Tue 06-Aug-13 00:07:29

I am curious, but no one else in the house cares. DD did modular GCSEs, so we have a pretty clear idea about expected grades.

hugoagogo Tue 06-Aug-13 10:21:57

ds doesn't know hmm when his result is due or whether he collects it or it will come in the post!

The schools website is no help either. <googles>

OrmirianResurgam Tue 06-Aug-13 10:30:38

Anxious? Hmmm......resigned is more accurate hmm

DS1 is likely to have scraped a C in most subjects. I hope he has at least. He only needs 5 A-C grades to get into college which I am fairly confident he will get, but will have to do his GCSE English again if he doesn't get a C. He had already had his maths result last year.

Lifeisontheup Tue 06-Aug-13 10:35:19

Another Ds with ASD here. Not looking forward to AS results day. He has struggled with the difference between GCSE and AS level work. I know he will be disappointed if (as expected) his results are bad and this will lead to him not trying unless I'm very careful.
Doesn't help that older DS is super clever and gets good results without really trying.

DocMarten Wed 07-Aug-13 21:19:52

waiting for A2's and AS's and GCSbloodyE's in our house,

nightmare grin

HepsibarCrinkletoes Wed 07-Aug-13 22:03:49

Hello. Started a thread but lovely circular kindly directed me to here, thank you C.

We're A levels (DD2) and GCSEs (DS) this year. Last year DD1 was playing the waiting game and she has now just finished her first year at Bristol.

DD2 is not really a stress tbh as she's likely to have aced the lot - she got five As at AS level last year, and will be off to Exeter.

DS reckons he's up for As in history, geog and business studies, which are his preferred A levels. He only took core maths and science, so the rest of his subjects will likely be a mix of B and C. He's really struggling with himself tbh as he follows hot on his sisters' heels and thinks because he won't get top marks in all subjects like them that he's a bit crap. He's finding it so hard and nothing I say will make him see otherwise sad.

I'm so proud of them whatever they achieve. They've had a really shit 18 months since their wonderful dad died and amaze me continuously with their resilience and determination.

Ilovegeorgeclooney Wed 07-Aug-13 22:30:53

Hepsi I really sympathise. my DD2 is awaiting her results and everyone is expecting her to do as well as DD1 and DS but her darling dad died and she has found it so difficult. I find it so annoying that people expect a 16 year old to deal with this and A levels without a pause. She has been amazing but give her a break!!!

HepsibarCrinkletoes Wed 07-Aug-13 22:34:59

Aw Ilove, I feel for your DD2, I do. Mine have got there through sheer determination and know just how very proud their Dad would be. Squeezes to you and your DD.

DocMarten Thu 08-Aug-13 07:26:09

Hepsi, and Ilove, so sorry you and your Dc's have had to go through this, and to then try to carry on with all the schoolwork and exams. Their fathers would be enormously proud of them, whatever their results xxx

Mrsrobertduvall Thu 08-Aug-13 08:54:30

Waiting for gcses here.
She got her maths in April ( a miracle) so that particular stress is out of the way.
Dd has severe ocd, and exams are not a good situation, but has been allowed to sit them in a separate room (with all the other loonies, as she cheerfully said) and it wasn't too bad.

Fingers crossed for everyone.

HepsibarCrinkletoes Thu 08-Aug-13 09:12:51

Thank you Doc - children are amazing creatures!

Ilovegeorgeclooney Thu 08-Aug-13 21:13:03

DD2 has A2 results next week but as HOD English I have nearly 400 GCSE results to worry about and after last year's debacle I am petrified, can't sleep and counting the hours. Fortunately DD has an unconditional offer and if she doesn't get 2E's I think I will just give up. She is blissfully unconcerned!

OttilieKnackered Thu 08-Aug-13 21:19:22

Also a nervous teacher. I have about 100 a level results that, teaching-wise, I am solely responsible for. I was pretty confident in May. Started having a few results dreams now. Good luck to all involved.

Ilovegeorgeclooney Thu 08-Aug-13 21:38:00

Thinking DD2 was stressed I said to her today did she want a 'pamper' day next week to help her but all I got was why? Since she was accepted on her portfolio and it is a pre uni course she is unconcerned and I have spent weeks worrying about the stress she isn't under!!!

I of course am spending hours on the AQA and OFQUAL websites looking for clues! I cannot face another year of weeping children who have worked really hard and are treated as a political football.

HepsibarCrinkletoes Thu 08-Aug-13 22:41:36

I'd take being a mother over being a teacher ANY day when it comes to the results days. I am deep in admiration for you all, you do an awesome job.

boschy Fri 09-Aug-13 21:55:40

oh god... I thought we were quite calm here (some decent modular results in the bag; tension over GCSE maths). but DD1 has been having 2 year old type tantrums over the most ridiculous things in the last few days and its doing my head in. there is nothing we can do now; she has her 6th form place secure; but WHY does she have to be so horrid to me and DD2?

oh well, am just necking the wine and thanking all those hardworking and truly fabulous teachers out there. roll on lunchtime on aug 22 when we actually know!

Loshad Fri 09-Aug-13 23:05:59

I have given up on sleep, watched the dawn rise this morning whilst reading.
DS2 needs 3 As to do medicine, should easily get them in one respect but did the awful maths so have no idea. He is sooo grumpy and refuses to discuss what he will do if he doesn't get the grades.
In addition i have 2 y13 classes that i only took on at the end of y12 so had some issues to backfill, plus 3 x AS classes (including one group doing a totally new spec with some massive issues) getting the results the same day.
following thurs i am responsible for the overall results of around 230 GCSE students stress, stress.

BeckAndCall Sun 11-Aug-13 10:08:51

My DD is having nightmares every day over AS results onThursday. Poor little thing. In order to apply where she wants to do what she wants, she knows she needs a 93 average UMS score and you just can't guess if you've got it or not. Still, 4 more days and we'll know.

We need to plan massive distractions for the next few days.... For me as well as her!

Tinuviel Sun 11-Aug-13 15:32:06

DS1 is home ed and took 2 this year. When I asked him if he was getting nervous, he just said, "Oh, I'd forgotten about those!" So just me here worrying.

englishteacher78 Sun 11-Aug-13 16:05:07

I'm a teacher. I'm more nervous about results day now than I ever was as a teacher.

BrigitBigKnickers Mon 12-Aug-13 12:14:47

Another nervous mum and DD Waiting for AS results on 15th August. DD is amazingly hard working and spent every hour God sends working for her exams. Against all expectations pulled a load of A grades out of the bag last year for GCSEs but thinks she has done really badly this year.

Will be so disappointed for her if she doesn't get the grades she deserved. Keeping everything crossed.

University applications next- unfortunately she has no idea what she wants to do-more angst ahead methinks. confused

mumslife Mon 12-Aug-13 12:30:16

last year gcse grades were very different from this years in most but not all subjects ia m not sure this year it will be possible to get loads of A and A * sad

Millais Mon 12-Aug-13 12:39:58

Waiting for A levels and GCSE x3 + a few AS levels so highly stressed all round.

Trying to be positive -fixed grin

mindgone Mon 12-Aug-13 15:46:09

Mumslife, why will it not be possible this year?

RussiansOnTheSpree Mon 12-Aug-13 16:22:40

Gove. sad

boschy Mon 12-Aug-13 22:56:38

yes Gove. had to sweep past Sunday Times story yest about falling maths and science results. luckily for DD1, she's got her (mod) science in the bag at roughly an A - v proud of that one. but maths _ i can only predict a disaster.

RussiansOnTheSpree Mon 12-Aug-13 23:11:29

Boschy Did you mean to be so incredibly insensitive?

mumslife Tue 13-Aug-13 11:59:28

like others have said gove and upping grade boundrys The gove dont want kids coming out with handfalls of A and A* sad

RussiansOnTheSpree Tue 13-Aug-13 12:38:50

mumslife Yes. And with typical Govian skill, he has devised a mechanism to 'deal' with the effects of the cheaty, game the system schools which enter pupils for bite size modules every 5 minutes, which allows those kids to keep their results but hammers the non-cheaty terminal exams all at one time kids. sad

mindgone Tue 13-Aug-13 15:08:05

Russians, I didn't find Boschy's post at all insensitive! All our DCs are going to do better at some subjects than others!

heronsfly Tue 13-Aug-13 15:14:57

We are getting nervous about next weeks gcse results too,my dd2 has worked so hard, but all the talk about grade boundaries moving is adding to the stress.i keep telling her that everyone will be in the same boat but thats not much help for this years students.

mummaemma Tue 13-Aug-13 15:40:02

DD1 has her AS level results. Only waiting for Art Result as already got her Distinction * award for her Business diploma. She's hoping for a B. fingers crossed.

MrsWeasley Tue 13-Aug-13 15:55:46

Waiting for 2 sets of results for my DS1, GSCEs and AS on the 15th he is adamant he failed so has already applied to redo it again. My biggest worry is his confidence he had the worse teacher imaginable - in fact an absolute bully. Telling DS is isn't good enough (when it was one of his strongest subject and everyone else said he would have no problem with it). Telling the class repeatedly, that he shouldn't be in the class (this was done whenever my DS wasn't in the room). Teacher emailed everyone details - books to read, assessment details but not to my DS (said didn't have his email address but its on the system and other teachers had no problem - teacher had my email address so could have sent it to me if there was an issue! I'm just hoping he hasn't failed by too much iyswim!

MrsWeasley Tue 13-Aug-13 15:59:35

Perhaps we should have a mumsnet party to celebrate/numb the pain? wine I could start testing wine now if that helps wink

RussiansOnTheSpree Tue 13-Aug-13 16:03:23

mindgone the fact that you didn't find it insensitive is irrelevant to whether I did! I'm sure if the parents of kids who go to schools which game the system and who have loads of modules already completed under the older gentler way of marking want to have an 'I'm alright jack' thread, then there will be plenty of takers. Because after all there a plenty of schools which have been gaming the system, that's why we have the new everyone must do badly marking system. But for a parent to come on the anxious thread and be all boasty about her kids's successful gaming of the system seems a bit much to me. But then, I'm an anxious parent of a child who did all terminal exams. But since this is the anxious thread, I didn't expect people to come in here being all boasty and 'I'm alright Jack'.

twistyfeet Tue 13-Aug-13 16:09:01

A level results here and then checking UCAS to see if he got into his first choice of university. This will be the third time I've done this. I've gone grey I tell 'ee, grey!

RussiansOnTheSpree Tue 13-Aug-13 16:12:17

heron Everyone's NOT in the same boat. That's the desperately unfair thing about it all. The kids who did loads of modules last year are in the QEII or similar while the kids doing terminal exams this year are in a leaky rubber dinghy. So, for the rest of their lives, the kids doing terminal GCSEs this year will be at a major disadvantage compared to those of their cohort whose schools gamed the system. The kids whose schools did the very thing that the newer harsher world is supposed to be fixing. What Gove should have done, was wipe out all last years modules, then everyone would be in the same boat. Or, wait until everyone has to do terminal exams to introduce the harder nastier regime. But no. He didn't do that. He chose to advantage the kids whose schools are doing what he doesn't like, and disadvantage the kids whose schools are not gaming the system, and doing things the way he says he wants them done. Because that's fair and makes sense. To a lunatic.

mindgone Tue 13-Aug-13 16:27:33

Russians, I didn't realise there was so much disparity this year! It's stressy all round sad

olivevoir58 Tue 13-Aug-13 16:52:08

Doing modular exams is not 'gaming the system' it is simply following the rules of the present system (albeit a system that will no longer exist after this intake). What is gaming the system is entering borderline C/D students in every available sitting of an exam until they get an all important C at the expense of quality teaching and learning and denying those students opportunities for studying other subjects. It is also entering weaker students for btecs instead of gcse because it counts as a gcse equivalent in the league tables. Schools did not have to do terminal exams this year, so it's a little unfair to say that schools choosing to do exams in a modular way are 'gaming the system'

Last year my dds school entered their students for the OCR modular maths exam. Their maths results dropped by 14%. The terminal maths exams were far easier to get a C on so no modular exams are not always easier.

Maybe we should wait and see what next week brings before getting hysterical.

heronsfly Tue 13-Aug-13 17:12:36

Sorry Russians blush, i didn't realise that so much had changed this year, all the schools round here are working to the old system and next years exams will be the first straight exams.
Mrs Weasley,can i join and bring lots of wine wine wine

notrege Tue 13-Aug-13 17:17:00

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RussiansOnTheSpree Tue 13-Aug-13 17:22:28

Modular exams have always gamed the system. That's why they are so popular. And that's the main reason for the frade inflation that has been apparent for so many years. And of course modules don't have to be easier in and if themselves, except for that whole not doing all your exams at once (although pretending you have done) thing but all the information management being leaked to the press and to teachers at the moment indicates that for most subjects the results are significantly down this year, and most people believe (because if the way it's being handled and based in the English experience last year) that the much lower results this year will be because of harder marking. So anyone in this year's cohort who did loads of science modules last year, when marking was less politically controlled, will be at a massive advantage compared to a child of similar ability doing either modules or terminal exams this year. I guess this year's Y10 module takers are potentially as screwed as the terminal exam takers, but they might benefit from a relaxation next year IF there is a huge outcry this year and it looks like it might be politically advantageous to the Tories to fiddle with the marking again.

A proportion of this year's GCSE cohort are sacrificial lambs to Gove's ego. And people adopting an I'm alright jack view while admittedly unsurprising is still not very nice to see.

RussiansOnTheSpree Tue 13-Aug-13 17:26:07

God, my typing blush

Ah well - unless Gove is posting here under a pseudonym it's nobody here's fault, the debacle about to unfold. But it is terribly worrying. And I don't even drink!

MrsWeasley Tue 13-Aug-13 17:26:56

Herons of course, the more wine the better! smile

TheOriginalSteamingNit Tue 13-Aug-13 17:44:25

How do you mean 'pretending to have done', though, Russians?

To be honest, I think we probably all feel in one way or another that our dc might lose out: like many, my dd had a combination of modular and final exams, but I think I would just do my own head in trying to second guess the ways in which that might count for or against her in the time between now and next Thursday. I don't think Boschy meant to sound 'alright jack' at all; rather, I read her post as 'thankful for small mercies', which really there's no harm in being.

My dd seems fairly unstressed so far, but given than I dreamed last night that my kitchen was full of mice and both my children's hair was crawling with nits and then I went to collect my GCSE results but they were all in code which I had to ring a number to find out, I think my own anxiety is growing!

NewFairy Tue 13-Aug-13 17:51:19

Russians, isn't your daughter in Y10? So if the results are not as you/she hoped, can she not resit them in y11? Or does her school do the A level syllabus over 3 years?

NewFairy Tue 13-Aug-13 17:53:01

Also, can I join in the waiting for A2 results here. DS2 needs 3 A grades for his course.

MissMarplesBloomers Tue 13-Aug-13 18:20:22

<thumps crates of wine, and gin, vats of brew, shedloads of biscuit on table>

This where we sign up then? grin

A2's this Thursday......GCSE's next Thursday.

I shall be on Valium by then I think. confused

MissMarplesBloomers Tue 13-Aug-13 18:21:03

Psstt MNHQ can we have a gin emoticon...pretty please....just for this fortnight?

LetsFaceTheMusicAndDance Tue 13-Aug-13 18:43:38

Awaiting AS and A2 results. DSs are very calm. My nerves are like a string bag of runny shite.

And I so so so want DS1 to go to his first choice as his insurance choice was a moment where I had to bite my tongue hard.

magentadreamer Tue 13-Aug-13 18:45:09

Awaiting GCSE results here. I am hoping and praying that DD has pulled the magic C grade in English Language. She resat the exam modules in Jan. Grade boundaries weren't given only marks. Unless they really gerry mander the grade boundaries she has a high C grade in the reading paper ( she got 38/40) and we have our fingers crossed that 30/40 is at least a D grade. With CA's ranging from what her teacher thinks should be mainly B's we are hopeful. I dont think I will be getting much sleep next Wednesday night.

MrsWeasley Tue 13-Aug-13 18:45:21

MissMarples I like your style. wink

hoochymama1 Tue 13-Aug-13 19:23:13

Love the thread. Ds 2 has A2's on Thursday, Ds 3 has Gcse's week after. Arggghh! What have I done to deserve this ? hmm

GreenShadow Tue 13-Aug-13 20:04:12

Awaiting A2 here as well. It's very marginal as to whether he'll get the grades he needs for his first choice university so it's everything crossed for Thursday.

glaurung Tue 13-Aug-13 20:08:03

It's my fourth and last summer results day, and my most relaxed one yet (thanks to an unconditional offer and plenty of other distractions at the moment). I do sympathise with the anxious though - it is worrying especially when so much rides on some of the results or when exams didn't go quite to plan. As far as possible though do try NOT to get too hung up on what may or may not happen as far as overall pass levels or any modular unfairnesses may lie, as these things are not easy to predict and may well not pan out the way you think. Wait and see, and then moan if warranted when we have the full picture would be my advice. Modules taken as late as possible usually benefit the sitter due to increased maturity and this will go some way to counter any harsher marking that may or may not be applied this time, schools that choose the fully terminal GCSE route usually get very high results, and my guess is that this trend will still hold this year (obviously I may be wrong, but it's really not worth worrying about until we know for sure).

littlemisswise Tue 13-Aug-13 20:09:34

We're awaiting DS1's A2 results on Thurs and DS2's GCSE results on 22nd.

DS1 is predicted to do very, very well. He has this week, however, decided that Uni is not on the cards this year. Maybe he will change his mind, maybe not, I am not overly bothered as long as he is happy.

DS2 was on course for A*s and As in all 3 sciences and maths (don't panic, no gaming went on, he only sat each module the once!) but now we have no clue what with the fiasco Gove has created again. He does deserve them though, he has worked his bloody socks off and wants to do science A levels. He already has 3 As in the bag from last year, so the pressure is off a teensy bit.

CinnamonAddict Tue 13-Aug-13 20:14:20

Good luck to you all!
My own dc are a few years away from GCSE but I am nervously awaiting A2 results of my (what looks like last ever) Year 13 class.
Maybe as usual I am more on edge than they are grin

heronsfly Tue 13-Aug-13 20:24:36

I think glaurung has made some very good points, have a large wine
because we haven't got a gin emotion yet

jellybeans Tue 13-Aug-13 20:26:53

I'm anxious, DD has AS on Thurs (they did some early in year 11) and GCSE next week. I really hope she has done herself justice. Good luck all.

circular Tue 13-Aug-13 21:24:42

Agree, some great points from glaurung, a true voice of experience.

DD told me that some of her friends (different school) got GCSE English results TODAY? guessing that's IGCSE?

Shootingatpigeons Tue 13-Aug-13 21:57:33

I agree with glauring in some ways but not in others. Yes we can't know how it is going to pan out in the next days /weeks but we are living in uncertain times, a Gove inspired dystopia, so much more unfair than when my DD1 sat her exams (Year 4 at uni). The goalposts have moved but no one knows or understands how or where. There is no justice in it, just depends on exam board and subject. I do think we have to be prepared to be there for our DCs and to understand if they are on the receiving end of the unfairness. It might be a lower mark than predicted for not working hard enough or mucking up the paper, but it might be rubbish marking, and it might be politicking.

Good thing is unis have cottoned on, and they face more difficult times too. So whereas one dropped grade would have meant a gap year and retakes for DD1's peers, there was no margin for error, the playing field is a little more in favour of our DCs.

Just trying to keep believing what I keep telling DD2, it's done now, worrying won't get you anywhere, Thursday is just when you find out, no point worrying.....wine wine wine

MissMarplesBloomers Tue 13-Aug-13 22:16:36

LetsFaceTheMUsic With you on the tongue biting thing. DD1's insurance choice isn't bad but being one near my old home town that used to have a shite reputation I am biased agin it even if it has improved. grin

MrsWeasley Why thank you wink

hooch & littlemiss (& others ) I think we need a specially padded cell thread for us double result parents!!

NewFairy Tue 13-Aug-13 22:35:29

Oh yes, good luck, that was me 2 years ago. We had to get an A2paper priority re-marked, the result came back, with the improved grade on the same day as DS2s GCSE results, which took the focus off him.

So this year, is definitely DS2s day.

<<crosses fingers>>

boschy Tue 13-Aug-13 22:40:35

havent read back all the way, but russians I am really sorry if you think I was insensitive on p.3 because I really really didnt mean to be.

Fact is my DD is pretty much well below average all round academically, and is also dyslexic, but she works twice as hard as anyone else I know. Any good result she gets, under whatever system, is cause for celebration in my book.

I dont like the new Govian world, where we all study latin in groups of 3 and take terminal exams where we regurgitate facts like vomit on a page.

will now go and re-read the rest of the thread.

Theas18 Tue 13-Aug-13 22:41:57

Nearly here.... argh!

Sparing an extra thought for those poor misguided parents who thought , when their kids were small , that a 2yr age gap was nice...

(fortuitously we have 3 school years between our 3 so apart from DD1 uni finals and DS A2s there are no clashes, it could tip a parent into a barrel of wine!)

boschy Tue 13-Aug-13 22:47:53

"But for a parent to come on the anxious thread and be all boasty about her kids's successful gaming of the system seems a bit much to me. But then, I'm an anxious parent of a child who did all terminal exams. But since this is the anxious thread, I didn't expect people to come in here being all boasty and 'I'm alright Jack'."

russians I do really have to take issue with this comment you made to me! I am not in the least bit boasty about my kid, as you will see above.

She is at the school she is at. Their job, apart from helping turn her into a rounded adult suitable for the world of further education or work, is to provide the education she needs. It is a sec mod in a selective grammar area.

I could not be LESS boasty about either of my DD's academic achievements.

boschy Tue 13-Aug-13 22:54:30

anyway, last night I dreamt we went to get the results, and instead of grades they gave smiley faces - big grin for a good one, sad downturned smile for a poor one, along with various qualify symbols, like little angels or devils. in my dream DD1 had a massive tantrum at me because I didnt understand the faces...

TheOriginalSteamingNit Tue 13-Aug-13 23:00:50

Oh boschy I can sympathise with that!

I think your point about them being at the schools they're at is very apposite: we don't get to choose for them to do modular exams any more than they do: they have to play the hand they're dealt, and I think many of them have worked very hard and in good faith, so good luck to all of them, I think.

boschy Tue 13-Aug-13 23:06:53

I totally agree TOSN - they can only do what is asked of them by their school, whether its modular ("cheaty" according to some) or linear (which suits some more than others). Personally I was linear, mug it all up the night before, splurt onto page, forget all about subject. I think there is an awful lot of hard work involved in modular.

oh well, only 8 days to go and then we can all deal with the celebrations and the fall out as appropriate. For DD1, resitting maths in 6th form is pretty much a given, unless there was a fair wind and a kind god back in June.

TheOriginalSteamingNit Tue 13-Aug-13 23:08:56

Apparently I'm not allowed to sit and wait in the car park while dd gets her results and I have to wait for a text hmm

mindgone Tue 13-Aug-13 23:11:31

winebrewwine especially for all the other "double whammy" parents waiting on two lots of results! It's bloody hard isn't it?!

boschy Tue 13-Aug-13 23:17:37

ah TOSN, I am allowed to sit in the car park, but only at the very bottom where I cant actually see anyone. then I had a nightmare about her running down with her results and getting knocked down by a car!! <rocks in corner, picks nails, frets, chews hair>

oh sod it, there's no point worrying is there? what will be will be, to channel Doris Day.

redqueen45 Tue 13-Aug-13 23:53:18

In exactly 9 1/2 hours DS1'll be receiving his A Level-like results, the Leaving Cert. Results here in Ireland being earlier than UK. Just trying to decide when to give up attempting to sleep, & go & start mopping the floors or arranging all bookshelves alphabetically... rest of bloody house slumbering peacefully hmm.

Haven't fully grasped Irish points system, & fiendishly complex college offers thing, where you go up your preference list, as others with higher points accept place elsewhere, & decline others....confused think proportional representation, it's a bit like that.

God knows how it's calculated, only know I'm bricking it. & if he's borderline will spend another week chewing fingers off till we find out if he's got a place - only 18 places on the course last year shock

Missing straightforward UK offers system envy

ravenAK Wed 14-Aug-13 00:03:28

I'm an English teacher, who had two C/D borderline GCSE sets last year.

I keep telling myself things can't possibly be any worse this year.

<does maniacal laugh & watches Govey banana skin slip on youtube again>.

boschy Wed 14-Aug-13 00:38:19

raven respeck... I know it is so hard for teachers as well as parents.

the trouble is that english and maths are the gateway subjects arent they. yet many young people are not suited to either; surely there should be a different type of qualification for those who dont want to be mathematicians or study english lit?

Gruntfuttocks Wed 14-Aug-13 01:05:42

Sympathies to all who are waiting, it's ghastly. Did it 2 years ago with DS. His father and I were lying in bed wide awake at 3.30am... he texted us at 5.30 with confirmation of his uni place - came through before the actual A2 results. Longest night of my life.
DD took hers last year and applied for uni post A levels so we avoided some of the angst on results day, but now she's saying that everyone else is really excited about results day, and she doesn't have anything to get excited about as she already has her unconditional offer - gee, you can't please some people!
Only 6 years before we get to do it all again for DC3...

ravenAK Wed 14-Aug-13 01:27:57

Well, there isn't much requirement to study Eng Lit boschy - the gateway GCSE is English Language, or English, & there's absolutely no reason for any moderately intelligent, hardworking, well taught 16 year old not to get a grade C (unless they're being used as a political football, as last summer, obviously...).

Eng Lit's a different GCSE - increasingly restricted to higher ability students as we teachers have to game the system, sadly.

GCSE Eng/ Eng Lang measures an ability to understand & use language which is fairly crucial to further academic study. It's certainly demanding, but it really should be something most students are able to pass if they are decently taught & work hard to hone the necessary skills.

If you don't manage it then yes gateways start closing - two out of three of our local sixth form colleges won't have you for the vast majority of their courses without a C in English.

It's a bit stark, I know, but their experience is that if you can't pass English GCSE despite working your butt off, you're unlikely to cope with A Levels, whereas if you are relatively able but failed because you chose not to do any work at KS4, they'd sooner give their over-subscribed places to someone whose track record suggests they'll make good use of the opportunity.

Last year I had 60 borderliners who were either 'strivers' or 'able but idles'. Based on the previous year's grade boundaries, all but half a dozen would have been OK - once they were mucked about with, another 10 came out with Ds.

Now you could certainly argue that one way or another these were not especially academic kids, & that they should, from the outset, have been funnelled down a different pathway from 'go to college & do A Levels'. But the way the rug was unexpectedly pulled from under them was cruel.

I ran into a couple of them in CEX the other day. Nice to see them smiling & enjoying their summer - I remember the tears this time last year only too vividly.

<apologies for ranting - last year was just so bloody miserable! Crossing everything for this year!>

mayaswell Wed 14-Aug-13 06:36:03

ravenAK you've just put into words exactly what is making me feel so anxious.
I have 'able but idle' who I fear/know is going to be adequate in every but English, and he had so many warnings that 6th Form are going to tell him they're not interested.

I'm more concerned than I ever was for myself, he seems quietly confident.

Millais Wed 14-Aug-13 08:08:20

Yes the two year age gap seems so sensible when they are tiny. I have the added trauma of working out how to hear three sets of results next Thursday and be suitable excited, supportive and non hysterical depending on each outcome. Tomorrow is just ds1 who seems to have resigned himself that his A* for maths is a non starter sad

hoochymama1 Wed 14-Aug-13 08:44:57

Oh Gosh, we're going to see a film today just to take our minds off it fat chance Yeay to the padded cell, Missmarples as long as it has loads of chocolate and mind numbing medication.
Both Ds's are deffo marginal, but I'm trying to put a positive face on. Hope everyone has a calm day smile

mindgone Wed 14-Aug-13 08:45:09

Wow, Millais! 3 together is way beyond tough!! Best of luck with it all :-)

LetsFaceTheMusicAndDance Wed 14-Aug-13 08:47:04

Ok I know I'm stressed out now. I have just washed the bathroom ceiling.

Someone slap me hard!

twistyfeet Wed 14-Aug-13 09:02:17

bathroom ceiling? grin
Thank goodness this is the last of the 3 older kids with A levels. A big gap until number 4. He can shove off to university (while we change the locks) and take his vile room with him wink
Number 1 has finished her degree and is going to do some post-grad thing in the US in poncy arty films so flies off next week and number 2 is looking at Phd's to apply for.
Meanwhile I'm still dealing with Student Finance for two of them. 'Dear Mrs Twisty, you havent supplied your P60 and wage slips for the last 400 years'
'Dear Knobends, I clearly stated in triplicate for all 3 kids on all of your fucking forms that I am a stay at home Carer with no wage, dont you read them, love Twisty'
argh

alistron1 Wed 14-Aug-13 09:04:07

dd1 gets her gcse results next thursday. She sat 5 last year and did well, but not as well as she wanted. She can collect her AS general studies and english igcse results tomorrow << bites nails >>

LetsFaceTheMusicAndDance Wed 14-Aug-13 09:47:46

To be fair, it was minging - like the rest of the house. Well there's no point doing much cleaning durig school holidays.

Shootingatpigeons Wed 14-Aug-13 10:08:04

Have been very busy last couple of days but just woke up to a stomach that seems to be filling with lead. As ravenak says last year it was heartbreaking to see the tears of all those kids affected, at the A*\A\B boundaries as well. Until it became clear that schools and colleges had all had the same experiences and admissions grades were relaxed.

teacherwith2kids Wed 14-Aug-13 10:48:30

Wishing everyone luck. Am nervous myself on behalf of a relative, a head in a school in an extremely challenging area, whose job - and in fact career, as losing this job would effectively mean they would never work as a head again - depends entirely on the school breaking the 'magic' floor level this year. The fact that in that school achieving the Government's floor target requires FAR greater progress from their cohort than getting 100% A-C in my DS's green leafy comprehensive, and incomparably reater than from our local superselective grammar is not relevant - below floor target = back into SM = sack the head. I have never seen a school work so hard for their students - open all hours and all holidays for study clubs, catch up sessions, summer schools etc etc etc - but all will have been in vain if they don't break the floor target this year.

boschy Wed 14-Aug-13 10:51:51

if the politicians would stop fucking about with kids' futures it would be good.

A levels tomorrow - none for mine, but I am a school governor so am interested anyway.

Good luck to everyone for tomorrow, and only another 8 days for us GCSE parents...

teacherwith2kids Wed 14-Aug-13 10:56:07

(I am not saying, by the way, that aiming for every child to have 5 good GCSEs including Maths and English isn't important. I am just fristrated by the lack of contextual information when it comes to discussing 'good' schools. Of course our local superselective grammar gets good results - any single non-A* is a relative failure given the ability of the children it admits. A* represents oinly expected progress for all of those children. But if way over 50% of your intake arrives at L3 or below in Year 7, then even exceptional progress does not guarantee 5 good GCSEs at the end of Year 11, and my strong belief is that progress not absolute grades should be the main indicator when considering what a 'good' school is)

prettydaisies Wed 14-Aug-13 11:10:32

DS is waiting nervously for the post. His iGCSE results in English and Spanish were apparently posted yesterday.

duchesse Wed 14-Aug-13 11:18:04

DD2'S are out next week. A little nervous as her exam period began on the day of the death of her grandfather, and her step-grandfather died a month later when she still had 4 or 5 to go (weird subjects meant her exams were spread over 6 weeks).

DD1 did the IB so thankfully she was able to travel this summer with her results already in hand.

Mumofthreeteens Wed 14-Aug-13 11:18:36

Nervous, twitchy and very worried and that is just me! Spent the morning looking at sites to find out what to do if the A2 levels go dreadfully wrong. Last year ds failed 2 As subjects and severely reduced his options for uni applications. I so hope he has done well.

4 years of constant stress in August is crazy. At least here in France the kids get their bac results mid July so everyone can chill for the rest of the summer. Dc2&3 will not return to the UK to be educated especially with Gove's unfair reforms.

Good luck everyone. wine & brew

middleagedmum2 Wed 14-Aug-13 11:20:04

Hi McFluffy,

I too am very anxious about my DD AS results. She is also hoping to do VetMed and I am worried that she won't get the necessary high A's. She has been predicted A's but who knows! The whole VetMed thing is so difficult, what with all the farm and vet work experience and the prospect of the BMAT. I wish she would consider having a plan B but she won't and I am worried that if she doesn't manage to get any vetmed offers at uni she will fall apart. She is very grumpy and anxious at the moment and she is very uncommunicative.

Theas18 Wed 14-Aug-13 11:28:08

Gawd.... 24hrs... gulp

prettydaisies Wed 14-Aug-13 12:05:39

Phew A* for English lit and B for Spanish. They were his predicted grades as well.
Now ASs tomorrow and the rest of the GCSEs next week (different children).

MABS Wed 14-Aug-13 12:11:27

good luck to all. dd gets a2 results tomorrow and pretty sure not got the abb she needs sad

RussiansOnTheSpree Wed 14-Aug-13 12:18:51

Pretty Hooray! Well done to your DS.

allmycats Wed 14-Aug-13 12:32:20

Look online 1st thing in the morning, you may well find the acceptances there before you hear the results in school/college.

NewFairy Wed 14-Aug-13 12:56:04

I have just had a text from school to say they are bringing forward the time to collect the A2 results.
I hope its because staff are feeling kind and will get in early - not because the results are dreadful and extra time will be needed for clearing sad

Isthiscorrect Wed 14-Aug-13 13:23:01

Joining in with the wine. D's has been travelling all summer, DH and I joined him for the last 3 weeks for our final family holiday. We only got back yesterday and today I drove him across country for a uni trip. I expect stress levels about his AS results to rise enormously when he comes out from the tour. It's going to be a long ride home I think. We get results by email,so idea what time to expect them shock. See you all tomorrow. Fingers crossed

Isthiscorrect Wed 14-Aug-13 13:23:55

Sorry that should say no idea what time

basildonbond Wed 14-Aug-13 13:29:46

Eek are IGCSE results out already???? We don't get ds's until next Thursday at school (mix of IGCSEs and GCSEs but mostly the former) ...<bites fingernails>

boschy Wed 14-Aug-13 13:44:03

THIS: But if way over 50% of your intake arrives at L3 or below in Year 7, then even exceptional progress does not guarantee 5 good GCSEs at the end of Year 11, and my strong belief is that progress not absolute grades should be the main indicator when considering what a 'good' school is

teacher you are so right

JGBMum Wed 14-Aug-13 15:19:27

Ok I am getting anxious about the grades now. DS has applied for a course with AAA offer, what looks like the same course is in clearing with BBB offers.

Aaargh! I remember this time last year....and the year before, and the year before that. Absolutely horrible waiting. Had it this year too with first year results but not nearly so much pressure as A level results! GOOD LUCK to everyone waiting to hear! Keep yourselves distracted and busy.

twistyfeet Wed 14-Aug-13 15:30:46

oh gawd its tomorrow now isnt it. ds is getting up early to be in school at 8am. I have his UCAS password so I can be checking for him while he's on the bus with his grades.
eep

MissMarplesBloomers Wed 14-Aug-13 15:41:06

Good idea twisty I shall ask DD1 if I can share her password as she is at her Dads & I won't see her till I pick her up to go to school & am more likely to be awake early /late........I shan't tell her if she doesn't want to know but shall text her with a WAKE UP if any news grin

twistyfeet Wed 14-Aug-13 15:48:29

its what I did with ds1. He missed by one grade and the school is an hour on the bus so he was frantically texting me trying to get me to get on his UCAS track and call his first choice of uni and check his emails for him.
We had 3 worrisome hours not knowing if he got his first choice because of being one grade out <I dont know if I could stand that stress again!>

BeckAndCall Wed 14-Aug-13 15:53:27

So JGB that probably means that even if your DC has dropped a grade or two, they will probably be accepted ? That's the way I'd be looking at it (at least outwardly whilst still biting my finger nails).

BeckAndCall Wed 14-Aug-13 15:58:17

Just to say, all of the grade boundaries are available, as of this morning, on the examination websites for each module of every exam. ( DD obsessing about them via thestudentroom )

And for anyone who's DC took maths c3, the grade boundary is incredibly low - not surprisingly given the wailing and wringing of hands.....

JGBMum Wed 14-Aug-13 16:21:50

Yes, I guess so.

But I know DS will be upset if all his predicted As turn into Bs.

Thanks for the update on the C3 debacle - DS was caught in this.

Milliways Wed 14-Aug-13 17:49:23

DS is upset that the English grade boundary is 90% for an A sad
They are all panicking now, I so hope he gets one of his Uni choices.

molliec Wed 14-Aug-13 18:28:34

S***** bricks at the moment DH has just poured us a large G&T. I dont remember being nervous about my A level results. How have things changed so much? I am smiling and positive for DD - any recommendations?

MissMarplesBloomers Wed 14-Aug-13 18:33:55

DD1's course is showing places for clearing for BBB not the AAB she was asked for, does this improve her chances of getting in if grades are less than predicted?

<numpty mum>

MissMarplesBloomers Wed 14-Aug-13 18:35:26

Molliec wine Cheers just poured large one myself....

we have to all be swans serene and gliding peacefully on the surface but scrabbling furiously underneath wink

ThePlatterCompany Wed 14-Aug-13 18:52:37

My DD is getting her knickers in a knot right now. Its such an anxious wait, anything I say just makes me join her in her worry, which clearly isnt helpful!
Tomorrow cant come quick enough as far as I'm concerned.
Nearly there people...fingers crossed for you all too xxx

Millais Wed 14-Aug-13 18:53:47

It looks like the UCAS site has crashed...

MissMarplesBloomers Wed 14-Aug-13 18:54:42

Quelle surprise.....!

englishteacher78 Wed 14-Aug-13 19:01:10

given the number of people trying to access it at once it's somewhat usual. It's why many of our students don't even bother trying and just come to school in the morning - lots of support for them there too.

Cerisier Wed 14-Aug-13 19:07:29

Another one whose DD is awaiting AS results. No postman needed here though as they all have to log on to the school portal at the appointed time to see their results. She is very calm and taking it in her stride, I am in need of lots of wine.

MABS Wed 14-Aug-13 19:31:57

I feel sicksad

littlemisswise Wed 14-Aug-13 19:37:02

I asked DS1 what time he is going into school tomorrow. He looked at me blankly and completely puzzled, and said "Why, what's happening tomorrow?" hmm

I could only eat soup for dinner, DS2 is counting down the hours until next Thursday and there's DS1 so laid back he's bloody horizontal!

twistyfeet Wed 14-Aug-13 19:51:35

ds has been eaming the grade boundaries for the A2's and reckons he has his grades. Of course he wont actually know until tomorrow.
If he gets the AAB Bristol have asked for does that mean he has his place or can they change their minds?

Nospringchickendipper Wed 14-Aug-13 19:56:12

Dd now wants me to come with her tomorrow to get her results, I was planning on staying at home and wait for the phone call

It will be nerve wracking morning she has worked extremely hard all year so I hope it goes well for her

Good luck to everyone waiting for results tomorrow

To all parents keep calm and be strong what will be will be

Ilovegeorgeclooney Wed 14-Aug-13 19:58:48

DD2 has gone out with friends to the cinema. One poor girl was in such a state her teeth were chattering. It is so much harder for kids these days, mind you one of DD's friends got her legs waxed today in case she got all A/A*'s, " well I want to look good when I am jumping for joy for the photo!".

Wheresmum Wed 14-Aug-13 20:05:09

Cant wait til school is finished. I feel like I am doing it all over again myself!!! Good luck everyone smile

funnyperson Wed 14-Aug-13 20:08:26

Good luck mums with keeping calm. I'm so glad I'm the other side but offering a hand to hold, and sympathy and reminding you all to make sure you plan a family celebration!

twistyfeet Wed 14-Aug-13 20:11:03

I'm just as nervous with number 3 as I was with numbers 1 and 2! Get him shoved off to university then its just number 4 and I'm moving house!

mindgone Wed 14-Aug-13 20:23:26

DS just gone out with DH for a walk and to buy some beer! Poor thing needs it! wine for me grin

HepsibarCrinkletoes Wed 14-Aug-13 20:35:21

Good luck for the morning everyone... Dd2 has just told me that she's off out, thinks it'll be a late one (a friend's 18th) and she'll try and get results by noon. Bloody marvellous grin

Bunnyjo Wed 14-Aug-13 21:26:17

UCAS was subject to a DDOS attack... Kind of a mini version of what will happen tomorrow morning when everyone tries to access Track!

Good luck to all. If the news isn't the best, there are some very good universities in clearing this year - Warwick, Newcastle, Liverpool, Manchester, York, Lancaster, Sheffield etc. Some, like Warwick and Liverpool, have reduced their entry requirements to BBB for a lot of subjects.

I think the only universities not entering clearing this year are University College London, London School of Economics, Oxford, Cambridge and Imperial.

minsmum Wed 14-Aug-13 21:32:59

My dd has just locked herself in her room and doesn't want to talk to anyone.

StabInTheDark Wed 14-Aug-13 22:11:52

My DD has been foul all day. She's convinced she's missed her grades. These next 10 hours or so are going to draaaaaag for her AND ME

raisah Thu 15-Aug-13 00:21:44

I work at a university and here is my advice for all of you anxious parents:
Don't phone or visit the university on behalf of your dc. They are adults, they need to develop the skills to cope with higher education & securing a place through clearing is one of them. I dealt with 5 anxious mums today & the conversation doesn't proceed very far as they don't have all the info that I need. The admissions dept & admissions tutors aren't impressed with parents phoning on behalf of their child & it can be counter productive by being a helicopter parent.

raisah Thu 15-Aug-13 00:24:57

SOAS, University of London, QMUL & Kings College University of London are open for clearing this year.

DD1 just got A-Level results online <wipes sweat from brow!!!>

Got all 3 at A*'s and has met her Oxbridge offergrin

Is absolutely elated and stark contrast to GCSE's where 3 papers needed to be re-marked... advice on that to anyone BTW is it was genuinely staggering just how far out the original 'marks' were, so if in doubt DO put in for a re-mark... 2 of hers were actually A*'s but had been marked initally as B'sconfused

WorrySighWorrySigh Thu 15-Aug-13 02:23:22

Very well done to your DD AmGrowingAnAwesomeTree! An excellent result.

Fauve Thu 15-Aug-13 02:25:16

Well done, Tree! Was that on the school website?

BellaVita Thu 15-Aug-13 02:52:39

DS1 seems not to be stressed - waiting for GCSE results, but then again he is very good at hiding how he feels.

I am probably more nervous.

MissMarplesBloomers Thu 15-Aug-13 02:53:49

Well done Tree....how exciting!!

englishteacher78 Thu 15-Aug-13 06:48:33

Good luck all. Remember if results are better than expected/predicted you can 'upgrade' your university choices now. Bristol even had places for this last year. Worth looking in to.

MABS Thu 15-Aug-13 06:53:12

well done Tree!

MsAverage Thu 15-Aug-13 07:00:25

Tree, congratulations!

What was her total GCSE results in the end?
And how do you request re-marking?

JGBMum Thu 15-Aug-13 07:06:08

Congrats Tree - what awesome results!

BeckAndCall Thu 15-Aug-13 07:15:05

It's good to wake up to the first good news of the day! Very well done to tree (and her DD!)

Good luck everyone else!

heronsfly Thu 15-Aug-13 07:30:52

Good luck to everyone for today wine wine wine

Katydid02 Thu 15-Aug-13 07:31:59

Fingers crossed for you all. Whatever results you get, be proud of all your hard work over the last two years and respect yourself for it.

JGBMum Thu 15-Aug-13 07:32:46

* TRACK IS UP **

faustina Thu 15-Aug-13 07:44:38

well done Tree and good luck everyone else!

greenfolder Thu 15-Aug-13 08:02:32

what the hell do you do if both firm and ins are showing as conditional?

poppydoppy Thu 15-Aug-13 08:08:49

Good luck to all A level students (and parents) today

englishteacher78 Thu 15-Aug-13 08:10:55

Ask for advice from 6th form. Get DC to call Uni.
I missed grades for both (but significantly over in points), called my ins as wanted to go there really. They weren't expecting my call, my firm was! Anyway, with some rule bending and putting me on a different course (which I wanted to study in first year as well anyway), I was in.
I did go to a school with a long history of sending students there - that can help.
Admission tutors are aware that sometimes things go wrong! (I did mine pre-AS so hopefully this reassures anyone with DCs starting A-levels in 2015!)

bruffin Thu 15-Aug-13 08:17:14

DS's GF has got into the uni of her choice. We are just waiting for DS AS results.

MABS Thu 15-Aug-13 08:26:28

DD didn't get first choice, Manchester but loved her insurance, Newcastle, anyway, so got it there and is very happy! smile am very relieved coz it's been hard as my ds been so unwell for so long, had big impact on her.

Chopchopbusybusy Thu 15-Aug-13 08:43:40

DD1 got her first choice. I am so relieved. Good luck to everyone!

Well ds1 has walked in with his mates.

He's admitted to nerves and he's never nervous.

I've just told him what will be will be and if they're better than expected then that is a bonus.

Good luck this morning dc's and parents everywhere!

Tree brilliant and congratulations to your dd!

JGBMum Thu 15-Aug-13 09:03:06

MABS - congratulations smile

Sorry to hear DS still poorly.

JGBMum Thu 15-Aug-13 09:03:45

Bruffins gf and Chopchop - yay!!

TheSecondComing Thu 15-Aug-13 09:04:29

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JGBMum Thu 15-Aug-13 09:04:30

DS got in his first choice - Warwick. Scored A*AAB - very proud of him.

LetsFaceTheMusicAndDance Thu 15-Aug-13 09:08:55

DS1 got his first choice but don't know the grades yet.
Hugely delightedgrin

DS1 just phoned, not good sad.

Well, job hunting starts after V.

johnworf Thu 15-Aug-13 09:13:27

Mine are too young for A Levels but am thinking of you all waiting on grades and crossing my fingers for you.

Well done on all those A*/A's already! Woot!!!

grin wine flowers

Cerisier Thu 15-Aug-13 09:14:53

DD is in tears. She is very disappointed with her AS results sad.

twistyfeet Thu 15-Aug-13 09:15:39

ds got into first choice with A*AAA. So proud of him and relieved. I can stop with the gin now grin
He's off to Bristol to do Physics like his dad his years ago!

Coconutty Thu 15-Aug-13 09:19:17

Well done to those who got their grades and commiserations to those who didn't. Is it worth getting them remarked in case they have missed any vital marks?

Auntfini Thu 15-Aug-13 09:21:22

Cerisier- I was like your dd. cried in a cafe with my mum I was so disappointed! Looking back, it has made no impact on my life and I have achieved all I would have done had I got good results. Did resits in a2 year. She will be ok. Nothing is not fixable even if it feels like it today! Poor girl

Higheredserf Thu 15-Aug-13 09:21:55

Spare a thought for University admissions staff today as well.
DH is an admissions tutor for a Department and since results were released to Universities on Sunday he has not stopped working. I also used to work in admissions.

Anyone's dc that don't make it, there are alternatives. Don't give up hope, I'm glad I don't have to turn people down anymore.

Good luck to everyone.

iinvolvedmum Thu 15-Aug-13 09:30:35

Twins have just walked in to get results. DD checked UCAS not updated for her courses. 16 year old going in 30 mins to get AS results. Where is it legal to buy valium?

HepsibarCrinkletoes Thu 15-Aug-13 09:35:05

Yayayayayay! Dd2 has got A*, A, A and is off to Exeter. I may be a touch teary. She's had no sleep and went straight from their party to get the results. I fear it may carry on today!

Cerisier {{{{Hugs for you & DD}}} No idea if helps, but DD got 47/100 on one of her AS modules and it was one of the subjects that she then managed to pull back points wise and just got A* in?

greenfolder

'what the hell do you do if both firm and ins are showing as conditional?'

Have just asked DD (who has virtually lived on student forums for past 2 years as was so desp to go where she now is so is alarmingly well-informed on subject!) this for you. She said that means that both Uni's are still def considering your DD as they (Uni's) had results in on Fri/Sat; that is likely she only missed by a few points (or it would be a straight 'no' already) so (DD's words here) " 'She still has a good shot at both as neither have rejected her which means she must have only missed by a few points so she needs to ring them as soon as poss before others do, and cos a few others who have firm offers there will def reject them for whatever reason so there will be places and they obviously don't NOT want her"

I hope she's right, and I'm sending you & DD lots of good luck and the art of persuasion!

HepsibarCrinkletoes Thu 15-Aug-13 09:39:53

If it is any help at all, DD1 had a bit of a dive during AS levels, but totally pulled it round the following year to pull off AAB and get her place at Bristol. It CAN be done.

littlemisswise Thu 15-Aug-13 09:40:47

DS1 was asleep, but the postwoman has just been with a card saying he has got into Loughborough (but he isn't going), so he should have 2A's and a B!

I'm weeping!blush

Fauve Thu 15-Aug-13 02:25:16
Well done, Tree! Was that on the school website?

Yes, they released them at midnight but site was so slow (overloaded!) took a while to see them all!

MsAverage Thu 15-Aug-13 07:00:25

What was her total GCSE results in the end?
And how do you request re-marking?

10 GCSES. 8 A* and 2 A's. The re-marking bit is (iirc) done via an application form and you need to pay about £40 (again iirc) for each re-mark you request, but that gets refunded if the mark WAS wrong (I'm guessing fee is to cover cost of re-marking and to deter everyone just trying 'just in case' IYKWIM?)

It's worth doing only if DC and school both know something is seriously not right (like DD's mad B that was actaully an A*...) OR if can see from points only narrowly missed grade. FWIW, it was the subjective subjects that had the dodgy marks on, like her Spanish Oral. Am guessing it's much less likely to happen in something as black and white as maths.

BeckAndCall Thu 15-Aug-13 07:15:05

It's good to wake up to the first good news of the day! Very well done to tree (and her DD!) Good luck everyone else!

Thank yousmile She did work her arse off but is just so happy. Agree with massive good luck to all else, but would add a bit of perspective. I'm only happy as SHE is happy, other DD is total opposite to this one and couldn't have cared less what her results were as her dreams, goals, soul etc are polar opposite. Ditto, one of my DC has recently been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness and in context of something like that, it really does make you realise that all else pales in comparison. I really hope ALL get results they want, but if they don't, they can re-sit or go on a gap year or whatever but it is NOT the end of their or your worlds. xxx

clam Thu 15-Aug-13 09:57:15

sad here. Ds very disappointed at AS results. He's staring at the wall.

Well done all.

DD1 has got all four (one is General Studies) at A*! We are so proud of her.

Feel like phoning Cambridge (who rejected her) and saying ner to them!

Millais Thu 15-Aug-13 10:02:58

DS1 is into first choice. He missed the A* needed in Maths but they took him anyway. Plus he has a bursary confirmed so very happy. Now my emotions move to preparing for next Thursday .

Good luck to everyone.

littlemisswise Thu 15-Aug-13 10:03:56

sad for the DC who didn't get what they wanted.

Clam, what did he get? Some of DS1's friends were in that situation last year. One boy in particular has really worked hard, he has got the grades to get into Lincoln. Is there anyone at the school he can talk to who can advise him?

twistyfeet Thu 15-Aug-13 10:04:44

sorry to hear that Clam. ds1 didnt get the results he was expecting at AS. He'd had a full breakdown (Cahms involved etc. It was awful). He pulled himself through and worked hard to make up for all he'd missed and got ABB at A2's and got into a great course to study Psychology. He's now just going into Year 3 and is comfortably getting Firsts.
Dont give up hope.
Sometimes AS can be a wake up regarding revision.

bruffin Thu 15-Aug-13 10:04:58

Not heard from DS yet so beginning to feel worried sad

BCBG Thu 15-Aug-13 10:05:36

Clam please tell him its not a disaster - anything can be pulled around, honestly!

DD has offer from Durham but needed AAA, actually got A*AB because of one rogue module - so she is convinced it is a mistake and won't get out of bed!! Aaargh....

Clam - a couple of dd1's friends didn't get what they'd hoped for at AS and have all got really good places this year, having made up their grades at A2.

twistyfeet Thu 15-Aug-13 10:08:28

some light humour
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HepsibarCrinkletoes Thu 15-Aug-13 10:13:43

Clam - I mentioned earlier that DD1 didn't do anything like as well as expected two years ago, but she really turned it around to get the AAB she needed for Bristol. It can be done, she proved it. Head down and a lot of hard work got her where she wanted to be.

Tbh it gave her such a shock that she's not slacked off since, gaining a first in first year uni exams.

littlemisswise Thu 15-Aug-13 10:14:06

I picked up the postcard from the mat, burst into tears and came upstairs crying "OMG DS1, OMGDS1". He got out of bed and met me at the door of his room where I shoved the card in his face, he sleepily looked at it and said "FFS Mum, I thought something important had happened like the hamster had died!"hmm

He is now back in bed!

bruffin Thu 15-Aug-13 10:24:18

Just spoke to DS. He has a mixture in his ASs some very high As and a couple of Es but he is on track to do what he wants we hope (wish there was a fingers crossed icon)

Theas18 Thu 15-Aug-13 10:56:50

Bum we have staring at the wall and refusing to come out here

JohFlow Thu 15-Aug-13 11:07:37

Just here to hand hold.flowers

Best of luck to all.

I did not get all the A levels that I needed at the time (teenage depression). But got immediately onto clearing at the uni by phone. Got in - and came out with a 1st class degree 4 years later. So chin up to anyone that has missed out by a few marks.

Loshad Thu 15-Aug-13 11:14:11

DS2 got A*, A, A, so in to first choice. My own students results were in the main ok/good so huge sighs of relief all round.

Ilovegeorgeclooney Thu 15-Aug-13 11:47:57

AA*A B thank goodness and all but one of her friends got into the uni of their choice. The only one who didn't got A* A B rather than AAA and wants to study the subject she got the A* in so we're hoping, she just can't get through on the phone yet.

MrsMeg Thu 15-Aug-13 11:53:09

Hi everyone, results in for our Twins A's levels today.

Both very disappointed with grades so going in to speak to admissions tutors this afternoon (I wish they had a bit more time to digest the grades before having to plan for year 2)

How feasible is it to turn a C or even a D into an A for year 2?

Both are now considering staying on an extra year but I am unsure about this and whether this will disadvantage them for Uni places.

Do Uni's look unfavourably on students who added a third year?

Good luck to everyone else x

mumslife Thu 15-Aug-13 11:55:49

Sensible words from tree. Waiting for gcse results here. Have to say my daughfer was once so ill with autistic encephlitus she nearly died
When you go through something like that everything else pails into insignificance. Still nervous though lol
Huge congrats to tree and everyone else comiserations to others dont give up though get on the phone and see what can be done

littlemisswise Thu 15-Aug-13 12:00:02

DS1 got AAB, but they have used a resit mark that was lower than the original one in the subject he got a B in so we are having to try to sort that out.

Mutteroo Thu 15-Aug-13 12:20:05

MrsMeg, My DS is in a similar situation, but has completely failed the subject he wants to do at uni. He's absolutely devastated. He's gained a further D & E grade in subjects he got A* in last summer & right now I don't know what to say to help, so saying nothing & letting him come to terms with things seems the best course.

Back to your question & using us as an example; I believe part of the reason my DS did so badly was because either he didn't revise effectively, or was unable to understand the questions/or how to write the answers. There's a possibility he could get his grades up IF we can find the answer to this. Maybe this is the same in your situation? Of course I could be clutching at straws, but I hope not.

Next week my darling husband gets his English GCSE result at the grand age of 58 & so I'm wishing luck to all those getting results, whatever age they are!

Well done to everyone who did well .

Right, one Thursday down and one more to go next week.

Things can only get better and as mumslife has shown, it's not the end of the world when things don't pan out.

MABS Thu 15-Aug-13 12:50:11

so pleased to read all your good news smile

Cerisier Thu 15-Aug-13 13:45:18

Some very encouraging stories here, thanks everyone. DD is feeling a bit calmer now. Hepsibar- thank you for your story and well done to your DD.

DS is over the moon. He got AAA in his AS levels and A* in Maths A level (he is doing a combined Maths and FM A level course which means he did Maths in Y12 and will do FM in Y13).
He had talked it down so much that I was expecting disappointment. I really feel for those who didn't get the grades but just this once I wish to say how well he did. I am very proud of him, he worked so hard.
He got full UMS on most of his papers.
<very proud emoticon>

OrmirianResurgam Thu 15-Aug-13 16:55:36

Well done and commiserations everyone.

I was in a complete state when my A levels were due. We had been on hols and stayed in a B&B on the way home - I made me dad ring home (we had housesitters that year due to previous burglary) and get them to read the letter. But I was so scared I ran away and puked in the loo when he was talking to them. He and mum had to come and shout the results through the door hmm

And I cried because I only got 2 As and a B....... spoilt brat that I was.

CinnamonAddict Thu 15-Aug-13 19:22:47

Congrats to everyone!

8 of my pupils did very well, 2 did not sad.
I don't know what's happened, they scored miserably on the same unit. Awful. One of them was my best pupil. He won't get his first choice now.

englishteacher78 Thu 15-Aug-13 19:25:46

@cinnamon - how awful. Are they appealing/asking for paper back?
I'm so proud of mine. All of did them really well. Occasional odd blips on individual papers but all in all good results grin

CinnamonAddict Thu 15-Aug-13 20:12:52

Definitely appealing, will ask for papers back, there is no way this result is ok unless he had a blackout and amnesia during the exam, or left whole sections unanswered (and I know he didn't).

Haven't spoken to him because he is abroad (international students).
This is the first year any of my students had anything less than a B <sniff>

WorrySighWorrySigh Thu 15-Aug-13 20:42:53

A rude awakening for DD1 at AS (A, D, D, E). Pleased about the A but bitterly disappointed about the others. Not sure what went wrong so DD is going to ask for her papers back so that she can understand any underlying problems.

She may need to rethink what she wants to do at university.

clam Thu 15-Aug-13 21:11:06

Sorry guys- those who asked me this morning what ds got. I'd switched to another similar thread to rant.

He got BBCC. Was expecting a couple of As in there. He's dropping one of the Cs but C for physics is a real bummer as he wants to do engineering.

Wish I could say he's perked up but he hasn't.

boschy Thu 15-Aug-13 22:56:25

oh commiserations for those DC that are worrying, and congrats to those that got what they wanted. fwiw, exam results make no difference after a few years...

our school got best A level results it has ever had, but I know of individuals who were sadly disapponted.

only a week for those of us on the GSCE trail.

pannetone Thu 15-Aug-13 23:08:20

clam - can I attempt to be a ray of hope? DS2 got CCDE in his AS levels - with the D in physics and the E in Maths - and was set to do engineering. 2 years on (we had a battle with the school and in the end they let him come back for an extra year to do A2 Maths that they initially refused to teach him) and several retakes later, he has B grades in both Physics and Maths (and a C in economics) and a place at a Russell Group uni to do aeronautical engineering.

Incidentally, I mis-typed your name as 'calm' when I began this post - so maybe that's a 'hidden message'!

clam Thu 15-Aug-13 23:19:21

Well, it was something similar that ended me up as clam in the first place!
Thing is, I KNOW he'll be alright. But have had the shittiest day with his mood. He's normally a chirpy soul who chats to me. The silent treatment is hard to take - as if it's all my fault!

Isthiscorrect Thu 15-Aug-13 23:27:33

Sorry to be late to the party. DS got AAA for gov and pol, philosophy and history and a B (1 ums short of an A for his economics). We are very pleased, he worked so hard, he was predicted AABB and wouldn't accept that so pulled out all the stops. Congratulations and commiserations to everyone, including DS best friend whose father was supposed to collect his results ( international students) but got stuck offshore and failed! Poor chap has to now wait unil Sunday when school restarts!

duchesse Fri 16-Aug-13 07:17:40

clam- all may not be lost. Two years ago DS dropped a grade on each A level (B, C, D instead of predicted ABC). He still got a place at university doing electronic engineering, which is what he wanted to do. He had to be clever about explaining why he'd done badly and convince the admissions tutor that it was lack of work rather than ability.

My son is not the most motivated and his get up and go is sorely lacking at times but he managed to "talk" his way in, has finished his second year and is doing fine on the whole (apart from the fact that he's back in Swansea doing a resit right now hmm) with module results ranging from high firsts to abject fail (the one he's redoing now). I think that A levels don't suit all young people.

duchesse Fri 16-Aug-13 07:18:39

(A levels were Physics Maths Chemistry in order of achievement btw)

WorrySighWorrySigh Fri 16-Aug-13 07:35:07

Right, I am going to be positive with DD. I think her problem in both Chemistry & Maths (D & E respectively) is a lack of exam practice and good exam technique.

These are the points we are going to encourage her to address.

The big learning is that DD is going to have to learn to do a lot more independent study. The teaching time is only one resource, she needs to develop others.

Hey ho, we are where we are.

MOST INSANE REJECTION EVER?

This is SO mad I'm gonna post it on both the threads, I don't even know this kid but livid on his behalfangry

DD1 (who did meet her Oxbridge offer) discovered late last night that the singular brightest person she has ever met has been rejected from Cambridge even though he GOT 6 (yes, SIX) A* A-levels. Most only take 3, usual max of 4?, but this kid took 6 and got A'Stars in every one of them. Cambridge has an additional exam called STEP which is for Maths, and even though he got A* in Maths AND in Further Maths, they have rejected him as his 'STEP' result wasn't 'good enough...

You could not make it upsad

RussiansOnTheSpree Fri 16-Aug-13 09:19:14

I don't quite understand your problem? The only subjects relevant to maths at Cambridge are maths and further maths. Physics is nice but not essential (I did maths at Cambridge). Partly because maths and further maths A level are not sufficiently stringent to demonstrate suitability for a Cambridge maths degree, and partly because demand with a full hand of A*s is so high, they also have STEP. This is no different from the entrance exam I took, in days of yore, except that it's 6th term not 4th term. The STEP test is the real test. The person in question didn't score as highly as others, so didn't get in. Fair enough. There are limited places.

MirandaWest Fri 16-Aug-13 09:27:23

STEP is different from other papers. It shows how your thinking joins up as you score a lot more from answering a whole question than you would several parts of questions iyswim (my parents were both maths teachers and were v good at coaching people for maths STEP papers).

The person involved didn't meet the terms of their offer. Getting A* in scientific papers, especially maths can mean it is hard to distinguish between very good people as it is very possible to get full marks. STEP is a way of distinguishing.

englishteacher78 Fri 16-Aug-13 10:00:50

Agreed. Lots of students have strings of A* now at A Level so some students have other elements they have to meet.

glaurung Fri 16-Aug-13 10:03:37

STEP maths papers make A levels look like a walk in the park and Cambridge have shown that for maths success in the tripos correlates far better with success at STEP than with A level grades, so that will be why. It sounds to me as if the lad underestimated STEP and spread himself too thinly - he may have had a better outcome if he'd ditched an A level or two and focussed more on the maths needed. He must be gutted though - but he could apply again next year if he wants to.

duchesse Fri 16-Aug-13 10:56:15

Tree, Cambridge looks at the whole person, not just the exam results. Time was a truly amazing personality was made a 2 E offer- ie they wanted them so much they were prepared to make a preposterously low offer they couldn't possibly miss (although I have heard of a DC who dropped out in the middle of U6 to go and help save a Pacific tribe and therefore didn't make their offer). Conversely, you could have a massive string of A* and not be "right" or a fit for the college you apply to. Personality is so, so important.

BeckAndCall Fri 16-Aug-13 11:10:35

We have a different understanding, duchesse although your understanding may be based on more experience than ours. dD is about to apply for Cambridge and at the various talks and chats with admission tutors we have been told in no uncertain terms that the ONLY thing they care about is academic potential - personality being utterly irrelevant.

Unless of course by 'personality '' you mean capacity to learn and potential to take on new ideas etc, in which case, yes, that right.

RussiansOnTheSpree

'I don't quite understand your problem?

I don't have a 'problem' Russian (although I think you might as iirc you took umbrage with another poster early on in thread?)

What I have is a shedload of sympathy for an 18 year old boy who just got A*'s in Maths; Further Maths; Physics; Chemistry & 2 other 'rounding' subjects; is beyond both bright and rounded himself according to DD and something just went horribly wrong for him in STEP.

As glaurung said, he must be gutted - so I have no 'problem', just empathy for a child and also I have no need try include stealth boasts about my own quals/Uni in a thread about DC's... hmm

RussiansOnTheSpree Fri 16-Aug-13 12:00:13

Duchesse - you didn't have to be an amazing personality! You just had to do well enough in the entrance exam and interviews. Then you were in. The 2E thing was to meet the matric requirement and qualify for a grant.

RussiansOnTheSpree Fri 16-Aug-13 12:50:59

Amgrowing - there's no need for rudeness. I was explaining how I knew what was needed for Cambridge maths. Having a shed load of sympathy is more than reasonable. I would, too. It must be gutting. But I read your post as similar to that one s out the guy from norn iron with umpty A*s who was rejected from Oxford - you know, how unreasonable to reject - when in this case it's sadly perfectly reasonable to reject since your friend sadly didn't meet their offer. If you didn't mean it like that then I apologise for misunderstanding you.

Incidentally, the most scarily intelligent person I've ever met didn't go to either Oxford or Cambridge. He titted up the entrance exam, went to York and is widely regarded (in my profession) as being practically an alien he's so, well, clever. He mocks me constantly. grin It's really not only Oxbridge that produces or takes brilliant kids. And plenty of middling ones do get in - that's life really.

longingforsomesleep Fri 16-Aug-13 13:32:57

One of ds's friends has just been accepted at Oxford with three As - not an A* in sight. Which just goes to show I guess that Oxford and presumably Cambridge don't select on A level results alone.

Coconutty Fri 16-Aug-13 13:42:10

I've always thought that they want a rounded person. Someone who is passionate about something other than academics and can juggle that, whether it's sports, music, drama with studying too.

sparklingstars Fri 16-Aug-13 13:49:23

This morning my Mum was telling me about her friend's grandson, 6 A grades and Oxford have rejected him.

DD1 was rejected by Cambridge and went on to get 4 A star grades. She's decided it was a blessing tbh, but it was clear that personality, ability to think creatively, and 'fitting' into the college were as important as her potential to achieve good results. I think the biggest problem for pupils from 'normal' families and 'normal' schools is that they don't know which college might be the right one to apply for, so lose out because of just applying at random, or on what they've managed to read, rather than through 'inner knowledge' of some sort.

Shootingatpigeons Fri 16-Aug-13 14:27:41

Any school that has a regular contingent going to Oxbridge will advise their pupils that whilst only the bright get in not all the bright get in. They are used to some of the pupils they rate as the highest achievers not getting in. There are so many variables, popularity of college, popularity of course, it is difficult to predict which courses and college will prove most popular in any year, the fact that you are interviewed by the academics who will teach you, of course they are going to pick the candidates who they feel will be a pleasure to teach as well as the additional tests in place for particular courses. Every year Cambridge rates as many pupils as it admits as worthy of a place and a chance in the pool, but few get picked up.

Four years ago my 4 A* DD didn't get picked from the pool, neither did the Head Girl, also 4A* and in national team with experience of playing International matches. It didn't occurr to them to cry foul, they knew that was how it goes. They are now doing well at other unis that are just as prestigious internationally for their courses, picking up good internships etc.

Congrats to all who did well and lots of empathy for those who are disappointed. We were braced for DD who is capable of As but too often gets ambushed by her learning difficulties to have disappointing results, as she did last year at GCSE but now we find ourselves coping with her having 4 As including 100% in Philosophy and one Eng Lit module and the History sources paper. Now a bit nonplused wondering whether she should raise her sights higher for courses and unis?

What are people hearing about the attitudes of unis to GCSE results. I know that fees, grade deflation and the fishing for ABB has softened attitudes to A level grades but when DD1 was applying pre those develoments the UCL s etc were expecting strings of A*s. She got 3A*, 6 A and 2B last year (including a B in Eng Lit which she regards as having closed off her chances of studying Eng Lit). She'll obviously be getting advice from school when term starts but any feedback welcome

Gruntfuttocks Fri 16-Aug-13 14:28:25

Oh for goodness sake, not another one who thinks there is some sort of secret club that gets you into Oxbridge. The 'right' college to apply for is the one that you take a liking to, that's it and all about it. Plenty of kids from 'normal' families and 'normal' schools get in and thrive there every year. And yes, there are always going to be plenty who get umpteen A*s and don't make it to Oxbridge. It's really not that big a deal. If they are bright, they will do just fine somewhere else and can always re-apply to Oxbridge later for a Masters or PhD if they really badly want to go there.

I didn't say anything about a secret club. I was just trying to say that I thought academic potential, personality AND an element of luck are all involved in the application process. That's all. And I'm sure dd will be v happy where she's going. smile

BCBG Fri 16-Aug-13 18:55:26

Reluctant to join the 6A reject* argument, but I can see where RussiansOnTheSpree is coming from - one of my son's best friends is reading maths at Cambridge. Had 5A* but the only thig that mattered was STEP, because Maths and Further Maths are within reach of quite a few people, as re Physics and Chemistry, and he had French because he is fluent. BUT when he sat STEP, he was required to keep answering until he made an error (or something like that) and the level he reached was Postgraduate maths. (Aged 17). So unfortunately I can see that five A* may still not be good enough for limited places - remember that the colleges each have limited numbers unless you go for an Open Offer. My son's friend is one of four maths students in his college year. Two of the others are overseas students.

glaurung Fri 16-Aug-13 19:11:36

The thing I find quite odd about this story is that Cambridge have rejected him already. I would expect he would be put into the summer pool at this stage rather than an out and out rejection. The summer pool is where people with near misses at STEP who may be considered by another college end up, so it seems as if this lads STEP results must have been fairly disastrous.

mysteryfairy Fri 16-Aug-13 19:59:16

Let's hope his insurance offer wasn't Warwick or Imperial as he could be in the position of having missed that too which really would be hard for an 18 year old.

I know Cambridge is generally considered preferable to Oxford for Maths but I think there is a lot to be said for the 4th term exam and I would opt for Oxford over Cambridge for that reason, though I suppose most candidates would still be faced with STEP anyway for their insurance offer.

twistyfeet Sat 17-Aug-13 09:47:32

ds turned down Imperial as their accomodation costs were more than the loan plus grant combined. If you dont get extra (and most dont if you need the grant) then you are stuffed.

mumslife Sat 17-Aug-13 12:12:11

Getting very nervous for thursdays gcse results here. How many others are waiting for results thursday? I know circular is but who else? Todays daily mail seems to think grade boundaries for science will be highsad

BrigitBigKnickers Sat 17-Aug-13 13:16:58

Well DD did much better than she thought in her AS exams. Four Bs and two of them only a few marks off an A. She seems a little disappointed though- says she feels average but I am very proud of her.

She was a bit miffed about her English as her essay was moderated and dropped from 70/80 to 63/ 80. ( which would have given her an A...) Seems like quite a big drop to me. Either the teacher doesn't know the assessment criteria or the external examiner was especially harsh. We are going to have it looked into when she gets back.

Well done to all your DCs who got their uni places. We have all that to come next year. Not looking forward to it. DD Is such a stress head

Mumslife - dd2 gets her GCSE results on Thursday. Dreading it tbh - she didn't seem to do much work at all and 'hates everything' anyway. Argh.

RussiansOnTheSpree Sat 17-Aug-13 13:52:47

Remus Yep, dread here, too. sad

mindgone Sat 17-Aug-13 14:08:11

Still waiting here too! It's hard!

TheOriginalSteamingNit Sat 17-Aug-13 14:53:17

Me too smile

RussiansOnTheSpree Sat 17-Aug-13 15:08:29

Nit - at least we don't have the worries the Merricks did. But neither the money, so, swings, roundabouts......

My biggest fear has aways been to unwittingly turn into Meg Hopkins's parents. sad

TheOriginalSteamingNit Sat 17-Aug-13 15:48:35

<<is now engaged in diverting thoughts about which member of lower IVA dd has most in common with and hoping it isn't Marie Dobson>>

RussiansOnTheSpree Sat 17-Aug-13 16:13:45

DD1 is Esther, I think.

HepsibarCrinkletoes Sat 17-Aug-13 16:59:18

Also waiting now for DS's GCSE results now we have got the A levels out of the way.

duchesse Sat 17-Aug-13 17:05:15

twisty, did your DS tell the admissions office why he was having to turn down their place? I am sure that Imperial needs to know this sort of thing if they are in any way to be inclusive and attract the best brains. Furthermore, they might have a hardship fund your DS could access.

TheOriginalSteamingNit Sat 17-Aug-13 17:58:23

Russians then at least you know that whatever she gets, it shouldn't affect her chances of becoming a jobbing gardener too much...

Dd has Ginty's hair, but I hope not her morals, and definitely not her horsewomanship...

RussiansOnTheSpree Sat 17-Aug-13 18:06:33

Ah, Dd1 also has Ginty's hair. I see Esther in her because she's quiet and shy and fragile with a great voice. She can't be Nick because she isn't sporty. I think her best friend is Miranda though. And hopefully I drilled in the 'avoid traps for heffalumps' info sufficiently. grin

Since they both have curly hair perhaps they are both Ann. Who passed her exams, IIRC, admittedly unspectacularly.

circular Sat 17-Aug-13 21:23:05

Wow - some brilliant A and AS results posted. Congratulations to all those who got what they wanted/needed. Hope things work out too for those that didn't.

Yes Mumslife read that article too. Seemed to say science papers were more difficult rather than boundary movement. DD definitely found the Physics difficult which usually is her best subject.

Just want it to be over now, mood swings galore going from 'Ive smashed them all' one day to 'I think I've god Ds the next'. Running out of ideas to distract her now.

As always, good luck to everyone else still waiting.

TheOriginalSteamingNit Sat 17-Aug-13 22:39:14

... She got her eight.

mindgone Sat 17-Aug-13 23:47:22

Does anyone have a link to the Daily Mail article please? I looked for in on their website, but can't find it. Thanks.

RaspberryLemonPavlova Sun 18-Aug-13 00:49:07

Waiting for results on Thursday here, but only Maths and Eng Lit as DS1 did them as Y10 early entries.

He is stressing me with a daily count down though! Am not looking forward to the next few years of 3 DC to go through GCSEs and A levels. (or whatever DS2 aged 10 actually sits at the end of Y11)

heronsfly Sun 18-Aug-13 06:51:55

Tension riding in our house now,Thursday is getting close quickly now, but in a strange way still seems so long to wait. wine cake

basildonbond Sun 18-Aug-13 14:21:32

Waiting for results on Thursday here too - annoying cos ds1 did mostly IGCSEs so the school already has the results of those but for logistical reasons all the results are handed out together

I'm a lot more anxious than ds - he's v bright but lazy and spent the first two terms of Y11 messing about, only finally knuckling down after Easter which I fear may well have been too little, too late...

Of course if he doesn't get the string of A*s and As he feels are his right it won't be his fault - oh no, the teachers, exam boards and above all me and DH will all be to blame ....

Millais Sun 18-Aug-13 14:39:23

Waiting for GCSE results on Thursday. 3 sets so envisaging a roller coaster of emotion. DS3 is threatening to not open them until he returns from Reading.

creamteas Sun 18-Aug-13 15:15:51

Stressful DD here as well. Not sure how she did thanks Gove, but just want to know now.

3 sets? Scary!

MrsBartlet Sun 18-Aug-13 20:03:17

Waiting here, too. I have been avoiding this thread as it makes my stomach lurch every time I look at it. Dd should do fine but I am worried she may not do as well as she could have because of the boundary changes etc. She worked very hard though and we have made sure she knows that we are proud of her for that.

Well done to everyone's dc's who got what they wanted in their A/S and A Levels and I hope things get sorted for those who didn't. Reading your posts makes me thing that GCSE results are really just a warm-up for what is to come in the next couple of years for us!

mumslife Sun 18-Aug-13 21:54:46

Ifeel the same mrs bartlett worried that my hardworking dd wont have got what she wants due to grade boundary changes
Going from despair to deliriously silly here daughter hardly sleeping and me not a lot better. With three days to go feel sick lol

ravenAK Sun 18-Aug-13 22:01:35

Russians & Nit - I am the proud mother of Peter, Esther & Lawrie-with-a-definite-touch-of-the-Gintys...wink.

BettyBotter Sun 18-Aug-13 22:22:38

Can I join the panic wait?

Ds's GCSE results on Thursday. I thought he was being incredibly laid back forgetting it was this week, saying he probably couldn't be bothered to collect the results etc. He admitted today it's actually because he's so nervous he actually doesn't ever want to find out the results. that makes two of us then

tapdancingmum Sun 18-Aug-13 23:21:00

I'm waiting as well - have found 6 bottles of wine if anybody needs a spare.

DD1 is going shopping tomorrow in London to buy some clothes for 6th form and is already working out how to get round the dress code! We already know she has a B in Maths so that's one down.

She has also told me that I have to drop her off and I can go into the local coffee shop with the other mums to wait for her and her friends to walk down to meet us. I was a bit hmm at this in case of problems but she assures me there won't be any and if there are she can deal with them. Oh well will see what she thinks on Thursday. Our school doesn't open till 10 when others in the area open at 9 so will be a nail-biting morning smile

Ilovegeorgeclooney Mon 19-Aug-13 08:06:53

Russians, Nit and ravenAK I have a Rowan, a Giles and a Lawrie but DD2 is slightly more entitled.

Personally cannot sleep and feel sick and this is just for the children I teach. One of my groups I had taught since Year 7 and they were awesome (strangely this is not how many of their parents described them but hey I didn't have to live with them!?!). I will be gutted if English is hit the same as last year.

Roll on Wednesday when I will be in work at the crack of dawn!

MABS Mon 19-Aug-13 08:09:15

good luck all, ds is only 12 so few years to go for next one

duchesse Mon 19-Aug-13 08:53:10

Trepidation building in this household again. Due to aforementioned deaths in the family, DD2's exam period was somewhat overshadowed...

RussiansOnTheSpree Mon 19-Aug-13 09:24:19

I spoke to someone at the weekend who insinuated that DD1s issues during the exams were 'nothing really'. I was not impressed.

Actually DD1 is more than a little like Nick if you take away the sportiness. Apart from the voice, the trying to put back her own dislocated finger thing reeks of the lucky clover locket affair. But DD1 would never stand up to Lois Sanger (she's encountered several of them in the past) hence my feeling that overall, she's Esther. I always wanted to be Crommie, myself.

TheOriginalSteamingNit Mon 19-Aug-13 09:52:06

Did the person insinuating that also have a child awaiting results, Russians? Annoying, anyway..

I think both mine have a touch of the Lawries on occasion (tightness with money and not really believing anyone else has feelings), but counterbalanced with some Nickishness too, I like to think.

Have any of you planned to anything particular with DC after results? DD requested Nandos for lunch, which we'll do, but what are all your policies on rewards/presents/celebrations?

RussiansOnTheSpree Mon 19-Aug-13 10:07:17

Nit - no. Well, maybe modules. Someone we know from primary school. Their child is Y10 like DD1. Maybe some people wouldn't find a broken writing hand and a bashed in face a problem. Perhaps we are just wimps!

Nothing planned for Thursday at all. But it's been a summer of events - right now DD1 and I are on a train to London, we're seeing private lives this evening. We took a policy decision at the start of the year, because we knew for definite there were two big ticket whole family events in the offing - that this year nobody would get birthday or Xmas pressies but we'd go for the two known things (and we luckily got tickets for both. So exciting) and do a few other shows as well. The idea was it would give everyone lots to look forward to and we have no more space for tat. It's worked really well. I'm not looking beyond the still to come treats to be honest - DD1 has been v lucky in that respect and basically we've spent the treat budget!

TheOriginalSteamingNit Mon 19-Aug-13 10:38:14

Silly woman... Hope you enjoy the play!

mindgone Mon 19-Aug-13 10:57:11

We don't have a reward policy as such, but after good reports etc have always been for a really nice meal out and toasted their hard work. This has carried on to bigger exams too. Personally, I don't believe in 'bribes' for exam results, as lots seem to do. I think they have to learn to work hard for themselves, and great results are the best reward they can get. But that's just me! smile. Interested to see what others do though.

TheOriginalSteamingNit Mon 19-Aug-13 11:05:36

yes, I've always balked at the £10-per-A type reward, but then I wonder whether mine might feel short-changed if their friends' parents do things like that... Assuming they get any, of course!

RussiansOnTheSpree Mon 19-Aug-13 11:12:02

DD1 would never ask for or expect monetary reward for exam success. She, unlike my other two DC, has an appreciation of What Stuff Costs.

prettydaisies Mon 19-Aug-13 11:13:01

Mine don't get anything. We never have, but we took them out for a meal when they had finished their exams.
DD got AS results last week and is now trying to sort out universities and personal statements. I think she was too scared to really think about it before.
DS gets GCSE results on Thursday, so a bit more angst here!

TheOriginalSteamingNit Mon 19-Aug-13 11:16:11

Remembering now, Dd did one GCSE last year, and I took her for lunch and asked if there was anything she especially wanted that it would be a good time to treat her to, and she wanted some jeans, so I did. Will prob do something like that again, I guess.

So no-one's planning any big-wow rewards then? That makes me feel reassured!

RussiansOnTheSpree Mon 19-Aug-13 11:20:24

Nit - DD1 is going to see Richard II at the barbican in the autumn without her sibs. So if she wants to view that as an exams reward (unlikely to be applicable though sad ) then I suppose that's up to her but realistically I'm not going to sell her ticket if things have gone tits up. And we both know she is going as an excuse for me to go, anyway!

TheOriginalSteamingNit Mon 19-Aug-13 11:28:20

We went to see Midsummer Night's Dream outside yesterday (next time I'll be taking at least one blanket... hmm because dd had a letter from the English department outlining set texts and recommended reading, and saying they should see a Shakespeare play. (Am trying to ignore my misgivings that it also listed TMOTF by George ElLiot, and Brideshead Revisted by 'Evalan Waugh', and hoping it just got sent via a non-literary oriented secretary confused.)

We all enjoyed it, but the first thing she said this morning was 'I know what I forgot to say about the play - why was Puck wearing that fanny pack??'.

Better than glitter and briefer-than-briefs, I suppose...

RussiansOnTheSpree Mon 19-Aug-13 11:35:05

Such a shame it wasn't The Tempest! grin Was that the one with David Walliams?

englishteacher78 Mon 19-Aug-13 11:37:50

Both Brideshead and TMOTF have been A level set texts in the past and are therefore on most recommended reading lists for A Level lit students. I'm not fond of either but they are on our suggested summer reading list.

TheOriginalSteamingNit Mon 19-Aug-13 11:40:13

I have no problem with the texts themselves, englishteacher, just the mis-spellings of the authors' names!

No David Walliams, Russians - quite a small-scale production at a local agricultural college (touring, but there ATM). I kept expecting to see Pip Archer round every corner...

englishteacher78 Mon 19-Aug-13 11:44:54

Oops sorry - reading quickly! Yup that is bloody awful. I still don't like them though.
If they have a departmental secretary in English they are very lucky! We don't - I'd keep a close eye on them.

TheOriginalSteamingNit Mon 19-Aug-13 11:48:58

Oh, I am a sod for the old close eye wink

Kite Runner and Dorian Gray are the ones she has to read - which is pretty standard too, from what I gather.

mumslife Mon 19-Aug-13 23:03:45

Could choose two books from a level list here actual books not decided as yet. She chose the room and madam bouvary

mumslife Mon 19-Aug-13 23:04:59

Dorian grey on list also a thousand splendid suns already read think the colour purple jane eyre and wuthering heights

mumslife Mon 19-Aug-13 23:10:23

Tapdancingmum
A b in maths here already toosmile
School is opening 10 30 thursday. Feel sick now lol

mindgone Tue 20-Aug-13 00:31:32

Have no idea what time to go there on Thursday! Have checked my emails and not found any info on times! Is there a standard time to go in?

englishteacher78 Tue 20-Aug-13 06:28:45

The information should be on school website. Schools don't have a standard time. Ours is 10am. I'm always more nervous about GCSE results.

Cooroo Tue 20-Aug-13 06:52:32

Beginning to get nervous now! DD seems calm and not bovvered. Hoping for some As but know she's failed IT as she never finished the work. Sigh. No rewards plan but said I'd pay for to go out for a meal with boyfriend. Didn't set a qualifying level so I guess she gets meal whatever.

I want her to do well but need to not be sniffy if she doesn't. Somehow!

MrsBartlet Tue 20-Aug-13 07:30:11

Dd wants to go on her own to get her results so we will both be at work desperately waiting for a phone call! I don't even know if I will be able to take the call when she rings - aaargh!

No treats planned here (although we may have to come up with something) and certainly don't pay per grade etc. Success should be its own reward!

mumslife Tue 20-Aug-13 08:53:41

Cooroo
She probably does need to finish the work to get As. You do have to work for them lol

creamteas Tue 20-Aug-13 09:35:58

mindgone At our school is 10.00 as well, some schools open earlier, but if you can't find out from the website it is probably a good time to aim for!

OrmirianResurgam Tue 20-Aug-13 11:05:51

GCSE related dreams have started. DS went to get his results and got the expected C's for them - then he exclaimed 'But where are all my other results?' it turned out he had in fact done 21 GCSEs in all !!!?) and the other results would be made available the following day.... WTF?

mindgone Tue 20-Aug-13 12:23:00

Creamteas, thanks, will aim for 10 then, unless he hears different from his friends. Results dreams started here a long time ago! And me too!

RaspberryLemonPavlova Tue 20-Aug-13 12:37:35

Doors open at 9.00 here, but Y10s are asked not to go until 11.00 if possible. Which makes sense, but DS is a bit miffed to wait a bit longer. Plus he wants to be sure his friends go at the same time.

We aren't planning any treats for results this year or any other year. We reward the work put in for exams/music grades etc.

prettydaisies Tue 20-Aug-13 12:49:16

DS can go at 9.00am. I'm not so nervous about these. I found waiting for AS results last week more scary! I think I know that DS will have done well enough to go into his school's sixth form and he doesn't need hundreds of A*s as he won't be applying to Oxbridge, so currently feeling fairly relaxed. This all might change of course!
At DC's school AS results couldn't be collected until later, as A2 results were given out first. They don't do any GCSEs in Y10, so not an issue here.

Movingtimes Tue 20-Aug-13 12:52:52

How many people are going in with their child to get results? I want to go in with DD as I used to work at her school and would like to say hi to old colleagues but I don't want to embarrass her if I'm the only parent there.

creamteas Tue 20-Aug-13 12:56:49

Moving This varies from school to school I think. At my DCs secondary, no parents go in nor lurk in the car park. The DC all go in with their mates. But at a neighbouring school they seem to have whole family outings!

Probably best to leave it to your DD to decide.

boschy Tue 20-Aug-13 13:18:21

Felt incredibly nervous this morning, as does DD1. we just keep telling each other that what will be will be, there's nothing we can do etc. I think its just the anticipational butterflies... and the fact that if she gets her C in maths she will never ever have to do it again (please god).

I am allowed to wait in the car park, but results this year will be from a gazebo next to the car park (work going on on main site) so she thinks she will come and open them in the car before going back to talk to any teachers. But that may all change of course.

I just wish it was this time Thurs! We are planning to go to London for the day tomorrow to take away some of the nasty waiting time. And we give cash for results I'm afraid - I work for money, why shouldnt she?!!

duchesse Tue 20-Aug-13 13:44:05

DD2, like her brother and sister before, has utterly banned me from even being in the same town as her school on Thursday. I can tell she's worried, unusual for her.

RussiansOnTheSpree Tue 20-Aug-13 14:18:03

DD2 reckons that she wants us to come with her to actually get the results rather than lurk in the school car park. But I've told her no way, she has to do it herself. HOWEVER if when we arrive we see loads of parents walking with their kids from the car park to the school then we will too. But I don't think it will happen.

RussiansOnTheSpree Tue 20-Aug-13 14:21:03

Sorry Dd1. I'm going mad.

Movingtimes Tue 20-Aug-13 14:22:45

DD1 actually says she is happy for me to come in with her, but she is so nice that she would say that anyway, so I will play it by ear. Interesting to see that it varies school to school.

TheOriginalSteamingNit Tue 20-Aug-13 15:19:32

I am allowed to wait in the car park if I really feel I must but desired to stay at home and wait for a phone call. She wants to phone not text, but thankfully I am first on the list of people to be rung, at least...

mumslife Tue 20-Aug-13 15:35:02

Rasberry lemonpalova
they will get their turn to go in early next year lol!

We had to go in later last year when dd was in year 10

10 30 here year 10 is an hour later

Dd going in with friends. Would like to go butits up to her

Both incredibly nervous here. Dd is in her room eating cake and trying to imerse herself in cheesy films lol

creamteas Tue 20-Aug-13 15:35:40

When my eldest went for his GCSE results, he left home at 9.30 and was calling for a friend before heading into school (20 min journey to school). By 11.00 I had not heard from him and was getting anxious. I called him and he didn't answer shock

I eventually got through to him about 15 mins later, only to find that he hadn't actually got to school yet. They were still waiting for one friend to get out of bed grin. He was crossed that I had phoned, so didn't ring him again. Time went passed, and passed, and passed and no contact. I was imagining the worse.....

But he eventually wandered back mid-afternoon having done really well. He had been too busy to call before, as he was having a meal out with his mates celebrating.

mumslife Tue 20-Aug-13 15:40:58

Boschy im with you on the. Maths lol! Daughter got a b when she sat it back in march so she and i were so relieved no more maths
Is your daughter inyr 10 or yr 11 does she have an option to sit it again. ?
First time round daughter got a c in yr 10 So as it wasnt her target gradehad another go and got a b her target grade. Could have paid tohave another go lol. Er no thanks. I had already decided if she got another c that was it butshe was lucky to get a b
Thank god nomore maths just givenher scientific calculator toher brother starting secondary
Here we go again lol

MissMarplesBloomers Tue 20-Aug-13 16:16:20

Have only just got out of the padded cell from last weeks traumas! grin

DD1 sorted so now it's DD2's turn. She has had a really crap 2 years healthwise, been really ill & in & out of hospital, so has missed a lot of school (<50% attendance sad )

BUT she has worked her bloody socks of when well, and managed to stay well for all bar one of her papers, got all her coursework turned in, and got good mock results, so together with the letter from her GP I'm hoping she'll scrape a few passes together. ( for her self -esteem more than anything I'm just glad she's getting better)

School have been fab & supported her throughout so we'll see what she gets , they seemed to think that even if she doesn't get good grades in the subjects she wants to do for A2 they'll still take her as its not that she is not capable, just hasn't been there for some vital bits of the course. In one bit of her Geography course work she got an A despite missing the whole module, her teacher told me!

Good luck all !

boschy Tue 20-Aug-13 16:41:03

mumslife, I think this might be the 5th attempt? lost count (I cant do maths either!) she's just finished Y11 so if she doesnt get her C this time she'll have to resit in 6th form. whether she gets her C or not there will be tears I feel, but am hoping for ones of happiness!

I do feel for you for those whose DC have been ill etc.

TheOriginalSteamingNit Tue 20-Aug-13 17:18:05

How do I make my parents a bit less complacent about dd, or do I just prep her for the inevitable Comments?

Since she was sitting the exams and before, both have made comments along the lines of 'I imagine she'll be quite disappointed to get anything but all top grades, won't she' - no, dad, you will be, you mean - and 'she must be feeling pretty sanguine about it all, mustn't she?'.

I know they love her and consequently rate her abilities and work highly, I know it's nice they care, but I also know if she got 11 A*s and 1 A they'd be commiserating with her over the A, and telling her ah well not to worry, that's still very good. hmm

Oh yes, and telling dd2 that they expect she feels she now has a lot to live up to!

Have just said on the phone to my mum that, y'know, we just can't know, can we - last year they went after the borderline C/Ds, who knows which boundary and in which subject(s) it'll be this time, lol lol let's stay calm.... Are any other GPs doing this, or shall I just be quiet and be glad they're so engaged with it all? wink

webwiz Tue 20-Aug-13 18:52:26

PILs are coming to stay on friday and I'm going to prep DS before they arrive as they are quite likely to make unhelpful comments whatever he gets and make a milliion comparisons to other people's grandchildrenhmm

My mum on the other hand has resorted to prayer - I'm not sure what that says about her expectations of DS.

eatyourveg Tue 20-Aug-13 19:14:32

I'm going with ds2 up to his special school where he will collect his results. They are not GCSEs but entry level qualifications which will hopefully get him onto a foundation course at college. If he passes we will celebrate, if he doesn't pass, we will still celebrate the fact that he is leaving school having achieved so many things that we never thought possible but which an examiner is simply just not interested in.

circular Tue 20-Aug-13 20:02:53

Looks like DD collects later than most, at 11am. I am expected to wait in the car park. She says she will open her envelope to check, then come straight out to tell me.
Meeting up with friends briefly after, to compare notes, say final goodbyes. But will have to be brief as she needs to enrol at new school.

Is anyone likely to be checking grade boundaries tomorrow, or is that just tormenting ourselves more?

mindgone Tue 20-Aug-13 20:20:38

Nit, my other DS got fab A level results last week, and when I told my dad, he just asked what he got for the others! I had to explain that they all do only 3!

mumslife Tue 20-Aug-13 21:11:01

Boschy
Fingers crossed for your daughter then for her maths. Am presuming she has to have a c for sixth form. Iknow they like you to have a c in english and maths to get on a lot of btech courses

mumslife Tue 20-Aug-13 21:15:12

Re the grandparents thing mine just say oh she will do well and whatever she gets they will say you did very well lol. Dont think they would know what was very well and what wasnt!

Dd has what i am presuming is a stress headache here has said she will have an early night which is probably a good thing as not sure how much sleep she will get tomorrow night!

boschy Tue 20-Aug-13 21:46:50

TOSN and webwiz I feel your pain. whatever my DD gets (and it wont be 10 A*) will be outshone by her cousins next year... oth my mum thinks the sun shines out of her proverbial so she will get support in one way or the other!

eatyourveg - very best to your boy and your celebrations whichever way it goes. (people dont realise how hard they struggle, do they?)

mums - she's got her 6th form place because they love her!! but dear god I hope she doesnt have to struggle on to get that sodding C in maths.

heronsfly Tue 20-Aug-13 22:01:18

10 am for us too, i have got to wait in carpark till she rings, if its good news I can then go into the school front court very gracious of her
Like other posters she has already got a b in maths after a resit and was very happy to never have to suffer another maths lesson.grin

TheOriginalSteamingNit Tue 20-Aug-13 22:36:17

I wish I could do some managing of expectations starting with my own.

Unfortunately I have a boring day lined up tomorrow: got to go to work for as long as possible, and go and see grandad in hospital in the evening, so really far too much leaving her to stew, and more than I would have liked. Decided I will take her and dd2 to nandos and then let her choose something new to wear afterwards, whatever else happens, on Thursday.

TheWave Tue 20-Aug-13 23:09:59

Anyone waiting for grade boundaries for GCSEs, the Edexcel document is out on their website. Just getting to grips with what it all might mean but may have confused me more than helped. DD1 not so happy about Maths I think. Maybe don't share with DCs tbh.

TheWave Tue 20-Aug-13 23:28:06
TheWave Tue 20-Aug-13 23:29:47

Actually you may have to go to the student room website forum to find sorry.

TheWave Tue 20-Aug-13 23:32:40

www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=2312321&page=4&page=4

Not that anyone else is interested. Better to wait for Thurs then...

circular Wed 21-Aug-13 06:39:05

Edexcel boundaries here http://www.edexcel.com/iwantto/Documents/GCSE%20Composite%201306%20v2.pdf

Not sure if earlier pister looking at modular or linear for Maths, but linear looking slightly lower than Jan.

circular Wed 21-Aug-13 07:13:22

Apologies, that should have said March, not Jan.

boschy Wed 21-Aug-13 07:38:54

Not looking - I wont understand and it will just make me feel worse...

heronsfly Wed 21-Aug-13 07:44:17

I've had a look at the grade boundaries, and its all a mystery to me confused oh well can't change anything now.

englishteacher78 Wed 21-Aug-13 07:47:53

I hate the waiting for GCSE results. It always feels more of an unknown than the A Levels. Good luck to all your DCs tomorrow and I hope everyone gets the right grades! smile

JGBMum Wed 21-Aug-13 08:13:51

Good luck to everyone waiting for results tomorrow. Been through it twice, so know how hard it is. x

MrsBartlet Wed 21-Aug-13 08:18:01

The grade boundaries confused me too! Just have to wait until tomorrow. Good luck everyone!

basildonbond Wed 21-Aug-13 08:21:30
alistron1 Wed 21-Aug-13 09:12:46

DD1 can collect hers between 9 and 10. We're taking her, but waiting in the car park! Whatever she gets she couldn't have studied/tried harder. It's disgraceful that exam acheivement is a political football.

TheWave Wed 21-Aug-13 09:18:28

Think AQA and OCR boundaries are out now on
www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=2312321&page=15&x=12&y=11
Seem to correlate anyway with what is being said (in this house anyway). Higher boundaries = oh that was easier, lower = yes that was hard. So doesn't really help with tomorrow.

mumslife Wed 21-Aug-13 09:35:02

Glad im not the only one not understanding grade boundaries!

Debs75 Wed 21-Aug-13 09:35:28

I am trying to block it all out. I resat my maths GCSE as I need it for Uni. It went well so I am optimistic. I would be a nervous wreck though if I had more than one to wait for.
DD1 got hers the last two years and I was really nervous
When she got her AS results last week I was more nervous then she was

mumslife Wed 21-Aug-13 09:38:23

Must admit if i ever find anything out about grade boundaries wont share withdd as wouldnt want to give her false expectations and or utter despair!

mumslife Wed 21-Aug-13 09:39:43

Boschy fab she got her sixth form place anyway. Dd school doesnt even have a sixth form so we are at other schools mercy to let her in lol

olivevoir58 Wed 21-Aug-13 09:45:41

Yes the article on the beeb this morning doesn't fully tally with certainly the subjects my daughter took. The incredibly nasty edexcel geography unit 1 paper has a very low threshold compared to the same paper last year smile Maths is her weakest subject and so I double entered her with the edexcel certificate (igcse for state schools) - grade thresholds are the lowest they've ever been and OCR modular with easier papers (so dd felt) and lower thresholds - so fingers crossed! AQA English Lang/lit seem to have similar thresholds to last year...so I'm quietly hopeful that results might be as predicted for her. Though not counting chickens...

hoochymama1 Wed 21-Aug-13 09:47:11

Anyone up for a padded cell again? Crates of cake stacks of biscuit gallons of brew and oceans of wine for any as wants it grin

DC4 got sufficient A levels, DC3 just mucked about with GCSE's so I am not hopeful but trying hard to remain positive confused I don't think he's fooled.

Lots of love and hugs to all that needs them out there today smile

hoochymama1 Wed 21-Aug-13 09:49:07

Oops got my DC's the wrong way round blush

MissMarplesBloomers Wed 21-Aug-13 09:50:49

sad basildon sad

<gets gin stocks in & tissues ready>

Boschy & Heronsfly I'm with you in the numpty corner when it comes to grade boundaries and TBH I don't know that it'll help now.

Lets just hope !

RussiansOnTheSpree Wed 21-Aug-13 09:59:00

Knowledge of grade boundaries is only relevant if you know what marks your DC got. I certainly don't know that (not even for the ISAs - Dd1 is adamant that they were given a grade not a score) So there's no point in me getting het up about them.

Although having said that it's interesting to see thT the French paper that apparently had some of DD1's 'really properly good at french' friends in tears has a markedly lower grade boundary than the following one which people thought was fine. French is possibly Dd1s weakest subject even in good conditions, so she wouldn't have had any expectations of that anyway. But I guess it bodes well for her close friends who are fab at French ordinarily that the nightmare paper probably won't skew their results.

jamdonut Wed 21-Aug-13 10:55:09

Just read an article on BBC website about Headteachers warning grades in English,Maths and Science may not be great for people who were expected to get a C.

I'm actually properly nervous for DD now. With all the messing about due to English grades last year,I really hope she has come out with