The GCSEs are over!

So that’s it. The GCSEs are over! My son took his final exam, physics, on Friday.

Ten subjects, two years of learning, four months of revision and four weeks of exams are all done.

I’d like to say that it flew by in no time, but I would be lying. Four weeks actually feels like a really long time. There were three exams in the first week, six in the second, seven in the third and five in the final week. Most of the subjects have two exams each, but science and maths have three.

My son got into a good routine and went into his exam calmly and came out chilled. Apart from one English Literature paper, he came out of each one pleased with the questions and his own performance. He only had one small wobble in the third week, when the routine was starting to get tiring. He had a day with three exams and that was weighing heavily on his mind. I just told him not to let it worry him and to tackle each of those exams as if it were the first of the day. Getting through that day was a real milestone for him.

I’m extremely proud of my son for how hard he’s worked and how well he’s coped. He celebrated the end of the GCSEs with a camping trip.

Now he’s got a long summer ahead, with a few camping trips and the Three Peaks. Hopefully he will find a part-time job too. Then it’s times for results. I am confident he will have achieved the very best results possible thanks to his hard work.

GCSEs, Revision, Exams, School

 

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. Well done to him and to you for supporting him. I know a few Y11 students who found it tough this year and it must be a huge relief that it is all over. It sounds as though he has worked really hard so I’m sure the results will be good but at least now he can relax a little which is nice.

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    • Thanks very much. I’m really pleased with how well he’s worked. I feel sorry for year 11s who have struggled. It’s been hard enough work without the struggling!

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  2. I’m really pleased for you both that it’s over and I hope he has got the results he is hoping for. I hope you both enjoy your summer now that it’s behind you!
    Nat.x

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    • Thanks very much! It’s weird – I keep thinking I need to remind him to revise! It will be a nice break without them hanging over us. x

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  3. A big massive well done to him. I don’t envy anyone or any parent going through this process and i can still remember my own being slow and long. 3 exams in one day is so many!! Now to rest… 🙂

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    • Oh yes, there will be a lot of rest! I had three in one day too, it wasn’t a lot of fun!

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  4. That is awesome. Well done to your son. I bet you are so proud of him and relieved too. 3 exams in one day is not fair on anyone. Big hugs to you too xx

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    • Thanks very much! I’m really proud and relieved! It’s good to have them over for all of us. x

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  5. Hooray! Well done your son! You must be so proud of him. It sounds like he has worked so hard and took it all in his stride. I hope he has a wonderful summer x

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    • Thanks very much! I’m so pleased with how hard he’s worked. x

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  6. I can’t imagine what this is like as a parent. Must be a slightly odd feeling having a kid just finish GCSEs. Best of luck with the three peaks!

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    • It’s a really odd feeling! Because I can remember my own fairly clearly and in many ways I don’t feel any older or different now to how I felt then. No doubt I’ll get used to it as exams are going to become a fairly frequent occurrence in our lives from now on.

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  7. Well you can’t ask for more than that can you? I remember a few years ago, how worried you were that he wouldn’t knuckle down when he needed to. Now look! My daughter’s turn next year – she’s in that ‘hate school’ ‘couldn’t care less what I get’ mood at the moment – lord help us!

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    • Thanks very much! I never would have believed that he would actually work hard, but he really has! I’m starting to fear that his brother might not put any work in, but we still have three years and a set of A Levels to get through before then!
      I really hope your daughter changes her tune next year.

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