The GCSE results

Well, the big day has arrived. Two and a bit months after my son sat his last GCSE exam, it’s GCSE results day!

My son coasted through the first three years of secondary school. He made a little bit of effort for his Year 10 exams and surprised his teachers with his results. I think it was the first time they’d realised how bright he actually is. He did OK in his mocks, getting the right balance between doing well, while seeing that there was more work still to be done if he wanted to push to the top grades.

And my boy, the boy who had never tried all that hard started to revise. He did a little bit every day, gradually building up as the weeks wore on. He didn’t work himself into the ground, he didn’t stress himself out, but he worked pretty hard.

And I was very proud of him.

He’s the most chilled out person I know and he took the exams themselves in his stride. There were only one or two he moaned about. Most of them, he came out happy and felt he’d done as well as he could.

But had he? There was only way of knowing.

The weeks wore on and the exams and results weren’t forgotten, but they were mainly pushed to the back of our minds. It was all done, we couldn’t change anything, what would be, would be.

But we really, really wanted him to go to grammar school. He really, really wanted to go to grammar school. His conditional offer looked pretty achievable, but would he achieve it in reality? In our heads, he was already at the school. We’d even paid for a year’s bus travel. We just couldn’t imagine him going back to his old school. What if we were left disappointed?

I felt sick this morning. How was I going to make it through four hours? I’m pleased to say that running helped. And my son was completely chilled, eventually making it out of bed for 9.15am.

And the results?

They were very good. Not brilliant, but very good. His hard work had paid off. Maybe if he’d worked hard throughout Years 10 and 11 he could have brought himself up a bit further. But they were good enough, and that’s all that matters.

My son is enrolled at grammar school.

Today, I am a very proud mummy indeed.

GCSEs, The GCSE results, Grammar school, 6th form, School uniform

Author: Sarah Mummy

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22 Comments

    • Thanks very much! It’s such a relief 🙂

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  1. That’s great news – good for him!

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    • Thanks very much, we’re very pleased!

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    • Thanks very much! We’re so pleased 🙂

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  2. So glad to know that the hard work paid off and he got the results to get into his chosen school for sixth form.

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    • Thanks very much. The hard work made a real difference to him!

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    • Thanks very much, we’re really pleased with him. x

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  3. Oh that’s brilliant, well done to him! I’m really glad his hard work has paid off. They really must have been good results to get into grammar school. I hope it is the making of him, I’m sure he’s going to love it.
    Nat.x

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    • Thanks very much! We’re pretty sure he will love it. It will definitely make a big difference to him. x

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  4. Well done that is brilliant news and well done to his parents too xx

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    • Thanks very much, we’re so proud of him! And there definitely was a bit of parental involvement (nagging) there! x

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  5. Brilliant news! My daughter did well too!

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    • Thanks very much. Very well done to your daughter too! You must be so pleased.

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  6. It’s horrible isn’t it, that wait for results? I was, on the surface, very chilled, when my eldest took his. Underneath, however, I was a wreck! Well done your son xx

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    • Thanks very much! The wait just seems so long. It’s such a relief to get it out of the way. x

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  7. This is SUCH an achievement! I am so impressed by his dedication to do some work every day but to not over do it and get stressed – there aren’t many people who are able to do that. Well done to him. Of course being the nosey creature that I am, I was hoping you would share what he got but that’s his business. I guess he must have done pretty well to get into Grammar school! That’s two kids back at the same school now 🙂

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    • He didn’t want me to share what he got and I respected his decision. I think he got the balance just right with the amount of work he did and not getting stressed. Here’s hoping we can get it right with the other two too! I’m so glad to have two kids at the same school again!

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  8. So pleased that he got the results he wanted for Grammar School. I can’t imagine how nervous you were waiting for him to collect his results. I can imagine I will be more nervous when Morgan gets his next year than I was getting my own all those years ago. Here is to the next chapter for your son x

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    • Thanks very much! I have high hopes for next year and the new school. I was fairly relaxed right until the day of the results, but very nervous on the morning! Next year will come round fast for you! x

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