The A Level mock results

My son changed schools for 6th form because he wanted to better himself. I was very proud of him for doing that. He could have very easily stayed where he was and continued to sail under the radar in a large comprehensive school. He’s a boy of above average intelligence and reasonably well behaved. The sort of kid that goes entirely unnoticed at a large comprehensive – not good enough for praise, not bad enough for attention.

So he moved to a girls’ grammar school, where he knew nobody.

In his first few months, he thrived. He made a lot of friends and the teachers liked him. His new school is much smaller. And it’s full of girls. Being a grammar school, he was no longer ‘above average intelligence’. In that cohort, he was below average. There is nowhere for a boy like him, or any boy, to hide and sail under the radar.

After a few months, he reverted to type – the boy who doesn’t do much work. He also developed a slightly rebellious side. That side had probably always been there, but he’d never been brave enough to let it out at his old school. He wasn’t one of the naughty ones or one of the cool ones there, so he kept his mouth shut. With no fear of other boys judging him for speaking up at his new school, he spoke up.

The lack of work and the rebellious streak meant he became less popular with the teachers. He had a good brain and contributed well to class discussions, but his school work wasn’t reflecting that.

His grades started to slip.

Ideally, he was aiming for B, C, C at A Level, which would be a really good achievement. Getting C, C, C would be good enough for him though. But his predictions in February were C, D, D, with a warning he could actually even slip to an E in his weakest subject.

And then came his mocks.

He DID revise. For him, it was quite a lot. But compared to most people, it wasn’t enough. His school sent out a message warning kids not to overdo it with revision over half-term. In a school full of high achieving girls, the risk of them burning themselves out is high.

That risk doesn’t apply to my son.

He said the mocks were ‘OK’ and ‘not bad’. But my son is an optimist. His ‘easy’ or ‘OK’ is someone else’s nightmare. When he thinks he’s done well, he hasn’t always.

But he got A, C, C in his mocks! I actually had tears in my eyes when I saw that A. Apparently he actually got A* in one of the papers. This is a boy who didn’t get a single A at GCSE, yet he could get an A at A Level.

Now he’s got to keep working and not become complacent and see if he can convert those mock grades into A, C, C or even A, B, C in the real thing.

He might have had a slightly rocky journey at his new school, but those results prove he did absolutely the right thing in moving.

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Author: Sarah Mummy

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12 Comments

  1. It sounds to me like he applied himself really well. I think many do that when the time comes. I hope he’s really proud of himself!

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    • Thanks very much, I think he is! My fear now is that he will become complacent and not do as well in the real things, but he has definitely made a start on his revision, so hopefully that won’t be the case.

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    • Thanks very much, he really has! 6th form hasn’t been an easy ride for him, but it looks like things have fallen into place at exactly the right time.

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  2. Oh wow, well done to him! Great that he has really found his feet at A level time, it bodes well for university!
    Nat.x

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    • Thanks very much! We’re really proud of him and he’s actually properly starting to revise for his A Levels now too. He’s not going to university, but we’re hoping he will get the results to get a good apprenticeship. x

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  3. well done, it can be a hard line between encouraging them and them pushing back against it. It sounds like he knows what he wants to do and that will be enough to keep him on track.No results are ever the end of the world and they all find their feet. I wish more schools would encourage apprenticeships as well as uni, it isnt for everyone there is more than one way to success!

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    • Thanks very much. I know with my son he has to make his own decisions when he’s ready to make them and it looks like he made them at the right time. I think apprenticeships are a great idea and they’re particularly good for my son because he’s not keen on academic work, but likes actual work!

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  4. I’m glad that he seems to be pulling it around. It may be that the exams being in sight now will focus his mind.

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    • Thanks very much, I really hope so! He has certainly been revising a lot better over the last couple of days.

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  5. Well done for changing school to better himself and for getting the results he got in his mocks. I have a feeling he will be just fine.

    -Soma

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    • Thanks very much! I have a feeling that you’re right, a feeling I didn’t have even a couple of months ago!

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