Preparing for GCSE Results Day


After months of anxious waiting, GCSE results day is almost upon us. All pupils will collect their results on the same day – the morning of Thursday, August 22, 2019. 

If you’re unable to go to your school, you can ask to receive your results by post. You can also arrange for a family member or friend to pick up your results for you. They’ll need to take in a signed letter from you and a form of ID for themselves. 

Following changes in GCSEs in 2017, there is now a numerical system which grades students from 1 to 9 in each subject. Grades 9, 8 and 7 range from A* to A, 6, 5 and 4 range from B to C and 3, 2 and 1 range from D to G.

For many pupils, it will be the most nerve-wracking day of their lives so far.

Results day nerves getting on top of you? Find out how to cope:

Think Positive

Whether you get the results expected or not, that’s OK. Celebrate what you have achieved, no matter what the outcome is. Your exam results do not define who you are or how valuable you are as a person.

Don’t Panic

If you don’t get the results you’re hoping for, don’t panic. Speak to your teacher, careers advisor and whoever else you can to find out what you should do next.

Have a Plan

Think about what you might need to do if you don’t get the grades you were hoping for so you’re not panicking on the day.

Get plenty of rest

Sleep may be the last thing on your mind the evening before results day, but a good night’s sleep will put you in a good frame of mind to face what lies ahead.

Whatever the outcome, there is a lot to think about and there are many options open to you. You can get help with any decisions you need to make. If you’re upset, disappointed, or worried about your future, it can really help to talk to someone. Take as much time as you need to think about what you’d like to do. There’s no need to rush into a decision straightaway.