GCSE results day is a pivotal moment in the academic journey for students, parents, and educators alike. After the tumultuous disruptions caused by the pandemic, this year’s results day promises a return to normalcy. At the National Extension College, we are here to provide you with all the crucial details leading up to this significant day.
Mark your calendars with these essential dates:
Typically, students can collect their results from their school or college starting at 8 am. Keep in mind that some institutions might stagger the release time or provide results via email.
While students usually don’t need identification to collect their results, it’s advisable to carry ID for a smoother process. Having acceptance letters and contact details for prospective sixth forms or colleges on hand is recommended to facilitate prompt acceptance or future steps.
In response to the pandemic-induced disruptions, the government aims to return to pre-pandemic grading standards. Ofqual Chief Jo Saxton emphasizes considering the 2019 outcomes to ensure results closely mirror those from that year. Despite potential differences in student performance, grade boundaries will ensure similar pass rates and grade distributions.
Expect certain trends to emerge due to these grading adjustments. The changes are likely to lead to fewer top grades, variations in top grades by subject, and a potential widening of the disadvantage gap.
For students unable to be present physically, schools may offer options for emailed results. This can be particularly beneficial for those away from home or uncomfortable with in-person collection.
Should students not achieve their desired grades for college admission, schools may advise contacting the institution. Depending on circumstances, students might still be accepted, asked to retake a GCSE, or update the education provider with extenuating circumstances.
Students can opt to retake exams at their discretion. However, a grade lower than 4 in English or maths mandates a retake.
If collecting results in person, consider having these items with you:
Teachers play a vital role in both celebrating successes and assisting students who need to recalibrate their plans. For teachers, middle leaders, and pastoral leaders, we offer guides tailored to their roles.
If you believe an exam has been inaccurately marked, an appeal process is available. You can request to review the exam paper with another examiner.
Certificates are not distributed on results day. Instead, students receive a Candidate Statement of Provisional Results, detailing their grades and individual paper marks. Certificates will be awarded in autumn after re-marks and appeals have been addressed.
GCSE results day is a culmination of effort and dedication. At the National Extension College, we stand by to guide you through this crucial period, providing advice for students, teachers, and parents alike. Embrace the journey ahead and remember that results are just one step towards a bright future.