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.

When is GCSE Results Day 2023?

Key Dates to Remember

Mark your calendars with these essential dates:

  • GCSE results released to schools: Wednesday 23 August 2023
  • GCSE results day for students: Thursday 24 August 2023
  • Deadline to request a priority copy of the marked paper: Thursday 7 September 2023
  • Deadline to request a review of marking: Friday 28 September 2023
  • Students have the option to request copies of their marked papers to identify administrative errors. Additionally, those seeking a review of marking can have their papers re-evaluated by a second examiner.

What Time Will GCSE Results be Released?

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.

How Can Students Access Their Results?

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.

Understanding GCSE Grading for 2023

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.

Key Trends to Watch For

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.

Managing Results Day If You’re Away

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.

Dealing with Disappointing Results

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.

Resitting Exams

Students can opt to retake exams at their discretion. However, a grade lower than 4 in English or maths mandates a retake.

 Top Tips for Results Collection

If collecting results in person, consider having these items with you:

  • Mobile phone
  • Pen/pencil
  • Notepad/writing paper
  • Money
  • College/sixth-form paperwork
  • Remember to consult your school for specific procedures and possible staggered collection times.

Teachers’ Support on Results Day

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.

Appealing a GCSE Grade

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.

GCSE Certificates and Candidate Statements

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.

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