A Parent’s Guide to GCSE Results Day

GCSE results day poses more questions than usual this year. This guide takes you through all of the essential details of the day and explains the options available to your child once they have received their results.

When is GCSE results day?

GCSE results day falls on Thursday 12th August 2021. We know that that this year’s results are particularly stressful for parents and students. We hope that the results your child receives are what they deserve and if not, that their highest result is awarded to them quickly.

How do you collect your child’s GCSE Results?

  • Each school has different arrangements, but most schools welcome students to collect their results in person if they wish.
  • Many schools will publish the results on their online portal or send them out via email.

How do you prepare for the day?

We advise parents and students to be prepared, focussed and fast moving. Having conversations about each possible scenario and a plan A, B and C is more important than ever.

Please find below a summary of the changes to GCSE exam results announced in 2021.

  • Results awarded will be based on teacher-led grades.
  • Schools can challenge results if they think the school’s past history of exam grades has been applied unfairly.
  • Students can appeal their teacher assessed grade on the technical grounds of process, or if they have clear evidence of discrimination or bias. 

Can my child retake their GCSE exams?

This year, all students are being given the opportunity to re-take their GCSE’s in the autumn term 2021 if they are not happy with their results. Alternatively, students can enter again for the summer 2022 exams. The deadline for entry for re-takes is mid September and must be submitted via your child’s school as soon as possible.

What’s next?

GCSE results day is a good point to reflect and think over future options for your child. They are a great guide for deciding between A Levels and the International Baccalaureate and in picking subject choices.

If you and your child decide they should retake then consider your plan of action so they can achieve the best possible results. The retakes ususally take place in November which will come around fast. It is important that your child is proactive and begins to review and revise their GCSE syllabus. Working with an experienced and up to speed private tutor will help.

Seeking advice from your child’s school or college is always a good place to start. Should you need impartial and external support, our expert education consultants are on hand to help with any aspect of your child’s academic journey.

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