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 20th August 2020. 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. Schools can still welcome students to collect their results in person as long as social distancing measures are adhered to. Most schools will have made alternative arrangements instead of or in addition to in person collection.
  • Many schools will publish the results on their online portal.

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 throughout August 2020.

  • Results awarded will be the highest out of your child’s ‘calculated grades’, their centre assessment (the grade awarded by their teacher) and an optional written exam in the autumn.
  • 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 if they are not happy with their results. GCSE exams will take place between 2nd and 23rd November and students can take examinations in just one subject if they would like, however all papers have to be taken. The deadline for entry for re-takes is the 18th of 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 cancellation of examinations meant that many students stopped engaging with their GCSE syllabus before the end of the academic year. If this is the case, then it is vital that they review and revise (it isn’t long until November). 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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