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Manchester High School for Girls

Mrs Norton shares some A-level Results Day advice

Don’t let the wait for results ruin your summer, especially those parents whose children will be university bound come September. If among the festivals and parties you can get some quality time with your family - enjoy it!

Whether you sat the exams yourself, or are a parent, there are some practical things to know that will help you through results days.

All gone to plan?

Whether A-levels or GCSEs, if you’ve achieved the results needed to get into your chosen university, apprenticeship programme, sixth form or college, a massive congratulations. Enjoy the celebrations!

If your A-levels aren’t quite what you were expecting…

Don’t panic, be proactive. If you think the grades you have may pose an issue with your university/education provider then you need to seek advice ASAP.

You should:

  • Have your UCAS ID number to hand and log on to UCAS track to check your status; you may be in even if you missed your offer!
  • If you have been declined, visit the Clearing section of UCAS and see what’s there
  • Make sure you have a fully charged mobile and a friend or family member with you for support
  • Do try to find suitable alternatives but don’t rush. Universities will make you a verbal offer and tell you how long they can hold the place for

Remember: The UCAS clearing services are trained to help students in this situation, but they will be busy – be patient.

If you’ve missed the grade at GCSE…

  • Find your school’s exams officer and ask for the breakdown of your papers, as well as the grade boundaries. This information will help you decide whether you should ask for a ‘review of marks’
  • Some schools will be open for a few days after results but many only open on the day itself. Don’t wait to speak with your exams officer – do it there and then, or make an appointment so that you have time to gather all the information you need

Parents, if your child hasn’t achieved the grades they wanted they will be just as disappointed and upset as you may be. Such feelings can present as anger or hostility in teenagers; regardless of how they are behaving your son or daughter will need your kindness and support.

Surpassed expectations?

Many students actually go on to perform better than expected in their examinations. If this is you, the great news is you now have even more choices!

At Manchester High School for Girls, every year, we speak with students who have surpassed expectations, have a fantastic set of GCSE results and want to see what our high performing Sixth Form can offer them.

We are available on GCSE results day (22nd August) and appointments can be made after that to come in and chat things through. You don’t have to commit to anything, it’s simply about exploring your options.

Good luck!