Mama OWL Blog: GCSE Results Day

GCSE Results Day

Thursday, 21 August 2014

After years of work, months of revision and preparation, and weeks of exams, A finally collected her GCSE exam results this morning. Her dad and I had told her over and over, as long as you have done your best then it doesn't matter what grades you get. Do your best, try your hardest, and that will be good enough because that is all you can do.

When she called me in tears after one of her French exams, worried that she hadn't done as well as she hoped, I reminded her that it was done now, and that if she had failed then she could always retake it if she needed to. She had been so steadfast, so dedicated to her revision and her work, this was the first time I saw her confidence in herself waver. I knew that she was probably just worrying for no reason, that she was just having a moment of doubt, which I think happens to everyone. I helped her put it into perspective, calmed her down, and she got on with the rest of her exams.

One morning she woke up in the early hours and her dad had to rush her to the hospital with a grumbling appendix. She was back in time for school, she got dressed and headed in for her morning exam despite no sleep and feeling very poorly.

This morning, we walked into the school hall together, to the back of the room and the table where her envelope was. She picked it up, opened it -

(* the tenth arrived in the post the next day, another pass!)

Her dad and I could not be more proud of her. Despite illness, despite a crisis in confidence, she has done it. She passed every single one of her exams with grade C and above, and now the sixth form beckons. 16 years ago, I carried a three week old baby into my own school hall to collect my GCSE results, and today I walked alongside that baby for her to collect her own. It has been such a long road, but we have worked hard, and we have made it. Her dad and I are just completely over the moon for her. I actually burst into tears as we left the hall, which in turn made her cry (to her utter disgust, I did get told off by her for this, too!).

To celebrate her success she has treated herself to a new laptop, with her own money that she has earned & saved from her Saturday job, to use for her A-level coursework, and eventually for university. She might sleep in too late, be sarcastic and grumpy, never tidy her room when we ask her to, and leave make up and clothes just about everywhere, but she is a brilliant kid and we know she will go far.

Congratulations A, we knew you could do it.


  1. Big congrats to A! Has she decided what A levels she's doing? xx

  2. Thank you Sarah! Yes, she's doing English Lit, Sociology, Psychology and History :-) x

    1. Good choices, I did Sociology & English Lit. And wish I'd done Psychology instead of Biology! x

  3. Aww! Congratulations to your daughter! You must be so proud xxx

  4. Congratulations beautiful girl!! We shall be up soon (maybe the coming weekend, my teen is nagging) xxx

  5. Congrats it's such a nervy time , my nephew just passed his he was terrified he wouldn't get into college bless him

  6. What a lovely post. Congratulations to A! She sounds a brilliant daughter, no wonder you are so proud. x

  7. Oh well done A. You must be quite rightly very proud!

  8. Well done to her! You must be so proud!

  9. That's two great GCSE results stories in one blog post. Congratulations to you both.

  10. awww this is beautiful honey that you got to relive this moment with your daughter 16 years later and that she did so very well!

    thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments

  11. Well done to A you must've been so proud! I had the same with Ally this week, very proud moments for most parents I think. Popping in from Magic Moments.

  12. Huge congratulations to your daughter. Wishing her lots of luck with her A-levels x

  13. What a proud moment - well done, what a fantastic result! #MagicMoments

  14. Such a moving post - tears pricking my eyes. How far you and your daughter have come.
    All the very best to her for a future full of happiness

  15. What a lovely, lovely post. Congratulations to your girl, you have every right to be uber proud! x


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