Well done! You made it to res
ults day! Back in March, when all this weirdness started happening and schools closed, none of us had any idea what today was going to look like. But here we are.
I have heard from several young people over the last few months how frustrating they have found it not to get to sit the exams. Even if they weren’t looking forward to them, they would have been a chance to show people what they could do. For some of you, GCSEs would have been the first time you got to publicly demonstrate what you are capable of. But I have also spoken to people for whom it was a relief not to have to sit the exams. And that is just proof that exams are an imperfect system. They can never suit everyone and every system is unfair to someone. If today’s results are making you feel like this system was unfair to you, then I am sorry to hear it. You are not alone. There are many people who will be feeling the same thing. But whatever the results, your GCSEs still count. You still did it. You survived the hardest GCSE year any group of students has ever had to survive, and you should still be proud.
And whether the result is exactly what you hoped for or not, it is at least an answer. You can move on. You will have other chances, either to attempt resits, or just to prove yourself in other ways. Don’t give up. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t. Find your own way to tell your story. You may have to work a bit harder than some others, but you count. No-one has written you off and there are always other opportunities to find.
Well done class of 2020, you made it! Now, go out and tell the story of your life that you want to tell. We are all so proud of you.
Dr Helen Care
A Confident Start
- therapy for young people