Preparing for GCSE Results Day - how can I help my child?

Updated: Aug 26

Waiting for GCSE results can be a nerve-wracking time for your teen. It may feel particularly stressful this year with uncertainties over how grades will be awarded and what this means for your child's next steps. It can also be a stressful time for you too. In this article we explain what happens on GCSE results day, what your teen's options are and what they can do if they haven't done as well as they had hoped.


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When is GCSE results day 2021?


Thursday 12th August 2021 (England and Wales)



When is GCSE results day 2022?


GCSE results day is usually the third Thursday in August. In 2021, this date was brought forward to the second week in August to provide more time for students to action options. Given their grades were awarded through assessment rather than examinations, some students might have got better grades than expected and so wanted to pursue different choices that might otherwise have not been available to them; or some students may not have scored as well as they’d hoped and needed time to challenge the results. It has not yet been decided how GCSE grades will be awarded in 2022, and so GCSE results day 2022 has yet to be confirmed. We will continue to update this as we learn more.


Teenage girls happy with GCSE results in school with teacher: The Parents' Guide to
Preparing for GCSE Results Day 2022

How are results collected?


Results are available from school as early as 08.00 am (collection time will vary depending on your child's school). Depending on the school, there may be different secure options to collect results, such as by telephone or via the parent portal. Check with the school to ensure you know what options are available.



GCSE new grading system - A* to E / 9-1

What is the new grading system?


In 2017, the previous A* to G system was replaced with a numerical system, ranging from 9 (highest) to 1 (lowest). Although the new grading scale is not directly equivalent to the old system (A* - E), there are some comparable points.


The top three number grades, 9, 8 and 7, are broadly equivalent to the grades of A* and A from the old system. This is designed to give more differentiation at the top end and provide an opportunity to reward exceptional performance.


There are now two pass marks - 4 is a standard pass and 5 is a strong pass. Grade 4 is the minimum level that students must achieve in English and Maths without needing to retake them post 16.