Hey guys! So Thursday 20th August was GCSE results day and I was among the throng of year 11’s across the country waiting to receive their results. I can’t quite describe how nervous I was but luckily the day went really well for me and I had such a lovely time. I wish I could experience it all over again to be perfectly honest. I’m so excited to start my A levels and move onto the next chapter of my life now. So here’s a wrap up of my GCSE Results day 2020 style!
I was a bag of nerves the night before I received my results. It didn’t help that results day in Scotland and for A levels had completely flopped with many students getting their results downgraded. Luckily, since then, Boris had introduced the teacher assessment grades as an option for our GCSE grade and I knew this was much fairer than anything the other system could produce. I didn’t think I was at any risk of failing any of my subjects (although who really knew!) because I’d passed them all in the mocks. I was more worried that the results wouldn’t reflect the hard work I’d put into my GCSEs and that I’d be disappointed as a result. I’m a bit of a perfectionist and I knew that I had certain grades in my head that I thought I should be hitting and if I didn’t manage to achieve them, I’d feel very upset. I was messaging all my friends to wish them good luck and it felt encouraging to have us all rallying around each other.
I’m not exaggerating when I say I felt sick the next morning. I got my results emailed to me at 8:30 so I was nervously sitting in front of my laptop at that time, refreshing the page every 5 seconds. Typically, my results didn’t actually arrive until 8:50 so I opened them instantly to see what I got. I cried. A lot. I couldn’t believe the grades that were there on the page in front of me. They were exactly the grades I’d hoped for and I’d even done better in some subjects than I thought I would. Overall, I got six 9’s, two 8’s and two 7’s (9=A**, 8=A*, 7=A).
Once I’d rung my grandparents and my Auntie to let them know what I’d got, I travelled into my school for 9:40 to pick up the paper copy of my results and my leavers hoodie and register for sixth form. We had had to book time slots a couple of weeks prior to that so I booked a slot with my friends Izzy, Lauren and Lily-Mae. It was so cool to be able to be with them on such an important day and I am so proud of them for all getting such amazing results. Thankfully, we all got exactly what we had hoped for.
Obviously, with all the excitement when I was at school, I didn’t check the back of my hoodie until I got home and discovered that instead of ‘Amelia’, it read ‘Amlia’. My school are currently sorting it with the printing company so hopefully I’ll get one soon with the right name on. I thought it was pretty funny to be honest.
I spent the rest of the day with my family at this cute place called Elsham Hall. It has some gorgeous plants, stunning scenery, awesome animals and is a wedding venue (no surprises here!). We had a delicious lunch in the cafe and then meandered around the gardens for most of the afternoon. It was so lovely to spend the day there and I had the best time ever. We ended the day with a night walk across Mappleton beach which was so much fun. The remaining threads of sunlight illuminated the sea, creating this stunning shimmering effect. What a perfect way to end a perfect day.
The day after results day, I celebrated with my friends from school with a little party. Lauren hosted it in her garden and invited me, Izzy, Charlotte, Lily-Mae, Lydia, Ciaran and two friends from her old dance class Jess and Alisha. We had pizza and chips, sang along to all our favourite songs and danced until we were all exhausted. I loved it so much and it seemed like the perfect way to welcome the next chapter of our lives after GCSEs. Also, in true Amelia fashion, we dragged the celebrations out even further to the Sunday night after results day and ate a family meal with my grandparents at Pesto’s near Chesterfield. It’s a tapas place so we ordered a variety of different dishes to share. The food was amazing, our waiter was so lovely (shoutout to Jack – what a great guy) and we had such a lovely time overall.
Thank you for reading this post! Tell me a bit about the things you’ve been doing recently in the comments. There’ll be another post out soon but until then bye for now!
Amelia Grace a.k.a Amelia in Hull