More than five million students will read their GCSE results with a mixture of joy and relief today. This year marks the first since the coronavirus pandemic hit that student grades will be based on national exams as opposed to grades predicted by teachers. Although grades are expected to be awarded more generously this year, last week, August 18, the number of students earning top A-Level grades dropped sharply. GCSE grades are expected to see a similar downward trend as the government attempts to reverse grade inflation.
GCSEs, BTECs, engineering and technical awards can seem like a monumental turning point in someone’s life, even though many of those who receive them are only 16 years old.
However, they are not always the be-all and end-all, as noted by author and journalist Elizabeth Day.
In her book, “Failosophy,” she explores avenues for when things “go wrong.”
Writing in the book, she notes, “Failure continually teaches us who we are.
” There’s nothing to be scared of. Failure has been the making of me. It could also be the making of you.
Many celebrities have proven that good grades don’t have to rule future success, with many failing at least one of their GCSES or leaving without any.
Every year on A-Level Results Day, Jeremy Clarkson delivers his message to students who may fear that the grades staring at them from the piece of paper have secured their fate.
The former Top Gear presenter’s annual tweet read this year: “Don’t worry if your A-level results are disappointing. I have a C and 2 Us and am currently vacationing on this boat.”
Mr Clarkson – who is now worth an estimated £55.8million – is not the only one who failed his exams.
Former TOWIE star Gemma Collins, who recently signed a £1million New Look contract, completely failed her maths GCSE, ending up with a U – which stands for ‘unclassified’ or ‘no classified” – the day of the results.
But ‘the GC’, as she is now more commonly known, admitted that she knew she would be famous and therefore didn’t ‘need’ math, but her mind was on shopping for the exam.
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In an interview with You magazine in 2018, she said: “I remember sitting in the exam room for my maths GCSE and thinking, ‘I’m going to be famous, I don’t need maths. What I really need is to go to Romford High Street and buy some new shoes.
Pop sensation Robbie Williams had received predicted high ratings, ranging from AC.
Sadly, the Angels singer failed all of his exams, his best result being a D – but luckily he had just joined hit band Take That.
He told the Mirror in 2019: “Me and my friend Lee have just received our exam results and we both failed very badly.
“We didn’t know how we were going to tell our parents so we went to the bottle store and bought ten of the cheapest boxes of bitters we could buy and sat on the putting green and just strangled those bitter.
“They wanted me to go to college. I went back to my mum, pissed off, and said I had something to tell her, and she said she had something to tell me – ‘You are in the group’.”
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