O Level Results

#1
Ok ok ok , I know, it's GCSEs these days....

I'm thrilled that, despite reports of harsher marking this year (long overdue if you ask me) my eldest has just got an A*, 2 As, 3 Bs and 2 Cs. Brilliant. Chuffed to bits.

Mind you, they were a lot harder in my day.......

Cue the proud dad willy waving:
 
#5
Jolly well done, so AS levels here we come. Now proud Dad go and sit in a dark corner and have a port, you deserve it.
Interestingly enough, and in a departure from the norm, she is bodyswerving A Levels and has decided to sit the International Baccalaureate or IB. Rather her than me, but apparently it is catching on in popularity and is a good door-opener (as long as one passes it, of course!).

The Port is already decanted! It was either going to be celebrations or sorrow drowning at HQ Qm ce soir, so I aimed off.
 
#6
Well done to you both, port and cigar deserved...........
And for you QM a cup of coffee.

CG
 
#7
Ok ok ok , I know, it's GCSEs these days....

I'm thrilled that, despite reports of harsher marking this year (long overdue if you ask me) my eldest has just got an A*, 2 As, 3 Bs and 2 Cs. Brilliant. Chuffed to bits.

Mind you, they were a lot harder in my day.......

Cue the proud dad willy waving:
Congratulations.

8 A*s and 3 As here, plus 2 As in the Maths A-level modules he took early. Champers already on ice for tonight.

They were alot harder in the early 70s, though, as I keep telling him (and I took all mine a year early).

The lad is out in the garden burning all his notes and files.
 
#8
Interestingly enough, and in a departure from the norm, she is bodyswerving A Levels and has decided to sit the International Baccalaureate or IB. Rather her than me, but apparently it is catching on in popularity and is a good door-opener (as long as one passes it, of course!).

The Port is already decanted! It was either going to be celebrations or sorrow drowning at HQ Qm ce soir, so I aimed off.
Trackpen Minor went for the IB. Tough course and he had to work like hell (made harder by the fact that until he was 17 and started the IB course in the UK, all his education had been at an Italian school).
However, when he and the chums who took IB went to university they found that things like writing a couple of thousand words in an essay were almost second nature, so they could sit in the bar and really only get going at the last minute.
With the IB you know that if you do well you have done well against students worldwide and there is no UK government interference in how those results are marked.
 
#9
You mean this year they had to actually put the square peg into the square hole?
 
#11
When I took mine in 1996 only the boffin-type kids came home with the A-grades. Last year my mate's son who I know for a fact is thicker than a whale omlette came back with mostly A grades, and spoke of his B's with a hint of disappointment in his voice. My best bloody grade was a B but luckily I've never had to present my certificates to anybody for anything.
 
#12
Ok ok ok , I know, it's GCSEs these days....

I'm thrilled that, despite reports of harsher marking this year (long overdue if you ask me) my eldest has just got an A*, 2 As, 3 Bs and 2 Cs. Brilliant. Chuffed to bits.

Mind you, they were a lot harder in my day.......

Cue the proud dad willy waving:
As a proud parent, a certain amount of self congratulation is in order and well done to your offspring.

Not so happy about an education industry which has been actively engaged in eroding the value of the qualification for its own ends over many years.

Hopefully the Government will stand firm on undoing the harm caused by dumbing down exams and inflating grades, as evinced by the marking and grading of GCSE English this summer.

After all the false starts and U turns, this could be an historically significant policy at last.

B
 
#13
Five a's, 3 b's and a c for youngest daughter. Eldest cleared the board last year with 12 a*s and is currently studying to be a vet. Proud? Just a ******* bit.
 
#14
A's,B's and a couple of C's (RE and Geogrpahy) this end. All on natural talent and little bloody effort. Well he got what he needed for his Physics, Chemistry and Math A levels, Now its time for a sit down chat about the fact you cant cruise yer ******* A levels like that! Still chuffed to **** though.
 
#15
And so you should be, my eldest daughter got her Phd in theoretical linguistics and I'm very proud of what she's achieved even though I haven't got a scoobeedoo what it's all about!
 
#16
Congrats to all offspring who have got themselves decent grades.

...and while their fathers are sipping the well deserved port with smug grins on their faces, could they please also be thinking about all the extra money they've got to earn/save over the next few years.....

Well, you're not going to sit back and let 'em graduate with huge student loan debts are you?
 
#18
My kid brother (of peanut allergy curry fan fame: http://www.arrse.co.uk/naafi-bar/175777-blood-thicker-than-darwinism.html ) got his. B in Art, his only real strength or passion, and something he was convinced he'd get an A in. Despite being severely "dyslexic" (incapable of spelling anything but his own name, half the time; his Facebook profile looks like someone vomited on a keyboard), he managed a D in English - although he was told he had a C and looks to be caught in the marking farce. Apparently this is the first time in years they've marked on spelling, punctuation or grammar?! He "only" managed an F in Maths but to be honest I'm amazed he managed that and, in spite of having no numerical or logical reasoning, skills he got two Cs in Science. I honestly don't know what they're doing with the kids these days, or indeed what they're asking them in exam papers. Mind boggling.
 
#19
My kid brother (of peanut allergy curry fan fame: http://www.arrse.co.uk/naafi-bar/175777-blood-thicker-than-darwinism.html ) got his. B in Art, his only real strength or passion, and something he was convinced he'd get an A in. Despite being severely "dyslexic" (incapable of spelling anything but his own name, half the time; his Facebook profile looks like someone vomited on a keyboard), he managed a D in English - although he was told he had a C and looks to be caught in the marking farce. Apparently this is the first time in years they've marked on spelling, punctuation or grammar?! He "only" managed an F in Maths but to be honest I'm amazed he managed that and, in spite of having no numerical or logical reasoning, skills he got two Cs in Science. I honestly don't know what they're doing with the kids these days, or indeed what they're asking them in exam papers. Mind boggling.
Have a look for 'past papers' on google. Don't know if they do them for GCSEs but I imagine they will if they do them for Standard Grades. You'll see then just what a load of pish it is.
 
#20
I thought schools were dropping the IB like kids at a Norgie island youth camp?
Student loans are likely to be the cheapest debt they have, bank of dad reserves might be better used elsewhere.
 

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