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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 4:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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GCSE results day was not quite so happy here Sad but life goes on.


I don't think I'll be crowing about my son's results in a few years...........unless the wee bugger switches on between now & exam time.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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That's 14 GSCE's Shocked , I was only allowed to do 8.


I was only allowed to do one O Level at the school's expense, had to pay to take the rest. FFS.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 5:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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tri_longer wrote:
That's 14 GSCE's Shocked , I was only allowed to do 8.


I was only allowed to do one O Level at the school's expense, had to pay to take the rest. FFS.


I only sat 6 at school, max of 8 but dropped English Lit and Latin. I suppose I did sit them when they meant something and before they had to create a new grade as they'd been made so easy everyone could pass them. Twisted Evil
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dr dre wrote:
its all overrated
real world exp count for a lot more imho


Generally I'd agree with you here, but when you're looking at school leavers or new graduates with no work experience to speak of then school exam results are about the only thing you have as an employer as a filtering mechanism before you decide which of the many applicants to interview Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hammerer wrote:
AndyS.. wrote:
tri_longer wrote:
That's 14 GSCE's Shocked , I was only allowed to do 8.


I was only allowed to do one O Level at the school's expense, had to pay to take the rest. FFS.


I only sat 6 at school, max of 8 but dropped English Lit and Latin. I suppose I did sit them when they meant something and before they had to create a new grade as they'd been made so easy everyone could pass them. Twisted Evil


I was in the first wave of people sitting GCSEs in 1988. At that time the teachers were still a bit confused about where to pitch their lessons - O-level, CSE or somewhere in between - so they went high and we were pleasantly surprised when we saw the actual papers Wink

The timetable at my comp only allowed a maximum of 8 subjects to be studied, but folks in the top sets for English were also put in for English Lit, which was coursework-only based on essays that we'd already written during the year, so I came out with 9 GCSEs in total (all As, when an A still meant something Wink Rolling Eyes ). I would guess that a lot of kids doing many more GCSEs now have multiple maths papers in there somewhere.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Davem wrote:
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Just had a text off my son who got his results today...

9 x A*
3 x A
2 x B

His B's were in Welsh and History.. but as he says, who needs Welsh?? Laughing

Its going to cost me!


That's 14 GSCE's Shocked , I was only allowed to do 8

Congrats by the way.


He also did Further Maths and for some reason Applied Engineering is split into three seperate results!

He has already got his order in for a new PC Rolling Eyes


thats because its a proper subject Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2014 7:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The_Exile wrote:
SuperSonic wrote:
GCSE results day was not quite so happy here Sad but life goes on.


It certainly does.

I didn't do as expected in my GCSE's, or A Levels. I didn't get into the university I wanted - but managed to get on to a similar course elsewhere through clearing.

Once I got away from school a more independent learning/teaching style suited me, coupled with the fact that most employers don't care about GCSE or A Level results I am doing alright for myself - and a damn site better than a lot of my school friends whose results were infinitely better than mine.


I was similar when I was her age - went to college and found it much better.

She's got some options and to be honest it gave her a kick up the bum that she needed - she's been cruising at school.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2014 7:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So who remembers what they got? I was the last crop of O-levels, and I think I did 9, I know I passed them but can't remember what grades (or subjects).
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2014 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hammerer wrote:
... but dropped English Lit and Latin ...

you should've stuck with latin--understanding 'motion towards' makes the 'romans go home' scene in life of brian really come alive
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2014 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whisk wrote:
dr dre wrote:
its all overrated
real world exp count for a lot more imho


Generally I'd agree with you here, but when you're looking at school leavers or new graduates with no work experience to speak of then school exam results are about the only thing you have as an employer as a filtering mechanism before you decide which of the many applicants to interview Wink


I agree, I interview people for our grad scheme and internships. At that level you have very little to go off. We are a professional services company (Chartered Surveyors) and invest quite a bit of time and money in getting our grads qualified so you want to see that they can pass an exam. Also we need people to have a reasonable level of numeracy and when a lot of people seem to go down the arts route at A level, a decent maths GCSE is important.

On another note, its scary how qualified a lot of them are. Every one seems to have straight As, Masters and MBAs theses days
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2014 9:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

icehockeyhair wrote:
hammerer wrote:
... but dropped English Lit and Latin ...

you should've stuck with latin--understanding 'motion towards' makes the 'romans go home' scene in life of brian really come alive


anyone who has had a latin lesson fully appreciates both the humour and the pain...
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2017 12:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Doonhamer wrote:
SuperSonic wrote:
GCSE results day was not quite so happy here Sad but life goes on.


I don't think I'll be crowing about my son's results in a few years...........unless the wee bugger switches on between now & exam time.


It's like I could see into the future Rolling Eyes .
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2017 1:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Doonhamer wrote:
Doonhamer wrote:
SuperSonic wrote:
GCSE results day was not quite so happy here Sad but life goes on.


I don't think I'll be crowing about my son's results in a few years...........unless the wee bugger switches on between now & exam time.


It's like I could see into the future Rolling Eyes .


Ah, but this is the year they made them harder. Allegedly.

Well, harder to get A*, but they still want the same number getting a pass at the equivalent of a 'C' now a 5 iirc. Talk about trying to massage the results (ffs) Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2017 2:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jorgan wrote:
Doonhamer wrote:
Doonhamer wrote:
SuperSonic wrote:
GCSE results day was not quite so happy here Sad but life goes on.


I don't think I'll be crowing about my son's results in a few years...........unless the wee bugger switches on between now & exam time.


It's like I could see into the future Rolling Eyes .


Ah, but this is the year they made them harder. Allegedly.

Well, harder to get A*, but they still want the same number getting a pass at the equivalent of a 'C' now a 5 iirc. Talk about trying to massage the results (ffs) Rolling Eyes


the results have been massaged for years...this is just the latest round of same...
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