By rebeccadowell, Aug 18 2017 07:14AM
Well, for those of you who read Wednesday's post - my hunch was correct and the Prosecco was indeed opened...!
Yesterday was an intense day for me - as always I was awake early, clutching a cup of coffee and my mobile phone, just waiting for the slew of phone calls. I didnt have to wait long before the results poured in - future doctors, vets, dentists, psychologists, natural scientists, all just bursting to tell me about the contents of their envelope and their confirmed university places. There were a few happy tears shed, I can tell you, especially for one student who exceeded her own expectations for her biology grade.
Some students hadnt applied to University this year, but with their grades 'in their hand' they've been empowered to start the process of choosing their courses. For others, having not taken up their original University places, they've entered the clearing process. This can be a stressful event, but will reap rewards in a day or so when their new place is confirmed.
What I found very interesting this year is the number of Universities accepting applicants despite missing a grade or two - proving that uptake of University places has fallen. This puts the 'clearing' students in a strong negotiating position - never forget that you are 'the customer' and the University wants YOUR business!
So, with last year's A level cohort sleeping off their celebrations, I'm turning my thoughts to next Thursday and the GCSE results - as I said in an earlier blog post, the introduction of the new GCSE's has been a challenge both for students and teachers, and only time will tell how the 'numbers' play out...