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Dealing with stress on results day

We know that A level/GCSE results day is stressful, especially if you already suffer from anxiety or other mental health issues.

Read our tips to help you cope.

How do you deal with results day stress?

We have compiled a list of tips and techniques to help you through this stressful period. Not all will be right for you, so pick and choose the ones you think will work.

Everyone will receive a support phone call from a member of staff at Kingsmead, but it is vital you speak to someone if you have feelings of anxiety about your results or your next steps. We have a team of very experienced staff ready and waiting to help you, and we have an incredibly good record of getting our students into 6th Form, college, great universities and apprenticeships.

 

1.Talk to people around you 

Mental health issues and worry are not uncommon among students, so you'll likely know others who are struggling or teachers who've helped students in the past. Your parents or older relatives may have also felt the same sort of emotions waiting for their results. Don't bottle up your feelings. Please talk to a member of staff as soon as you can. There will be many teachers available for you to talk to on results day and in the weeks ahead. You may have a ‘favourite’ person to talk to and have contact details. If not contact a member of the sixth form or wellbeing team. Everyone will be available via email or you can contact Mrs Pritchard on the safeguarding number: 07395 902119 if you need to speak to someone urgently. This number is available outside of school hours.

 

2. What if my results aren’t as good as I expected? 

Exams don’t always go to plan and you might not get the grades you need. This year there are special circumstances and you will be able to appeal your results, or even retake the exam. Staff at school are the best people to talk to about this.

We have lots of experience working with colleges, universities and apprenticeship providers and will help and guide you through your next steps if you need.

The MOST IMPORTANT thing to do is NOT WORRY.

Please remember you have worked hard, be proud of what you have achieved.

A couple of links to help you out are as follows: 

Clearing hub

Clearing FAQs

 

3. Don’t compete or compare your results with others 

A common feature of results day is students sharing their results on social media and this can lead to feelings of stress and anxiety. It may help to avoid social media completely for a few days. If you can’t keep away, just remember to judge your success by your own standards. If you know you worked hard for your grades, but your friend got higher ones, that does not make your achievement any less impressive. Be proud of your achievements and look forward to a successful future. 

Please remember, we are all extremely proud of each and every one of you and we will work tirelessly to ensure you get what you need to ensure your next steps…. Talk to us !

 

Getting Help

There are many organisations offering support and advice for children and young people who self-harm and have suicidal feelings or ideations, as well as support for their family and friends. These include: 

  • Samaritans-Call 116 123 (open 24hrs a day)

                   Email jo@samaritans.org or

                   Visit the local branch

  • MIND-Call 0300 123 3393

          Text 86463 (9am-6pm weekdays)

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