09:40AM, Friday 24 August 2012
Newlands Girls' School pupil Olivia Gayler was among the nervous students who headed to collect their GCSE results yesterday.
The 16-year-old put her day into words.
After a nerve-racking build-up and a sleepless night, results day was here.
Although I felt rather anxious I was still quite hopeful that my hard work had paid off.
We weren’t allowed into the school until 9am. However I couldn’t help dragging my parents down at 8.40am just in case they let us in early.
I had also warned my dad: "If I do well, please don’t cry!"
While waiting for the doors to open people were panicking about the news that English grades in the UK had dropped from previous years.
Tables were located around the school hall with our form tutors excitedly waiting behind each of them.
I signed by my name and took the dreaded brown envelope.
I didn’t know whether to take them straight out or peek at them, and if they looked bad put them away to open at home.
My parents reassured me: "We know you have worked hard and put all your time into these, whatever you get it doesn’t matter. We know you did your best."
I decided to move to the back of the hall where it was fairly quiet, with my mum, dad and friend. Then I opened them.
The results were hidden among various information sheets and even when I did find them I was still a little confused as there were so many different grades on the sheet for various modules.
But it soon made sense - and it was good news.
I had two A*s, four As, two Bs and one C.
I couldn’t believe I had done so well. I was thrilled and felt really confident and excited about starting my A-levels in September.
I can’t thank Newlands enough for their incredible support; every teacher truly cares and has gone above and beyond to ensure that all pupils went into their exams feeling as prepared as possible.
I will be celebrating my results with my friends and family.
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