A Level results day can be nerve-racking for parents and carers as well as students. Try your best to ignore the headlines around this year’s results day. What matters tomorrow is your young person’s grades and the university options available to them. Even if your young person doesn’t get the grades they were expecting, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they’ll lose their place. If your student goes into Clearing, don’t panic. It may not feel like it, but they’re still in a great position to get on to a course they’ll love. Remember that universities welcome Clearing enquires and will be pleased to take queries.
If your student goes into Clearing, write a list of alternative universities and courses. This will not only help them prepare for making calls, but also provide a welcome reminder that there a range of amazing university options beyond their firm and insurance choices. Universities across the country will be hosting virtual open days for students applying through Clearing, so they’ll still have an opportunity to get to know them before making your choice. You can register for the University of Suffolk’s Virtual Open Event here.
At the University of Suffolk we work with a team of Parent/Carer Ambassadors who have helped their young people go on to higher education. We asked them for their top tips for A Level results day.
“Try to remain calm. What feels like a disaster at the time may well not be in the long run, but it might take a few days or weeks to get things sorted. Remember to celebrate and congratulate even if things haven’t gone to plan. Focus on the positives, like how hard they have worked during challenging circumstances, rather than just the grade. A small token gift or card to mark the occasion can mean a lot to some young people.”
- Michelle Jones
“As a parent, be as supportive as possible. It helps to have some next steps ready in case things don’t go to plan. My son gets his results tomorrow, so I have mentally prepared myself for either situation. I can tell it’s playing on his mind even though he doesn’t say much, as he’s been asking a lot of ‘what if questions.”
- Ferduse Khanom
“Make sure your young people know you are there for them if they need to discuss anything once they have their results. If all has gone well, you may need to help with some financial admin, such as accommodation deposits and student bank accounts. Student bank accounts that offer a free railcard can be particularly useful. If things haven’t gone well, let them know that you’re there to discuss other options.”
- Peter Rampling