If you have any questions about the summer 2023 series, please contact the Exam Officer directly on: 0121 666 6409 x 2119 or exams@jamesbrindley.org.uk

How can I help my child? 

Exams are a stressful time for any young person. Mood swings and outbursts are more likely to occur during this period. Look out for other signs that your child may be struggling, including poor sleep patterns or a change in appetite or behaviour. It’s worth preparing ways of supporting your child during exam weeks and thinking about how you will react and respond on the day if they don’t get the result that they, or you, are hoping for. 

These are things that can really make a difference: 

  1. Work with your child to find what revision style works for them.
  2. Encourage your child to take revision breaks and find a balance between studying and doing things they find enjoyable and relaxing.
  3. Make sure they are eating and drinking at regular intervals.
  4. Encourage them to take some time after revising to wind down. 
  5. Reassure them – reinforce that you are and will be proud of them no matter what happens.
  6. Remain positive and hopeful!
  7. Plan a treat or an activity together to mark the end of the exams.
  8. Set aside one to one time so that they can talk to you about any worries.
  9. Let them know their feelings are valid and normal, but also offer support and solutions where possible.
  10. Anxiety is often worst at night and this means it is useful to encourage good bedtime routine
  11. Work with them to develop relaxation techniques.
  12. If anxiety and stress start impacting their day-to-day life seek help from your GP.

How can the school help? 

  • Speak to your child's teacher(s) to find out what revision techniques they recommend.
  • If your child is struggling with a specific subject, talk to the relevant teacher and explore whether they can provide additional help.
  • Find out if the school has learning mentors that can help with practical steps including revision timetables. 
  • If your child has additional learning or developmental needs, speak to the school SENCO and establish what specialist provision they can put in place.

How to manage a 'disappointing' results day 

If your child, or you, are unhappy with their exam results it can be tough to deal with. Here are some things that can help:

  1. If your child is happy to show you their results statement, you might find it helpful to have a look, just in case they have misread or misunderstood, or overlooked something.
  2. Accept their feelings, whatever they are – disappointment, anger, embarrassment, bravado. Their feelings are neither right nor wrong, they just are. Don’t offer immediate judgement, or solutions, or even reassurance – there will be plenty of time for conversations later.
  3. Reflect back how they are feeling to show you have understood, for example, “I can see you’re disappointed with the Maths result.”
  4. Let them know you love them through highs and lows. Big hugs are good (although probably very embarrassing in public).
  5. Show you’re on their side - it could be something small like getting their favourite snack. 
  6. Give yourself some breathing space and time to reflect. 
  7. Ask the school to help your child explore any possible next steps, such as including re-takes, re-marking, alternative courses.
  8. If your child is disappointed with their results, they might also be embarrassed.  Agree with your child how they want their results discussed with family and friends, if at all.

Where can I get help? 

Exam Results Helpline

  • Specialist careers advice for helping young people and their families decide on options following GCSE, A Level and Nationals exam results days
  • Helpline: 0808 100 8000

The Mix

  • Provides a confidential helpline, email, webchat and telephone counselling service for young people under 25. Advice and information on support services for young people including counselling.
  • Freephone: 0808 808 4994 (daily 13:00-23:00)

BBC Bitesize: The Mind Set

Student Minds


  • MindEd for families is a website where you can hear about other parents’ experiences and find clear, helpful guidance on children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing

Helpful Resources 

  1. JCQ Social-Media-Information-for-Candidates_Finalpdf
  2. JCQ Info for candidates-Privacy-Notice_21-22pdf
  3. JCQ-Preparing-to-sit-your-examspdf
  4. JCQ Info for candidates Written_Examinations_2023_FINALpdf
  5. JCQ Info for candidates On-Screen_Examinations_2022_FINALpdf
  6. JCQ Info for candidates NE_Assessments_2022_FINALpdf
  7. JCQ Info for candidates Coursework_Assessments_2022_FINALpdf
  8. JBA Examination Policy 22_23pdf
  9. Access Arrangements Policy - Apr 23pdf
  10. Candidate Absence Policy Apr 23pdf
  11. Candidate Identification Policy (Exams) Apr 23pdf
  12. Candidate Late Arrival Policy - Apr 23pdf
  13. Certificate Issue Procedure and Retention Policy - Apr 23pdf
  14. Complaints and Appeals Procedure (Exams) Apr 23pdf
  15. Conflicts of Interest Policy (Exams) - Apr 23pdf
  16. Contingency Policy (Exams) 2023pdf
  17. Emergency Evacuation Policy Apr 23pdf
  18. Internal Appeals Procedure (Review of Results and Appeals) - Apr 23pdf
  19. Examination Results 20-21pdf
  20. Escalation Process - Apr 23pdf
  21. Exams Archiving Policy - Apr 23pdf
  22. Exams WordPro Policy - Apr 23pdf
  23. Food and Drink Policy (Exams) - Apr 23pdf
  24. Internal Appeals Procedure (Internal assessment decisions) - Apr 23pdf
  25. Internal Appeals Procedure (Review of Results and Appeals) - Apr 23pdf
  26. Leaving the Examination Room Policy - Apr 23pdf
  27. Lockdown Policy (Exams) - Apr 23pdf
  28. Malpractice Policy - Apr 23pdf
  29. Managing Behaviour Policy - Apr 23pdf
  30. Non-examination Assessment Policy - Apr 23pdf
  31. Overnight Supervision Arrangements Policy - Apr 23pdf
  32. Separate Invigilation Policy - Apr 23pdf
  33. Special Consideration Policy - Apr 23pdf