Keeping calm and carrying on this Results Day

The day all parents with high school children have been waiting for: Results Day.

No matter how today goes, it’s important to remember that whatever is inside that envelope does not define your child. We’re bringing you our tips on managing the highs and lows of getting SQA results.

Regardless if this is your child’s first results day after National 4s and 5s, or their last results day before moving on to their next adventure – the nerves of Results Day don’t go away.

Even if your child has received an unconditional offer to college or university, it’s perfectly natural to lose sleep the night before, and feel that familiar feeling of dread in the pit of your stomach as you wait for that all-important text to come in – you might even feel like you’re back at school yourself.


If your child received their text this morning, you can breathe a sigh of relief. If you’re still waiting for the postman to arrive with the envelope, it can be really stressful for your child to hear everyone else’s news while they’re still waiting to find out.

The postman usually arrives at the same time every day, so you should have a rough idea of when the results will be arriving. The best thing to do is stay calm and distract your child until that all important envelope falls through the door.

Take your child out for a long walk, watch a feel-good film or TV programme, or just have a chat in the garden until the postie arrives. Trust us – sitting around worrying isn’t going to make the results arrive any sooner.


If your child has received the good news already this morning – congratulations! Now it’s time to celebrate.

If they’re heading off to university or college and their place depended on their results, they should have heard from the institute this morning, to confirm their place and get the ball rolling on admission. Exciting!

Regardless of whether they’ve received their National 4/5, Higher or Advanced Higher results today and you’re pleased with them, you should make sure they’re really proud of themself.

Each set of exams is the next step on the road to what your child wants to do in the future, so if they’re happy with their results, make sure you take the time to celebrate their achievements with the whole family.


If your child received their results this morning and aren’t happy with the outcome, or were expecting different grades, it’s perfectly normal for them to feel disappointed, but it’s also important to remind them that their self-worth is not defined by today.

Allow them to take the time to understand how they feel – after receiving bad news it’s okay to be a bit deflated and confused. It’s just human nature.

But, what’s important, is that you encourage them to pick themself up and they’re able to learn from the whole experience.

If they’re about to embark on their Highers or Advanced Highers, encourage them to think about what do they want to do differently this year? Which steps can they take to ensure they don’t experience the same thing next year?

If their results have meant plans for university or college have changed, don’t panic. Your child can apply for university places through UCAS clearing until September.

Or, maybe they decide that further education isn’t for them. There are plenty of opportunities – from work experience and apprenticeships to saving up to go on a gap year, the possibilities are endless.

It’s normal to get caught up in the whirlwind of Results Day, and all the emotions that come with it.

As long as you remember that your child’s exam results don’t define them as a person, and know that there are countless opportunities out there that will allow them to thrive.

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