For students across England and Wales, today (22 August) is GCSE results day. This is the conclusion of years of study, together with many weeks of revision.

As eagerly as students are awaiting today’s results, today is equally important for teachers and Schools. This is because GCSE grades impact league tables as well as School’s Ofsted standings.

Collecting the results

Students are able to collect their results from their school or college in the morning, generally from 10am on GCSE results day.

If a student is unable to collect the results in person, they can nominate somebody to pick them up on their behalf, or even arrange in advance with the school for their grades be emailed or posted.

The new 9-1 GCSE grades

This is the second year that GCSEs are being graded from 9 to 1 rather than A* to G. The Department for Education have issued the following table to map the two grading structures:

GCSE grading table

As you can see from, grade 4 is broadly similar to an old grade C, representing the basic pass grade. Schools will also be measured on the proportion of pupils achieving a “strong pass” of five or above.

To read more about the new grading system, visit