Today was a day of triumph or tragedy for 16 year olds everywhere, or was it? In 5, or 10 years time who will care what grades you got? If you are bright and messed up in a core subject you can retake. Inconvenient, but not life changing.
Today was a day that made not the slightest bit of difference to my 16 year old daughter. She has a place at a local college next year doing life skills. At the moment she is has not really taken in that she has left school and despite visiting it, college still seems like alien world. The results will not change her life, and in fact high grades would not have been to her advantage.
Congratulations to those who did well. Commiserations to those who may not have done as well as they or their parents/school had hoped. Enjoy the next stage in your life.