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14th May 2018

GCSEs start today and the kids are not alright

It's tough at the top

Oli Dugmore

It’s tough at the top

I took my first GCSE hungover – an anxiety coping mechanism dressed up as bravado. Thanks for the D, and being so understanding, AQA.

Year 11s across the country sit down in assembly halls across the country today as the GCSE exam timetable gets underway. There will be some nervous orange juice sippy cup consumption this morning, let me tell you.

Oral exams, Computer Science, ICT, Latin, Law and R.E. are all on today across OCR, Edexcel and AQA exam boards.

And the kids, the kids are neither alright nor here for it.

Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light – my spring year 11 chickens.

If you’re not in year 11 and the concept of taking a GCSE Maths quiz seems more like light relief rather than the rapture, then pencils up – you may begin.