December 13 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Although many people may have the impression that we live in a world of bling and material rewards for success, it seems that for most EDP reporters their prizes for succeeding in their GCSEs were of a simpler variety.
Alex Hurrell said: “Having done no work at all for two years towards my biology O-level, my dad was horrified at the thought I might fail it so he tutored me himself intensively for two weeks.
“I scraped a C. My reward was not completely disgracing my poor dad, a doctor.”
Shan Ellis said: “I got a trip to Alton Towers from my GCSE results, plus a family meal (no small deal as there were 30 of us around a table). My sister got a flute.
“But they were unexpected gifts, we weren’t told about them while we were studying.
“I know for a fact that one of my friends has been using the carrot/stick technique with her son, and has been flaunting an iPad in front of him while he was studying which will, with luck, be his tomorrow.”
Donna-Louise Bishop said: “I was never rewarded for any of my exams and, to be honest, just hearing a simple ‘well done, we’re proud of you’ from my parents was enough to make my day.”
Rosa McMahon said: “I didn’t get a car, or a wedge of cash ... just a meal out and a hug.”
Martin George said his real celebration was a party with friends in one of their caravans on results day night, and the celebration with family was a more sedate meal at an Indian restaurant.
It is a tradition that seems to be continuing, with one EDP reader, Steve, leaving a comment on our website: “It’ll be a restaurant for a decent lunch (his request) with a cider to celebrate. However, he’s already looking to his A-levels and has been doing the preparation work over the summer break.”