The (national and regional) this evening is full of clips of shrieking, squealing, weeping and hugging students collecting their GCSE results. It seems strange that it has become such a big public spectacle. When I did 'O'-Levels back in 1970 I don't even remember there being a 'results day'. I may be wrong but as far as I recall the results just arrived when they were ready. I visited the school for a few consecutive days to see if the results were out and, when they were, they were all on a set of spreadsheets which had been sellotaped to the inside of the school's glass front doors. No sign of any of the staff! All the results were visible - my own and everybody else's. Couldn't be done that way with today's GDPR regulations! Word of mouth and telephone calls to friends that the results were out meant that a few of us gathered at the school, compared results and a few notes and then got on with things.