The common thought in recent years in the run to exam results day is that students should not be limited or defined by their grades – good or bad, so why is the same not true for schools? Bernard Trafford believes schools offer more than just exam results: ‘...Thursday’s A-level results day was the first in 29 years on which I had no responsibility for what a cohort of students achieved. To be honest, it was a pleasant feeling. I used to hate results day. I was privileged to run pretty high-achieving schools, and the morning would invariably start well: lots of happy 18-year-olds getting the places they craved at university, the anxious wait over, their hard work rewarded, smiley pictures taken. By mid-morning, school had fallen quiet: those with cause to celebrate had left in order to do so. Those left behind were in no mood or position to party, because they hadn’t got the grades they needed I can’t remove the strain and pain of results day: but I can offer teachers and school leaders a healthy distraction. After a tough results day (and a restorative gin, perhaps), pause to remember what you’re ultimately there for. It’s not fundamentally about A-level (or GCSE) results, important as they are. Schools are there to prepare children for the whole of adult life: you and they are in it for the long game…’ Dr Bernard Trafford is a writer, educationalist, musician and former independent school headteacher. https://www.tes.com/news/why-schools-are-not-fundamentally-about-exam-results What do you think? Is it time to look at schools as more than sites for providing education and producing top exam results but places to prepare young people for adulthood?