I am feeling very down after yesterday's results, I am HOD department in a boys Grammar, with only one class going through this year. 27 boys, several who were really talented, but TBH, the rest were average to poor, needing a lot of motivation to get things done. I was off on maternity for 6months of their course, and the department has many other issues, the least not being another memberwho is dfficult to manage, no technician, no support from SLT to speak of, and about 5 new iniatives this year alone which have been introduced to us, one of which is to re-plan the whole 7/8 curriculum to involve drama and music. So my results were the worst in the school, I have been there 3 years, I know they were expecting much better this year, although they have improved no end on previous years, (before I joined) they are worse at the top end than last year. 85% c and above, 25% A - school target is 50% A, and obviously 100% c and above. I am going to get a right telling off, I think a lot is to do with just not knowing where the grade boundaries would be for a C with the new spec, with the 4 that got a D there are some very good reasons,( like they didn't come in when I asked them to to sort out their portfolios, they did something totally off plan for the exam etc, parents weren't supportive), although one was totally unexpected, and I think they all missed out by one or two marks, which is just awful for them. I just feel like I am doing everything I can, I literally cannot think of anything else. I previously was very successful in my last post, although it was mixed, I actually think I did better with the boys, got them on side and got some good results from my classes. I worked so hard with some students towards the end of the year to try and get them through, and it has paid off mostly, just a few that slipped through the net. I just need any positive advice of things I could try, or things I can say or do when I face up to the head of year! It's going to be messy! I will of course hold my hands up, I don't think being away helped. the grade boundaries didn't help, but really I just need to think of another way to approach this to avoid more of the same next year! thanks to anyone taking the time to read this, sorry for the essay.