My son's school had the bad idea of starting two GCSEs in year nine, which he's just got the results for in year 10. I thought it was a dodgy scheme from the start but we kept getting reassurances, even though he clearly wasn't taking his work seriously. He's young in the year as well. Anyway, he's just got his results - 2 Cs. In one subject it would have been good but not at all out of the question if he'd got a B (he'd easily have got an A at the right time, i think, as it was a language so he'd only been doing it a couple of years). The other he was on target for a A, with an A for his mock exam, but got a F for his actual exam, which was half the marks. Sorry to sound like a crazy paranoid mother but this early entry has bugged me from the start, and my fears have all been realised. But how can someone get such a different mark in their actual exam from the mock? Is there anything to do or is it best just to put it down to experience? My son is terminally lazy, which is a big part of the problem. But how can i trust his other predictions if a mock can be so vastly different from the real thing? Thank you. I'm feeling a bit all up in the air at the moment! I know this is a long way from a disaster but it's really undermined my already fragile confidence in his school.