Transfer Test results are coming. Here’s a heads up on getting the letter on the big AQE results day.
Parents generally fall into one of three personality types for AQE results day – read on to see which role suits you best and plan accordingly. Bring it on!
There are basically three roles up for grabs for the letter-seeker! Take your pick. Here are your options –
1. THE SENTRY
If you’re a sentry, essentially you’re taking the ‘watch and wait’ approach – calm on the outside, pretending to be occupied with tasks around the house.
You’ll wait for your postie to deliver the letter in their own time, open it at home and the job’s done!
Those who want to keep things low-key. After all, it’s just another day …
MOST LIKELY TO SAY
“What will be, will be.”
2. THE HUNTER-GATHERER
Popular choice for efficient types who aren’t making any pretence at feeling casual about the results!
Good luck in finding any information about this method on the Royal Mail website, but parents can make arrangements with their local sorting office to collect their post directly on the day. It means you can pick up the letter first thing (if you want) avoiding any wait, and just get it over and done.
Impatient souls who won’t be able to contain their excitement, or people whose post arrives late in the day and can’t bear the wait.
MOST LIKELY TO SAY
“Set the alarm for 6am and let’s just get it over with.”
3. THE POSTIE STALKER
Surprisingly common, this one!
Hands up – who’s considered legging it to intercept the postie on their rounds when you can’t wait any longer? We’ve all heard the stories about people like you!
This is a quirky hybrid of the first two methods. It’s not often a planned tactic, more an abandonment of role 2 in favour of role 1 half-way through the morning, when the wait becomes too tense.
If you think you might surrender your sentry post, here’s how it works. On your third coffee, which you should drink while spying out the front window, abandon all pretence of being carefree, grab your coat (or not, if you’re in a real hurry) and start the hunt. You’ll find your postie a few streets away, rummaging through the postbag surrounded by over-caffeinated parents. Oh yes, you may chuckle now, but this is a useful fallback on the day.
Those who’ve tried to keep their cool, but now can’t contain it. If you think in advance you might succumb, save yourself the strain and arrange to collect your post. Otherwise, form an orderly queue…
MOST LIKELY TO SAY (at 933am)
“The post’s normally here by 930. With all those extra letters, it could be afternoon before it comes. Might just take a quick walk…”
So you’ve got the AQE results day letter, what now?