I feel we need an official support group.....surely counselling is available for stressed out parents?? I have another child who is currently in year 4, I can't face all this again....!
We're right here for you Julia - welcome to your support group! For anyone new, my son didn't make the cut last year, we went through an appeal and didn't get it. What advice I can offer is therefore strictly suspect. However, when it comes to knowing how it feels and sympathising I have it all!
In the meantime, the best suggestion I can make is to decide now
who is going to open the envelope and when, and then stick to it. I personally take the view that, unless the child comes home from school with it, the parent should "be the adult" and open it in advance themselves - and wait until you are in the safety of your own home to open it. It is not pleasant to see/hear other people celebrating around you when your child has failed.
Also, prepare a celebration regardless of the result - a favourite meal, a trip to the cinema, a "well done little Johnny" balloon for their chair at the kitchen table. Anything that says to the child "whatever the result, I'm so proud of you". Make it a day to remember for something good, not something bad. If they pass as well, it'll be a bonus.
Good luck everyone - Patricia, Etienne, Catherine, me and many other regulars will be here on Results Day to help you out.