People who don't want to make an effort with studies wouldn't come on TSR, since TSR is mostly associated with academic help and other student worries. Even though there is little academic help compared to other things - like H&R and D&D, people who wouldn't want to spend their time getting better grades wouldn't come on here.
My rankings for myself:
* - Good
A - Acceptable
B - Uh oh.
C - Out of the question.
My rankings in general:
* - Excellent
A - Good
B - Average
C - Acceptable
It's really not a good idea to judge your results in relation to those of others on TSR. As people have pointed out, only those who are interested in their education, work hard and therefore get top grades come on this forum. There is also a disproportionate amount of students from private and grammar schools compared to the population as a whole. Which GCSE grades are classed as good and bad is highly subjective because it depends on the situation- for example, someone applying to a normal sixth form or college with 5 Bs and 5 Cs would probably be classed as having good grades, but if the same person then applied for medicine at Oxbridge, their grades would be considered quite bad.
For me personally:
A- very good
D and below- bad
I cried with joy when I got a B in maths in my mock (a past paper using the mark scheme and grade boundries), I couldn't get over it because I struggle with maths so so so so so so much. In other subjects I'd be annoyed with less than an A.
I personally think it is all proportional to the person.
I don't think Cs are bad, but they are nothing special.
I reckon B is good, C is average. If you get an A* you are working at A level standard (true story)
I was disappointed with myself when I found I had a C, but it was in music which was kinda predicatable (long story concerning a teacher who made me truly miserable).
Yeah, generally A*- excellent, C- average is the way it officially goes, but I get the impression from almost all of my teachers that A* is good, A is acceptable, and anything below is just the end of the world. That was the attitude they programmed into all of us, and it was extremely unhealthy, especially when so many of us were bursting into tears over a B graded piece of work.
It's weird now at A level, because although you won't go far uni-wise with anything less than a BBC, getting Cs in considered a job fairly well done. It actually comes as a bit of a shock to the system, going from getting fairly consistent As and Bs at GCSE to gettign consistent Ds at AS.
Unless you've got your heart set on something in particular that needs a really good grade, then all you should do is focus on getting the best grade you can possibly achieve, be it an A, a C or a D.
To be honest I think it depends entirely on the person. Someone in a top, grade driven school (you know the type), would see anything below an A as basically unacceptable, whereas for others a C is an achievement.
Personally I'm aiming for Cs and above in everything, with Bs in Science, Maths and English. As would be great, but I'm not going to cry over it!
It does depend on the school setting - for several subjects at schools I know anything under a B means you can't do it past GCSE. Certainly in my experience with grammar schools, teachers always emphasize about how "everyone should be aiming for the very top grades" and I think it creates an atmosphere where academic failure is simply not being the best. Not a nice thing at all really.
mine are bad....7C's 1B
A very gd
E - eek !
U- enough said
C would be a disappointment for me, and anything below wouldn't be worth keeping.
I'd be devastated if I got C's and more than 1 or possibly 2 B's! And more to the point so would my parents!