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Parents pay for GCSE drama exam re-mark
10:40am Tuesday 25th October 2011 in News
PARENTS have paid to have their children’s GCSE exams re-marked – because their A grades were not good enough.
A number of parents at The Priory School in Mountfield Road, Lewes, paid to have their children’s drama exams regraded because they believed they had been wrongly marked down.
The mothers and fathers initially approached the East Sussex County Council secondary to pay to have the exams remarked but headteacher Tony Smith said no.
The school said there were “extortionate” fees for remarking and remoderation.
The exams, marked by exam board Edexcel, were taken by pupils last summer.
Mr Smith said overall pupils performed incredibly well.
He said the pupils whose parents had paid to have their papers remarked had generally received A or B grades but wanted either A* or A grades.
Mr Smith said: “Some parents wanted it but we did not think it was worth a remark.
"Some parents felt their child could have done better so they paid for them to have their papers remarked.
"If we feel there is an issue we will support a remark.”
He added there was a risk grades could go down as a result of a remark.
The cost of remarking/moderating exams varies depending on modules.
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