Hundreds of pupils to resit GCSE exam

Potentially hundreds of pupils could next month resit a GCSE exam because of concerns that their original papers were unfairly graded.

Schools in Sussex have signed students up to retake their AQA English language exam after they received grades lower than expected this summer because of the change in grading boundaries.

Patcham High School in Ladies Mile Road, Brighton, has been forced to reshuffle lessons so that revision classes can be held for the resit on November 7.

The Brighton and Hove City Council comprehensive’s headteacher Paula Sargent said pupils were the “human cost of the debacle”.

Concerns were first raised over English language GCSE grades after it emerged that tens of thousands of pupils nationally did not meet their predicted grades.

Although it has been claimed that pupils were not under-marked, exam board AQA has offered a free resit for those who want one.

It is understood, although not confirmed, that the only schools in Brighton and Hove that did not use the AQAexamboard for English language were Longhill High School in Falmer Road, Rottingdean, and Portslade Community Academy in Chalky Road, Portslade.

Sarah Davies, director of English and media at Patcham, said that “almost all pupils” would resit the English language exam.

In a letter to parents, she said: “Obviously we will need to make sure that the students are fully prepared so that they have the best possible chance of achieving a high grade in this exam and so we have put together a programme of lessons in school time in order to do this.”

Pupils at Patcham sat their GCSE English language exam in Year 10 so it will be the current Year 11 pupils who would be retaking their paper.

For the full story see today's Argus.

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9:48am Fri 5 Oct 12

pwlr1966 says...

Why on earth do they have to resit an exam already taken, this will disrupt their next level of learning. Why not re-mark the original papers using the original grading scheme?
Why on earth do they have to resit an exam already taken, this will disrupt their next level of learning. Why not re-mark the original papers using the original grading scheme? pwlr1966

2:10pm Fri 5 Oct 12

M O'Malley says...

My son was affected by this grossly unfair downgrading of GCSE English and will be resitting the exam in November. Whist I am grateful for the support offered by his former school in providing revision classes I believe that the exam papers should be regraded as they are considering in Wales. I wote to my MP Caroline Lucas requesting that she raise this matter in parliament which she has done. I also wrote to the Argus on 18 September asking others affected to do the same which was also backed up by a letter writtten by Ms Lucas to the Argus.A regrading is the only just outcome for the young people who have had their GCSE unfairly taken from them .
My son was affected by this grossly unfair downgrading of GCSE English and will be resitting the exam in November. Whist I am grateful for the support offered by his former school in providing revision classes I believe that the exam papers should be regraded as they are considering in Wales. I wote to my MP Caroline Lucas requesting that she raise this matter in parliament which she has done. I also wrote to the Argus on 18 September asking others affected to do the same which was also backed up by a letter writtten by Ms Lucas to the Argus.A regrading is the only just outcome for the young people who have had their GCSE unfairly taken from them . M O'Malley

8:49pm Fri 5 Oct 12

HJarrs says...

What a(nother) shambles by the Tories. It worries me about the quality of the education provided by Eton and Oxbridge when our "elite" are so dreadful.
What a(nother) shambles by the Tories. It worries me about the quality of the education provided by Eton and Oxbridge when our "elite" are so dreadful. HJarrs

9:39am Sat 6 Oct 12

just-a-person says...

I hope the results are published for this re-sit. I am not totally convinced it will make a massive difference to that many.
I hope the results are published for this re-sit. I am not totally convinced it will make a massive difference to that many. just-a-person

10:11am Sat 6 Oct 12

Maxwell's Ghost says...

If the grading were incorrect why are kids re sitting? Why not re mark? And if the kids are at the correct standard why are they revising?
Odd.
If the grading were incorrect why are kids re sitting? Why not re mark? And if the kids are at the correct standard why are they revising? Odd. Maxwell's Ghost

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