Pupils hit by changes in grade boundaries join schools and local authorities in bid to force exam boards to regrade June papers.
Scores of pupils have joined schools and councils in threatening legal action in an attempt to force exam boards to regrade June’s GCSE English papers.
A total of 180 pupils,113 schools, 36 local authorities and seven professional organisations are involved in the challenge after thousands of teenagers were hit by changes in grade boundaries, which meant they got Ds rather than all-important Cs in the June exams.
The changes to the English foundation paper meant a 10-mark difference from the exams sat by other pupils in January. The lack of a C in English could threaten pupils’ school or college places to study A-levels. The alliance is demanding Ofqual, the exam regulator in England, orders a regrade or face moves to force a judicial review in the high court.
Jonathan Clarke, who sat his exam at St Matthew Academy in Blackheath, south London, said: “I worked hard for a C grade in English and it has been taken away from me right at the end. That is just not fair. I am now having to redo the course with a different exam board over the next year at the same time as doing four A-levels.”
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