Schools urged to fight exam results amid fear of surge in ‘unfair’ marking

30 July 2017
Posted by HMC Press Office

Headteachers across the country are calling on schools to appeal every GCSE and A-level result that seems suspect, after a girl’s school won a none-month battle against A-level English grades last month- which saw several students sacrifice their places at University.

Fiona Bolton, Headmistress at Guilford High School, last month won an apology for her pupils from Pearson, the owners of Edexcel, and has since come forward and said schools should not be deterred from challenging “the injustice of a faulty system”, as nine of the school’s pupils saw grades originally marked Cs and Ds rise to A*s.

Chris King, headmaster of Leicester Grammar School, and Vice-Chairman of HMC has warned that the clampdown on appeals by the exam regulators could lead to “grades that are some of the most unfair for a generation”.

“Tens of thousands of teenagers this summer will not get the right exam grades but will have to live with wrong grades because the appeals system is so difficult”, not to mention expensive for schools.

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