Broadlands pupils doubly disadvantaged

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By rebeccareid | Wednesday, October 10, 2012, 12:39

After the national furore surrounding last year's year 11 pupils' gcse English Language papers being marked so harshly that the vast majority were awarded a result which was consistantly a grade below that which they were predicted, causing students not to be able to take up places on courses and apprenticeships, they were at least offered the chance to resit, at no cost, in November. This would be the opportunity to secure the magic grade C which opens so many doors in employment and further education.However this opportunity is being denied Broadlands' pupils. Unlike other schools up and down the country which have been extremely vocal in their support of their students, campaigning for them to have the chance to up their grades, Broadlands has failed to contact the affected children and even those who have taken the initiative to approach the school to ask to resit the exam, are being told no, Broadlands will not offer the resits at all.They claim that as the school has no 6th form, the children are now effectively "off roll" and they are unwilling to enter them as private candidates. This scandalous situation doubly disadvantages Broadlands pupils who were initially denied the grades they were expected to receive in the summer and are now being failed by their school in refusing to grant them the opportunity afforded to other teenagers up and down the land to claim one of the most treasured exams in the armoury of any school leaver.

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