Bridlington School backs investigation into GCSE exam results

Bridlington School headteacher Sarah Pashley.
Bridlington School headteacher Sarah Pashley.

A BRIDLINGTON school has lent its support to a national investigation into the ongoing controversy surrounding this year’s GCSE English exams.

Bridlington School Sports College has submitted data to East Riding of Yorkshire Council, the Times Educational Supplement and the teaching union ASCL to support their investigation into the national situation with the English GCSE results.

And the school, which last week was celebrating its best ever GCSE results, has submitted exam papers belonging to students who were predicted a C in English and got a D instead, for re-marking.

Head teacher Sarah Pashley said: “Students at Bridlington School did exceptionally well in their GCSEs generally this year, with the large majority achieving at least five GCSEs at grade C or above.

“We are concerned about the English Language GCSE results however. It seems the grade boundary for a grade C may have been higher for students sitting the GCSE English exam in June than it was for students sitting the exam last November and January.

“If the grade boundary was raised for the June exam, it would mean that it was harder for students to achieve a C grade than if they’d sat the exam earlier in the year. This would be very unfair and totally unacceptable.”

“We have identified those students who we believe should have achieved a grade C in English but achieved a D instead and are submitting their exam papers for remarking. We are hopeful that their grades will be upgraded to Cs.”

There has been widespread criticism from schools, councils and teaching unions across the country over the decision to move grade boundaries for GCSE English during the last academic year – resulting in some pupils who got the same number of marks receiving different grades depending on whether their work was assessed in January or June.