Students poised to resit GCSEs

Andrew Jordon
Andrew Jordon

DOZENS of Hartlepool students will resit their English GCSE exams early next month as a result of this summer’s marking row.

Earlier this summer Andrew Jordon, head at Dyke House Sports and Technology College said he was “baffled” after results rose in every other subject except English which dropped significantly.

Other town schools faced similar problems and on the back of national concerns exam regulator Ofqual launched a review and in its initial findings said the summer papers were graded correctly.

As a result of the controversy, students who did not make the grade in English were offered the chance to take an early re-sit on Wednesday, November 7.

Mr Jordon said in the region of 40 former students will be re-sitting the exam, some of who failed to achieve a C and others who got a B but need an A or A* if they want to study a particular course at university.

The school has laid on revision classes on a Monday and Wednesday night for former pupils ahead of the exam.

Mr Jordon said: “The majority of those re-sitting are doing so because of the grades issue this summer.

“It isn’t all students who didn’t get a C, some of them are students who got a B but need an A or an A* for future courses.

“Those that are coming in are all at college and we will make sure they are tutored ahead of the examinations.”

High Tunstall College of Science has entered 33 former students for the re-sit and so far 17 are confirmed.

It too is holding revision sessions during the week for former students and a session is planned during half-term.

Last month Ofqual said revisiting the June grade boundaries would contradict its responsibility to maintain standards over time and make sure results are comparable year on year.

Speaking last month, Mr Jordon confirmed no town secondary schools were part of that challenge but said if there was to be a challenge, which would be a last resort, then it would involve all schools rather than one going it alone.

Manor College of Technology confirmed a number of their former students would be re-sitting but English Martyrs RC School and Sixth Form College were not available as the Mail went to print.

Students at St Hild’s CE Secondary School sit a different exam board.