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Pupils still waiting for A level results

PUBLISHED: 23:12 16 August 2002 | UPDATED: 12:28 03 March 2010

WHILE a majority of students across Suffolk were still celebrating record-breaking A-level results today, some unlucky Ipswich youngsters were still waiting to get results.

WHILE a majority of students across Suffolk were still celebrating record-breaking A-level results today, some unlucky Ipswich youngsters were still waiting to get results.

A small number of art students at Westbourne High School were waiting for results that hadn't arrived as expected on Thursday.

Moira Jackson, education communications manager for Suffolk County Council said this had only affected a handful of pupils.

She said: "It appears to be an administrative error in which a couple of pupils didn't get their results on Thursday. The head of art got on the phone straight away and the results should be with the students as soon as possible."

The few students at Westbourne waiting for their results were joined by at least another 2,000 across the country who didn't get some of their exam results yesterday.

Exam watchdog the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) discovered earlier this week that the Assessment and Qualifications Alliance (AQA) had failed to mark the papers of around 2,000 students on time.

Bill Kelly, QCA's head of audit, said it was "completely unacceptable'" and would cause "needless anxiety to many students, especially those who are awarded a guaranteed grade below their expectations".

The QCA has demanded an explanation from AQA as to why this was allowed to happen and said students should get their final grades soon. Most of the estimated grades are understood to be for English A-level entries but other subjects are also involved.

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