Students still waiting for results

THE AGONISING wait for A-level regrades is still going on for some Suffolk students.Felixstowe's Orwell High School still has six students waiting for their final marks – and they have been warned they could have to wait longer.

THE AGONISING wait for A-level regrades is still going on for some Suffolk students.

Felixstowe's Orwell High School still has six students waiting for their final marks – and they have been warned they could have to wait longer.

An OCR exam board spokesman said the pupils could be waiting until the end of March for their history results - within the final Government deadline, but nearly a year after papers were sat.

Headteacher David Forrest was one of the most outspoken during the summer - and the Felixstowe head is still seething with anger.


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He said: "Whatever they do it's too late for the students. It's ridiculously long and it doesn't indicate that the problems were taken seriously."

A massive investigation was launched last summer after thousands of A-level grades were way below the performance predicted by schools.

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The Mike Tomlinson-led inquiry found serious problems with the way the newly structured exam was communicated to schools.

But when the 'final' results were presented in October only a tiny fraction of marks were upgraded.

With five months gone since the October announcement, OCR has claimed the need to thoroughly examine the huge number of regrades has led to the lengthy wait.

Mr Forrest is now resigned to waiting for the final marks, but is still unhappy with the way the process was handled.

Mr Forrest said: "People were very hurt by it and saw it as completely unfair.

"There's no way that either they or the teachers in school saw it as a reflection of their work.

"I still think people should have held up their hands and said 'we were wrong' just to show lessons had been learned."

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