Exam shock for GCSE students

Pictured at the new Newfield school,  Lees Hall Road, Norton Lees, Sheffield. Seen  is Dr  Sue Bains head at the school.

Pictured at the new Newfield school, Lees Hall Road, Norton Lees, Sheffield. Seen is Dr Sue Bains head at the school.

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GCSE students at a Sheffield secondary school received a pre-exam shock – when they were told their ICT coursework failed to meet official specifications.

Worried parents said they feared their youngsters’ end-of-course grades at Newfield School could be affected after the problem was identified.

But headteacher Dr Sue Bains today insisted there was no need to panic – and said the situation would be sorted out well before the pupils’ work was assessed.

One father who asked not to be named said his daughter was upset after learning about errors made in a course she had been taking for the last two years.

“She’s worried she’ll have to cram in a huge amount of new work in these last three months and her other subjects could be affected,” he said.

“My daughter was in tears about it. I can’t imagine how this situation came about.”

Dr Bains said two classes were affected by problems, which came to light after an ICT teacher had to take time off.

“We found some of the work does not meet new specifications and tweaks need to be made,” she said.

“But it isn’t the end of the world. Each student’s work will be individually assessed and put right in time.”

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