Joy for GCSE students after exam grade dispute

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it WAS the end of an anxious wait for the second time as Doncaster pupils picked up their GCSE English results after resitting exams following the summer’s grading row.

Pupils from Danum Academy were among thousands across the country who suffered in the national dispute, in which thousands of marks were downgraded.

Many pupils were left distraught as they received results with much lower grades than expected.

The resit results have now been released and an impressive 42 out of 44 Danum pupils turned their D grades into Cs - a 95 per cent pass rate.

Angela Moore, who led the English department staff in helping the students, was overjoyed by the news.

She said: “I’m so proud of them. They were so upset in the summer and worked so hard to get their pass grade.

“It’s amazing that so many achieved their C grade.”

More than 40,000 pupils across the country were affected by the downgrading.

Dr Kelvin Simmonds, head of Danum Academy, added his congratulations and said: “I’m so pleased for both the students and the staff.

“Our young people should never have been put in this position but, now they’ve turned it around, it shows success can come to those who are prepared to put in the hard work.

“For so many students to succeed second time around is a fantastic achievement.”

Exam regulator Ofqual conducted an inquiry into the marking and concluded January’s GCSE English assessments were ‘graded generously’ but the June boundaries were set correctly and candidates’ work properly marked.

A long-awaited legal battle over the January grades is ongoing in the High Court.

Russell Hobby of the National Association of Head Teachers said: “The debacle has affected the lives of thousands whose futures have been altered by a statistical aberration.”