High Court throws out GCSE regrading bid

EXAM BID Pupils sitting an exam.

EXAM BID Pupils sitting an exam.

From left, Adam Chaplin, 17, Cllr Jennie Brent, Unloc managing director Hayden Taylor, Portsmouth College principal Steve Frampton, vice chairman of governors David Carpenter, city council leader Donna Jones and Annie Pannell 
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A LEGAL bid to overturn GCSE grades has been rejected by the High Court.

Portsmouth City Council joined other local authorities across the country to change the grade boundaries for English GCSE.

Many students missed out on the C grade they needed last summer.

Councillor Rob Wood, cabinet member for children and education at the council, said: ‘I’m very disappointed but more disappointed for all those students that took the exam.

‘I still believe it was unfair. From their perspective those students will have to either live with it or re-take exams so it has had a material impact on them.

‘Already exam boards have learnt a lesson about being very clear about the grade boundaries in terms of reassuring that they keep standards up. That was never in dispute.

‘But I am disappointed. I thought fairness would win out.’

Hampshire County Council, which covers schools in Havant, Waterlooville, Fareham and Gosport, did not support the legal action.

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