Support for hearing into controversy over GCSEs

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THE leader of Portsmouth City Council has praised a judge’s decision to order a hearing of a legal challenge over this summer’s controversial GCSE English results.

The local authority joined 35 other councils from across the country in objecting to the decision by Ofqual not to regrade disputed papers.

Across the city schools were affected by exam boards choosing to change their English grade boundaries halfway through the year.

It meant many students got different results depending on when they sat the tests.

In Portsmouth, King Richard School, City of Portsmouth Girls School and City of Portsmouth Boys School all had large numbers of students affected by the grading change.

Lib Dem leader of Portsmouth City Council, councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson, said: ‘We are very pleased that it’s being taken seriously.

‘We have lots of pupils here in Portsmouth who if they had taken the exam in January would have got a higher grade than if they took it in the summer. That seems to be totally unfair.’