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School seeks exams review

By Western Gazette - North Dorset  |  Posted: October 18, 2012

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A YEOVIL school is among those seeking a judicial review over changes to grade boundaries which affected thousands of GCSE students.

Westfield Academy will be named as one of the claimants in a judicial review brought by the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) against Ofqual, AQA and Edexcel.

The revelation comes days after it was announced students who took their GCSE English exam during the summer will be allowed to retake it on Wednesday, November 7.

Chris Hunt, principal of Westfield Academy, said most students at the school were not affected as they took the exam in January.

But Mr Hunt said the problem with the November resit lies with the fact students will have to learn new material for the exam.

He said: "We are offering a targeted number of those affected to redo it again.

"The issue with it is we are having to teach a new piece of literature."

Preston School pupils were largely unaffected by the boundary changes, according to principal Tony Bloxham.

Students from Stanchester Academy and Buckler's Mead Community School will be taking the resit. Some Buckler's Mead pupils have been enrolled on a resit course at Yeovil College, according to head teacher Sara Gorrod.

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  • tnguyengp  |  October 19 2012, 9:37PM

    I think we should require students take a suite of new exams throughout high school to gauge what they've learned in high school each year and track the results to how they are to succeed in college and careers. Many high school graduates are unwittingly unprepared for college and often drop out when they are not able to handle college courses. Than Nguyen http://tinyurl.com/9dsbsza