Student’s GCSE joy after summer marking fiasco
A student who missed out on gaining a C in his GCSE English exam by just two points during the marking controversy of the summer has finally received the grade he desired.
Dylan Jones, of Worth, who studied at the Links College, Turners Hill Road, was bitterly disappointed in August when he learned he had missed out on the C grade by the narrowest of margins.
Dylan was one of thousands of students from across the country who would have achieved a higher grade had they sat the exam in January 2012.
But between January and June, the grade boundary between students achieving a C or a D was raised, meaning Dylan missed out.
The outcry from parents, teachers and students over the results – which saw the number of students achieving grades A* to C fall for the first time in 26 years – led to almost 50,000 people re-sitting the exam in November.
Dylan, 18, accepted the offer of a re-sit and, just before Christmas, received the news that he had passed at grade C.
Rowan McConnell the college’s English teacher said: “I am pleased for Dylan.
“This grade will open doors for him to get into college or a job in the future. It makes a nice Christmas present to get some justice for this hard-working student.”
Dylan added: “I’m really happy to have had the chance to re-do the exam and achieve a higher grade that I should have had in the first place.”
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