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Tuesday, 15 October, 2002, 08:28 GMT 09:28 UK
Confidence in A-levels in tatters
students
Many students may have their hopes dashed
Students are facing up to the fact that they may not see any improvement in their A-level grades following an inquiry into allegations of grade fixing.


I think these grades are a sham

Georgia Blake, student
Only 1,220 A-level and 733 AS-level students have had their results improved after the three exam boards in England - notably the OCR board - were ordered to review grade boundaries.

Now thousands of students who have been in limbo for weeks over their A-level results - and their university plans - are realising that their individual situation may not have changed.

Disillusioned

Former pupil at Abbey School in Reading, Georgia Blake - who was still waiting for news of her results on Tuesday morning - said her confidence in the exam system was completely undermined.

"I'm still waiting for my results and I have been since June," said Georgia.


It still makes us wonder how far we can trust this year's exam results

Barbara Stanley, head teacher
"I think these grades are a sham. These grade boundaries are being changed for phoney results. The marks are still corrupt, why does it make any difference?"

For Katherine Rutland, the review brought no change to her grades - she has now lost her place at Cambridge University after getting ABB at A-level.

"I've lost confidence in the system as well - I don't know who to trust," she said.

'Odd results'

The girls' head teacher, Barbara Stanley, said confidence in the A-level system had not been fully restored by the independent inquiry.

"This is another 1,000 grades changed and that's on top of re-marks, it's not instead of re-marks.

Barbara Stanley
Head teacher Barbara Stanley says confidence is not fully restored
"It still makes us wonder how far we can trust this year's exam results, it still leaves us with extremely odd results."

Ms Stanley said the school would press ahead with re-marks if students' grades had not been improved after the review process.

"We still don't think the results - in certain modules, not across the board - were right.

"How can people get five As and a U or five As and an E?"

An "awful lot of work" was needed to restore confidence in the exams, she said.

"And we need to be in on the system as well and make sure that by next year we have a system we can trust."

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