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Thursday, 3 October, 2002, 19:05 GMT 20:05 UK
Students' coursework lost
Southway Community College
Southway Community College closed in July
Teachers taking over students from a closed Plymouth secondary school say they have been hampered by missing coursework and assessment details.

Southway Community College shut in July. Its students were transferred to Sir John Hunt Community College.

The news comes after 41 former students from Southway College discovered they had been taught an out-of-date Information Technology GCSE syllabus for a year.

The school is investigating the extent of the problems inherited from Southway and will report back to pupils, parents and school governors.


Our teacher gave us the wrong syllabus, so a year's work went down the drain

Former Southway College student
Southway Community College closed after education officials said it was not attracting enough pupils.

The students were told about the syllabus problems on Tuesday.

One student said: "I did loads of coursework and I was predicted good grades in it.

"And then the teachers just came up and told us all the work we did from Year 10 has been not counted."

Another student said: "Our teacher gave us the wrong syllabus, so a year's work went down the drain."

Half-year GCSE

Sir John Hunt principal Mike Larner said: "Any work that has been undertaken over the past three terms is of no value to any examination board.

"The only thing we can do now is teach what we call a half-year GCSE."

Now it seems coursework belonging to another 80 Year 11 students is missing.

In one case, a teacher retired and took the work home.

Mike Larner said: "We are having to restart some of the coursework that should have been finished by now."

Bronwen Lacey, the Director for Lifelong Learning at Plymouth City Council, which is responsible for education in the city, said she is very concerned about what has happened.

'Positive outcome'

She said the department would be conducting an investigation, following complaints from parents.

She said: "I am very concerned for the students, but we will find out how it occurred and get a positive outcome for them."

Plymouth MP David Jamieson said he was very disturbed to hear the coursework had gone missing.

He said: "If that coursework has been destroyed, then there is very little that those teachers and young people can do now.

"I just hope that this investigation that they're undertaking can uncover the whereabouts of some of this coursework."

A meeting has been arranged for next week with the affected pupils and their parents.


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