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  School offers 300 'reward' to pass exams
Updated 20 March 2002, 18.24
Schoolgirl asleep at desk
Pupils are being offered a reward of up to 300 cash if they pass their GCSEs.

St George Community College in Bristol is paying some students 10 for every GCSE they pass and another 150 if they stay on and do A-levels.

Some education groups say it's not right, but head teacher Ray Priest hopes it will encourage teenagers to work harder.

'I like money'

Student Nathan Smith
Pupil Nathan Smith says it's an "incentive"
He says it's just the same when your mum and dad say they'll give you a bike or a stereo if you pass your exams.

One pupil at the college said: "I really like money, that's why I'm going to try harder."

But before you get any ideas - it's not every school that can do this.

This college is about to change its status to a 'city academy', which means it's funded differently. It can make its own rules, whereas most schools have to answer to outside bodies, like education authorities.

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