MP seeks answers for local students….

September 3, 2012 3:51 PM

As a result of the controversy surrounding GCSE English results, Tom Brake, MP for Carshalton and Wallington, has written to the Exams Regulator OFQUAL and Education Minister Nick Gibb to request that students within the Borough gain the grades they deserve.

Tom commented "it would be disastrous if this year's students were the victims of a knee-jerk reaction to so-called grade inflation".

With several students in the Borough receiving a D grade for GCSE English, Tom is calling for this summer's exams to be marked using the grade thresholds set in January. However, Tom was pleased to notice that last week's results still confirmed that standards in the borough's schools remain exceptionally high, with 71% of young people gaining five or more A*-C grades, including English and Maths.

Tom Brake added "The results were very pleasing, showcasing Sutton's schools as the best in the country. We can be very proud of this record. Nevertheless, the decision to raise grade boundaries left a damper on the day's celebrations. For those students who were disappointed with their English results, the unfortunate wait for genuine results will continue."

Tom will be raising the matter in Parliament this coming week.

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