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Teenage student’s GCSE grading fury

Jordan Braithwaite who is having to resit his English GCSE, and only narrowly got on to the course of his choice at college.

Jordan Braithwaite who is having to resit his English GCSE, and only narrowly got on to the course of his choice at college.

  • by Katie Upton
 

A STUDENT who must re-sit his GCSEs has blasted exam boardbosses over the grade boundary row.

Jordan Braithwaite, 16, was just three marks off a C grade for his GCSE English result, meaning he only narrowly got on to his college course.

Now the Blackpool and The Fylde College student is studying to resit the exam in the hope of getting the B grade he was predicted, while also working for his AS Levels.

Four exam boards, AQA, Edexcel, OCR and WJEC, this week revealed more than 45,000 students have opted to take part in the November resit.

Jordan, of Watson Court, South Shore, is just one of those hoping to better the mark they felt they should never have been given.

He said: “I was supposed to get a B before the boundary change, but I got a D.

“I was terrified, I thought I wasn’t going to get into college.

“I was extremely worried because you need English for everything.”

Jordan, who is taking politics, law and film studies at the college, said it is distracting from his current workload to spend time on GCSE work.

He added: “The college said because I did well in RE, I got Bs, which is all essay writing too, they’d give me a conditional place if I did the resit.”

The former Bispham High Performing Arts College pupil said he originally breathed a sigh of relief when he heard of the grade boundaries being changed.

He said: “I was relieved because I knew I should have done better.

“But now I’m extremely bothered about it. I think it’s morally wrong for them to change the boundaries in the last two weeks.”

Figures suggest one in 14 students in England, Northern Ireland and Scotland will resit part of all of their English exams, free of charge.

Concerns were raised after it was revealed grade boundaries were altered earlier this year, meaning students sitting their exam in June and achieving a D grade would have achieved a C grade had they sat the exam in January.

Exams governor Ofqual have refused to order exam boards to regrade this summer’s GCSEs.

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