Schools GCSE challenge takes step forward

Head teacher at Hipperholme and Lightcliffe High School Mr Anthony Smith
Head teacher at Hipperholme and Lightcliffe High School Mr Anthony Smith

The legal challenge over this year’s GCSE marking fiasco has moved to the next stage as official court proceedings have been issued against certain exam boards.

The Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) is part of the alliance of organisations that is fighting the battle over grading of this year’s GCSEs.

The issue arose when exam boards changed the grade boundaries between grades C and D by 10 marks between the January 2012 and June 2012 exams.

The group of schools and pupils fighting the issue includes Hipperholme and Lightcliffe High School andHalifax High, and is backed by Calderdale Council.

ASCL issued court proceedings and served papers on Ofqual, AQA and Edexcel.

ASCL General Secretary Brian Lightman said: “The alliance has reviewed the evidence carefully and we remain convinced that thousands of young people were unfairly downgraded in June in order to compensate for mistakes made earlier in the year.

“The only fair course of action for these students is to regrade the papers.”