Lost exam papers ‘not a problem’

School chiefs have played down the effect of an A-Level maths exam paper that went missing.

Exam board Edexcel said that a batch of the papers went missing somewhere in Amsterdam and it had to switch to a back-up paper.

There had been concerns that the replacement paper was one of the hardest for decades with topics that pupils may not have covered but this has been played down by local school chiefs.

Carol Varley, exams officer at North Halifax Grammar School, said: “We had about 50 to 80 students due to sit the paper but we have had no complaints from them.

“The maths department haven’t complained about the content either.

“We knew in mid May that there was a problem with the papers and the exam wasn’t until June 10 so there was plenty of time to get things in place.”

There were reports that two UK schools and two overseas schools still sat the original paper but the students will still have their exams marked without any penalties.