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Halstead: Schools withdraw pupils from exams next month
9:00am Monday 28th October 2013 in News
Schools have withdrawn pupils from GCSE exams next month due to fears their inspection ratings could be damaged.
Starting next month, only pupils’ first attempt at GCSE exams will count towards a school’s league table standings.
The change, announced by education secretary Michael Gove in late September, has prompted Ramsey Academy, in Colne Road, Halstead, to review its exam entries.
The school previously allowed pupils to sit English and maths papers in November, giving them an extra chance the following summer.
Headteacher Dan Gee said: “This would generally result in them achieving a GCSE grade that they would then go on to improve in the summer exam.
“If we continue with this approach this November it will mean all of the published statistics about our school may well drop drastically.”
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