Cambridge school ‘robbed’ us of two years, claims student

A headteacher has defended his school against a student’s claim his year was “robbed” of two years of their youth after “shocking” exam results. This is from Cambridge News…

The Parkside Sixth student said the school’s decision to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) instead of A-levels had backfired and left some students without the university places they wanted.

The ex-pupil, who failed to get the IB diploma and did not want to be named, described the results as “shocking”, but the school said the results were competitive internationally.

He said: “The school has failed the students and it has robbed us of two years of our youth. The school is trying to play everything down, but there is total outrage from the students and parents.”

The average points score at the Cambridge sixth form was 32 out of 45, which compares with 30 internationally.

Seventy-five per cent of its IB students achieved the diploma, compared with the international pass rate of 78 per cent.

Andrew Hutchinson, executive principal of Parkside Federation Academies, said he was happy with its first set of IB results, but added there were always some who would be disappointed.

He said: “What we have is a real range of achievement across the board. In any cohort there are always going to be those who are not as successful as they hope.

“The school is meeting with those individually and working out whether they need to resit any element or apply to another institution.”

He said one “delighted” Parkside student scored 41 points out of 45.

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Does the disgruntled student have a fair point here? And is the situation of students attempting to hold schools to account for results and policies something that is likely to be on the increase in the future? How can it best be avoided? 

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