School apologises for history blunder which threatened to derail exam hopes

The website GetWestLondon is reporting that a school has now insisted students preparing to sit AS exams will not be affected by a blunder which meant they were taught the wrong combination of units…

Heston Community School initially told 12 pupils they would not be able to sit their full AS history exam this summer as a staff error meant they had not been properly prepared.

However, the school now says it has reached an agreement with the exam board meaning those students will be able to take the exam and will not be disadvantaged in any way.

Headteacher Phil Ward said: “We are very sorry that following a staff error students studying AS level history were taught a prohibited combination of units in preparation for their examined assessment.

“However, after working with the awarding body it’s been agreed that our students won’t be disadvantaged as a result of this error and will be permitted to sit their module exams for which they’ve been prepared this year.

“Furthermore, on this occasion the awarding body has agreed to ensure that students are neither advantaged nor disadvantaged compared with other students entered for the AS award.

“On behalf of the school we would like to apologise for this error and the upset it has caused…”


Sounds like the right result in the end – let’s hope this hasn’t caused too much stress or disruption (which of course it will have done)…


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  1. KathPoulter

    SchoolsImprove OMG why does this keep happening? Our local school has had 2 instances (English & Sociology) recently at A-Level ~

  2. KathPoulter

    SchoolsImprove ~ Is it the teaching staff’s fault for not reading syllabus properly? Or exam board for incomprehensible syllabi?

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