Subject to questioning

CONCERNS have been raised at Alnwick’s high school over the marking of certain A-Level and AS-Level exams.

Results in both English literature and law at the Duchess’s Community High School have been questioned, with some grades lower than expected.

A parent of an AS-Level student at the school, who did not want to be named, said that students who had been predicted As ended up with Cs or Ds, even where they had been awarded high marks in their coursework.

The school’s headteacher Maurice Hall confirmed that they were looking at issues with both the English literature and law exam results.

“We are in conversation with the exam boards over both those examinations,” he said.

Mr Hall said the very fact they were querying the marks showed that the school did think something had gone awry. However, he also said that it had not resulted in anybody missing out on university places.

“At this moment in time, we are in a situation where out of over 100 people who applied to university, we only have three who have yet to find places,” he added, praising the hard work of both students and staff.

At James Calvert Spence College – Acklington Road, formerly Coquet High School, head of sixth form Sue Bell said that they hadn’t heard of problems with the English literature results, but that they were ‘looking into it’.

Both schools had a very successful year with A-Level results.