“To refuse students the chance to study A-levels after they passed 13 GCSEs at the sort of grades Amy achieved is outrageous.”
Really? More outrageous than systematically dumbing down grades so that universities refuse A levels as an indicator?
“The college’s head, Nigel McQuoid, admitted that Amy’s rejection was a consequence of the common currency of GCSE A grades, which in some subjects no longer demonstrated A-level potential.
”In Amy’s case, he said, it would be “a cruel thing to raise confidence when the ability is not there”. Her technology A grade was not what it seemed as the leap to A-level was “enormous”. “Sixty per cent [of the GCSE mark] is on a piece of coursework. If you produce a good piece of work for that you are really flying. The A-level course demands high competence in electronics.”
“Mr McQuoid said the school had been “a victim of its own success” but denied school league table performance dictated his admissions policy.“
Yeah, right. Grade inflation: gotta love it.*
*Irony, of course. just saying.