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Anger As Some Cornish Students Told They Can't Take GCSEs Early

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:02am 15th October 2013.

Some teenagers in Cornwall are being told they can not take their November GCSE exams.

Those supposed to take their Maths and English exams early are now having to wait until June.

The government has made the decision just three weeks before the tests are due to take place and says the results will not count in school league tables.

Some headteachers say they found out about it in Sunday newspapers.

Students at Mounts Bay Academy in Penzance will still take their exams in November.

Principal Sarah Davey, said: "We had to decide from the Sunday morning to the Tuesday what our policy was going to be, that is not the way to run any school or school system.

"I have to say, the only moral decision is to put the students first and just not worry about the league tables.

"What we have decided to do is put the student first and not worry about the league tables, we have decided we are entering students, if it is appropriate, in the November exam so that they may possibly get a second chance in June if they didn't quite make the grade."

Pam Wilkinson's daughter goes to school in St. Ives and has been told she can not take her November Maths exam.

Pam said: "My daughter was very angry at first, unsettled and upset.

"The choice has to be made whether they are going to sit it in November or in June, it's just the uncertainty, children at their age, at 15, they are so mixed up already, they are so dedicated to their studying, it's just so important to them.

"It's just really upsetting, I feel let down that they don't care enough to tell you in a decent way."

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