Council joins challenge to GCSE results
BRISTOL City Council has joined a nationwide campaign for a judicial review of this summer's controversial GCSE English results.
The Liberal Democrat-run administration last night signed up to back a legal challenge to the way the exams were marked, which has been backed by councils across the country and from all sides of the political divide.
Bristol has joined with Lib Dem Bath & North-East Somerset and hung South Gloucestershire councils in the bid to find out why thousands of 16-year-olds were given grade Ds instead of the Cs their schools believe they should have been awarded.
A legal challenge is due to be submitted to the High Court in the next week by an alliance which also includes pupils, schools and professional bodies.
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In August, city council deputy leader Jon Rogers wrote to Prime Minister David Cameron, calling for an independent inquiry.
Mr Rogers said: "Head teachers right across Bristol are furious about the way pupils were badly let down by the decision to raise grade boundaries after the exams were taken.
"We have got to get to the bottom of this and ensure nothing like it happens again."
More than 45,000 candidates will re-sit GCSE English exams next month. The figure represents about one in 14 of all pupils who sat the exam in the summer.