Schools demand exams re-mark
At least six of Leicester's 16 secondary schools have asked for this summer's English GCSE papers to be re-marked.
It follows an outcry from head teachers across the country after problems with this year's grades. Many said exams had been marked too harshly and grade boundaries had been changed.
Many teenagers predicted Cs were awarded Ds instead – affecting their chances of getting into college.
Bill Morris, head of the Education Improvement Partnership, which looks after the city's secondary schools, said: "Between 80 and 100 papers from students have been sent back across the six schools.
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"Although schools routinely send some papers back for re-marking every year, the problems over the English GCSE this summer will, in all probability, have added to this.
"We are keeping an eye on the situation."
Some teaching unions are considering legal action against exam boards.
Judgemeadow Community College, in Evington, is among schools which have sent back papers to be re-marked.
Head teacher Rob Summers said: "We have asked for some papers to be re-marked, although this has not been done for every English paper.
"Our English exam was taken with the Welsh examination board – WJEC – and the issue is more to do with re-grading changes.
"We felt that for some students it was worth having their papers re-marked to see if it could make a difference and we will wait to see what happens.
"Sadly, the Welsh Government intervened on behalf of Welsh students and their papers have now been re-graded following the outcry.
"That is not the case for students in England and I think any legal action, if it does take place, will be long and protracted."
It is not yet known which other schools have asked for English papers to be re-marked.
Samworth Enterprise Academy, off Saffron Lane, Leicester, has instead lodged a formal complaint with WJEC and is considering legal action.
Head teacher Pat Dubas said: "We are following procedure and are in discussions with a solicitor over potential action.
"We'll have to weigh up the costs of this before any decisions are taken, but believe we could have a strong case."
Councillor Vi Dempster, the city council's education spokeswoman, said: "To change grade boundaries half way through an academic year, as appears to have happened, is wrong. It's unfair."
Exam boards are offering pupils the chance to re-sit the English GCSE in November free.
A spokesman for WJEC said: "Following a decision by the Welsh government we have re-graded exam papers for more than 2,000 students, but that has not been the case for students elsewhere.
"Schools had until September 20 to submit papers for re-marking and we're going through that process."