Nov 8 2012 by Ian Proctor, Harrow Observer
CAMPAIGNERS including Brent Council will try to persuade a High Court judge that changes to GCSE English grade boundaries were illegal.
Judge Sir Ross Cranston has agreed to a fast-track procedure at the Royal Courts of Justice to hear the complaint from a broad alliance of pupils, schools, professional teaching bodies and local authorities that unlawful alterations to the June exam’s grade boundary were made by exam regulator Ofqual and exam bodies AQA and Edexcel.
The threshold for a C grade was raised by 10 marks for the summer paper compared to the earlier January paper and the allegation is that unwitting students ended up with a worse result for an identical performance.
A spokesman for Lewisham Council, which is leading the fight, said: “We are absolutely delighted that the judge has recognised the urgency of the case and acceded to our request for a rolled-up hearing.”
The hearing will be scheduled for the next fortnight at the Royal Courts of Justice and the judicial review will last between two and three days if it goes ahead.