The headteacher of Cedars Upper School says he refuses to let his staff be used as “political footballs” following this year’s record fall in top grades across the country.
But despite this, Steven Palmer’s school on Mentmore Road, Linslade, has managed to achieve a rise from 71% to 81% in students getting A* to C grades.
Mr Palmer said: “Like many other schools we have been affected by the exam board changing grade boundaries in English and we are expecting several appeals against grades.
“Exams should be rigorous but making it so should not discriminate against a particular cohort of students.
“Students and teachers have worked incredibly hard for today and don’t deserve to be used as political footballs.” The teenagers queued up outside the hall to collect their grades this morning, where they were met with the news that the school hadmatched its best ever maths and science results and some students had “exceeded all expectations”.
Mr Palmer added: “We are now making sure all of our students have the full support and guidance needed to make an informed choice about the next stage – be it 6th form at Cedars, college or an apprenticeship.
“As always, I want to thank the parents and carers for their support over what is obviously a stressful few months, and also to all of the staff at Cedars, who could not have worked harder over the past year with these students.”