Priestley College in Latchford bosses say A-Levels not getting easier

Warrington Guardian: The award winners at Priestley College The award winners at Priestley College

SENIOR figures praised the hard work of students at Priestley College’s awards evening and urged them to ignore claims that exams are getting easier.

College Principal Mike Southworth and the chairman of governors Reg Haslam said achievements such as a 100 per cent pass rate in 39 A Level subjects, were down to dedication and hard work.

“This is our best attendance ever and the best in terms of academic achievement, regardless of those who say exams are becoming easier each year,” he said. “Not true – the results are due to the hard work of your children and all the staff here at Priestley.”

Later in the evening, Mike Southworth echoed his comments saying: “These results are not because examinations are getting easier. You all worked hard and our great teachers were diligent in motivating you to excel. Put simply, with great support from your parents, you knew what was expected and you delivered.”

Priestley College handed out a record 72 awards to high achievers during the awards evening.

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12:28pm Tue 15 Jan 13

MikeJT says...

From what I have seen (and bearing in mind I sat my GCE exams in the early 1980) up to last year the exams in general WERE getting easier, at least at GCSE level. Last years exams, probably as a backlash to the criticism suddenly took a big jump the other way (we all heard about grade boundaries being "adjusted").

The problem with all the public media hype over the stories though was the fact that there are a significant number of pupils who would have done well sitting exams of the old standard but they are belittled with "well, the exams are easy".
From what I have seen (and bearing in mind I sat my GCE exams in the early 1980) up to last year the exams in general WERE getting easier, at least at GCSE level. Last years exams, probably as a backlash to the criticism suddenly took a big jump the other way (we all heard about grade boundaries being "adjusted"). The problem with all the public media hype over the stories though was the fact that there are a significant number of pupils who would have done well sitting exams of the old standard but they are belittled with "well, the exams are easy". MikeJT

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