The principal of City College Norwich, Corrienne Peasgood, says that the administrative burden from the GCSE resit rules change is “huge”.
“There are very few people who work at the college who would not be doing something extra on GCSE exam day because of the sheer number who sit the exam,” she explains. “In terms of logistics, it’s a major operation.”
The college has nearly 7,000 learners with almost one in five being put forward for the resit. The college had to hire an external venue to fit 800 students in because it was “the only place big enough”. A fleet of double-decker buses was called in to transport students eight miles from the college to the exam venue.
Around 150 rooms have to be found in the college to cater for students with access requirements who are taking the exams, which has a knock-on effect with classes having to me moved as an entire building in the college is put under exam conditions.
The whole undertaking costs the college in the region of an extra £50,000 a year, according to Peasgood.