It also appears that even the brightest students are not very observant.
Some GCSE candidates aiming for the top grades could not spell the subject they were taking - Francais - although it was printed in bold directly above the space for candidates' answers.
Some sixth-formers also transgressed, failing to spell Shakespeare correctly - in a paper entitled "Shakespeare in context". At least in this respect, they are in good company. The Bard's family records are said to show 44 different spellings of his name.