A Lancashire school has won an appeal against a London exam board on the grounds that it failed to explain properly why coursework was moderated far lower than the previous year. Five pupils had their grades raised.
Wardle High School in Rochdale disagreed with the University of London Examinations and Assessment Council's re-moderation, and went to the Independent Appeals Authority for School Examinations, set up in November 1990 in the wake of the Parents' Charter.
Twelve appeals were heard on the 1994 GCSE and A-level exams, of which three were allowed, compared to five in 1993, nine in 1992, 20 in 1991 and seven in 1990.
The authority allowed the appeal because it said it was not reasonable to expect the school to read into the 1993 reports the criticisms which ULEAC said were behind downward adjustments made in 1994.
William Anderson, head of Wardle High, said fortunately only two candidates had been marginally affected by lower grades, which have since been adjusted. They went on to take GNVQs instead of A-level courses.
Adrian Woodthorpe, director of ULEAC, said the results were secure, but the appeal was allowed because there were imperfections in the council's paperwork.