Worst-laid plan of mice and men

10th June 2005 at 01:00
Pupils at a private school were left devastated after studying the wrong book for an English literature GCSE.

Boys at pound;2,500-a-term Birkenhead school in Merseyside spent months studying Of Mice And Men, by John Steinbeck, after their English teacher failed to notice it had been taken off the syllabus in January.

Students at Hewett school in Norwich had to leave AS-level resits after they found they had also studied the wrong books.

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