Pupils accidentally taught wrong chemistry syllabus

Pupils accidentally taught wrong chemistry syllabus
Published: 2016 May 19 19:41:25 (8566 Views)
Pupils at a £16,000-a-year private school are having to relearn their entire chemistry course after inadvertently being taught the wrong syllabus.

The youngsters at Claremont Fan Court School were puzzled when they opened their science exam to find dozens of questions on topics they had never heard of.

It was only then that the school's teachers realised the 25 Year 11 pupils had been taught an old syllabus.  

Claremont headmaster Jonathan Insall-Reid has since been forced to apologise in a letter to parents, who paid the best part of £20,000 to send their children to the Surrey school.

But with only the first of the three papers sat, teachers have now had to list extra revision sessions in the coming week to cover the missed topics.

In the letter, Mr Reid wrote: 'The senior school's investigation of circumstances of this error and the effects it will have on Tuesday's examination will be thorough and is underway.

'Included in this investigation will be contact with the exam board. The results of this investigation will be forwarded to you as soon as possible.



'The head of science faculty, head of chemistry and the chemistry department join me in apologising for this error made by the school and I give you my assurance again that we will do all that we can to ameliorate this situation.

'The head of Year 11 and staff at this school will work very hard in the coming weeks to maintain confidence in each and every one of our Year 11 pupils that has been building up over many years.'

An iGCSE is an international two-year qualification programme that leads to externally set, marked and certified exams from the University of Cambridge.

A statement provided by the school read: 'The changes in the 2016 iGCSE chemistry syllabus are small. The iGCSE chemistry pupils were disadvantaged to approximately 4 per cent of the full exam score.

'The school immediately organised a series of chemistry classes, tutorials and clinics to cover the updated material.

'These sessions have taken place each day and chemistry staff were available throughout on a one-to-one basis to support iGCSE chemistry pupils in preparation for the second and third iGCSE chemistry papers this coming Thursday.

'We are confident that all material has now been covered. We deeply regret this error and have apologised to iGCSE chemistry pupils and parents. A full investigation is underway to identify how this situation occurred.'

Esher councillor David Archer said: 'I think the error needs to be put right as fast as humanly possible.'



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