Statement in response to TES (Times Educational Supplement) story about Ofqual telling exam board to alter GCSE English grade boundaries:

Councillor Judith Blake, executive member for children’s services and Deputy Leader of Leeds City Council is calling for an immediate re-grade of the June GCSE English results as well as for a public inquiry.

Cllr Blake said:
"I am appalled by these shocking revelations. Here in Leeds we have always been convinced that this year a significant number of young people had been the victims of a great injustice - and this news would appear to show that we were right.

“As a matter of urgency Ofqual must be instructed to ensure the re-grading of all of June's GCSE English results in line with grade boundaries used in January. Then they and everyone involved in this fiasco must be subject to a full independent inquiry.”

Notes to editors:
Leeds City Council was one of the first organisations to weigh into the GCSE English grading row to campaign for fair treatment for all students who sat the exam. They have been leading a consortium involving other local authorities and a number of schools in calling for a judicial review on the issue.

For media enquiries please contact:
Donna Cox, Leeds City Council press office, 0113- 224 3335
Email donna.cox@leeds.gov.uk