College students at an academy in London have been withdrawn from A-level exams after they did badly in mock exams.
College students at UCL Academy mentioned they now feared having to defer their college functions, whereas others fear that they might must pay about £450 to sit down an examination elsewhere.
The Affiliation of College and Faculty Leaders described it as “fairly unethical conduct”.
The college mentioned it has “strong plans in place” to assist college students.
“In some instances this takes the type of an extra 12 months within the sixth kind to beat no matter limitations there are,” it added.
“Our very skilled careers adviser and our pupil wellbeing service is core to this assist.”
Zehra – whose surname we’re not utilizing – instructed the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme that she and different college students had been emailed in the course of the Easter holidays saying that they had been withdrawn from their chemistry exams.
“I’ve well being issues, however they did not care. There was no consideration.”
She mentioned she had presents to go to college in September, however now she was dealing with rejecting these or deferring for one more 12 months.
“I have already got anxiousness and well being issues and this made it quite a bit worse,” she added.
She mentioned there have been “real causes” why her February mock examination had not gone “in addition to it might have”, and that it was unfair to withdraw her.
UCL Academy, which relies in Swiss Cottage, mentioned “any resolution to withdraw a pupil from an examination is a tough one for us to take and is one we make working with a pupil and their household”.
Geoff Barton, basic secretary of the Affiliation of College and Faculty Leaders, mentioned it was “fairly disturbing and fairly unethical conduct” by the academy.
“It appears discourteous being performed by e mail,” he added.
“All that preparation has abruptly come to nothing.
“Colleges will at all times have entry necessities to take care of, and they’re going to have continuation grades on the finish of Yr 12 to proceed to 13, however right here [the students] have gotten to the 11th hour and been instructed this. This appears completely unacceptable.”
The academy mentioned “any pupil vulnerable to not passing was recognized early within the college 12 months. This led to conferences with dad and mom and academics to flag the priority and agree a plan of assist and motion. Targets have been agreed and motion essential to fulfil them have been put in place”.
“If a pupil felt they have been nonetheless able to realize a go we continued to assist them to a closing evaluation in April.
“In particular circumstances we agreed to increase this into the Easter vacation to provide college students one of the best probability potential.
“We proceed to supply assist and steerage to particular person college students.”
A second pupil, Neville, instructed the Victoria Derbyshire programme he was being withdrawn from his maths examination as he was “underperforming within the mocks”.
“Two weeks later they then did it for chemistry, too,” he added.
He mentioned he was having to pay to do the exams externally, at a price of no less than £450 per topic.
“It is tousled my revision. All of this has precipitated a lot stress for me to try to simply discover someplace to sit down my exams, and I have not been in a position to revise as a lot.
“The college did not present any assist on what to do subsequent. It is terrible.
“It is actually knocked my confidence. I’ve began doubting myself.”
UCL Academy mentioned 97% of its A-level exams can be taken as deliberate.
“Solely in particular person circumstances would a call be taken to withdraw a pupil from an examination, or advocate a swap to an AS examination.
“We make selections primarily based on the person wants of scholars. If a pupil’s assessments reveal over time that they don’t seem to be passing the course, or if a pupil raises private circumstances that imply a deferral is extra acceptable, then withdrawal is likely to be thought of.
“Not to take action might doubtlessly prohibit future college functions.”