Parents protest at Birmingham school after GCSE results

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Up to 50 parents and pupils are holding a protest outside a Birmingham school over GCSE exam results.

Parents said pupils at Golden Hillock School were "let down" after the school missed its forecasted results target.

The city council said the school, in Sparkhill, missed its target of nearly 58% of children gaining five A*-C grades with English and Maths.

Head teacher Matthew Scarrott said grades were affected by tougher marking.

Parent 'disappointed'

Parent and school governor Sofia Begum helped organise the protest.

Mrs Begum said she was taking action after her son received a grade C for his English Language GCSE, having been predicted a B in January and an A last year.

She said she also wanted to raise concerns about standards of teaching.

Narina Ghaffar, who said her daughter was predicted a B in English and got a D, said she was "disappointed".

She resigned as school governor when the results came out, she added.

"I have another son to come, unless this improves in the next year or so I would never bring him here," she said.

'Significant concerns'

Another parent, Fazarnah Kausar, said: "I want an answer to know why my daughter was predicted a C and she ended up with a D. We're asking the school to explain why."

A spokesman for Golden Hillock school said they were analysing exam information to support re-marks and appeals after "significant concerns" about the GCSE English results "because many of our students have not received the GCSE English grade that we expected".

Head teacher Matthew Scarrott blamed tougher marking criteria.

"I think what has happened this summer, is that for a number of students, we seem to have suffered what appears to have happened nationally around the marking of English GCSEs," he said.

Last week's GCSE results revealed the top grades across England have dropped for the first time since the exams replaced O-levels and CSEs.

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