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GCSE grading crisis: 'I'm having to retake English after getting D grade'
9:19am Thursday 13th September 2012 in Latest
STUDYING for GCSE English was harder for Brenna Snow than for most of her friends.
The 16-year-old is battling an incurable eye condition and needed endless hours of extra tuition to help her achieve her dream of a C grade and entry into sixth form.
Although she felt like giving up at times, she struggled on, confident that she would achieve the C grade she was predicted.
So it came as a huge shock when she discovered she had been given a D.
Brenna has already lost all central vision and is rapidly losing the peripheral vision she relies on. There is no cure and she will eventually lose her sight.
“I felt like giving up so many times and when I realised I only had a D, I thought it had all been a waste of time,” said Brenna, a student at Avonbourne College.
“I have been allowed to move into the sixth form at Avonbourne but now I have to retake English GCSE as well as doing A-levels in sociology, psychology and biology.”
Her mum, Nicola, added: “It seems so unfair because Brenna has had so much to cope with. I think it also affects the trust that students have in their teachers.
“She is now having to take an extra subject and do more work and that should not have happened.”