Mum claims pupils had to re-sit mock exam after being given 'wrong paper'

Exam - The King Edmund School <i>(Image: Google Maps)</i>
Exam - The King Edmund School (Image: Google Maps)

A FURIOUS mum claims children at a Rochford school were forced to re-sit a mock exam after being given the “wrong one”.

The King Edmund School, in Vaughan Close, has been accused of giving year 11’s a wrong mock exam just after February half term.

A mum has claimed neither pupils, nor parents, were aware of this, until last week when he son told her they had to re-sit their English Language exam.

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It comes just months after the Rochford school re-opened having been closed for more than two months due to asbestos issues.

The mum, who wishes not to be named, claims pupils only found out on the day.

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She said: “He has gone into school as normal thinking it is a usual day and as far as he is concerned mocks have finished.

“[They were told they] have got to re-sit their English Language mock exam today because the one they previously sat after half-term was the wrong one.

“It is just shocking and disgraceful really.

“Mocks were already so stressful for him, as he struggles with exam pressures, so to then be told on the day, that you now have an exam, is ridiculous.

“It is a huge amount of stress that no child needs.

“The school never let any of the parents know prior to this or contacted us to let us know what has happened.

“We are all very angry about it.”

The King Edmund School in Rochford was closed back in November after contractors brought in by the Department for Education (DfE) to lead the construction of a new 30-classroom building discovered “traces of asbestos” on the site.

The work took more than two months.

The mum added: “They have already missed a huge chuck of school with it being closed from November until late January.

“They have missed so much; online lessons just aren’t the same.

“So, my son, and all year 11’s, already have so much stress and anxiety to cope with trying to catch up and be ready for exams, without being given ‘the wrong exam’.

“We are all just speechless.”

King Edmund was contacted several times by the Echo and given more than 48 hours to respond but failed to do so.