Prestigious London private school under scanner for ‘Blanket A’ grades

A prestigious private school in London is under scrutiny for misconduct, The Guardian reported. Investigations into several cases were launched after it was discovered that all 2021 Baccalaureate exams were rated A* or A. This year, formal exams have been canceled by the government due to the pandemic. The students were therefore assessed by their teachers.

North London Collegiate School (NLCS) is an all-girls school costing £22,000 a year. Several officers, including teachers, are now reportedly under investigation for alleged misconduct.

The Guradian cited sources as saying more than 20 cases were referred to misconduct committees convened by A-level review boards for review. The committees held confidential hearings this month.

Some of the allegations of misconduct have been dismissed, while others have been confirmed.

“We take allegations of misconduct very seriously and are investigating all allegations. When misconduct is identified, we have systems in place to ensure, as far as possible, that appropriate sanctions are applied according to the evidence. We cannot comment on individual cases,” said a spokesman for Pearson, one of the review boards involved in the investigation. The spokesman was quoted by The Guardian.

The NLCS reportedly declined to disclose how many cases were being investigated.

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