Pupils at a school in Newcastle were disqualified after wrongly being told that they could take a book into an AS-level exam.
Year 11 students from Kenton School in Newcastle, who took their English language and literature AS-level exam a year early, were told they could use a copy of Eden Close by American writer Anita Shreve.
It was actually a closed-book exam.
Headteacher David Pearmain said the school was “mortified” by the mistake but reassured students they would be able to take the exam again in January.
Mr Permain said: “It was a bad mistake and I have personally apologised to the students affected by it and also to their parents.
“The school, very unusually, made a mistake and it is a terrible mistake on exam entries.
“But one thing to understand – and I will keep apologising to school pupils and parents – as it happens it will not disadvantage any of those students in their future. That is a bit of good news.”
He also told parents that students who sat the exam and return to the school in September will be given the opportunity to complete the course in January with the help of extra lessons.
The school has now launched an investigation into how the mistake happened.
A spokesman for AQA said: “The guidance we provide to schools and colleges is very clear, so issues like this are quite rare.
"However, if situations like this arise we need to be fair to all students taking our exams.
“We therefore, unfortunately, have no option but to take this action, but we do so knowing that they have further opportunities to sit this unit.”
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