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Angry A-level student confronts the school minister after being downgraded three grades


"You ruined my life": Angry A-Level student confronts School Secretary Nick Gibb with live questions from Radio 4 after being downgraded three grades from her predicted grade

  • Nina Bunting-Mitchem challenged Nick Gibb on Radio 4's questions
  • She did not attend selected veterinary schools after grades were lowered
  • The government plans to reimburse schools for appealing lower exam grades

A high school senior who missed a first-class place in veterinary school after getting three D marks angrily accused School Secretary Nick Gibb of "ruining my life" on national radio.

Nina Bunting-Mitcham said she was predicted to hit ABB and she got A's and B's on her mock exams, but her DDD results meant she didn't meet her offer from the Royal Veterinary College.

On the questions of BBC Radio 4, Mr Gibb promised a “robust” and “quick” appeal system with challenged grades to be addressed by September 7th, telling her, “It won't ruin your life, it will sort out how I can assure you. " You. & # 39;

Nina Bunting-Mitcham said she was predicted to hit ABB and she got A's and B's on her mock exams, but her DDD results meant she didn't meet her offer from the Royal Veterinary College

Nick Gibb pictured was challenged on Radio 4's Any Questions by A-level student Nina Bunting-Mitchem for downgrading exam scores

Nick Gibb pictured was challenged on Radio 4's Any Questions by A-level student Nina Bunting-Mitchem for downgrading exam scores

Students protested exam results outside Westminster on Aug. 14, as nearly 40% of teachers' predictions were cut

Students protested exam results outside Westminster on Aug. 14, as nearly 40% of teachers' predictions were cut

Mr. Gibb added that students can still take exams in the fall and "many universities have open spots to start in January".

He said it was “rare” for students to be downgraded three grades from their predicted ones, adding, “This shouldn't have happened to you. We don't want you to have to go through this. There will be these mistakes. "

Ms. Bunting-Mitcham, 22, of Peterborough, told The Mail on Sunday that she was planning a career in music when she suddenly decided to pursue her childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian.

She dropped out of private school, where she graduated from high school in music, theater, and philosophy, and employed a private tutor to review her GCSEs in science and earn grades A and A *. She then enrolled at Stamford College in Peterborough for a high school diploma in biology, chemistry and psychology.

Protests took place in London after exam scores for students across England were downgraded

Protests took place in London after exam scores for students across England were downgraded

A protester with a sign that reads "Insignificant grades mean stolen future" as grades for students are downgraded, leading to Nick Gibb being confronted and telling him this "ruins" their life

A protester with a sign that reads "Insignificant grades mean stolen future" as grades for students are downgraded, leading to Nick Gibb being confronted and telling him this "ruins" their life

A protester, pictured, in London after the grades were lowered. The government has announced that it will reimburse schools for the cost of good grades

A protester, pictured, in London after the grades were lowered. The government has announced that it will reimburse schools for the cost of good grades

People took to the streets in London to protest. School Secretary Nick Gibb told one student that it would be "sorted" after a backlash

People took to the streets in London to protest. School Secretary Nick Gibb told one student that it would be "sorted" after a backlash

"All along the way, I've met between A * and B in my tests and ridicules," she said. “I was predicted to be ABB and got an offer from the best veterinary school in the world. Then I got results that told me I had three Ds. After all this hard work, it was like the world around me had collapsed and my life was ruined. It's the worst that ever happened to me.

“I can't understand the decision. I've never been a D-grade student before. I called the university who said if you don't get the objection in time we will keep your place for 2021. I am determined to become a vet whatever it takes. "

Stamford College said "Nina is a very bright student" who "would do any university credit," adding that she is an example of "where the system has failed".

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