Tragedy Pupil Josh Told to Re Sit Exams; School 'Consistently Insensitive

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Byline: By JANE WOODHEAD Education Reporter

A TEENAGER left in limbo after his school used him in a publicity stunt and refused him admission to the sixth form is being advised to re-sit his GCSEs.

Josh Roberts, whose mother died a few days before his first GCSE exam, was two points short of the required grades to enter the sixth form at Blue Coat school, Wavertree.

Despite the school holding him up in ECHO as one of its model pupils when his GCSE results were announced - and openly admitting how well he had done despite the death of his mother - it then told him he was not good enough to go into the sixth form.

Josh, 16, gained 28 of the 30 points necessary for sixth form entry.

When his family objected to the refusal, because of the disruption he suffered, they were told they would have to write to the governors who have the final say on pupil admissions.

They turned him down and said he could return to school to re-take his GCSEs.

His uncle, solicitor Rob Broudie, said: "The school has been consistent in their insensitivity. It has shown no consideration whatsoever for Josh.

"I was told the governors would call me on Wednesday evening after the meeting but they didn't. When I called the following day the person I spoke to said she had been handed a note to say a letter would be sent out, but she could not tell me the contents or who the note was from. …