Esher College in Surrey publishes students' A Level results a day early

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A Sixth Form college in Surrey rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted posted students’ A Level results online a day early.

Students at Esher College in Thames Ditton, near Hampton Court, were left feeling angry and confused after their grades were briefly posted online on Wednesday morning.

All A Level students in the UK are due to receive their results on Thursday with those wanting to go to university being told whether they have secured their place through the UCAS service Track from about 8am.

Pupils at Esher College said they had logged into its online portal on Wednesday and seen their results early. The Standard understands the results were quickly removed once officials had realised the error. 

One 18-year-old student said she had been left facing an agonising wait to find out if she had gotten into university after discovering she had secured an A and two B grades, when her required grades were actually AAB.

Results blunder: Esher College in Thames Ditton, Surrey

She said: “They actually posted them this morning. People got to see their results early.

“Someone told the college and they were removed. I wouldn’t mind so much but I want to speak to someone at the college about my results.

“I don’t know if I have got into university with the grades that I have seen. There is no one offering any advice.”

The student said she believed that between 20 and 30 pupils had seen their results following the error and that word had spread quickly through Whatsapp group chats. 

Another pupil told the student: “It doesn’t really affect me as I know I’ve got into university but for my friends that haven’t got their grades, having to wait an extra day to know if they’ve been rejected is extremely unfair.

“It’s caused unnecessary stress. It’s very unprofessional of the college, especially as they haven’t said anything for it happening when people have asked them or offered an apology at this stage.”

The Standard has contacted Esher College for comment.

A spokeswoman for UCAS said: “It is disappointing to hear that a small number of students appear to have learned about their A-Level results a day too soon. 

“A level results day is an exciting and important event in many young people’s lives and everyone involved in the examinations and admissions procedure works really hard to ensure that results are shared in a sensitive and timely way.

“We would advise students who have not met the exact conditions of their offers not to panic. Universities do take some students who have just missed out on their grades. 

“Whilst universities and UCAS can’t discuss applications today, applicants can log into the UCAS Track service from 8am on Thursday 17 August to find out whether or not they have been accepted at the firm or insurance choice. 

“If students are anxious that they may not have been placed, information about how to use Clearing and all of the other options available is on ucas.com. There are around 40,000 courses with places available in Clearing this year and well qualified students will be in demand. Students can start searching Clearing vacancies now.”

Students in need of support can call the Exam Results Helpline on 0808 100 8000.


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