A legal challenge over the GCSE English fiasco being led by Leeds City Council is to be submitted to the High Court in the next week, lawyers have confirmed.
The unprecedented action is being brought by an alliance of pupils, schools, councils including eight from Yorkshire and professional bodies, angry at decisions which meant thousands of teenagers missed out on C grades.
The group want a judicial review into the way the exam boards AQA and EdExcel moved GCSE grade boundaries between January and June.
A spokesman for the alliance said that following a meeting of legal representatives yesterday, it was decided that a claim for a judicial review will be put forward.
“We have now thoroughly examined the case that we have and we are convinced of the merits of our case, and the expectation that we will have a success to get the outcome we want – which is a re-grade for students,” he said.
On Tuesday Leeds City Council held a summit for teachers and education leaders to debate the issue.
It came a week after Ofqual, England’s exams regulator, responded to a pre-action letter sent by the alliance, vowing to “rigorously defend” its decisions over this summer’s GCSEs English results.