Students have spoken of their anger and relief following the government’s U-turn over how exam results are determined.
Thousands of students saw their A-level results downgraded based on a computer algorithm after exams were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
But now the government has apologised and said GCSE and A-level results predicted by teachers will be used instead.
Here, students have given their reaction to the U-turn:
The A-level student from Leyton, east London, was predicted straight As but received A, B, B, C.
She told Sky News: “I am so, so glad the government has finally decided to listen to us and give us the grades we deserve.
“It’s so good to finally feel like I’ve earned my own grades and to not feel disadvantaged by a system that I have no control over.”
Ms Sniadowska is now going to do a foundation diploma at her college ahead of applying for university next year to study fine art. She said it is a relief that she does not have to worry about the future.
Ms Sniadowska added: “Every single one of my friends who had A-levels this year had their grades downgraded.
“It’s been very hard to accept that you’ve put in so much work in the past two years and all that work has been thrown down the drain.
“Our work wasn’t being seen as being worthy of being marked, or being worthy of being looked at, and we were just told it by a computer system that doesn’t know us – so it’s been a very hard week for us and I’m very glad this has happened.
“In my opinion, it wasn’t fair at all. Teachers are professionals and they mark our papers under normal circumstances. They are moderators.
“Why would they inflate our grades? They would never do that intentionally so I feel like it was a very unfair thing to say and a very disrespectful thing to say.”
She said an apology would normally not be enough after “the pain they caused”, but she will accept it because the issue was sorted out “so quickly”.
The A-level student, from Fulham, southwest London, described Education Secretary Gavin Williamson as “not fit for the job”, and she believes “he should resign”.
The 19-year-old was downgraded from predicted A*, A*, A grades in biology, chemistry and mathematics to A, A, C.
Standing at a student protest outside the Department for Education (DfE) in central London, she said: “It was a nightmare. I cried all day but then I thought I have to try and fix it, which is why I came out to protest.
“The government was wrong and now we have achieved them changing their minds.”
The 18-year-old, of Mitcham, southwest London, who took part in the demonstration, said: “I am not here for myself. I am here for all the people whose lives have been ruined.
“I am here for all the GCSE students who we just about have saved from having to go through what we went through, and I am here for all the people that lost out on places for medicine.
“I know of so many medicine students who have lost their places.
“Boris (Johnson) has been saying he wants to create loads of new nurses but how are you going to do that without medical students?”
He described the grading U-turn as “a first step” but said Mr Williamson “needs to resign”.
“I think he needs to make a large-scale apology and he needs to be on live television and tell all the students of the country that he wants to put down, who are of a lower class than him, that he is sorry and he is going to resign,” he added.
Mr Morgan-Shaw said he was “one of the lucky ones” because, despite being downgraded, he managed to get on to his first-choice course with the help of a teacher.
The A-level student, from Bromley, southeast London, said she was “very happy” about the grading U-turn.
Also at the protest, the 18-year-old said: “It is a bit late but better late than never.
“I am just glad for myself and everyone that came out to protest and for all of my friends because it is really good news.”
The change means she can feel “a lot more confident in myself and my performance” and that in the future when she is applying for jobs she has “the best A-levels possible”.
Miss Hemming-Clark had been downgraded from predicted grades of A*, A*, A to B, B, A in philosophy, English and mathematics.
The 18-year-old, of Kingsbury, northwest London, said the government’s U-turn was “late but it is better late than never”.
He said: “For the greater good, this change is definitely a step in the right direction but I still feel there needs to be a process in which students can appeal against their teachers’ (assessed grade).
“Some students will naturally feel that having that assessment is not fair either. These appeals need to be treated on a case-by-case basis.
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“We have been out here for three days protesting and we only got our results on Thursday.
“To see them make a change makes me feel good to see the power of the youth.”
Mr Sajid said he had been accepted into university but found that the downgrading of his results had made changing courses “very difficult”.