PARENTS

Gary Lineker's Son Fails To Get Grades For Uni - And Blames His School

30/03/2011 11:24 | Updated 22 May 2015

Like many 18-year-olds, George Lineker waited with bated breath to see if his exam results would cut the mustard for the university of his choice.

But sadly for George, a pupil at the £25,000 a year Charterhouse public school in Godalming, Surrey, they were not. And his father, Gary, is laying the blame firmly on his son's private school.

George, who has become a regular fixture on the London party scene, took the Cambridge Pre-U exam - a controversial alternative to A levels - but did not achieve the three B grades or equivalent points he needed to read Business at Manchester University.

His father told reporters: 'We don't know what's going on with George at the moment. He did the Pre-U and they seem to have been marked much harder than the A-level papers. It's all a bit frustrating, as it is the first year the Pre-U exams have been used, so George has been used as a guinea pig. At the moment his university place has been withdrawn, but we are hoping we might be able to find a way round this. We are all very disappointed.'

George's year was the first to sit the new exams, which Charterhouse's headmaster, Rev John Witheridge, has claimed as a success: 'We are indeed delighted with our pupils' excellent results this year.'

The school's website claimed 60 per cent of its students this year achieved the equivalent of straight A grades or better, while 31 per cent achieved A* grades or better in the Cambridge Pre-U examinations.

But George blasted on Facebook: "didn't get into a uni... cheers school u massive k**bers!" However, there have been claims that he missed out because he was partying when he should have been revising.

And his whinging led one to post a reply saying: "Just cos ya father is a celeb doesnt mean u go there automatically."

George went on a week-long holiday to Tenerife just weeks before his exams and earlier this year he was dating ex-Big Brother contestant Sophie Reade, 22.

He also jetted out to see his dad in South Africa during his stint covering the World Cup for the BBC, despite being in the middle of his exams.

What do you think?

Is the Cambridge Pre-U to blame, or could a bit less partying have resulted in the desired grades?

More:

Teenagers
Suggest a correction