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Pupils At Top Private School Studied Wrong Book For Their AS-Level Exam

13/04/2015 11:41 | Updated 13 June 2015

Wellington College, Berkshire

A top private school is being investigated after students were taught the wrong book for their exam.

Students at £33,000-a-year Wellington College, in Berkshire, spent the last year studying a different classic book for their imminent AS-level exam.

The mistake only came to light when mock papers arrived and no exam questions related to the taught text.

Now pupils will have to cram their studying into just a few weeks with extra lessons put in place by the school.

Sources close to the school, which boasts on its website that it's the Best Public School in the Tatler Schools Guide 2014, said students were devastated by the mistake.

The error is believed to have occurred when a teacher changed a text on a spreadsheet without notifying other staff.

According to The Sun, the college, whose past pupils includes Will Young, Rory Bremner and Made in Chelsea's Caggie Dunlop, apologised for the error but would not name the classic texts involved.

A spokeswoman told the paper: "Only one AS-level English text was wrong out of several. This happened two months before the exam is due to take place.

"A programme of extra lessons was immediately put in place. Students and parents expressed satisfaction with the prompt way the school addressed this.

"The school is running an investigation to see what has happened. No teacher has been sacked. Wellington College is sorry this mistake happened."

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