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St Albans Headmistress Jenny Brown Says Teen Girls 'Need Year Off Exams To Fall In Love'

08/05/2015 16:42 BST | Updated 08/05/2015 16:59 BST
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Imagine not having any exams for a year…well according to a headmistress of a top girls' school, teenage girls “need a year off to make mistakes and fall in love”.

With the pressures of school continuing to mount, teenagers are finding it harder than ever to cope. A year off from their AS-levels could well ease the blow.

Jenny Brown, headmistress of St Albans High School for Girls told The Daily Telegraph: “Excessive exams contribute in unhelpful ways if they become the only measure (of success) because they put students under too much pressure.”

Arguing that teen girls should only be tested once at the end of their A-levels, Mrs Brown said they “need a year off exams to make mistakes and fall in love.

“By not having a year clear of exams you don’t allow young people the freedom they need. In our day, the first year of the sixth form was hugely important for having Saturday jobs, for going out and making mistakes…to learn from those mistakes.”

From 2015 AS-levels will still remain intact, but they will not count towards a full A-level. These changes were introduced by Michael Gove, the former Secretary of Education.