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class act: The mark of success for pupils.

Byline: NIGEL HART

Every week, education reporter NIGEL HART takes a look as what is happening in the classrooms of Coventry and Warwickshire

PUPILS at a Coventry secondary school have been showing off their skills as part of their impending GCSE exams.

Exam board moderators have been visiting Alderman Callow, Mitchell Avenue, Canley, checking marks for practical work.

Students showed off their expertise in physical education, art and technology in a bid to gain a good mark.

Putting the footballers through their paces, Sally Hodge, head of PE said: "We mark the pupils on their work, but an external inspector comes in to check we are accurate.

"It can be tough as 50 per cent is riding on the practical side, so there is a pressure, but we have a lot of talented pupils here."

Laura Bateman, aged 16, went through two, 10-bounce routines on the trampoline as part of her work towards gaining a GCSE in physical education.

She said: "We pick our best four activities and we are marked on them. I have chosen trampolining, gymnastics, athletics and swimming.

"It is hard work but a lot of fun as well. We are all keeping our fingers crossed it goes well."

Art student David Smith, aged 16, is putting the finishing touches to his three-dimensional model of a face which has been stretched by computer.

He said: "This counts towards 40 per cent of my final mark but it is a lot of fun to do and I have enjoyed it."

All pupils at the school are preparing for their GCSE exams, with Alderman Callow taking the unusual step of not sending them home for study leave.

Instead, they will stay at school right up to the summer half-term and follow an intensive revision course.

Head teacher Roger Whittall said: "Pupils and teachers are feeling very positive about the forthcoming examinations and are going all out to achieve this very ambitious target.

"The move towards intensive revision rather than unsupported study leave should help them in this last phase of five years hard work."

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ON THE BALL: Back row (from left): Simon Harvey, Sam Jones, Ross Jones, Carl Fitzpatrick and Kris Kearney. Front row (from left): Michael Alexander, Daniel Smith, Danny Kingham and Damien Martin. Pictures by CHRIS RADBURN BRUSH STROKES: Art student David Smith adds some colour to his sculpture BALL CONTROL: Michael Alexander in action THE BOUNCE: Erin Smart on the trampoline UPS AND DOWNS: On the trampoline, back row: Sophie Gale and Sophie E. Front row: Michelle Kelly, Erin Smart, Laura Bateman and Sophie Donnelly
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Date:May 7, 2001
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