Pupils at a prestigious private school were taught the wrong book for their IGCSE English Literature exam.
Students at the Malvern St James Girls’ School in Great Malvern, Worcestershire had reportedly been studying Spies by Michael Frayn for two years.
But when they opened their exam papers on May 15, they were shocked to find there were no questions related to the text inside.
The headmistress of the boarding school – where fees are £36,720 per year for seniors – has apologised for the mistake.
She said they are working to resolve the issue with the exam board so that none of the youngsters are disadvantaged.
The International General Certificate of Secondary Education is an English language based examination similar to a GCSE.
One parent, who wished to remain anonymous, told the Independent her daughter had been left “stressed out” by the incident which she feared could “scar students for life”.
She added: “It has been a complete utter waste of time for two years.
“They have let her down completely.”
The parent described the error as a joke and said for the amount of money being paid to the school they should not be making mistakes.
A statement from Malvern St James Girls’ School’s Headmistress Mrs Olivera Raraty to Mirror Online reads: “There was an issue with one section of an IGCSE English Literature paper sat by one group of students in Year 11 on May 15 2019.
“One of the texts taught to this group was incorrect.
“The problem was identified immediately, and we are now working with the exam board in question, so that no girl should be disadvantaged by this.
“Fortunately, all exam boards have procedures in place to deal with this type of incident and we meet the criteria for ‘special consideration’.
“Meanwhile a full internal investigation is underway and we are unable to provide further comment at this time.
“We apologise wholeheartedly for this, and will continue to work to resolve this issue as soon as possible.”
A spokeswoman from Cambridge International told Mirror Online: “We were contacted by the school yesterday as they discovered they had taught the wrong English Literature text.
“We recognise that this is distressing for the students involved.
“We have asked the school to follow our procedures for rare situations like this by submitting a request for special consideration on behalf of the students affected.”