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Alicia came to School CH in Year 10 full of promise. Reports from her previous school and her SATs results suggested that she would achieve five or more A*–C grades at Key Stage 4 without difficulty. However, she started going off the rails quickly, truanted, and her progress reduced dramatically. The only subject in which Alicia flourished was Spanish because there were only ten students in the class. Consequently, if she missed a lesson, it was easy for the teacher and her fellow pupils to fill her in on the missed work. Alicia was a very confident student, and in the group of ten had plenty of opportunity to practice her spoken Spanish, so she became fluent despite her frequent absences.Alicia achieved eight grade Ds in her GCSEs, apart from Spanish where she got an A grade. She got a job in a travel agents, whose normal policy was to only take on students who had five or more A*–C grades, but because of her Spanish they made an exception for Alicia, so long as she retook her English and Maths GCSEs.

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