(Original post by LegitMan)
There's been an issue that has been causing me anger and frustration for some time now and I have been unsure how to confront this said issue but I want some advice now.
Let me share my dilemma:
I go to a boys school that is consistently flagged as underachieving and mediocre and therefore, the calibre of the teaching staff is low as it can be. I recently finished my GCSEs but not without major difficulties along the way. I had no Maths teacher despite my Maths GCSE being weeks away and my English teacher left suddenly. In addition to this, several new members of staff joined the school, a prospect which seemed like it could only make things better IMO. I was wrong. Having partaken in a fast track English GCSE course, I received the only A* out of my school this year with 100% in my GCSE English Language exam (big up my English teacher, ms. H). All seemed well and a major part of my GCSE was done and dusted. I was then informed that we had to take English Literature for GCSE as there would be a large gap left in our time tables due to the completion of our Maths and English. Again, all seemed well, an extra GCSE 'in the bag'
Yet again, I was wrong. My class behaved like any other ordinary group of 15-16 year old boys would do with little cause for concern. However, the new English staff found this inadequate and wished for us to be perfect little robots in the classroom uttering no words unless the Dictator that we knew as our teacher ordered us to speak. Quite obviously, the class did not conform and due to this, the teachers found they needed to make an example out of someone and who better than the student everyone expected to do best? ME.
For the next few months of the course, I was repeatedly put down and told I was 'arrogant' and any small excuse to punish me was quickly taken and escalated by the English Literature teachers. Despite this, I tried my hardest at the controlled assessment that we had to do and I was told it was marked as a Band 5 out of 5 (33-40 marks) and an A or A* and thus the highest band it could be and I could expect it to not be changed too much through moderation. All was well again until I was taken aside one day by my head of house (who has severe anger issues) and told that 'due to the mounting complaints of my behaviour', I would have to be excluded for a day. I refused to accept this as I am fairly polite to every teacher and to dislike me as a student is near impossible
Obviously, I refused to be excluded for no reason and contested the ludicrous charges against my punishment by exclaiming: 'I have rights! You can't do this to me!' Again, a mistake... My head of house took to asserting his autocracy by raising the exclusion time from 1 to 2 days all the while shouting in my face as if I had violated some law. I decided to come in the other day to meet the headteacher and long story, short, finding no other evidence to indict me with, they chose to rifle through my facebook posts and find one of me mildly criticising the school. This was ofcourse terribly rebellious and out of order in the eyes of the Fuhrer that we know as our headteacher and I was excluded for a week. Upon coming back, I was informed that my coursework was now a Band 4 out of 5 and a 27 out of 40 marks and a medium C. This meant my coursework had been lowered by at least 15% and two whole grades. After a while of questioning several teachers, I discovered that my coursework had been moderated by one of the teachers whom I argued with the most and I discovered that she had pulled a stunt like this last year with one of the students, marking his A coursework down to a D and then back up to a B after 'negotiating' with the pupil's mother.
Furious and wth a mission, I marched down to my English Literature teacher and told him what had happened and being the puppet that he was he reassured me that the teacher who marked my work had plenty of experience and wouldn't do such a thing and when I mentioned the student last year, he simply began shouting in my face and telling me to keep quiet. This all occurred after the deadline of the controlled assessment and I was told by him I could receive my controlled assessment back in a week or two so I could see for myself.
After waiting three weeks, I approached him for my coursework and he led me through to the office of the teacher who had moderated my work and dropped it so harshly. She began shouting at me and I was told I could not have my work back and she assured me that I could do nothing about it so here I am, angry and confused.
Sorry for the novel I just wrote but what advice would you recommend?