...all is not lost
(sorry if this has already been discussed)
Day of mindless fun for A-level washouts
Matthew Taylor, education correspondent
Friday August 5, 2005
Hurtling around a bone-shaking roller coaster, hemmed in by shrieking children, may not be the perfect antidote to failing all-important exams.
But from August 18 Alton Towers is offering free entry for two days to A-level students who get three Us - marks so low they are unclassified. The theme park's marketing manager, Mike Lorimer explains, the offer is only open to "genuine failures."
"Only those students with photo identification and an original exam slip will be allowed in for free," he said. "All exams must have been failed comprehensively and we are only interested in exam slips from 2005 - this is for newly qualified failures only!"
Mr Lorimer insists it is an offer made with the best interests of the students at heart. "We just wanted to cheer up all those kids who didn't do well and turn a bad day into a fun day for them," he said
"Usually, it's the clever kids that get rewarded, so we're turning this notion on its head. At least they can then boast to their mates that they won't have to pay for a good day out."