Sorting and Checking

By woolybill1
'A' Level results day at Prudhoe Community High School, Northumberland, August 16th. With the permission of the Head Teacher.
See Moira's introduction to Happy Bunnies for a fuller explanation.

I served as Exams Officer at PCHS from 1993 to 2006 as well as teaching French, German and Music. Eventually I got used to organising my summer holidays around weeks 4 and 5: the results arrived electronically on the Wednesdays and in hard copy on Thursdays, when there was a mad rush to sort results statements, in different format for each Examinations Board, collate them, pack them into labelled envelopes and have them ready for distribution by 10 a.m. when the students were admitted.
As E.O. I could leave the sorting tables to a trusted team of clerical staff and volunteer teachers while I dealt with queries and statistics. This year I was myself a volunteer sorter, though on A Levels day I managed to get a few photographs before sealing envelopes and assisting with the distribution, which is why Moira's pictures contain happy faces and mine don't.

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LynneJoyce Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2012 9:27AM
Fascinating and important social commentary here Bill.

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nonur Plus
7 17 11 Turkey
27 Aug 2012 9:39AM
I am so familiar with this subject. Thought well and these are well executed shots, Bill. V1 and V4 are my favorites. I love the focusing and the hands!
Many hands make light work and this capture is superb, the focus, dof, the idea to get the shot, great work well captured.

SlowSong Plus
8 6.4k 29 England
27 Aug 2012 9:52AM
They bring me out in a cold sweat. Grin
franken Plus
14 4.0k 4 Wales
27 Aug 2012 10:07AM

Quote:Fascinating and important social commentary here Bill.

I couldn't have said it any better Bill.

woolybill1 Plus
10 22 68 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2012 10:22AM
Thanks for your comments, guys and gals.

The note about Social Commentary has set me thinking. When I took over the job exam entries were submitted on floppy disk, a considerable advance over the A3 triplicate pro-forma that my predecessors had to complete by hand during the days of O-Levels, a tiresome job with an annual cohort of 100+ candidates let alone the 200+ for present-day GCSEs. I oversaw the transition to dedicated electronic transmission, fraught with expensive dangers when 256k modems were the order of the day and the service provider would muck up everything that the modem got right, and then to decent broadband and a choice of school management systems. This year for the first time no hard copy of Statements of Results was sent by the Exam Boards; it can't be long before the results are delivered to candidates electronically and the days of paper-shuffling as depicted here will be gone for ever.

Presumably the days of communal celebration will be gone, too Sad
NICE idea and well taken
gary_d 8 576 13 Wales
27 Aug 2012 10:56AM
I think you are right when you say paper-shuffling will be a thing of the past so some good images to remember it by here. - gary
27 Aug 2012 11:06AM
Agree with LynneJoyce's comments.

helenlinda Plus
9 344 22 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2012 11:48AM
I particularly like v4 here Bill - well documented SmileSmile
mikbee 9 3 8 Scotland
27 Aug 2012 11:54AM
There is too much techie stuff involved with these exams today Bill.
In my day,a packet of Woodbines to the teacher ensured a pass mark.
Apart from my History teacher that is.
He only smoked cigars,and they were damned expensive at the time !!
(And I have caught up on Saturdays upload too.)
6 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2012 12:08PM
Four images which I would love to have been apart of however as you no since I had by Second Brain Haemorrhage, I lost my job as a Teacher, in a profession which I loved so much. My Teacher training was carried out in the North East at the Lord Lawson Of Beamish School, and Houghton Kepier. Fond memories, however quite painful to remember.

Regards Nathan
danbrann Plus
12 624 17
27 Aug 2012 1:52PM
An interesting narrative Bill. I did not think there was so much involved.
cats_123 Plus
12 4.6k 26 Northern Ireland
27 Aug 2012 3:13PM
this is what the public rarely see..the dedicated admin work that public (and volunteer) service delivers...just as compelling as the happy faces Smile
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
27 Aug 2012 4:06PM
A good historical record of pen pushing and paper shuffling!!Tongue

jonwebber 8 4 1 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2012 4:39PM
The behind the scenes scene, oops, very tellingly shown. I have wondered why paper delivery still seems to be needed these days . . .
Mavis Plus
14 143 2 England
27 Aug 2012 6:39PM
Hmm Bill one day as the paper disappears we will have less of those depressing rows of Fir trees they suddenly cut down & leave such a mess ! You have captured these moments perfectly . I too love hands. One day they will all huddle together over their Iphones oSmileSmiler Ipads . xx
TrevBatWCC Plus
8 12 10 England
27 Aug 2012 7:39PM
A great set documenting this paper shuffling, Bill! Wink
Trev Smile
gajewski Plus
12 10 9 United States
27 Aug 2012 8:17PM
A real nice series of B&W studies -- nice narrative as well. It is interesting reading about your background.
ChiliMan Plus
10 135 17 Singapore
28 Aug 2012 4:26PM
Seriously beautiful shots, Bill, especially V4.

And I loved reading about your past in education. So impressive, especially where you taught French, German and Music. Wow Smile

28 Aug 2012 6:36PM
Very nicely done Bill, good set.

John Smile
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
10 Sep 2012 8:48PM
It was well worth giving these fine mono images a thorough examination, I think they pass the test

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