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'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.

Camera:Nikon D7000 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Nikkor 16-85mm f3.5-5.6G AF-S ED VR DX Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:16 Aug 2012 - 7:12 AM
Focal Length:68mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Shutter Speed:1/125sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
Exposure Mode:Shutter speed priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:On, Return detected
White Balance:As Shot
Title:Sorting and Checking
Username:woolybill1 woolybill1
Uploaded:27 Aug 2012 - 9:22 AM
Tags:Black & white, Flash, Hands, People, Photo journalism
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LynneJoyce Plus Member 7LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom99 Constructive Critique Points
27 Aug 2012 - 9:27 AM

Fascinating and important social commentary here Bill.

nonur Plus Member 6nonur vcard Turkey9 Constructive Critique Points
27 Aug 2012 - 9:39 AM

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 Member 75305 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
27 Aug 2012 - 9:52 AM

They bring me out in a cold sweat. Grin

franken Plus Member 123586 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
27 Aug 2012 - 10:07 AM

Quote: Fascinating and important social commentary here Bill.

I couldn't have said it any better Bill.


woolybill1 Plus Member 8woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom66 Constructive Critique Points
27 Aug 2012 - 10:22 AM

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

Last Modified By woolybill1 at 27 Aug 2012 - 10:25 AM

NICE idea and well taken

gary_d Plus Member 7576 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales13 Constructive Critique Points
27 Aug 2012 - 10:56 AM

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

RysiekJan Plus Member 9179 forum postsRysiekJan vcard United Kingdom
27 Aug 2012 - 11:06 AM

Agree with LynneJoyce's comments.


helenlinda Plus Member 8342 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom22 Constructive Critique Points
27 Aug 2012 - 11:48 AM

I particularly like v4 here Bill - well documented SmileSmile

mikbee Plus Member 8mikbee vcard Scotland8 Constructive Critique Points
27 Aug 2012 - 11:54 AM

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.)

NDODS Plus Member 44308 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom117 Constructive Critique Points
27 Aug 2012 - 12:08 PM

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 Member 11543 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
27 Aug 2012 - 1:52 PM

An interesting narrative Bill. I did not think there was so much involved.

cats_123 Plus Member 114362 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
27 Aug 2012 - 3:13 PM

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

Last Modified By cats_123 at 27 Aug 2012 - 3:13 PM
WhiteRose1 Plus Member 51390 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England146 Constructive Critique Points
27 Aug 2012 - 4:06 PM

A good historical record of pen pushing and paper shuffling!!Tongue


Last Modified By WhiteRose1 at 27 Aug 2012 - 4:07 PM
jonwebber  7 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Aug 2012 - 4:39 PM

The behind the scenes scene, oops, very tellingly shown. I have wondered why paper delivery still seems to be needed these days . . .

Mavis Plus Member 13143 forum postsMavis vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
27 Aug 2012 - 6:39 PM

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 Member 7TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
27 Aug 2012 - 7:39 PM

A great set documenting this paper shuffling, Bill! Wink
Trev Smile

gajewski Plus Member 11gajewski vcard United States9 Constructive Critique Points
27 Aug 2012 - 8:17 PM

A real nice series of B&W studies -- nice narrative as well. It is interesting reading about your background.

ChiliMan Plus Member 9135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
28 Aug 2012 - 4:26 PM

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


lifesnapper Plus Member 9lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Aug 2012 - 6:36 PM

Very nicely done Bill, good set.

John Smile

Glostopcat Plus Member 9251 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
10 Sep 2012 - 8:48 PM

It was well worth giving these fine mono images a thorough examination, I think they pass the test

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