Lineker hits out at elite school for 'failing' son
Published 24/08/2010 | 05:00
BBC FOOTBALL host Gary Lineker attacked an elite British private school yesterday for failing to get his son into university.
The former England captain (49) said Charterhouse school had treated his son George as a "guinea pig" by ditching A-levels in favour of a new exam system, Cambridge Pre-U.
The 18-year-old learnt he had failed to obtain the three B grades needed for a place at Manchester University on Thursday.
"He did the Pre-U and they seem to have been marked much harder than the A-level papers. It's the first year the Pre-U exams have been used, so George has been used as a guinea pig," said Lineker.
John Witheridge, the school's head, defended the school's results. "We are delighted with our pupils' excellent results this year. We do not comment on individual pupils," he said.
George was spotted on a week-long holiday to Tenerife just weeks before his exams and had been pictured on nights out with former 'Big Brother' contestant Sophie Reade (22).