Dozens of students protesting over the A-level results system have marched on the constituency office of Education Secretary Gavin Williamson.
About 30 students marched from Codsall Community School in Staffordshire to the South Staffordshire MP’s nearby office on Monday.
Protesters chanted “trust our teachers” and “you’re having a laugh, Gav” on their half-mile trip.
The government is expected to make an announcement on the exams crisis later.
There has been growing anger after about 40% of A-level results were downgraded after the exams regulator Ofqual used an algorithm based on schools’ previous results.
One of the organisers, Jess, 18, who was predicted BCC but got BDD, said the protest was important “because every student in this country should get equal fair grades. We shouldn’t be reduced to an algorithm or a postcode”.
Another student, Monica, also 18, said she was protesting as her results had been “severely downgraded”. Her predicted grades of CCC were downgraded to CDE.
“To be downgraded by two grades is quite significant considering I didn’t actually get a chance to take my A-levels, sit the exams for myself. So I can only blame the government for my downgrade,” she said.
Head teacher Alun Harding said the students wanted to protest about the “significant level of disappointment and frustration they feel”.
He said: “The system has been so poorly thought-through – the impact on [the students’] lives going forward is going to be enormous and they want to vent their frustration.”
Some of the students held signs with the word “U-turn” and one had a sign with Gavin Williamson pictured as a clown with a multicoloured wig and a red nose.
Members of the public cheered on demonstrators with one saying “go on kids, show them”, while cars also beeped their horns in support and others stood outside their homes to clap.