For the last six years we have been entering one group of year 10 for their early entry in GCSE Mathematics. They are our brightest students and acheive well. In year 11 we have tried a variety of courses- including GCSE Statistics and OCR freestanding maths unit. This year we decided to do Core 1 content (in order to bridge the gap between GCSE and A Level) and a large number of students who want to do A Level Maths sat the exam in May. They will continue with the rest of A Level maths in year 12 and year 13. However within the last week we have learnt from a nearby school , who also do this and have done it for two years that students are now being penalised by the Russell group of Universitys for taking three years to complete the A Level.In one instance a students who wanted to do medicine is not having the A Level in Maths counted and so needs to study something else. My question - has anybody else experienced this and does anybody else know anything more about this.