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Bananas to boost exam results

Mark Bulstrode,Pa
Saturday 17 May 2008 00:00 BST

A school is handing out bananas to pupils before they sit exams in a bid to boost pass rates.

The Thomas Clarkson Community College, in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, gave the fruit to students sitting Sats after finding performance slipped in the second half of tests.

Andy Houghton, the school's information advice and guidance co-ordinator, said: "We analysed the results of last year's exams and noticed students did really well for the first half hour but then the number of questions they got right dropped significantly.

"One of the reasons for that may be nutrition so we decided to give the pupils bananas to boost their energy.

"We will only know if it has been a success when the results come back in the summer."

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