I did badly at French when I was at school. Last in the class at the end of year one* exam, and it went downhill from there.
On the plus side, it did mean I was put into 'economics / government and politics' from year two rather than Latin (those who did well) or German (those in the middle), so I only ended up failing the one O-level..**
.. so badly, it didn't appear on the certificate as a fail. Result, even if I thought I was going to get at least an 'E'!
Yesterday, we were told that the girl JA stayed with on her German exchange trip earlier this year has failed.. something, possibly just English.. so that her school is keeping her back a year and she's not being allowed to go on the return visit here in a couple of weeks time.
Even I think that's unfair.
* What I'm supposed to call year seven now.
** Which I'm still a bit annoyed about: at the end of year three when it came time to pick options for O-level, the school said we could drop French. Then, when the results were in, said 'Oh, we were lying – we just wanted to see how many people would drop it if they could. Which they can't.'