You know I'd never have known about this if I hadn't delved a little deeper and done some trawling around the Web... The fact that Ben's first choice of Uni now has what is called a Disrupted Studies Form which deals with exactly the kind of issue I've been ranting on about. It's brand new, introduced this year.
Ben has been (conditionally) accepted by two courses at this uni and neither of their admissions teams informed me about this form despite the fact that I telephoned both to discuss Ben's situation.
It took a Google search this afternoon for me to make the discovery.
Result? I have talked to the Man in Charge of the form and he was really, really helpful.
I've also been in touch with school to talk about the element of the form which they need to fill in.
Now I know what we need to do and I also know that, hopefully, there just might be some flexibility if Ben fails to get his grades in the summer.
Good old Mama Matty, hey...