The Daily Mail is reporting that the results of two SATs tests taken by pupils at Broadford Primary School in Romford, East London, have been annulled following an investigation by Government inspectors.
The school, which won the prestigious Times Educational Supplement School of the Year award at a glitzy ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House hotel last year, is accused of feeding correct answers to children.
According to an informed source, nine Year Six pupils out of 90 were able to complete a complex maths question normally answered by only the brightest students in the country. Despite the difficulty of the question, none of the children, aged ten or 11, had written down any of their workings-out.
There was also a dramatic drop in the number of questions answered by pupils when an inspector sat in on the test compared with the previous day.
And investigators found a bundle of maths test papers that had been opened ahead of an exam.
The Department for Education confirmed that results for the third papers taken by pupils in reading and maths had been annulled.
In a letter to parents on Friday, Mr Drakes and school governor Chris Kent wrote: ‘We would like to apologise for any failure on our part that has led to the STA making this decision. We wish to assure you that the decision by the STA is not seen as a reflection on your child. Staff and governors are deeply saddened and disappointed and did not agree with the STA’s decision.’
Mr Drakes and Mr Kent declined to comment, but a source said: ‘The STA decision was based on them having enough doubt to declare papers as null and void. It does not mean there has been maladministration.”
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