London school praised by ministers and forced to become academy cheated in Sats exams

An investigation has found that year six pupils at the Harris Primary Academy Philip Lane, in Tottenham, north London, were “over-aided” in maths and English Sats exam papers this summer. The Independent reports

Formerly Downhills Primary School, it was taken over by the Harris Federation academy chain in 2012 after parents lost their battle with former education secretary Michael Gove.

But a letter to parents revealed that pupils were helped in their reading and maths reasoning papers, which the government uses to judge primary schools.

Pupils in year six have not received their maths or English Sats results following the Standards and Testing Agency (STA) investigation into the “allegation of the academy mishandling the tests”.

In the letter, the school said: “To our dismay, the STA has concluded that pupils were over-aided in their English reading and maths reasoning papers.” 

It added: “We want to apologise to all children and parents for what has happened and assure you that we are taking the matter extremely seriously.”

A spokesperson for the Harris Federation said: “Pupils have been given accurate teacher assessments and these have been provided to the secondary schools they are moving on to, along with their grammar, punctuation and spelling results. This will ensure their transition to secondary school is not affected.”  

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