More top public schools dragged into exam cheating scandal.

The Metro reports that two more top public schools have been dragged into the cheating scandal sparked by the resignation of Eton’s deputy head.

Winchester College has suspended its head of History of Art, Laurence Wolff, after claims that he gave students tips on what would feature in two exam papers.

Results from the exams sat by 13 pupils have since been nullified, the Daily Telegraph reported. New grades have been assigned based on pupils’ coursework and previous grades.

Tim Hands, headmaster at Winchester, said ‘No boy was to blame for the exam irregularity, and the Board used standard procedures to award final grades,’ he said.

‘One teacher was suspended and has now retired from the school, and all those boys holding university offers dependent on a grade in Art History have now had those offers confirmed by their first or second choice university.’

The alleged cheating at Winchester is thought to have come to light after a female pupil at another private school, Downe House, said she saw Winchester boys discussing the upcoming exam online.

Charterhouse School in Surrey has also been investigated by the exam board after it reported concerns that pupils were given advance warning about what would appear in their exams.

However, exam board Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) said there was no evidence of wrongdoing by Charterhouse or its pupils.

Read more More top public schools dragged into exam cheating scandal.

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  1. wasateacher

    With pay and reputations so much at stake, it is not surprising that a few teachers fall into the trap of boosting their pupils’ exam results. Yes, it is shocking and unacceptable but almost inevitable. When working in the state sector, I was very much opposed to the introduction of performance related pay for exactly this reason.

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