Lincoln school has exam results scrapped over ‘false marking’
Exam results for an entire year of school pupils have been scrapped after a Government investigation into "false marking".
All 70 Year 6 pupils who took their SATs at Manor Leas Junior Academy in May have had their results quashed.
The move comes after exam watchdog the Standards and Testing Agency (STA) recalled every maths and English exam paper sat at the school in Hykeham Road, Lincoln.
It found evidence that papers had been altered after the exams. As a result, all exams were binned.
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Today, the school's head teacher James Greenwood said the matter was an "internal staffing issue" and reassured parents that pupils' learning had not been jeopardised.
But parents say they are "furious" children were denied the results.
Speaking on behalf of the STA, a Department for Education spokesman said: "We take any allegation of false marking very seriously.
"Following an investigation, the agency annulled the results of the maths and grammar, punctuation and spelling Key Stage 2 tests at Manor Leas."
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The investigation came after Mr Greenwood reported an "administration anomaly" regarding an extra exam paper.
The STA recalled all the test scripts for review by its maladministra8.7157cmtion team.
The DfE spokesman added: "We found a number of scripts were changed outside of the test which placed doubt over the validity of the results."
Year 6 pupils are expected to achieve at least a Level 4 mark in the summer exams.
In lieu of the SAT results, parents were given teacher assessments instead.
The pupils involved are now all at secondary schools and will not be able to re-sit the tests.
Mr Greenwood, headteacher of the school, said he could not go into detail about the incident - including possible disciplinary action - because of legal and confidentiality reasons.
But he did say the incident had been dealt with "robustly and professionally with the exam board.
"Formal SAT results have not been given by the exam board due to administrative anomalies," he said.
"This was due to an internal staffing issue which as headteacher I dealt with, but I have been advised that we cannot give further information about this.
"As soon as I became aware of these anomalies I took appropriate action to ensure that the issues raised by the examining board were addressed.
"However, I wish to make it clear the education of the pupils at Manor Leas Junior Academy has not been affected.
"We will continue to provide excellent standards of teaching and learning.
"I would also like to assure parents the Teacher Assessment results they have received represent a full and fair reflection of their children's achievements.
"We are immensely proud of their efforts.
"Parents were kept informed by letters from the school and I, as headteacher, was available to speak to parents about this issue."
The incident will affect the school's ranking in education league tables.
It will be listed as having had no pupils reach the required Level 4 mark.
By comparison, in 2012, 92 per cent of pupils at the school made the grade in both Maths and English.
This was above the Lincolnshire average of 81 per cent and the national average of 79 per cent.
And an Ofsted report from February last year noted: "This is a good school. Achievement is good and by the end of Year 6, attainment in English and mathematics is above average."
One parent, who asked not to be named, told the Echo: "It is not something we want to hear as parents. It is l concerning. Parents are aware and talking about it."
Another parent added: "Something has gone on and parents deserve to know the truth."