23rd Oct, 2016

Headteacher sacked after exam result investigation

Solihull Editorial 26th Jun, 2015 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

A Church of England primary school has sacked its headteacher after pupils’ maths exams were doctored to improve grades.

Mental maths SATs results from 2014 for 11-year-olds at St Patrick’s Primary Academy in Earlswood were annulled amid the claims.

The annulment is understood to have meant that none of the Year 6 pupils received a maths grade before they joined their secondary schools last September.

Stephanie O’Grady left the role as headteacher last year and was replaced by Caroline Glennon.

Chair of Governors, Gemma Gathercole, said the school were notified last year by the Standards and Testing Agency of maladministration of our KS2 SATs mental mathematics results and that these results would be annulled.

She added: “We immediately initiated an investigation to understand how this could have happened and to examine our procedures for handling tests and test papers.

“Appropriate disciplinary measures were implemented and parents were kept fully informed throughout the process.

“We have reviewed and strengthened our procedures for test administration and are confident that they are now more robust.

“St Patrick’s CE Primary Academy is committed to providing an excellent rounded education, enabling our pupils to achieve their individual potential, within a caring and supportive Christian environment.

“We pride ourselves on high standards and high expectations.

“In this instance, the actions of one individual did not meet those expectations.

“We followed our disciplinary procedure and appropriate actions were taken.”