Primary school cleared of exam-cheat claims

Ravenshead Primary School, Swinton Rise, Ravenshead
Ravenshead Primary School, Swinton Rise, Ravenshead

A school has been cleared of any wrongdoing after inspectors were brought in to investigate allegations of cheating.

The Department for Education confirmed that they had been contacted in regards to the accusations at Ravenshead CE Primary.

It was alleged there had been misconduct in regard to the SATs exams (Standard Attainment Tests) for year six pupils.

A Department for Education spokesperson said: “The Standards and Testing Agency did receive an allegation over the school’s key stage 2 national curriculum tests.

“The allegation has been investigated and no evidence was found to substantiate the allegation.”

An anonymous source had claimed that exam invigilators at the Swinton Rise school had helped pupils during the exams, by giving them a thumbs-up or thumbs-down after reading their answers, a claim that was rubbished by the school.

Headteacher Helen Thomas said: “Ravenshead CE Primary School works hard to support its pupils, ensuring that they are able to do their tests and perform to the best of their ability.

“They have all done their best and we are proud of their efforts.

“I am pleased that we can end the school year on a positive note and that any allegations have been found to be untrue.

“Following allegations of maladministration in the year 6 key stage 2 tests, the matter was immediately referred by the school to the local authority and the Standards and Testing Agency.

“The local authority had already carried out a routine, no notice inspection of the administration of the SATs papers on the same day. It was stated that all procedures had been carried out in accordance with guidelines.

“A thorough investigation was carried out by the Standards and Testing Agency. They found no evidence in any papers that any maladministration had taken place. The case has been closed by the agency.”