Sunderland school drops appeal over exam results probe

South Hylton Primary School.
South Hylton Primary School.
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A PRIMARY school has dropped plans to appeal against an investigation into its exam results.

The inquiry into the reliability of the Key Stage Two Sats exams at South Hylton Primary School was launched last summer.

Parents of former Year 6 children at the Union Street school were left waiting for their child’s results several months after all the other 11-year-olds received their grades.

The investigation into the reliability of the school’s test results was launched by the Standards and Testing Agency.

Although the school initially launched an appeal against the outcome of the investigation, it has now accepted the recommendations of the Standards Testing Board and will not appeal.

Councillor Pat Smith, portfolio holder for children’s services at Sunderland City Council, said: “The local authority worked with the Standards and Testing Agency in its investigation. The local authority will work with South Hylton Primary school and the Standards and Testing Agency to identify any lessons learned and ensure that these are put into practice.”

Headteacher Julie Cort said: “We have robust systems in place around the conduct of all key stage tests which we rigorously implement. Nothing like this has ever happened before in the school’s history.

“The school also received a ‘good’ rating with outstanding features in an Ofsted inspection just a week before the tests, so this came as a real blow.” The school wrote to parents at the end of summer about the results delay and then wrote again towards the end of last year to tell them about the latest situation.

Ms Cort added: “We are looking at what measures we can put in place to try and prevent anything like this happening again.”