Investigation robs kids of SATs results after finding they were ‘over supported’ during exams
PUBLISHED: 11:55 21 July 2017
Year six pupils at a Weston-super-Mare school will not receive Statutory Assessment Test (SAT) results for some subjects because an investigation found they were given too much help during their exams.
Parents of children at Corpus Christi Primary School say their children worked ‘really hard all year’ but have ‘nothing to show for it’ after their SATs results were annulled by the Standards and Testing Agency (STA).
The school says it was investigated by the STA after an allegation students were ‘over supported’ during their exams.
The investigation found there was significant doubt over the results and so they are now invalid. The school is unable to appeal the decision.
Parents will instead receive teacher assessments for reading, writing, maths and science and a score for English, grammar, punctuation and spelling.
“The school’s headteacher Helen Taylor said: “We understand this news will cause some distress and upset and I am happy to meet with parents who have concerns especially as the children move to their secondary schools in September.
“We would like to reassure parents we have informed all the secondary schools involved of the STA’s findings, and they will use our teaching assessments and their own assessment tools when children enter year seven.
“The school’s governing body will investigate the cause of this maladministration and ensure future processes around assessment are tightened.”
Gromico Joseph’s daughter goes to the school, and he told the Mercury: “We are very disappointed and we are worried about the children’s education.
“In my experience it’s a good school... (but) parents and children have been eagerly waiting for the results.
“Our children have worked really hard all year and have got nothing to show for it.”
Dave Cozens also has children at the school, he said: “The school have handled the situation very well by phoning parents and subsequently issuing the kids scores for the disputed tests unofficially.
“It’s a fantastic school and I honestly don’t believe any of the staff at the school would do anything to the detriment of the pupils. It’s deeply disappointing anybody would make accusations of this nature.”