Delay in exam results is a 'shambles'

A HEAD teacher has branded the late release of Sats results a complete shambles after they were delayed for a second time. Susan Kennedy, head teacher of Greneway School in Royston, said: We ve got some of our key stage two results, but none from key

A HEAD teacher has branded the late release of Sats results a "complete shambles" after they were delayed for a second time.

Susan Kennedy, head teacher of Greneway School in Royston, said: "We've got some of our key stage two results, but none from key stage three.

"It's a complete shambles," she said.

Schools whose key stage two and three pupils undertook exams this year should have received results last week.


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A series of administrative errors meant delivery was put back seven days, but with the end of the school term approaching, many are still outstanding.

Robert Dunbar, head teacher of St Mary's RC School in Royston, described the situation as "a shambles", too.

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He said: "It really has an effect on the children and it is the pupils at the end of the day who will suffer."

He said he was still waiting for a number of results.

Mr Dunbar said the standard of marking of the exam papers this year was "questionable".

Roysia School in Royston confirmed it had received all its results this week.

Head teacher Peter Fielding said: "All the pupils should have their results before the end of term.

"The problem is that this is a very busy time of year, and we already have a lot going on.

"We would have liked to have had them out of the way by now.

"It's just an extra thing for the staff to deal with."

A spokesman for Bassing-bourn Village College said results were not expected to be received until tomorrow (Friday).

If the results are delayed any longer, then they will not be distributed until the start of the new school year in September.

The delay has been caused by problems at testing firm ETS, which included sending papers to markers late.

It was due to return the grades by July 8, and only disclosed on June 26 that it was running late.

It is thought that up to 30,000 children nationwide will have to wait until after the summer holidays to receive their results.

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