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Goole High School Academy governors removed in exam probe

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Image caption The allegations relate to online ICT exams taken by about 30 pupils

The governing body of an East Yorkshire school has been dissolved and a member of staff suspended over alleged exam irregularities.

Wakefield City Academies Trust (WCAT) said it had taken action at Goole High School Academy as part of its ongoing investigation into the historic claims.

The allegations relate to Information and Communications Technology exams taken by about 30 pupils.

It has been reported that pupils may have received assistance with the exam.

Seven employees, including teaching and support staff at the school, were also suspended last week.

'Grades not affected'

Alan Yellup, chief executive officer of WCAT, said the initial investigation had focused on online exams but had been broadened to "get to the bottom of any alleged examination malpractice".

He said: "The alleged malpractice is historic but it is our responsibility to sort it out and we will.

"We do not know at this point in time if these allegations have any foundation but, at the end of our thorough investigation, we want to be certain, has there been any malpractice? If so, what?

"The integrity of the examinations has always got to be protected and the integrity of the staff, if false allegations have been made then we need to clear that."

However, Mr Yellup said their grades would not be affected.

Mr Yellup said the Department for Education, Ofsted and Ofqual have been notified and an Interim Executive Committee has replaced the governing body.

Goole High School Academy, which has about 968 pupils, became a member of WCAT on 15 August.

The trust also runs schools in Wakefield, Havercroft, Hemsworth and Balby, near Doncaster.

The school was placed in special measures by Ofsted in December after it was rated as inadequate.

A spokesperson for Ofsted said it did not carry out investigations around alleged exam irregularities but would take details of the investigation on board as part of inspection evidence.

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