York & North Yorkshire

Haxby Road Primary: Head teacher suspended over exams

The head teacher of Haxby Road Primary School in York has been suspended while an investigation into suspected exam maladministration is held.

Mike Schofield was removed as head teacher as a "precautionary" measure, the city council said.

An investigaton was started by the Qualification Curriculum Development Agency (QCDA) following the completion of Year 6 tests in the summer.

An acting head teacher has been appointed until an outcome is reached.

Assistant director of education at City of York Council, Jill Hodges, said: "As a result of the continuing investigation, the head teacher of Haxby Road Primary School has been placed on a precautionary suspension from duty whilst the investigation is concluded.

"Please note that this is not a disciplinary sanction.

"We appreciate that this is a difficult situation for staff, parents and children and we are working closely with the school's governing body to keep parents fully informed of developments."

The QCDA defines maladminstation as "any act that could jeopardise the integrity, security or confidentiality of the tests, and lead to test results that do not reflect the unaided work of pupils."

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