Why are pupils still waiting? Hebburn children don’t know results eight months after exam

Hebburn Lakes Primary School
Hebburn Lakes Primary School

PUPILS at a South Tyneside school still don’t know the results of examinations they took almost eight months ago.

The outcome of Standard Assessment Tests (SATS) taken by pupils at Hebburn Lakes Primary School, in Campbell Park Road, Hebburn, in the middle of June last year have yet to be published because of a Government probe into how the exams were administered.

More than 40 children spent several stressful weeks preparing for their Key Stage 2 SATS.

But, months down the line, pupils and parents are still in the dark over their results.

The Standards and Testing Agency (STA) – a Government department – launched an investigation into the “administration” of the tests.

Today a South Tyneside Council spokesman called on the STA, an executive body of the Department for Education, to finalise its investigation “as soon as possible”.

Teachers at the school have been interviewed by education officials from the local authority as part of the exam probe.

Dozens of children who took the SATS have since moved on to senior schools – without them or their parents knowing how they did in the final stages of their primary education.

An STA spokesman confirmed that the probe was still ongoing, although he said it is believed an outcome is expected “shortly”.

He said: “The Hebburn Lakes Primary School investigation is still ongoing,”

The spokesman added: “The investigation is not yet concluded. We continue to offer support and guidance to the school.

“We appreciate this is a difficult time for pupils and parents, and have asked the Standards and Testing Agency to finalise their investigation as soon as possible.”

Hebburn Lakes is the only school in South Tyneside to have been affected by the exam checks, but the number of schools identified for additional checking across the country as a whole has increased in recent years

One Hebburn mum-of-three previously told the Gazette: “It would be nice to know how the children got on in their exams, even just for their own peace of mind.

“I’ve rang the school several times and have spoken to about six parents who have also tried to get some answers, but we’ve heard absolutely nothing.”

Coun Jim Sewell, governor at Hebburn Lakes Primary, was unavailable for comment.

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