Daubeney Primary School SATs declared invalid after Department for Education ‘maladministration’ investigation

Daubeney Primary School. Photo by Google Streetview

Daubeney Primary School. Photo by Google Streetview - Credit: Archant

Youngsters at a Lower Clapton school have had their reading and maths SATs cancelled after a “maladministration” investigation.

Parents at Daubeney Primary School were left scratching their heads over the summer holidays when the results from tests that Year 6 boys and girls sat in May were withheld.

Key Stage 2 (KS2) national curriculum tests, also known as SATs, are published annually by the Department for Education in July, giving an indicator of how schools are performing across the country.

The controversial assessments are a way of making sure every child has mastered the basics when they leave primary education and move on to secondary school.

However Daubeney governor Christoper Russell confirmed to the Gazette on Tuesday the Standards and Testing Agency (STA) has declared the school’s 2018 SATs for English reading and mathematics invalid.

Neither the school, council nor the STA have confirmed what the “maladministration” was.

“The school and the governors recognise the importance and seriousness of the STA’s decision,” he said. “We are in the process of commissioning an independent investigation and we are committed to taking whatever steps are necessary to ensure this does not ever happen again.

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“We are proud of all our former pupils, who worked very hard throughout their time at Daubeney Primary School.

“The annulment of these test results does not reflect the work that children have learned or the experiences they have had at the school.”

Last year students performed “well above average” – both nationally and borough-wide – in the expected standard in their reading, writing and maths SATs.

The Daubeney Road school has not been inspected for almost five years, but was found to be “good” in 2013, with “outstanding” ratings given for the behaviour and safety of pupils and leadership and management categories.

Daubeney is in partnership with Sebright Primary, with some staff working across both campuses.