SATs results annulled at 'outstanding' London primary school

Pupils at a top primary school in west London have had their SATs maths exams annulled after an investigation by the Standards and Testing Agency.

The agency investigated in response to allegations of “maladministration” of the tests at St Matthew’s Church of England Primary School in Hillingdon, which was rated ‘outstanding’ at its last Ofsted inspection in 2009.

The school has been part of the Fray’s Academy Trust, which runs four primary schools and a nursery in the Hillingdon area, since 2013.

A spokesperson for the trust said it received an allegation “in connection with the maladministration of key stage two SATs tests” at the school, which it reported to the Standards and Testing Agency and the local authority.

The Standards and Testing Agency investigated and their decision was to annul the maths papers for all of the pupils. The parents of Year 6 pupils were notified by letter.

“An internal investigation is continuing and once concluded Fray’s Academy Trust will make a further statement at the appropriate time.”

A spokesperson for the Department for Education confirmed the maths test results had been wiped for all pupils at the primary school.

However, she said the decision to do so will not “adversely affect” the pupils, as the school can provide teacher assessment data to show pupil progress in maths.

Last week it was revealed that tests had been annulled at another London primary school after teachers were found to have “overaided” pupils in their SATs exams.

The Standards and Testing Agency ruled that pupils at Harris Academy Philip Lane in Tottenham had been given too much help on their English reading and maths reasoning SATs papers.