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Selsdon Primary School in Croydon 'cleared' in exam investigation

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A PRIMARY school subject to an exams investigation has been given the all-clear, the Advertiser understands.

Selsdon Primary School, in Addington Road, was inspected by the Standards and Testing Agency (STA) earlier this month following an allegation of staff misconduct during this summer's SATs exams.

A well-placed source told the Advertiser today (Monday) that the council staff who undertook the visit on behalf of the STA did not find anything of concern.

Croydon Council has now passed on its findings to the STA which will then decide what action, if any, to take.

The inspection followed a separate investigation into exam results at Heavers Farm Primary, in South Norwood, which is partnered with Selsdon Primary.

The STA, which is an arm of the Department for Education (DfE), has withheld Heaver's results while it assesses a small number of SATs papers.

Susan Papas, head teacher of both schools, told the Advertiser last week she believed the allegations about Selsdon were the result of a personal vendetta.

She said the issue at Heavers was "minor" and added there was "absolutely nothing" untoward at Selsdon, which posted significantly improved results this summer.

Ms Papas said staff involved in the exam process were "distressed" to have been interviewed as part of the investigation but have been "amazingly supportive".

The STA has yet to confirm the outcome of either investigation. 

A council spokesman said: "The council has passed its own findings to the Standards and Testing Agency who will make a decision based upon the information they have gathered on this case."

Selsdon Primary School in Croydon 'cleared' in exam investigation


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