The school principal Charlotte Marten has written to UK Education Secretary Charles Clarke, Sats administrators Aqua and Education, Sport and Culture director Tom McKeon after her pupils’ English results were received after the deadline for appeals had passed.
Ms Marten said she was furious and that the school’s position in relation to Sats would be reviewed in the autumn.
She said: ‘The results arrived on 22 July, four days after the official deadline for requesting a review of the marks.
I think it is very unsatisfactory and my students have had a shoddy service.’Ms Marten said that the results were generally worse than expected and that they were particularly surprised by this because JCG A-Level English students continue to do very well.’We are not in a position to challenge them and I wonder if they are accurate, frankly, given the fact that they are out of keeping with English results in previous years.
They are worse than we had expected, which calls them into question, given that it is the same staff delivering the teaching and the children’s English results higher up have been really strong.
I find it hard to believe,’ she said.Ms Marten’s previous school in the UK opted out of running Sats tests and she said that JCG would be reviewing their position in relation to their experience this year.
She added that she supported recent moves by Education to abandon Sats exams for 11-year-olds and move towards a verified teacher assessment system.