Harold Hill primary school still claims to be best in the country amid allegations of cheating in exams

PUBLISHED: 17:12 23 July 2018 | UPDATED: 17:12 23 July 2018

Broadford Primary School.

Broadford Primary School.


Following an investigation the results for a number of papers have been annulled.

Broadford Primary School.Broadford Primary School.

A Harold Hill primary school that is being investigated amid allegations of cheating in exams has said that it wants to prove it is still the best in the country.

The Department for Education confirmed the results of key stage 2 English reading and maths papers at Broadford Primary School, in Faringdon Avenue had been annulled.

The school has said that it is yet to see the report from the Standards and Teaching Agency (STA) and that in reference to an article published by the Mail on Sunday it contained many “inaccuracies and false claims”.

It said it is determined to prove to “doubters” that it is indeed the “best school in Britain.”

Broadford Primary School.Broadford Primary School.

The school is run by Havering Council and was placed into special measures in 2011 but has worked its way up to be currently rated as “outstanding” by Ofsted.

It was named primary school of the year and overall school of the year at the 2017 Times Educational Supplement (TES) awards.

A Department for Education spokesperson said: “Any reports of cheating or misadministration of tests should be investigated.

“Following an investigation into the administration of 2018 key stage 2 tests at Broadford Primary School, the results for the key stage 2 English reading paper and one of the maths papers have been annulled.

“This does not affect the pupils involved.”

Taking to Facebook the school said: “I am sure some of you have seen us mentioned in a story written for the Daily Mail/Mail on Sunday.

For those of you who know Broadford well - you will be assured that every child that attends our school has access to some of the best teachers, resources, trips and most exciting lessons in the UK.

“We pride ourselves NOT on coaching for SATS exams, but more importantly delivering a whole enriched education to your children that goes far beyond the traditional expectations for Primary school.

“From our reading dog, to the experiences entitlement, forest schools, our wonderful librarian, amazing awards and your incredible support: these are just some of the ingredients that makes our school a magical place to learn and work.

“We consider the children to be family, not just pupils.

“We know the name of each and every one, celebrating their unique personalities and providing an environment that encourages their interests so that they are inspired to learn.

“There are many inaccuracies and false claims within the story. For instance the Mail On Sunday reported that ‘bundles of open papers were found’. This is not true.

“The STA monitor agreed the papers were stored securely, that the test was administered effectively and the results of that test are allowed to stand.

“We believe strongly in being honest with parents, sadly on this occasion we have not even seen a report from the STA and have been advised this will be with us by the end of next week. We were provided with verbal feedback on Thursday - the same day we sent you the letter.

“What they told us is very different to the details leaked to the press.

“We find it outrageous that those who have never visited the school could doubt the ability of our pupils.

“In this group of Year 6 pupils we have children who have passed the 11+ exam with fantastic marks, have reached the finals of the Count On Us Maths competition, beat pupils from an Independent school in a maths quiz, earned distinctions in their exams for the London Academy of Dramatic Arts, studied GCSE level courses in a college environment, passed Kumon maths tests that are several years ahead of age related expectations… world class outcomes.

“To us it is no surprise that your children were above average, that is what we expect!

“When I joined the school 7 years ago, I was passionate about changing the reputation of Broadford and determined for it to be a place which children, parents and staff are proud of.

“I think we’ve achieved that: the improvement in teaching resulting in our Ofsted Outstanding judgement, the TES Award in 2017, Read Write Inc Model School, the impact we have had on other schools - particularly our sister school Mead.

“That isn’t something that you can fake. I will be just as passionate about defending the reputation of our families, pupils and school from those who have never even been to see us or meet your children.

“Staff and governors have already received many messages from parents, residents and colleagues expressing their support and confidence in the school - this means more to us than a story or comments in a newspaper and demonstrates the passion, pride and loyalty that makes working in Harold Hill so rewarding.

“I will be working hard alongside staff and governors across the summer to ensure everyone returns to Broadford in September and continues to experience that same world class education that they have benefited from over the last seven years.

“Mrs Nicholls and I couldn’t be prouder to call Broadford Primary our home, couldn’t be more thankful for how you have supported us as Headteachers and couldn’t be more determined to prove to the doubters that Broadford Primary is indeed the best school in Britain!

“Thank you for your support.”

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