Head 'disappointed' at actions of cheating teacher at Newton Farm Nursery, Infant and Primary School in South Harrow

The head of a primary school at which a teacher was found to have cheated in pupils’ end of year exams says she is extremely disappointed by the findings.

A retiring Year Six teacher at Newton Farm Nursery, Infant and Primary School amended 12 answers on five test papers in end of year SATs exams in May.

An independent investigation carried out at the school found no other teacher had been involved and the school took no further action on the teacher, who has since left.

Headteacher Rekha Bhakoo said of the findings: “We are pleased that the matter has now officially been drawn to a close and the outcomes of the independent investigation are clear and transparent.

“However, the staff, governors and school community are extremely disappointed that our pupils have been denied some of their KS2 SATS results due to the actions of the retired Y6 teacher.

“We will continue to ensure that all our pupils thrive socially, morally and intellectually in a curriculum which meets their individual needs.”

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7:01pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Duke of Chandos says...

Too little too late for the children concerned - all too convenient to blame it on a rogue teacher who has since retired.

We still haven't been told who conducted the Independent investigation - if officers from the Local Authority then they were tainted before the investigation began.

Surely the Headteacher should be the one who resigns as ultimately she is responsible for what happens on her watch and signs off the papers
Too little too late for the children concerned - all too convenient to blame it on a rogue teacher who has since retired. We still haven't been told who conducted the Independent investigation - if officers from the Local Authority then they were tainted before the investigation began. Surely the Headteacher should be the one who resigns as ultimately she is responsible for what happens on her watch and signs off the papers Duke of Chandos

11:43am Fri 6 Dec 13

Oscillator says...

There needs to be a criminal prosecution in this case - that the Governors are not pursuing this is shameful. Unfit to govern.
There needs to be a criminal prosecution in this case - that the Governors are not pursuing this is shameful. Unfit to govern. Oscillator

7:55pm Tue 31 Dec 13

Callum m says...

I would not (and do not) believe it of the teacher in question. She was an inspiration to a generation of pupils who have passed through Newton farm and should be remembered as a shining example of how good a teacher can be. She is the sole reason for my hopes of one day becoming a teacher.

I can not say with any certainty what has happened but I believe whole heartedly that the accused teacher is innocent and hope she enjoys a long and happy retirement, despite these accusations sullying her good name.
I would not (and do not) believe it of the teacher in question. She was an inspiration to a generation of pupils who have passed through Newton farm and should be remembered as a shining example of how good a teacher can be. She is the sole reason for my hopes of one day becoming a teacher. I can not say with any certainty what has happened but I believe whole heartedly that the accused teacher is innocent and hope she enjoys a long and happy retirement, despite these accusations sullying her good name. Callum m

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