Probe into exam breach

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - News - BY JOANNE WARNOCK

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion has been launched into a north-east school af­ter pre­lim exam pa­pers were leaked to pupils in er­ror.

El­lon Academy has now been forced to cre­ate new tests for pupils who are due to sit ex­ams later this month.

Aberdeen­shire Coun­cil con­firmed the com­puter sys­tem breach, but added only a small num­ber of stu­dents were af­fected.

So far, the exam sub­ject at the cen­tre of the probe has not been re­vealed, nor the num­ber of pupils in­volved.

Head of sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion, Vin­cent Docherty, said: “A small num­ber of pupils at El­lon Academy who were sit­ting pre­lims in one sub­ject have been af­fected by the exam pa­pers be­com­ing

“We don’t want stu­dents to be dis­tracted by such is­sues”

pub­lic ahead of the exam date.

“The school and coun­cil are in­ves­ti­gat­ing how the in­for­ma­tion breaches oc­curred and, to make sure all pupils have a fair chance dur­ing their pre­lims, we have set a new date and pa­pers.”

The £36mil­lion El­lon Com­mu­nity Cam­pus opened in Au­gust 2015 and has more than 1,000 pupils en­rolled.

Coun­cil­lor Ali­son Evi­son, co-leader of the au­thor­ity, con­firmed that tech­nol­ogy ex­perts are look­ing into the leak.

She said: “The mat­ter is be­ing treated as a pri­or­ity. The school, of course, will en­sure ex­ams can be car­ried out as they should be, to help stu­dents plan and man­age their on­go­ing learn­ing.

“We do not want stu­dents to be dis­tracted from their exam prepa­ra­tion by is­sues such as this.”

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