Probe into exam breach
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.”