Grinling Gibbons' table-topping results wiped out after "maladministration"

In November, BC reported that Deptford primary school Grinling Gibbons had achieved the best results in the country, according to one respected league table. At the time, one reader questioned how reliable the results were. Now, The Standard reports that the school has had its results wiped out by the Department for Education:

After an inspection, Grinling Gibbons Primary School in Deptford has been punished for “maladministration” of its Key Stage 2 tests last summer. 

Last year’s results for maths and grammar, punctuation and spelling tests have been annulled for the whole cohort. 

The school’s results for the mental mathematics test, the second maths paper and the first grammar, punctuation and spelling paper were annulled. As a result the overall maths and grammar, punctuation and spelling results have been invalidated. 

The Department for Education spokesman said: “Following an investigation into the administration of 2014 Key Stage 2 tests at Grinling Gibbons Primary School, a decision was made to annul a number of the tests... Any instances of maladministration of the tests are completely unacceptable.”

A spokesman for Lewisham Council said: “In our view, the quality of education at Grinling Gibbons Primary School continues to be of a very high standard across all year groups. 

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38 comments:

guest said...

Lewisham Council lol.


Why do we keep voting these deranged lunatics in? If they have been willing to fiddle with school results, who knows what else they have been fiddling with!

Neilgadhok said...

What a complete let down for the children

terrencetrentderby said...

The problem is some councils have become party fiefdoms, with Lewisham firmly under the grip of the Labour party. Unfortunately
turnouts at local elections are very low with people voting nationally rather local minded.

ol said...

Does Cynthia Eubanks keep her OBE?

Pizza snob said...

The Lib Dems have actually ruined UK politics for a generation by going with the AV vote. Until this country grows up and goes for PR we'll be forever stuck in and endless Tory/Labour loop of doom. Unimaginative politics and stagnation which trickles all the way down to local elections.


Unfortunately we won't get PR or a non-Labour Lewisham council until I'm long in the ground now.

Woman of Brockley said...

Willing to be corrected on this, but I doubt this has anything to do with Lewisham Council, other than the fact they are are one of the bodies putting pressure on schools to keep getting better and better test scores. When there are problems like this it usually means staff in the school did something they shouldn't have done.

Max Calò said...

Or you could say that a coalition of FPTP and PR supporters scuppered the once in a generation chance of getting a nuanced voting system lke AV that the LIb Dems proposed.

Newby said...

Or maybe its just that voters quite like the system we have at the moment and think that politicians should concentrate on more important matters?

THNick said...

Not sure what Lewisham council have got to do with it: isnt GG an academy school, so out of control of the council.
A better complaint would be "why did we take control away from Lewisham council who might have stopped this fillding?"

Max Calò said...

I do like the idea of PR but being an Italian I know that it gives immense power to the central offices of the big parties that determine who gets elected before a vote is cast.

Max Calò said...

I don't think AV failed because it sounded wierd. It failed because the ocean of Labour and Tory branded hacks that determine this nation public opinion went to war against it for a political gain of their paymasters.

Max Calò said...

I disagree, I think it's a matter of cultural hegemony, of people told what to think.

Just to be clear, the British people rejected a change in the voting system that would have removed the argument you must vote for me because otherwise the other guy gets in and you have no other choice. Sorry, I do think that the only people that have an interest in keeping this in place are the Labour and Tory parties.

Pizza snob said...

I'm a massive PR campaigner, but like most of us, for that brief period I campaigned and voted for AV - better than nothing.


AV failed because it sounded weird. If it had been PR I think people would have got on board. Now all we hear are soundbites about how the people have spoken that they don't want voting reform. Actually I vote Lib Dem ONLY because I want voting reform.

terrencetrentderby said...

Yep, the problem with AV was not many people understood it. It was doomed from the start. The case for a PR system could have been easily and eloquantly made rather than AV which as you say sounded weird and and was a hard-to-explain improvement on FPTP.

Pizza snob said...

There are so many strands and potential strands this could get out of control.

In any regard, my ideal system would be to merge every four constituencies. You then vote once FPTP for your super-constituency representative (who will actually represent local people), and then you also vote PR - the results deciding 75% of the seats.

Perfect.

Max Calò said...

But if the one in four elected with FPTP "actually represent local people" the other three elected with PR who do they actually represent?

Max Calò said...

Not sure about this system, they sound like two different job descriptions though, with the one in 4 representing so many people it's bound to neglect most of them and the other three actually allowed to be "out of touch", the ultimate political sin.

Pizza snob said...

Umm - as opposed to now when anyone can be as out of touch as they like with no ramifications as everyone just votes by party anyway? And in a safe seat it gets even worse?

Large constituencies are a bit of a problem but offset by the fact that their full-time job can be representing local people. It could be a pre-condition they cannot take up a Ministry position.

Could easily merge 3 constiuencies rather than 4 regardless.

Concerned said...

Yes, exactly that. Schools are under massive pressure to push results ever higher and Lewisham LEA do have to take responsibility in part for that. However, what is more worrying is that Lewisham did not 'notice' or flag up (let alone investigate) a school that was reporting I believe 100% of children achieving level 5 at end of KS2.
Certainly all other teachers who were privy to the results were questioning it, so where was Frankie Sulke in all of this?

Concerned said...

No, it isn't an Academy. It is a federation with other primaries. Will they be investigated next???

Max Calò said...

As opposed to at least having to keep in touch with the voters rather than legislate over them from high.

Brockley Nick said...

You can bet if it was an Academy, the same bunch who bullied a Deptford Academy headteacher out of his job would have had a field day with this story.

Max Calò said...

Marking her territory, like cats do.

Newby said...

I think people look at countries like Italy/Greece etc and make the logical conclsuion that whilst FPTP may have its flaws it has at least produced a functioning state, avoided the rise of extremists and made the executive reasobaly accountable.

Max Calò said...

We were talking of FPTP vs AV actually, and I don't think that having more parties and coalitions is the root cause of the problems of Greece or Italy, or Germany.

PeoplesAssemblySEL said...

More detail about what this 'maladministration' was, is needed. What happened, why did happen.

Brockley Nick said...

Have you read the Standard article?

PeoplesAssemblySEL said...

Yes.

Brockley Nick said...

Well then. They faked the results. What more do you need to know?

guest said...

I would like to know who will be held responsible or will this be mysteriously swept under the carpet owing to the high profile of the executive head? AS was previously mentioned...more details are needed. I believe that this is the tip of the iceberg.

Anxious of Adamsrill said...

Cynthia Eubanks was appointed executive head of Adamsrill Primary in Lower Sydenham in sept 2014, and as a parent of children in this school I really want to know what has gone on. Why, when this was discovered by the department of education in December, has she remained in her post(s) as normal? I'm not even sure the staff at my children's school are aware of the 'maladministration' at their partner federation school, as the parent governors do not seem to be. No one seems to be in the slightest bit bothered by what has happened and I can't for the life of me understand why! I really want to know what will happen to our school as since their ofsted report last spring we seem to have lost 23 staff and had a head resign (hence the appointment of Cynthia Eubanks as executive head) and no one is telling us what is going on!

Truth said...

Adamsrill governors should demand that everything is above board at the school from this head teacher. If she does it one school who is to say she is not doing it at our school. We do not need the same publicity as her other schools. Should we not have our own headteacher anyway. i don't want a cheat and a liar as the head teacher of my children's school. I want an honest person.

Also anxious at Adamsrill said...

Have you considered that maybe the staff at our school have been put under pressure not to discuss this . If the parent governors want to find out the truth, perhaps they need to be contacting the teachers who have left since Cynthia Eubanks arrived at Adamsrill. When staff left under the previous head, I believe they were offered exit interviews (the chance to explain why they chose to leave,). I wonder whether Lewisham have offered the same since the new head
took over.

Anxious of adamsril said...

I have e-mailed the school asking for contact details of the chair of governors and, like previous e-mails and requests to meet with the head teacher, the school just ignore me! Does anyone know who I should contact on the council or in the department of education to register my concerns?

v clarke said...

Very true story which can be found online on the evening standard website and last weeks newspaper and being a parent of a child that goes to lucas vale and i have lots of question about that school ...some times hidden things get revealed...

mick said...

Well as its not an acadamy what would you ask Lewisham council?

steve said...

Have you tried Ofsted or Executive Director for Children and Young People
Ms Frankie Sulke frankie.sulke@lewisham.gov.uk Tel: 020 8314 8527

Vicar's Knickers said...

Another example of the 'rotten borough' we live in.

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