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Evidence of exam 'malpractice' found at Northern Ireland school

St Patrick's High School in Keady
St Patrick's High School in Keady
Jonathan Bell

By Jonathan Bell

Evidence of exam "malpractice" has been found at a Northern Ireland school.

The managing authority for St Patrick's High School in Keady, the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (CCMS) said an investigation was started after whistleblowing concerns were raised.

"It has now been established that there is evidence of malpractice in the conduct of public examinations in some subject areas at St Patrick’s High School, Keady," a spokesman said.

The CCMS has appointed two independent principals to oversee exams at the school.

"CCMS is working with the school’s Board of Governors, staff and other education partners, to address all identified issues," the spokesman continued.

"Two serving Principals, Jonathan Brady and Liam Perry, have been commissioned to work with the Board of Governors on a review of existing practice and with the development of a focused action plan and any arrangements necessary to ensure complete confidence in the upcoming round of examinations.”

It comes after the school's board of governors wrote to parents about the matter, the BBC reported.

The Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) carried out an investigation of claims made in 2017 about possible irregularities.

The board of governors in their letter did not name staff or say what areas were affected. However, it is thought pupils' results are unaffected.

The governors said action was being taken to address the matter to assure parents they are dealing with the issue.

The CCEA has been asked for a comment.

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