Yet another academy is facing problems. This time it’s Ravens Wood School in Bromley, whose executive principal is Professor Sir George Berwick CBE, who was knighted for services to education this year. According to a report in today’s Observer, the exam board EdExel is investigating an allegation that pupils’ performance was falsified. This follows claims by ‘insiders’, which allege that a senior member of staff was alerted but no action was taken. The allegations and investigation centre on the coursework for a BTec course in ICT.
The school is currently awaiting the outcome of its June OFSTED inspection. It is not clear why publication of the report has been delayed (inspection reports are normally published within 15 days) but it is clear that the school is challenging the OFSTED inspection.
Last Friday, according to the Observer article, a letter was sent home to parents informing them that Sir George, who has been described by Michael Gove as “visionary”, having reached retirement age, will officially retire on 10 October 2013. Read the full article below: