Union call for answers after exam result row at posh girls' school

A top private school is at the centre of a probe over alleged irregularities in exams.

The Scottish Qualifications Authority are looking at an “issue” over projected exam results for pupils at Fernhill school.

Staff at the £8000-per-year girls’ school were asked to tell exam bosses which grades they thought their pupils would get when they sat their exams in May.

The predictions were made to help judge appeals against disappointing results.

But a teacher at the school in Rutherglen, near Glasgow, has complained to the SQA saying staff estimates were changed on the day exam results were released.

The teacher said she wasn’t informed of the changes, made in an email on August 5. Now the SQA have launched an inquiry into the row, which has caused a rift.

Fernhill, run by head teacher Jacqueline Sexton, was the 10th most successful private school in Scotland in 2010, with 63 per cent of its pupils achieving at least five Highers.

The school is regulated by the Scottish Catholic Education Service, which implements the Catholic Church’s policies on education. No one at the SCES was available for comment.

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