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City school exam results scrapped after investigation

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Image caption Summer exam results at a Perry Barr school have been scrapped over "maladministration" claims

A Birmingham school's exam results have been annulled following a government investigation into claims of "maladministration".

Dorrington Academy, in Perry Barr, is one of 25 schools nationally to see their Sats results retracted.

Results can be scrapped if schools "over-aid" pupils, open papers early or fail to stop pupils cheating, the Department for Education said.

Head teacher Lorette Barratt said staff were "devastated" by the decision.

'Difficult time'

Sats, or Standard Assessment Tests, are compulsory for all seven and 11-year-olds.

Mrs Barratt said she was unable to elaborate on specific reasons for the exam retractions.

"It has been a very difficult time," she added.

A spokeswoman for the Department for Education said that the national number of schools where results have been annulled this year due to maladministration was "consistent with previous years".

She said instances of maladministration were "rare, but completely unacceptable".

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