A SCHOOL is being investigated over what it has called ‘malicious’ claims of breaching exams rules. 

Educational watchdog Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) is reportedly looking into the ‘cheating’ claims, according to a letter seen by the News. 

The complaint reportedly relates to how A-Level and GCSE results were awarded by LVS Ascot and whether grades were ascertained by assessments conducted at home without supervision amid the pandemic as schools were closed. 

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The school, in London Road, strongly deny any wrongdoing. 

A spokesperson for the school said: "We are aware of an anonymous complaint. It is malicious and unfounded, and we are taking legal advice for defamation. 

"LVS Ascot has not breached examination regulations, confirmed in writing by the exam regulation body." 

It comes after Ofqual, which regulates qualifications, examinations and assessments in England, declared that as of March 16 exam grades for GCSE and A level students would be based on pre-existing exam results and school’s performances. 

Their instruction to all schools was that no exams were to be taken after that date. 

A spokesperson for Ofqual said: "Following the cancellation of exams in summer 2020, we asked schools and colleges to submit centre assessment grades. 

"To determine centre assessment grades, schools and colleges were asked to use their professional experience to make an evidence based, objective, holistic judgement of the grade they believed a student would have achieved had exams taken place. 

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"In our published guidance to schools and colleges, we made clear that, where additional work had been completed after schools and colleges were closed on March 20, Heads of Centre should exercise caution where that evidence suggested a change in performance, as in many cases this was likely to have reflected the circumstances and context in which the work was done. 

"Heads of Centre were also asked to sign a declaration to confirm that the grades submitted by their centre honestly and fairly represented the grades that students would have been most likely have achieved if they had sat their exams as planned."