Cavendish School has insisted no students will be disadvantaged in their GCSEs after an IT failure lost a collection of coursework.
The technical problems occurred during the Easter break and although most of the data has been retrieved successfully, some files and folders belonging to students are unlikely to be recovered at all.
Although head teacher Kenny Fitzpatrick has reassured students and parents that ‘no student will have to redo significant amounts of work’, the IT blunder could still result in a number of pupils having to re-submit pieces of work in the lead up to their summer exams.
A full statement released by Mr Fitzpatrick said, “A problem in our IT network occurred on April 11, which affected a random selection of students’ work files. This was a mechanical failure and no data has left the school’s operating system.
“As soon as the incident occurred, we brought in data recovery specialists, who have now recovered almost all of the affected data. However, there are some files belonging to students that remain unlikely to be recovered.
“Our immediate priority was to ensure that this has no detrimental effect on students’ progress or outcomes in the forthcoming summer exams. We are working with the examination boards who have reassured us that no student will be disadvantaged as a result of this incident. It is our understanding that no student will have to redo significant amounts of work.
“We are very sorry for the impact this incident has had and thank students and their parents for their understanding and support. Every step to minimise the potential upset to students at this crucial time has been taken. We have been issuing regular updates and teachers are working closely with the affected students to reassure and support them.
“This has been an unfortunate and unprecedented incident and our priority now is to safeguard against it happening again.”
The school has maintained regular communication with parents and students during this time and urge anybody who thinks the situation is impacting negatively to contact the school on 01323 731340.