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GYM'LL FIX IT; PE teacher accused of giving kids passes for exams they never sat: EXCLUSIVE.

Byline: CHARLES LAVERY

A SENIOR teacher faces an exam-fixing probe amid claims dozens of children passed tests they never sat.

Liam Hornby - head of PE at St Matthew's Academy in Saltcoats, Ayrshire - is on longterm sick leave while education chiefs investigate.

A probe was ordered after a female pupil told her guidance teacher that Hornby informed pupils they had passed a Scottish Qualifications Authority PE assessment they had never taken.

The fifth-year female pupil was the only one in a class of more than 20 to alert senior staff.

Children across Scotland must pass four National Assessment Banks - NABs - in a year before they sit their chosen Standard Grade or Higher exams.

In Hornby's case, if a child excelled in football, they would be assessed four times in the school year and graded accordingly.

Suspicious school bosses conducted a spot check on assessments after the pupil blew the whistle.

Hornby was appointed principal PE teacher at St Michael's Academy in 2002 and stayed on as head of department when his school merged to form St Matthew's in 2007.

A source said: "He told the children they had passed their NABs. That went down really well with most of them, except one girl who was worried it may wreck her qualification at a later date so she complained to her guidance teacher.

"Now they are trawling back through all the assessments he has made as a PE teacher."

Dad-of-two Hornby, of Kilwinning, Ayrshire, could face being struck off as a teacher if the allegations of exam-fixing are proved.

North Ayrshire Council said: "We are investigating."

Hornby declined to comment.

c.lavery@sundaymail.co.uk

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