ANGER has been expressed by head teachers throughout the borough after pupils' exam results have been delayed.
Schools across the country have been affected by the delay due to technical problems experienced by ETS, the company in charge of marking the national curriculum Standard Attainment Test (SAT).
Parents will now be expected to wait until September as schools have said they are unlikely to receive the results before the end of term.
Richard Smith, deputy head at Uxbridge High School, in The Greenway, said: "There has been a delay in SATs results for 14-year-olds. They were meant to get to us electronically by July 8 and we have been told we should get them by the end of the week, but it's not definite.
"We would have preferred to get them at the right time because it makes it difficult for the school to prepare for next year in terms of putting pupils into different sets.
"It's not the end of the world but we do use these results to help us plan for the GCSEs."
Sue Pryor, head teacher at Swakeleys School, in Clifton Gardens, Hillingdon, said: "We are disappointed we will not receive the results by the end of term as it will prevent us from sharing the results with parents before September. It also means we can't check the exam papers for errors.
"I understand that it's a massive job to carry out, but I am disappointed that the company haven't been able to meet the deadline as agreed."
David Poole, assistant head teacher at Bishop Ramsey Church of England School in Hume Way, Ruislip, said: "It's very disappointing for the children who were expecting the results and who have worked very hard, and we still do not know when they are coming in."
Reports in the national media claim ETS, based in America, is in line for heavy financial penalties for failing to perform better than Edexcel, the company it took over from.