Thetford Academy principal’s warning after “courier” asks to take papers for upcoming exams

Adrian Ball, principal of Thetford Academy

Adrian Ball, principal of Thetford Academy - Credit: Archant

A principal has issued a warning to secondary schools after a man claiming to be a courier attempted to take exam papers from an academy.

Adrian Ball, executive principal of Thetford Academy, has written to other principals and headteachers in the region after an incident at his school on Thursday.

In an email sent yesterday (Friday), Mr Ball said: 'Yesterday someone claiming to be a courier tried to take all of our exam papers which are due to be sat next week saying the exam board needed them back.

'He knew my exam officer's name (even though she has only been in post for four weeks) and all the paper codes. AQA [an exam body] confirmed he wasn't sent by them and are launching an investigation at their end. Thought everyone needed to be aware.'

His message was shared by Geoff Barton, headteacher of King Edwards Upper School in Bury St Edmunds, on Twitter, who called the warning 'extraordinary'.

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Mr Ball was not available for comment.

Has your school been affected? Email or call 01842 752510.

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