Headteacher’s angry complaint to Ofsted after Angel Road Junior School in Norwich marked down ‘because pupil wore glove in lesson’

Len Holman, executive headteachers of Angel Road infant and junior schools. Photo by Simon Finlay Len Holman, executive headteachers of Angel Road infant and junior schools. Photo by Simon Finlay

Sunday, December 15, 2013
3:54 PM

A headteacher has made an angry complaint to Ofsted after claiming a junior school received a bad inspection report because a pupil wore a glove in a lesson.

To send a link to this page to a friend, you must be logged in.

Angel Road Infant and Junior Schools in Norwich, which share executive headteacher Len Holman, were visited by different teams of inspectors on November 21-22, but while the infant school saw its grade improve from “satisfactory” to “good”, the junior school fell from “good” to “requires improvement”.

As well as sharing a principal, the schools have the same governing body and policies, but the former was graded “good” for leadership and management, while the latter was graded “requires improvement”.

Mr Holman, who will this week retire after 24 years as a headteacher, said: “It reflects once again that a school is very much part of the Ofsted lottery and whoever walks through the door. It should be 100pc consistent and it’s hugely inconsistent.”

He said in 2011 he had complained about the infant school’s Ofsted report, and that although his complaint was upheld, the school’s grade was not changed.

He added that inspectors had given him three reasons why behaviour at the junior school was judged to require improvement: a child wearing a glove in a lesson, a child fiddling with a pencil, and pupils talking louder than the inspector would have allowed at his school during a period of discussions in pairs.

He said a poor score in this area had a ripple effect, pulling down scores for the quality of teaching, and leadership and management.

The junior school report, published on Friday, said: “Pupils’ progress is not consistently good in all year groups and this affects their overall

achievement.”

It said work set for some pupils “lacks challenge”, leading to some becoming restless, and that leaders and managers “do not have an accurate view of the quality of teaching”.

The school was, however, praised for improving attendance.

In the report on the infant school, the inspectors wrote: “Teaching is consistently good and much is outstanding. The impact of good teaching is evident

in pupils’ good achievement in reading, writing and mathematics across the school. In all classes, pupils are very keen to do well and enjoy their learning.”

They also said pupils “love to be in school and love to learn”, and judged their behaviour to be “outstanding”.

Do you agree with Ofsted? Email newsdesk@archant.co.uk

12 comments

  • As an ex pupil of angel road I thought nothing of putting my daughter into this school despite it not being in our catchment area. One of the best schools in Norwich I can honestly say I loved my time there, my grades were fantastic! Their way of teaching keeps my ADHD daughter interested and she is happy in school. What more could you ask of a school??? On behalf of my sister, my daughter and also from myself we shall be sad to see Mr Holman leave and will all keep fantastic memories of him and this school!! Ofsted really do not know what they are talking about!

    Report this comment

    Toni Greenacre

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

  • A teacher friend of mine used to say, to quote an old advert " Those who can, teach, those who can't, join OFSTED " .

    Report this comment

    crunchy dick

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

  • As an ex pupil in both Angel Road schools Mr Holman was my head for middle school I can honestly say that I'm shocked to see any school under his management receive anything but glowing reports. I've gone on to run a very successful Ofsted rated outstanding early years setting and I know he is capable of this too.

    Report this comment

    Cheryl Norwell

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

  • Says it all really. The credibility of Ofsted sinks day by day.

    Report this comment

    guella

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

  • This just proves how useless, corrupt and pathetic Ofsted is. Either Len Holman is grade 2 (Infant School) or grade 3 (Junior School) .......he can't be both. Doubtless Ofsted will have some answer but to me it reads like Alice in Wonderland. 24 years of being a headmaster and then judged by morons like this. I bet he is glad to be retiring from this Orwellian double speak. What on earth has happened to the English that they tolerate this c***!!

    Report this comment

    Sportswagon

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

  • Slightly off track, I looked at the EDP map of schools as rated by Ofsted. If you look at schools north of Swaffham within an arc of about 30 degrees, 17 are yellow (require improvement) 3 are red (inadequate) and 3 are blue (good) That is 20 out of 23 schools (87%) are below Ofsted expected standard!!. For students of chance distribution, this is a very unlikely event considering Norfolk Schools overall (about 34% are either inadequate or in need of improvement). So either failure is infectious in this area, or a hidden divine hand is at work.

    Report this comment

    Fly Tipper

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

  • I think image is all important in Ofsted reviews. If you want your school to do well, sod the teaching, make sure you spend the money on making it look really pretty. And it helps if the intake is lot's of well turned out, compliant, middle class kids.

    Report this comment

    Cyril the Canary

    Monday, December 16, 2013

  • Ofsted has been travelling around marking down perfectly good schools so that they can revisit before the election and say they have improved and then the Tories can say they are improving education. It's all a fiddle

    Report this comment

    Daniel Parton

    Tuesday, December 17, 2013

  • Exactly what experience do these Ofsted inspectors have. Sound very much like jobs worth.

    Report this comment

    MIKEJ

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

  • And your point PaulH apart from a dig at the NUT?

    Report this comment

    Sportswagon

    Tuesday, December 17, 2013

  • And your point PaulH apart from a childish, irrelevant dig at the NUT?

    Report this comment

    Sportswagon

    Tuesday, December 17, 2013

  • Talking of education. I suggest the web proof reader looks at the paragraph above "He said in 2011 he had complained about the infant school’s Ofsted report, and that although his complaint was upheld, the school’s grade was not changed. upheld." I am not sure why it appears upheld twice.

    Report this comment

    Joanne Kitchen

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Norfolk Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 11°C

Five-day forecast

loading...

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT