March 15 2014 Latest news:
Sunday, December 15, 2013
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.
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
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 email@example.com