Great Yarmouth pupils fight back after school is branded ‘inadequate’

10:11 12 May 2013

Children at Cobholm Primary School have written to Ofsted inspectors, explaining how their 'inadequate' verdict has upset them.

Children at Cobholm Primary School have written to Ofsted inspectors, explaining how their 'inadequate' verdict has upset them.


When school inspectors slated a Great Yarmouth primary, they had not counted on the reaction of the pupils.

For Ofsted’s negative comments about Cobholm Primary - which they branded ‘inadequate’ - trickled through to youngsters.

And when they heard of the “harsh” words, children were moved to write to inspectors to put them right.

Morgan-Ellis Watts, 10, wrote: “I am writing to you with a concern and complaint about your report on Cobholm Primary School, it is the best school I have been to yet.

“I am highly disappointed about the Ofsted report... all of our parents and teachers were heartbroken.”

Classmate Kaci White wrote: “The teaching here is NOT inadequate.

“In fact, the teaching here is the best teaching in the industry... the teachers and staff treat us like their own children.”

The school was placed in special measures after a report ruling the site was failing in all areas from the achievement of pupils and quality of teaching, to behaviour and leadership and management. But youngsters feel inspectors were unfair.

Head teacher Julie Risby said: “In the past Ofsted always sent a letter to the children but they don’t do that now.

“It’s right that schools are inspected but the reports these days are written in such a harsh tone and they don’t realise the impact on the children.”

Deputy head Verity Rudd, who teaches a year five and six class, said: “The children became aware their parents were very cross and angry.

“They asked me what had happened and I explained that if the results were not good the inspectors said the teachers were inadequate.

“The children were incensed and said Ofsted inspectors had not spoken to them.

“And they said when the inspectors had read with them they had not followed the school rules, not saying please and thank you and just sending them back to their desk.

“The children said what we are we doing about it and said they wanted to complain. The letters are very much their own work.”

Letters were presented to county council education chiefs this week.


  • Good for you Henry Like Greenacre, Cobholm is a sitting duck for academy status because of its catchment area. I would not be surprised to see a joint management with Greenacre suggested. Poverty, unemployment and children just learning English as a second language does not necessarily go hand in hand with poor behaviour or low expectations. It just needs a bit more money, and time and effort on everyone's part to get to the point where schools in different catchment areas start their work.. We have seen the failing school Oriel, which was failing for donkey's years, enter the Academy system, have a massive amount of money pumped into it and turn out some incredible ( I mean this in the literal sense) results after very short time.So incredible that one hopes mass exclusions and jiggling exam boards, subjects and exams taken are not included in the reasons for the sudden turn around. When schools become academies they are less accountable to the local tax payer and no more accountable to the parents than before and in some cases there is another level of expense not being spent on the child. I see them as a back door to future privatisation of education-but not in an Eton or Greshams way, in a care home way with mega bucks for companies involved.If the money handed to academies was spent on existing schools with strict guidance it would be far better.

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    Daisy Roots

    Monday, May 13, 2013

  • If more of the kids didn't have to inhale cannabis & Stella fumes at home they may be able to learn a bit more & learn more & prove the school a winner. What chance have the kids got & the school.???

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    Sunday, May 12, 2013

  • Good for them Ofsted probably has another Tory Party donor in line to " back" yet another change to an academy.Whether it is a private sponsor like Greenacre or a money spinning charitable foundation or a drum beater like Dacre waiting in line, using inspections to facilitate changes to the way a school is run and governed is wrong. This is not the first inspection I have heard of which appears not to have been conducted fairly - I have heard of one where inspectors appeared to deliberately avoid inspecting lessons taken by the most experienced and well regarded staff and another where a post Academy inspection of a previously failing school with no changes of staff and no obvious improvements returned a glowing report. I have no idea if Cobholm is good or bad, but it has a difficult catchment area and probably deserves more funding than it gets at present.

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    Daisy Roots

    Sunday, May 12, 2013

  • "......children were moved to write to inspectors to put them right.". Were they moved to write or were they forced to write by the failing teachers ?.

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    Monday, May 13, 2013

  • As I have said so often Ofsted is a huge, expensive, politicised failure run by idiots who can't teach in 'easy' schools let alone challenging ones! Their remit 20 years ago was to eradicate failure so by their own inspection reports they have failed to deliver.

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    Monday, May 13, 2013

  • What a stupid, bigotted, ignorant little person you are, Bri. Any other community you'd like to stereotype? Blacks, Asians, unemployed, disabled?

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    Henry the cat

    Sunday, May 12, 2013

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