Ofsted investigate Wymondham College complaint

The head of Norfolk's only state-boarding school said he had proper anti-bullying measures in place following an unannounced inspection that arose from a complaint.

Ofsted inspectors paid an impromptu visit to Wymondham College last month as a result of concerns from a parent about the care of their child at the new academy. However, the schools inspection body found no cause for concern after speaking to staff and students on March 2 and 3.

Inspectors had sought to establish whether the college had clear strategies and procedures in place, particularly relating to behaviour, bullying and health and safety.

In a letter to the school, inspector Paul Brooker said he found 'no evidence' of the wider whole-school issues raised by the complainant. He added that a 'climate of trust' exists in the college and students said the school had a 'family feel'.

'The college has clear policies and appropriate day-to-day procedures to ensure the safety and welfare of students, including those relating to health and safety, behaviour and bullying and meets all its statutory duties.'

'Students recognise what constitutes bullying and say that staff take very seriously the occasional incidents that occur. Students are clear that bullying will not be tolerated and feel confident that incidents are resolved properly,' he said.

Melvyn Roffe, principal of Wymondham College, said the inspection report from the unannounced visit was a 'ringing endorsement' of the school.

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'Any head who says there is no bullying in their school is either naive or not entirely honest. What is important is that the ethos of the place is anti-bullying and there are proper procedures in place and Ofsted clearly saw there were,' he said.

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