'Political nonsense' denies St Francis Primary outstanding Ofsted report (From This is The West Country)
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'Political nonsense' denies St Francis Primary outstanding Ofsted report
11:13am Tuesday 10th September 2013 in Cornwall
St Francis School as staff and pupils have returned to discover the school had been classed as good in its latest Ofsted report, however there was disgust that it had missed the top grade of outstanding because of “political nonsense”.
An inspection team visited the school at the end of last term, and despite being in the midst of end of year preparations the whole school was able to impress.
Ofsted praised the “typically outstanding teaching over time” and paid tribute to the “highly effective” staff, who deliver, “outstanding, innovative and exciting teaching”.
Inspectors said this helped ensure more pupils make “accelerated and exceptional progress”. However a number do not, and the inspectors said there was room for improvement to try and ensure all children achieve this success.
The behaviour of the youngsters was also a credit to staff and parents, with it described as “impeccable at all times” from “courteous, well mannered and unreservedly polite” pupils.
The “excellent” leadership at the school was also praised with it a core part of the success enjoyed by the children Headteacher Claire Fortey, headteacher at the school, said: “St Francis has risen from strength to strength every year, and continues to be an outstanding school of which we can all be proud. We are all delighted that our continued outstanding practices have been recognised this way, especially as all schools are suffering from a current political agenda set by Ofsted, which seems determined to limit the number of positive judgements it awards to schools.”
Mrs Fortey added that during the inspection the Ofsted team told them that much of what they saw was “exemplary and the best they had ever seen”, saying this would be an “outstanding” report over all. However politics at Ofsted meant that the inspectors had to call back to Ofsted HQ to “authorise” an “outstanding” report card.
She said that despite the outstanding report by the the Ofsted team, they were told “categorically” that this would not be allowed.
While Mrs Fortey said that both the school and the Ofsted team contested this, Ofsted HQ would not budge.
She added: “Despite all the political nonsense, St Francis can celebrate the fact we have been recognised as achieving the highest possible grades in so many areas on a regular day to day basis. We are delighted with the result and I would like to thank all of our pupils, staff, governors and parents for their wonderful support of the school.”
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