“During this inspection, Ofsted received a number of complaints from staff and from the local authority which lie outside its remit. The issues underpinning these complaints have been passed to the Department for Education for further consideration.”
Ofsted Section 8
monitoring inspection report, Oldfield School, Bath.
The monitoring inspection, which took place from 11-13 December 2013, was upgraded to a full inspection. But the full inspection report hasn’t been officially published yet and parents want to know the reason why
. What were these “complaints” which were beyond Ofsted’s “remit”? 1,000 people have signed a petition asking for immediate publication of the full report.
Ofsted has not yet done so.
However, a document, claimed to be a copy of the full Ofsted report, has appeared on a charity’s website and unsolicited copies were sent to local councillors. A local paper
also has a copy.
But no-one can comment on what is contained in the report until Ofsted officially releases it.
The Section 8 monitoring report, however, is on Ofsted’s website. It recommended an external review of governance at the academy. Senior Department for Education (DfE) officials have already met with the academy’s head to set up an inquiry. And it’s been reported
that the DfE is reading a “dossier of information” about the academy from Bath MP Don Foster. It’s believed the DfE inquiry will go beyond aspects of governance to cover concerns about the running of the academy which led to the local authority, which has no influence over the academy, offering counselling to academy staff.
Despite all this, the academy is upbeat. Its February newsletter
says how “delighted” it was with Ofsted’s feedback. The academy’s Ofsted page gives top billing to the 2012 Outstanding judgement followed by positive remarks from the Section 8 monitoring report. Critical remarks were omitted.
It is not known why Ofsted is delaying publication of the full report. I have submitted a Freedom of Information request today asking for reasons for the hold up.
In the meanwhile, it is forbidden to comment on anything in the Ofsted report published unofficially. In the circumstances, it is essential that Ofsted publish the report immediately so parents, pupils, staff and the local community can discuss the report’s contents.
NOTE: Please don’t comment on the full Ofsted report until it has been published officially. We will have to remove any comments about the report’s contents.
11 MARCH 7.40
The above thread has been amended. The sentence "a copy of the report has appeared on a charity’s website" has been changed to "a document, claimed to be a copy of the full Ofsted report, has appeared on a charity’s website".