School files complaint against Ofsted after ‘requires improvement’ rating

Nailsea School has filed a complaint against Ofsted.

Nailsea School has filed a complaint against Ofsted. - Credit: Archant

A Nailsea school has filed a complaint against Ofsted after inspectors ruled that the quality of education is not good enough.

Headteacher Dionne Elliott was says she is ‘incredibly disappointed’ with the Ofsted report and said some of the wording ‘does not accurately reflect’ Nailsea School.

Governors have asked for an internal review after their complaint of a conflict of interest for one of the inspectors was upheld.

Despite finding that pupils were well behaved, proud of their school, enjoyed their lessons and found staff approachable, Nailsea School was rated as ‘requires improvement’ overall, down from ‘good’ in February 2019.

It is the third school in the area to have been inspected and issued with a lower grade within the new inspection framework in the past six months.

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The Ofsted report, published this week, says: “The headteacher and governors have a clear vision of what they want to achieve for the pupils.

“However, the quality of education that pupils receive is not good enough.”

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Inspectors said senior leaders need a tighter focus on checking how well the curriculum is planned and to hold teachers accountable.

However, they recognised that leaders and governors know that pupils do not achieve as well as they should and are working with teaching staff to improve this.

The inspectors said teachers do not always have high expectations of what their children can achieve so they do not make the progress they should, and not enough thought is given to disadvantaged pupils.

One of the school’s strengths is encouraging students to become good citizens, and they enjoy debating issues like climate change and poverty.

Mrs Elliott said: “Understandably I am incredibly disappointed with the report. Although there are things I know the school does need to do to improve, in line with our own self-evaluation, I believe that some of the wording in the report does not accurately reflect the school that I know and care passionately about.

“Our students do well in their exams, achieving above local and national averages.

“I want to reassure our families and the community that I and the rest of the staff will work hard to address the comments made and I want to reassure you that I and the rest of my team are committed to giving your child an excellent education.”

Governors said they were dissatisfied with how the inspection was carried out. Despite upholding their complaint about a conflict of interest of one of the inspectors, the school said it is not the body’s policy to alter or reinvestigate a grading.

They have asked for an internal review of the inspection.

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