Headteacher on attack after Ofsted brands school inadequate
PUBLISHED: 13:46 03 March 2011
A primary school headteacher says she is “shocked” after an Ofsted report labelled her school inadequate.
The inspection report served Riverview Junior School, Cimba Wood, Gravesend, with a notice to improve after handing it a mark of four, “inadequate,” the lowest available.
Inspectors revealed the school failed to meet statutory requirements for the safeguarding of its pupils.
Published last month, the report states: “Safeguarding is inadequate because the school has not completed all of the required checks on staff as rigorously as they should.”
Rosemary Dymond, headteacher at Riverview, admitted the error, but pointed to the reports findings praising teaching levels and argued the mark does not give a true impression. She said: “The findings of the Ofsted team came as a shock to all of us.
“The children, staff and governors are very disappointed with the overall judgement Ofsted has made.
“The judgement is the result of a specific issue relating to an administrative error in the recording of vetting checks that we carry out on all our staff
“A ‘notice to improve’ on one aspect of safeguarding means that no matter how good other aspects of our work in the school are, the overall assessment is dictated by that judgement.
“That is why we have received a ‘notice to improve’ purely for an administrative error on the computer records.”
The report admits the school has some “outstanding features” and is a “good school” yet still gives an overall mark of inadequate. A notice to improve means a monitoring visit will be conducted by inspectors within six months and a second inspection within a year.
Mrs Dymond reassured parents no pupil has been taught by an adult who has not been security checked.
She said: “No child in the school has ever been taught or supported by any adult who has not been police checked.
‘However, changes to the requirements for recording these checks has led to an administrative oversight.
“We have already addressed the administrative error relating to safeguarding that was highlighted in the report.”
A spokesman for Ofsted said it would not respond to questions on individual reports and inspectors decisions were fully explained within their reports.
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