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Hassenbrook head puts in Ofsted complaint
8:00am Friday 3rd August 2012 in News
THE headteacher of Hassenbrook Academy has written a 38-point letter to Ofsted complaining about the school’s recent inspection.
The Government watchdog found the Stanford-le-Hope academy to be “satisfactory” for overall effectiveness, currently the second worst grading available, during its inspection in June.
The report said the school is “satisfactory” but “improving and on track to achieve above average results with the current Year 11”.
To improve, the report claims the school needs to “improve teaching so it is consistently good or better in all subjects” and “improve the quality of oral and written English throughout the academy.”
Richard Glasby, the Hassenbrook headteacher is unhappy with the report and had has filed a detailed letter of complaint.
Explaining the key points of complaint in his letter, he said: “Being an inspector myself, I was very disappointed with the inspection.
“We’re looking at 65 to 70 per cent of our students getting at least five A star to C grades this summer. “Those results are comparable with other good schools in the area and I don’t think Ofsted has taken these things into account.
“There are schools being graded as good with far worse results than us.
“Also the inspectors only observed 28 lessons. Of those, 19 were judged as good or outstanding, that’s 65 per cent of lessons, but teaching was still judged as satisfactory.
“I don’t think that’s satisfactory. I think that’s much better than that.”
A letter has been sent to the Ofsted complaints department and is being looked into.
However, only 3 per cent of complaints are successful.
Mr Glasby added Ofsted needed to become more consistent. The criteria by which schools are judged is changing in September, which will be the third change in a year.
Those guidelines will mean that the “satisfactory” grading will become “required to improve”, but Mr Glasby says the school will not be “required to improve”, as in September, schools will be judged on a different set of guidelines to those now.
He added: “We always want to improve. I’m not saying the report is completely wrong, there are things we could do better and I have no problem with saying that. “But there’s no consistency.”
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