Lead Member Says Second Ofsted Visit Is ‘Most Unusual’

Councillor David Pearson

The Council’s Lead Member for Children says he feels the second visit of Ofsted inspectors to the Five Islands School next week could be politically motivated.

This follows the news that the Department for Education has spoken with Ofsted, and their inspectors will return for two days of questioning on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Speaking to Radio Scilly yesterday, Cllr David Pearson expressed his surprise that the DfE could influence an Ofsted inspection in this way.

He described it as a “most unusual situation” and he couldn’t see a precedent for it happening anywhere else before.

David said it’s possible that the DfE, “may be thinking academy.”

He said his interpretation of the law is that a school needed to request a change to academy status, but the government could intervene if there was a problem situation.

We asked David if he felt this latest inspection was politically motivated and he responded that, “those words have passed my lips in the past few days.”

He also confirmed that the Cornwall auditors’ report into the school had now been received by the Council and he felt the matter would now move very quickly, although he couldn’t elaborate on what the next steps would be.


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