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.


4 Responses to Lead Member Says Second Ofsted Visit Is ‘Most Unusual’

  1. Pat December 2, 2012 at 4:56 am

    What we need to remember is that the teachers and staff are doing a pretty good job in the schools, And yes there are changes to be had in the running etc..
    And i am sure most of the parents and staff are aware that if they talk to previous teachers/governors etc, that things have not been right for a number of years.
    Hopefully they will all pull together with gusto and work together through this difficult time..

  2. Nobby Nobbs December 1, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    I think my good friend Two Flower is probably quite close to the truth, in that the DFE have had a good look around and can’t believe what they’ve found, then Ofsted (in fact subcontractors working on behalf of Ofsted) have come along and said everything looks alright when the DFE know full well that the school is not in a good place at all.

    The truth of the matter is the school will be taken out of local authority control and the sooner the better I say.
    There are some really big financial decisions that need to be made in the next couple of years and there are too many vested interests in house to make those decisions. When you look at the leadership and governance of the school there is just not the will or ability to make these necessary decisions.

    People won’t like it, and people will moan that the world is coming to an end bla bla bla etc, but tough, the islands have had it too good for too long, welcome to the real world. The school will become an academy and all those contentious issues that people keep shying away from like Off island school bases, Mundersley, Over graded Staff, poor performing staff etc will finally be dealt with.
    The biggest benefit will be that the school will finally be in charge of its own budget for the first time ever rather than having to constantly fight the council to cough up what rightfully belongs to the school.

  3. Todd Stevens December 1, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    This is what happens when you allow out of control council officers to interfere in school business.

  4. Cohen December 1, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Well it’s quite simple Mr Pearson.

    The DofE are concerned with the governance of the school. The Ofsted report had Mr Julian ‘beeming from ear to ear’. The sane amongst us will be thinking something is not quite right here. Mr Julian is a nice chap but has only been a governor since the start of the year so where has his experience come from to lead the governing body?

    That’s why Mr Pearson.