School Chairman Still Unclear On HMI Visit

The Five Islands School

The chairman of the Five Islands School governors says he’s still unclear why Her Majesty’s Inspectors were dispatched to school for two days this week, so soon after an Ofsted visit.

Ben Julian says no answers have been offered as to why the publication of the school Ofsted results have been withheld.

Ben is unsure whether this two-day inspection will affect those findings, whom the report will be sent to or when it will be released. He says that’s unsatisfactory.

“We are totally in the dark,” he says.

Ben has written to Ofsted to state that he feels holding a second inspection, when you didn’t like the results of the first one, “didn’t sit well within terms of natural justice.”

He was told that wasn’t the case.

The HMI team focused their enquiries this week on school leadership and management says Ben.

The Department for Education team who came to inspect the school at the start of November made Ofsted aware of their investigation.

Ben has been told that the DfE report will be completed in draft form by Christmas.


6 Responses to School Chairman Still Unclear On HMI Visit

  1. Islander December 10, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Sorry i should have also said they should be looking into how much the council have had to do with the running/funding etc of the school….

  2. Islander December 9, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Well in my opinion for what its worth [ very little some will think ] i think they are checking out to make sure the management/leadership are doing their jobs properly in the school. after all if they look back, they must be wondering why have we gone through so many teachers/staff over the last 15 years. !!

  3. Fiona Robson December 7, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    As I understand it, if a school is left without a Head for whatever reason Ofsted come in to inspect as a matter of course.
    HMI, who are in effect Ofsteds bosses, will proceed with a follow up visit when the school has at any time been in special measures.
    This is not to find fault but to ensure the school is managing to continue without a full time head in place.

  4. Todd Stevens December 7, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    He should stop querying them all the time and making unnecessary public statements- and just let them do thier jobs…….and remember who it was that got them into this through using the school to political ends.

  5. The Patrician December 7, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Oh dear, it’s really quite simple isn’t. I’m afraid if the chair of governors can’t work it out then there is really very little hope for the governing body.

    DofE investigation, 1st Ofsted visit, chair of governors beeming ear to ear, 2nd Ofsted visit. HELLO

    • Robin December 7, 2012 at 7:04 pm

      What a strange post. Why would anybody be so cryptically obtuse?