'Ofsted has done Crispin an injustice' - school backlash against inspectors
A STREET school has hit out after an Ofsted report painted what they say is an 'unfair' picture of the school.
Crispin School was deemed in need of improvement, after inspectors visited in June.
The academy has been in dispute with the government agency since receiving a draft copy of the report in July.
The original report was deemed to be "flawed" by Ofsted, and two senior inspectors were dispatched to visit the school.
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The revised version of the report was published today (September 19), which says the school is 'in need of improvement'.
The report raised concerns about pupil's achievements, standards of teaching, the school's management, and highlighted children using derogatory language and displaying 'variable' attitudes to teaching.
But it added that students behaviour outside the classrooms was 'usually good, and sometimes exemplary', that individual students who had been at risk of exclusion had been given support to improve their behaviour, and that attendance was better than the national average.
Paul James, head teacher at the school said: "Those who know Crispin well will struggle to recognise our school in this report."
"In our opinion, the report is inconsistent and inaccurate."
The chairwoman of the school governors, Sandra Bartlett, said: "We believe that Ofsted has done Crispin an injustice.
"We strongly believe that Ofsted's final judgement is wrong, however, it is in the best interests of our children - who must come first - to move on and put all our efforts into further improving our school."
Mr James said: "We believe we are a 'good' school, and we have asked Ofsted to re-inspect us as soon as possible, so this can be reconfirmed.
"In the meantime, we will continue our relentless efforts to drive up standards of learning and teaching by developing our colleagues and tackling deficiencies where they exist."
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