Charlotte Santry

Want to try to overrule Ofsted? Don’t bother

Not a single school succeeded in challenging their overall judgement last year

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A bad Ofsted inspection report can leave a school’s reputation in tatters, cause staff morale and pupil numbers to plummet, and even lead to closure.

So it is not surprising that schools want to overturn critical judgements. But a Tes investigation has established that it is virtually impossible for them to succeed.

Figures obtained from the watchdog through a freedom of information request show that not a single school has successfully changed or quashed an inspection report following a legal challenge in the past three years.

But this poor success rate has not prevented tens of thousands ...

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