For some schools, however, the repeat visit is as unexpected and unwelcome as the Spanish Inquisition. A school in my county received the dreaded Brown Envelope within a couple of years of their first successful inspection. They asked why and were told it was because of their "serious weaknesses". Urgent enquiries revealed that the school had been confused with another of the same name in another county.
So Ofsted, you may think, won't be coming to this unlucky establishment? Well, they will actually; tenders have already been submitted, arrangements made. At a cost of some Pounds 25,000 it is apparently more convenient to go ahead than to cancel. I wonder, will the school in real need of inspection be visited too?
Did someone say something about mismanaged public funds?