As a chair of the governors, I made an official complaint to OFSTED which hadtwo main aspects. On one, I received an apology after three months and an assurance that the bureaucratic mismanagement and delays we suffered from OFSTED headquarters regarding faulty data, should now be a thing of the past. Good news for others, but no help to us.
The second aspect of our complaint, which related to the registered inspector's conduct did not receive a response for eight months. At this point, we received a letter saying that the registered inspector had denied everything and claimed to have been unaware of our dissatisfaction until reading of it in the local press. My fellow governors laughed in disbelief at this: they were there when I tackled her on the issues concerned.
By this time, two of our five teachers had resigned and left the teaching profession; a third has "hung on" but lost that "sparkle" that pupils and parents had so valued and loved.
Why did I not pursue it further? I and my fellow governors were by now heartily sick of all things OFSTED. Instead, I stepped down as chair in a state of exhaustion and we all agreed that no good could come out of digging everything up all over again. Cowards perhaps, but we retired, licking our wounds, determined to get on with the really important job of educating the children.
Rachel M Swaffield
12 The Meads
Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire Letters sent via e-mail to
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