Three years on, Quince Tree has been inspected by a full OFSTED team from Capital Inspections, London, led by Denise Lynne, registered inspector, and we feel we need to address this situation and put the balance right. We have found the whole inspection process, from the initial visit, to receiving the final document, a two-way positive process.
This does not mean that it was stress free - inspections never can be, it was rigorous, demanding and challenging for staff and governors - but at the same time the inspectors were professional, knowledgeable and sensitive to all the pupils' needs and development, particularly those with PMLD. This meant that everyone felt valued.
To our colleagues in other special schools about to be OFSTEDed, we say: "Take heart. The process can be professionally exhilarating and enhance your school development. May your team be as professional as ours."
VICTORIA VERNON, headteacher AE BIRD, deputy headteacher Quince Tree School.