Additional inspectors - the new Marmite?

21st January 2011 at 00:00

I had been acting headteacher for three weeks when I received the dreaded phone call from Ofsted - eight months ahead of schedule!

All went well, with lots of positive feedback and a great report we could build on. But our previous Ofsted report, under the old criteria, had been a grade higher, so I was petrified about what prospective parents would think.

A few weeks later, a new family arrived to admit their children to our school. When we looked at their address, we informed them that there was another school much closer to their home.

There was a great look of disgust on their faces as they looked at each other, then to the nursery teacher.

They then asked the important question: "Have you seen the colour of their school uniform?"

It taught us all a great lesson - we need to get a little perspective...

Acting headteacher, North East England, name and address supplied.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now