'Failing' firsts

18th June 2010 at 01:00

Your article "The 'outstanding' secondary that is still a National Challenge 'failure'" (May 28) stated that Waverley School in Birmingham was the first National Challenge school to become "outstanding" under the new Ofsted framework. In fact, King Ethelbert School in Margate, Kent, became "outstanding" in November 2009. We were also "outstanding" in 1996 and later became a high-priority National Challenge school in September 2008.

We were delighted with Ofsted's findings in 2009 and believe we deserve to retain our "outstanding" status. But it makes a mockery of the National Challenge policy and the assumption that schools like King Ethelbert are somehow underperforming. There has been much criticism of the new framework, but the King Ethelbert result proved that with a wise and experienced inspection team, the framework does not need to be crippling to schools in deprived and difficult areas.

Paul Luxmoore, Executive head and Kate Greig, Head of school, King Ethelbert School, Kent.

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