Experienced head helps out school expecting Ofsted visit

Fareham MP Suella Fernandes, second right, and Minister of State for Schools The Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP, centre, with representatives from Portchester Community School  and Henry Cort Community College

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A TEMPORARY headteacher has taken charge of a North End school that is expecting a critical Ofsted report any day now.

Claire Stevens, head of Newbridge Juniors in North End, will stand in for Iain Gilmour of Isambard Brunel School when he is on sick leave from Monday when school resumes after the half term.

Isambard Brunel was given a satisfactory Ofsted in 2008 but was reported to be making inadequate progress last September, however the school will hope to leap to a good rating.

Julian Wooster, Portsmouth’s director of children’s services, said: ‘Ofsted inspections are important but it is the day to day running of the school that is more important.

‘The school’s deputy head will be supported by an experienced headteacher while Mr Gilmour is off on sick leave.

‘If Ofsted inspectors visit they will judge the school on its performance – not having a head is not always a disadvantage.’

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