We’re a good school, says disappointed head

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A HEADTEACHER has expressed his school’s disappointment at an Ofsted verdict that gave it a ‘satisfactory’ overall grade.

Mark Pickering, head of Clanfield Junior School, says the judgement, which comes under a tougher inspections regime introduced this year, does not present an accurate reflection.

Ofsted’s new chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw has already made it clear ‘satisfactory’ grades are not good enough – and that action will be taken against schools that remain satisfactory for more than three years.

However Clanfield’s inspection marked pupil behaviour as ‘good’ and applauded improvements in pupil attainment, now in line with national averages, and an increasing proportion of good or better teaching.

The report also noted pupils are proud of their school, which is in Little Hyden Lane.

Mr Pickering said: ‘Staff and governors are extremely disappointed that, under the new Ofsted framework, the school has been judged to be satisfactory as they do not believe it accurately reflects the good work. It appears that the vast majority of parents and pupils support this view as responses from their questionnaires showed overwhelmingly high support and regard for the school.

‘Everyone involved in our school community remains determined to build upon what has already been achieved in recent years in our aim to make Clanfield Junior the very best school it can be.’