School complains about inspector’s comments

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OFSTED inspectors made ‘incorrect comments’ in a recent inspection, according to a school.

Riverside Middle School’s bosses feel that a report by the Government body misrepresented the findings of the inspection and have made a formal complaint.

Caroline Yates, headteacher, said the complaint was made to recognise the hard work of staff at the school.

“We just want clarification on a few issues to make sure that our teachers are getting the credit they deserve. We are awaiting a response,” she said.

In a newsletter released last Thursday, Mrs Yates states that the school’s grievances arise from comments made about the teaching of English at the school.

The statement claims that during the inspection English teachers were deemed to be outstanding or good, but the inspector’s report does not portray that fact well.

The statement goes on to praise the work of English teachers at the school.

She said: “It is clear that the current English department has taken on the challenge of improving standards.

“I personally have every confidence their hard work will result in higher achievements.”

Mrs Yates said the school were pleased with the report overall.

The school will close next year as part of the Schools Organisational Review (SOR) and Mrs Yates stepped down from her role as head teacher last week.

A leaving ceremony was held last Friday for Year 8 pupils as well as a final assembly for Mrs Yates.