Thursday, May 30, 2024

Superhead superangry at not so super Ofsted report

THE SUPER-head at Stifford Clays primary school has lashed out at Ofsted after his school was told that it “Required Improvement”.

Great things had been expected of the award-winning Stifford Clays head, Anthony Peltier, when he was head-hunted to the job in 2012.

Many had hoped that the report would be one of the “Good” ones that would pull up Thurrock’s percentage of primary schools in the good or outstanding category.

Mr Peltier has reacted to the report by questioning how his school can be judged in just one and a half days.

The report makes the following criticisms:

1. Achievement is improving but it is not yet good. Some pupils in Year 6, including disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs, make slower progress than others.

2. In 2013, few of the more-able pupils in Year 6 reached the higher levels in national tests.

3. Some pupils’ misunderstandings are not sorted out effectively before they move on to more complicated work. This means their progress is restricted.

4. Pupils’ targets in mathematics are not recorded clearly. Pupils are not using them to help develop their basic skills.

5. Teaching does not always challenge pupils sufficiently.

6. Feedback from teachers in lessons is not always specific and so some pupils do not know what they have done well or how they can improve their work.

7. Teachers do not collect evidence effectively to show that they have met their personal targets and are improving their skills successfully.

8. Leadership requires improvement because governors do not know enough about the quality of teaching or how much progress pupils are making.

The report highlighted the following positive points.

1. The headteacher, deputy headteacher and other senior leaders watch the quality of teaching carefully. They have a good understanding of what improvements need to be made and changes made are beginning to take effect.

2. Behaviour and safety are good because staff take care of pupils. Attendance is above average and improving.

3. Children receive a good start to their school lives in the Nursery and Reception classes. They make good progress because practical activities keep them interested in learning new skills. This is a significant improvement since the last inspection.

4. Parents are happy with the school and say that they receive valuable information about their child’s progress.


  1. Are other schools not judged in just 1.5 days? And if the process is so flawed why has Mr Peltier trained to be an OFSTED inspector???

  2. Look ‘Super Head’ Mr. Peltier, just get back to basics, if you want to turnaround the recent ‘Requiring Improvement’ judgement from Ofsted and focus on teaching and learning!

    Headteachers today are just like Premiership football managers!

    Maybe, you’re simply trying to be too different…ala AVB at Tottenham Hotspurs! K.I.S.S…Keep It Simple Stupid or you might just end up like the Portuguese ex-Chelsea head-coach and be banished to Siberia…or wherever Zenit Saint Petersburg actually is!

  3. We must remember that the Goal posts have moved. Mr Gove is concerned that “Outstanding” in an inspection is no longer what it was. Watch this space. For an Outstanding school the only way is down. Watch them all tumble. Suddenly everyone will find that it is much harder to keep your current grade let alone move up the performance tables. How long will it be before one of Thurrock’s Acadamies goes into Special Measures?


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