Woolston free school in Ofsted row

OFSTED has said it may investigate a free school in Woolston after it published a newsletter wrongly claiming to be an outstanding school.

Officials at King’s Leadership Academy Warrington, which opens today, Thursday at the site of Bruche Primary School, released the newsletter on August 24.

It contained a large Ofsted logo with the words ‘outstanding’ underneath – the top inspection grade.

However Ofsted says the free school cannot be graded ‘outstanding’ until it is open and that it may investigate.

A spokesman said: “Schools can only be awarded the grade of outstanding during a full section five inspection under the act.

“Someone from Ofsted’s regional team may contact schools locally to point out inaccuracies.

“That may happen in this case.

“It can’t be registered as outstanding until it has opened.”

Officials at the free school – the first to open in Warrington – say they have apologised to Ofsted.

Super head Sir Iain Hall has been overseeing the project and said he was ‘deeply sorry’ for the ‘error’.

“It was made as a result of elation at the school getting a clean bill of health on more than 80 checkpoints in our pre-Ofsted inspection,” he said.

“I’m told it’s very difficult for schools to get all these 80 points right first time round.

“The elation at the success caused the error.

“If this caused any misinterpretation I humbly apologise.

“I would ask people to look at what we’re doing inside the school rather than on the surface.”

The logo has now been removed.

Warrington Borough Council had complained to Ofsted over the newsletter, claiming it was misleading prospective parents and pupils.

Clr Colin Froggatt (Poulton South LAB), executive board member for children and young people’s services, confirmed a complaint had been made to the education watchdog.

Some 38 children enjoyed their first day at the school yesterday, Wednesday, before its official opening today.

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2:09pm Thu 6 Sep 12

DeniseBramhall says...

It's amazing how much negative press this school is getting and thinks it's about time we start hearing some positive stories! As a parent of 4 and someone who works with schools across the country, I know that this is a brilliant opportunity for students and something that has been lacking in Warrington for a very long time. I have no doubt in my mind that I've made the right decision for my daughter and as far as I'm concerned the only negative is that my older daughter cannot go there as well.
It's amazing how much negative press this school is getting and thinks it's about time we start hearing some positive stories! As a parent of 4 and someone who works with schools across the country, I know that this is a brilliant opportunity for students and something that has been lacking in Warrington for a very long time. I have no doubt in my mind that I've made the right decision for my daughter and as far as I'm concerned the only negative is that my older daughter cannot go there as well. DeniseBramhall
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4:54pm Thu 6 Sep 12

notatcreamfields says...

Send all the people who published the form to prison! This is a SHOCKING crime and the most dishonest thing i've read in a LONG time! Lol it's hardly the crime of the century is it? If i'm not wrong it did say the words were printed underneath not on it didn't it? A lot of the score's on the doors have a menu by the side or underneath and that doesn't mean WBC have endorsed the menu does it? It just says the kitchen is clean even if the food tastes rank
Send all the people who published the form to prison! This is a SHOCKING crime and the most dishonest thing i've read in a LONG time! Lol it's hardly the crime of the century is it? If i'm not wrong it did say the words were printed underneath not on it didn't it? A lot of the score's on the doors have a menu by the side or underneath and that doesn't mean WBC have endorsed the menu does it? It just says the kitchen is clean even if the food tastes rank notatcreamfields
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1:19am Fri 7 Sep 12

Billy Porter says...

That might be a fair analogy if they had a kitchen.

Schools have to work hard to get the Ofsted stamp of OUTSTANDING!!!: the head's apologised, yet there's people here trying to defend this, er, innocent oversight.

This is purely anecdotal, but my son told me that there was a representative from Kings of Woolston at his (junior) school gates on leaving day urging them not to go to their elected school, and instead go to KoW: if true that's pretty aggressive marketing.
That might be a fair analogy if they had a kitchen. Schools have to work hard to get the Ofsted stamp of OUTSTANDING!!!: the head's apologised, yet there's people here trying to defend this, er, innocent oversight. This is purely anecdotal, but my son told me that there was a representative from Kings of Woolston at his (junior) school gates on leaving day urging them not to go to their elected school, and instead go to KoW: if true that's pretty aggressive marketing. Billy Porter
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10:43pm Fri 7 Sep 12

Rex Mundi says...

The crime of the century is a small number of pupils in a "free" school being funded (at taxpayers' expense) at twice or three times the per-pupil cost of all other high school children in Warrington.
The crime of the century is a small number of pupils in a "free" school being funded (at taxpayers' expense) at twice or three times the per-pupil cost of all other high school children in Warrington. Rex Mundi
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