Pri­mary school fights Of­sted down­grade

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY - BY JONATHAN KAL­MUS

BROUGHTON JEWISH Pri­mary School is ap­peal­ing against its lat­est Of­sted in­spec­tion find­ings, claim­ing the in­spec­tor’s re­port con­tained in­ac­cu­ra­cies which led to a down­grad­ing to “re­quires im­prove­ment”.

In a let­ter to par­ents, the school said it had im­ple­mented an im­prove­ment regime 18 months be­fore the in­spec­tion, and would hold an open day to ex­plain its po­si­tion.“In our opin­ion the draft re­port con­tained a num­ber of in­ac­cu­ra­cies based on cer­tain find­ings which we strongly dis­agree with,” gov­er­nors chair Dov Black wrote.

Two years ago, BJPS was judged a “good” school by Of­sted. “Re­quires im­prove­ment” has re­placed “sat­is­fac­tory” un­der tougher in­spec­tion rules. Now a school’s over­all ef­fec­tive­ness is as­sessed by Of­sted in four ar­eas — teach­ing, pupil re­sults, be­hav­iour and lead­er­ship. If just one area “re­quires im­prove­ment”, the as­sess­ment is down­graded.

The Of­sted in­spec­torate has clas­si­fied the com­plaint un­der “ex­cep­tional cir­cum­stances” and has not pub­lished the in­spec­tion re­port.

Broughton Jewish has seen a ma­jor rise in in­take over the past three years, up 100 pupils to 447.

It has ap­plied for grant fund­ing to in­crease its ca­pac­ity.

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