Below are Ofsted’s blisteringly high ‘parent satisfaction’ scores for Grindon Hall Christian School, which was recently put into special measures. That decision came, of course, amidst a blazing row over whether inspectors had been inappropriate in their questioning of children about their sexual knowledge (amongst other things) and whether the government’s “British Values” agenda had indeed careered right off the rails here.
They are the kind of vital statistics I imagine head teachers would die for. Child happy? 97%. Child feels safe? 98%. Child making good progress? 98%. Bullying dealt with effectively? 95%. Good behaviour? 99%. And so on.
For a contrasting view, I’ve followed them with the front cover of the Ofsted Report in question, which manages to find two strengths to list among a catalogue of perceived problems. I know nothing of the school beyond what I have read in the media, and I’m sure it’s not perfect, but I can hardly believe the parents and the inspectors are talking about the same place! (This ‘failing’ school, incidentally, also posted the top A-level results in town.)
I fear you need to read between the lines to find the true story. The principal spoke to the Sunderland Echo about a sentence which appeared in Ofsted’s draft inspection report, but was excised before the final version:
The Christian ethos of the school permeates much of the school’s provision. This has restricted the development of a broad and balanced approach to the curriculum.
Sadly, that seems to be what Ofsted are really cross about. It’s ironic that the crusade for unprejudicial “British Values” seems to have made them so…well, prejudiced.
Ofsted Parent View
Parent View results (2014-2015)
Search results – Grindon Hall Christian School
Tyne and Wear
- URN: 138567
- Pupils on the roll: 540
- Responses for this school: 262
- Responses for year: 2014/2015
1. My child is happy at this school
2. My child feels safe at this school
3. My child makes good progress at this school
4. My child is well looked after at this school
5. My child is taught well at this school
6. My child receives appropriate homework for their age
7. This school makes sure its pupils are well behaved
8. This school deals effectively with bullying
9. This school is well led and managed
10. This school responds well to any concerns I raise
11. I receive valuable information from the school about my child’s progress
12. Would you recommend this school to another parent?
13. Do you have any additional comments on any of your answers?
NOTE: More than one parent/carer can complete the Parent View questionnaire so the results may show more respondents than pupils attending the school