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My 51-hour Ofsted inspection diary

It lasted for just 51 hours – from initial phone call to final farewells. Headteacher of St Mary Magdalen’s Catholic Primary School, Helen Frostick, chronicles their last Ofsted inspection, which saw the school judged to be outstanding in all areas

A year of waiting, to the day, and the call came!

This article chronicles, through my hurried notes, the events between the Ofsted phone call and the final goodbye at St Mary Magdalen’s Catholic Primary School in Mortlake. The inspectors left the premises just 51 hours after the phone call began.

Our registered inspector called me at 12pm precisely on the April 17, 2013 – thankfully three days after we had returned, refreshed, from the Easter holiday. The phone call lasted an hour and set the scene for the ensuing challenges ahead.

Act 1: The Phone Call

The hour-long phone call set out explicitly what would happen over the two days of the inspection.

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