Best Practice

Reflections on an inspection

They had been expecting the call, but the reaction of the entire staff when Ofsted arrived was phenomenal. Here follows anonymous extracts from a diary kept by the headteacher during the inspection

Wednesday (the day before)

12:02pm: I answer the phone in my office and heard my admin officer say the words I had been waiting five years to hear: “It’s Ofsted on the phone!”

My heart immediately began to race, so I gave myself 30 seconds to calm a little and compose myself, before asking for the call to be put through. Lots of deep breathing ensued, as I grabbed a notepad and pen. My plan had always been to get my deputy to join me so she could hear the call, but unfortunately she was out on this particular Wednesday morning working at the local university.

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