Steve Munday was around most of Thursday as we had a visit from a DfE Educational Advisor, Rob Briscoe, to look at the progress the school is making. Many of the students now know Steve Munday, and recognise that he is a regular visitor to the school, and indeed helped out with duties yesterday during the dreadful weather at break time. Amusingly, one of the students asked Steve Munday whether he was the inspector. Interestingly, I hadn’t even referred to Rob Briscoe’s visit as an inspection, so it’s fascinating how students translate everything into inspections and inspectors. Part of me hopes that this is just the high quality teaching of “An Inspector Calls”, but I suspect it is more the reality of culture of inspection that exists in the system now compared to when I first joined the profession.
I doubt we will have an Ofsted Inspection this academic year, given the way Ofsted cycles work, so Rob Briscoe’s visit was a good staging post to measure our progress as a school. He spends every day in schools, on behalf of the Regional School Commissioner’s Office, and he was pleased with our endeavours thus far. Indeed, the students and staff were a great credit to our school and community.
I am looking forward to seeing the drama production tonight, and the various festive events next week, and would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff, students, parents and wider community involved in all these events.
Enjoy the weekend, and hopefully stay warm whilst Christmas shopping.