I echo 3boysrock's points entirely.
I have 3 children at Ravenstone and it is a great school. I am a demanding parent and expect my children to achieve. Ravenstone creates a happy, nurturing atmosphere where children achieve.
The Ofsted report seemed to focus on criticisms of processes and procedures at the school (e.g., not tracking progress properly and lack of leadership) rather than the quality of the teaching - which, in my mind is excellent.
There is a very interesting article in today's Daily Mail about a headmaster retiring after getting fed up with the box-ticking requirements of Ofsted (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... s-job.html
). Whilst I shouldn't speculate on the reasons for Alan Millington's early retirement, it wouldn't have surprised me if I have had read that article with the words "Hadleigh Community Primary School
" and "Neil Jackson
" replaced with "Ravenstone School
" and "Alan Millington
The new temporary headmistress is a processes and procedures woman who will make the improvements that Ofsted feels are necessary. We just have to hope that she does this without affecting the happy, inclusive, nurturing school that Alan Millington created.