28th November 2019

Dear Parents/Carers,

We were inspected by Ofsted on 1st and 2nd October 2019. At the end of Day 2, we were informed that Leadership and Management is inadequate. This judgement links solely to one decision made to deliver a vocational PE qualification that was completed by last year’s Year 11, is being completed by the current Year 11 and by 60% of the current Year 10. It is a course that we planned for in 2016 and that students started studying in 2017 – two full years before the new Ofsted framework. This new framework has eight statements relating to an inadequate Leadership and Management judgement, one of which states that ‘the school is systematically gaming its results, entering pupils for courses that are not in their educational best interest’. The inspection judged, incorrectly, that this was the case. As a result of Leadership and Management being judged inadequate, the overall effectiveness of the school is judged as inadequate. This is quite simply wrong.

Since 3rd October 2019 we have been fighting to get this disproportionate and highly flawed judgement overturned. On Monday we submitted our legal challenge but despite this, Ofsted are insisting on publishing the report on Friday 29th November 2019. It is available here: 106372 St Antony's College 10087830 final pdf

If you would like a hard copy, please contact school.

I suspect you may be as devastated as I am to have this label attached to our incredible school. The report states, along with numerous other positive comments, that the ‘overwhelming majority of parents who responded to Ofsted’s surveys are very positive about the school’. I am confident that this will continue. Our school did not change the day after three strangers arrived with either a flawed framework, inappropriately applied it or both. The framework was 4 weeks old when we were inspected and, clearly, a travesty has occurred here and, from what I read elsewhere, in a number of other schools.

I am sure you will have many questions. My first request is that you read the report, ignoring if you can the nonsensical judgement on the first page. It says many positive things about our school. Secondly, I would like to invite you to a meeting at school at 6pm on Tuesday 3rd December 2019. If you have questions that you would like answering that evening, please email me (head@st-antonys.com), in advance if possible, to ensure that I address as many concerns as I can. Thirdly, there will be many parents of children in Year 6 who have made the decision to apply for a place at St Antony’s for their children. This will also come as a blow to them I’m sure, maybe even more so, as they are not yet part of the St Antony’s community and haven’t yet experienced the strengths of our school. Please invite them to the meeting also.

I will continue to fight to have this unjust judgement overturned and I thank you personally in advance for your continued support for me and our wonderful school.

With kind regards,

Mrs Wright – Headteacher