Ofsted swoop leaves parents ‘in limbo’

Headteacher Mrs Janet Daniels outside Sir John Gleed School in Spalding.
Headteacher Mrs Janet Daniels outside Sir John Gleed School in Spalding.
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Parents feel “in limbo” after high hopes a three-day inspection by Ofsted would result in new beginnings for a Spalding secondary school.

Inspectors went into Sir John Gleed School on Wednesday to question pupils following allegations of “serious incidents relating to violence, drugs and smoking”.

A letter sent to parents on Tuesday informed them of the visit and asked them to fill in an online survey on standards of education and care at the school. Some parents were also questioned at the school by inspectors.

The inspection was originally due to be completed in two days, but when it was expanded to three, rumours were rife that the headteacher, Mrs Janet Daniels, had been suspended and the school was being closed down for 10 days.

However, no announcement by the school was made on Monday morning.

Rebecca Thirkell is the parent who made the complaint on behalf of others and set up the Facebook page Gleed School Needs Changes. She said: “We have to wait 20 days for the Ofsted report, but we do feel in limbo because we thought there might have been an announcement by the school this morning.”

A spokesman for Ofsted said: “Ofsted does not comment on individual complaints received about a school and we do not have the powers to close a school.

“It would be inappropriate to comment while inspections are being carried out.”