Ofsted downgrade overturned by nursery

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The Old Station Nursery in Gloucestershire has managed to overturn a decision to downgrade it from “good” to “satisfactory”.

Following a “good” inspection in May 2013, the nursery was later re-graded due to a compliance issue that arose in September 2012. The incident, where a staff member had incorrectly recorded the administration of medication, was dealt with at the time and processes changed accordingly.

Regardless, the quality assurance procedure after the visit eight months later saw it as reason to change the rating.

Tribal, who carried out the inspection, rejected the initial appeal, so the nursery followed Ofsted’s complaints procedure. Despite being promised a decision in September 2013, managing director, Sarah Steel, was kept waiting until December. Her patience was rewarded as the downgrade was overturned.

Although this was undoubtedly a victory for the nursery, some damage had already been done. In her blog, Sarah wrote that the inspection, “undoubtedly has not helped our occupancy levels, particularly through the key summer months.”

“Staff were extremely upset by the whole process”, she added, “and it has taken a while to pick ourselves up again and move forward.”

Do you think Ofsted should be held accountable, when incorrect decisions affect occupancy, revenue and morale?

 

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3 thoughts on “Ofsted downgrade overturned by nursery

  • February 24, 2014 at 7:53 pm
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    We are graded good and Ihave just asked 2 students to leave our nursery A number of students are registering with us and getting their grants ands not paying us – how can we combat this fraud of public funds and NON PAYMENT OF FEES WE LOST OVER 10,000 as a result of trusting studesnt tp pay fees once they get their grants and student loans. A letter from student loans has arrived to say there is nothing they can do about the issue.

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  • January 20, 2014 at 3:33 pm
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    Firstly, congratulations to The Old Station Nursery for managing to overturn the decision. Ofsted frequently make this mistake of downgrading a setting without good reason as result of either incompetent inspectors or misreading their own findings! The fact that Ofsted carry out their own investigations does not help!
    Such mistakes does have an impact on a setting which can lead to closure and lives being effected! We have still not recovered from a similar error by Ofsted. It is time that the system was revised!

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    • February 3, 2014 at 3:44 pm
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      Well done to The Old Station Nursery. I am currently fighting Ofsted, but have reached the end of the Ofsted Complaints procedure and have passed my issues onto the ICASO and am meeting with my MP this week to enable me to go the Ombudsman. We were adjusted ‘Inadequate’ due to apprently being short staffed which I contested. Ofsted have conceded that we were in fact no short staffed but it was due to the deployment of my staff, the evidence being that a 2 month old baby awoke and cried for her feed and children in the 2-3 year age group argued over a toy. If you know anything about children, this is normal behaviour and part of Learning and Development. It took me six months to get my original report and I had to phone and query where the report was. Ofsted should be accountable as this kind of decision has affected my business, staff morale, children numbers etc.

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