Nursery appeals against devastating Ofsted report


Padiwacks nursery and children’s centre has been rated as ‘requires improvement’ by education watchdog Ofsted. Losing their ‘good’ rating has left the setting devastated and they are now launching an appeal against a report that they believe is highly inaccurate.

With the inspection taking place in August, the centre launched their appeal the day after receiving their report this month, with a decision expected by October 10.

Setting owner Colin Woodend has said of the report:

“The staff have been left devastated as it seems like all their hard work has been ignored.

“I disagree with everything in the report and I have submitted a comprehensive appeal.”

The centre was set up in 2007 and has 133 children on its roll, with 19 members of childcare staff.

They were criticised for not meeting the needs of the children in the correct ways, with the inspector stating:

“Staff do not closely monitor the assessments they make of children and use the information gained to plan challenging experiences, to maximise children’s learning and progress.

“Children make steady rather than good progress.

“Teaching is variable and therefore, requires improvement.

“Staff do not regularly share information with parents about their child’s progress.

“This means that they are not always fully informed of children’s learning and development, and supported to extend their children’s learning at home. Staff do not use every opportunity to extend older children’s independence during routine activities.”

This latest report now means the setting does not meet the legal requirements for an early years setting.

Mr Woodend added: “I disagree with everything in the report to be honest.

“I can’t say too much as we are in the middle of the appeals process but I will say that Ofsted has been very helpful with the appeal so far.”



2 thoughts on “Nursery appeals against devastating Ofsted report

  • September 28, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    Ofsted will not do anything about an appeal if the inspection has been conducted by one of the private companies which they have employed to conduct inspections on their behalf, as the private company itself will conduct the appeal – about it’s own inspectors and proceedures.
    This has been an ‘issue’ ever since Ofsted stopped conducting inspections for PVI settings – farming them out instead to private companies. As far as I am aware, not one appeal (out of very many) has, so far, been successful. These private companies are never going to admit that their employees have made unfair judgements or that their proceedures may be flawed.
    Very many settings have suffered from being ‘unfairly’ judged, only to have their appeals dismissed by the company who inspected them.
    To do otherwise is tantamount to admitting that they have got it badly wrong – and to risk being ‘sacked’ by Ofsted! Are they going to do that?
    If the appeal is unsuccessful – which is most likely – the setting will have to wait for ‘up to 5 years’ for a new inspection, which in itself is very unfair
    A national campaign for Ofsted to ‘take back’ inspections only worked for schools – PVI settings are still hoping that they will also be included in this in the near future.

    • September 29, 2015 at 2:18 pm

      Is there an active campaign at present? Does anyone have a link? Have searched but do not seem to be able to find one.
      I feel very sorry for this setting if the inspector has completely misunderstood their approach. I can only imagine the devastation on staff, who it appears do not deserve the grading. I agree with Margaret, the appeal system is a complete waste of time, it is a paper exercise to show that a setting has the opportunity for an Appeal – the Appeal is not heard by a third party and it is definitely not in the interest of the company concerned to reverse any decision. The Government needs to address this issue urgently.


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