Ofsted to investigate tip off allegations

Claims that three schools in Norfolk were tipped off about inspections are to be investigated by Ofsted.

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Norfolk: Ofsted to investigate schools tip-off claims

Sir Michael Wilshaw. Credit: PA

Claims that three schools in Norfolk were tipped off about inspections are to be investigated by Ofsted.

Ormiston Victory Academy, Great Yarmouth Primary Academy and Thetford Academy have all denied allegations that they received more than the regulation half day's notice of a forthcoming inspection.

Ofsted says a review of all three inspections will now be carried out, as well as a wider examination of how information about its schedules are handled.

"Ofsted’s reputation for inspecting without fear or favour is absolutely central to all that we do. I am determined to protect our integrity in this area.

In light of the serious nature of the concerns raised, I have asked Sir Robin Bosher, Ofsted’s Director, Quality and Training, to carry out a review of the circumstances of these specific inspections and the wider handling of the sharing of information about our inspection schedules.

If any evidence comes to light that proves anyone within Ofsted or our contractors has shared information inappropriately, I will have no hesitation in taking the strongest possible action.”

– Sir Michael Wilshaw, Chief Inspector of Schools
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