Ofsted criticism of schools came 'out of the blue'

The damning Ofsted letter Credit: ITV News

Schoolchildren in Swindon are being failed at every level of their education, according to the region's chief inspector. In a damning assessment, Ofsted's Bradley Simmons says what he's uncovered gives 'cause for serious concern'.

He says rather than tackle its problems, the local authority has only tried to defend itself against any criticism. Mr Simmons has written a letter making sure all the key parties are aware of the concerns.

Our presenter Ian Axton asked Cllr David Renard, Leader of Swindon Borough Council about the poor results.

Cllr Renard told us that the letter came out of the blue and was at odds with what Bradley Simmons had written earlier this year. He also said it was at odds with what other inspectors have said.

  • Watch the interview with Cllr David Renard in full