Peter Kyle MP and Amanda Spielman, Her Majesty's Chief Inspector for Ofsted Visit Blatchington Mill

Friday, 14 September 2018

Last term we were delighted to welcome Peter Kyle, MP for Hove, and Amanda Spielman, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector for Ofsted, to Blatchington Mill. Peter and Amanda stopped by for an informal chat with Head Teacher, Mr Harrold, and some of our students.

Peter and Amanda spoke to our students about inclusivity, support and their views on what works well at Blatchington Mill. As well as this, Peter and Amanda also inspired our students with stories about their individual career paths, focussing on the importance of being persistent and how it is never too late to turn things around.

They also spoke to Mr Harrold about the process of Ofsted inspections and how they affect schools.

Peter Kyle MP said, ‘The very word OFSTED fills everyone with fear and dread, so I wanted the school to meet Her Majesty's Chief Inspector in an informal visit so that she could see how brilliant the school is on an average day without the pressures of an inspection. 

"It's no understatement to say that we spoke to some amazing students who all spoke about the ethos of inclusivity and support that is within the school, and the inspector saw a side to life in Blatchington Mill which an inspection can often overlook. 

"The visit was also an opportunity for the Head to speak openly about the inspection process and about his ambitions for the school. 

"My hopes now are that this is the beginning of better understanding for everyone about life in our city's schools and life for the chief inspector of OFSTED!’

Mr Harrold, Head Teacher, said, ‘We are all aware that there is great debate on the function and role of Ofsted in overseeing school standards, and it was a good opportunity to discuss the issues at the heart of that debate with Her Majesty's Chief Inspector, as well as share some of the things we are doing here at school.

At Blatchington Mill, we accept the importance getting effective oversight in place for all schools, but also take the view that our school improvement begins by focusing on what is best for our students, in our context, and that by getting that right we would - as a secondary outcome - improve our Ofsted rating.’

We thoroughly enjoyed having the opportunity to show off the work that do here at Blatchington Mill and we’d like to thank Peter Kyle and Amanda Spielman for taking the time to come in and experience everyday life at Blatch.

Peter Kyle and Amanda Spielman