Walton Girls’ High School headteacher invites Ofsted back after losing ‘outstanding’ grade

Walton Girls' High School students Jasmine Slater, Eleanor Goodwin, Sophie Anderton and Katy Thompson agree that their school is great
Walton Girls' High School students Jasmine Slater, Eleanor Goodwin, Sophie Anderton and Katy Thompson agree that their school is great

THE headteacher of a Grantham school is determined to return it to being ‘outstanding’ after Ofsted regraded it as ‘good’ this week.

Christine Horrocks from Walton Girls’ High School wants the inspectors to come back in a year and re-inspect the school, which was noted as having ‘outstanding features’.

Mrs Horrocks said: “The inspectors realised that the school has improved since the last Ofsted, when we were ‘outstanding’, but the criteria has changed.

“I would be happy to invite Ofsted back within the year so that we can regain our ‘outstanding’ judgement.”

Mrs Horrocks supports the fact that Ofsted is trying to improve schools across the country. But she said: “It does seem unfair when the framework can be very different to the previous one.”

Despite this, staff are already working on areas to improve.

Mrs Horrocks said: “I’m confident that within a year we will have addressed these issues. I believe we are an outstanding school. I don’t know if anyone has invited them back before, it would be brave, but I don’t want to wait for three years to get our ‘outstanding’ grade back. I think we should be confident, we can regain it.”

Some of the students also believe that the school is still ‘outstanding’.

Eleanor Goodwin, 14, said: “I think it’s a great school. There have been of improvements and we all have a good time.”

Jasmine Slater, 14, said: “The school’s developed a lot with the new arrival of Mrs Horrocks, I think it’s actually got better. I think it’s a good idea to invite the inspectors back.”

Katy Thompson, 13, added: “I thought at first that something bad must’ve happened because I didn’t know about the Osted changes but now I think the school’s made a good change.”