In May 2016 Ofsted returned with another surprise inspection following on from the inspection made in September 2015. The purpose of this inspection was to evaluate the school following Ofsted's findings in the previous inspection. In our view the previous inspection was flawed and not conducted in good faith. You can read about that inspection and the school's complaint in the article before this one. In this 2016 inspection however, Ofsted took an entirely different view of the school and acknowledged its high standards, pupils' confidence and levels of excellence. Ofsted agreed that the school meets all the standards required in the regulations and commented positively on the pupils, leadership and curriculum.
The school nevertheless continued to pursue its case against Ofsted and sought a formal apology and other remedies for Ofsted's failure to inspect correctly the first time, and its failure to investigate the school's complaint properly. To date Ofsted has failed to address the issues detailed in the headmaster's letter. Read the report here.
It is important to appreciate the political context in which this inspection took place. An excellent academic study into that context can be found here: Countering Extremism in British Schools? by John Holmwood and Therese O'Toole.