The Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills is a non-ministerial department of the UK government, reporting to Parliament. Ofsted is responsible for inspecting a range of educational institutions, including state schools and some independent schools, it inspects childcare and fostering agencies and initial teacher training, regulates a range of early years and children’s social care services. The Chief Inspector is appointed by an Order-in-Council and thus becomes an office holder under the Crown. Amanda Spielman has been HMCI since 2017. In 1833, Parliament agreed an annual grant to the National Society for Promoting Religious Education and the British and Foreign School Society, which provided Church of England and non-denominational elementary schools for poor children. To monitor the effectiveness of the grant, two inspectors of schools were appointed in 1837, Seymour Tremenheere and the Rev. John Allen. Dr. James Kay-Shuttleworth secretary of the Privy Council education committee, ensured that the inspectors were appointed by Order-in-Council to guard their independence.
The grant and inspection system was extended in 1847 to Roman Catholic elementary schools established by the Catholic Poor School Committee. Inspectors were organised on denominational lines, with the churches having a say in the choice of inspectors, until 1876, when inspectors were re-organised by area. After the Education Act 1902, inspections were expanded to state-funded secondary schools along similar lines. Over time, more inspections were carried out by inspectors based in local education authorities, with HMI focussing on reporting to the Secretary of State on education conditions across the country; the government of John Major, concerned about variable local inspection regimes, decided to introduce a national scheme of inspections though a reconstituted HMI, which became known as the Office for Standards in Education. Under the Education Act 1992, HMI would supervise the inspection of each state-funded school in the country, would publish its reports for the benefit of schools and government instead of reporting to the Secretary of State.
In September 2001, Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools in England became responsible for registration and inspection of day care and childminding in England, the position was renamed Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Education, Children's Services and Skills. This was done by 150 local authorities, based on their implementation by 1992 of the Daycare Standards provisions of the 1989 Children Act. Schedule 11 of the Education and Inspections Act 2006 changed the way in which Ofsted works without changing the provision. Since 2006 the structure of Ofsted has derived elements from business models, with a Chair, an executive board, regional officers, a formal annual report to Parliament in the light of concerns about schools, local authority children's services. In April 2007 the former Office for Standards in Education merged with the Adult Learning Inspectorate to provide an inspection service that includes all post-16 government funded education. At the same time it took on responsibility for the registration and inspection of social care services for children, the welfare inspection of independent and maintained boarding schools from the Commission for Social Care Inspection.
The services Ofsted inspects or regulates now include: local services, child day care, children's centres, children's social care, CAFCASS, state schools, independent schools and teacher training providers and learning and skills providers in England. It monitors the work of the Independent Schools Inspectorate. HMI are empowered and required to provide independent advice to the United Kingdom government and parliament on matters of policy and to publish an annual report to parliament on the quality of educational provision in England. Ofsted distributes its functions amongst its offices in London, Nottingham, Cambridge and Bristol. Ofsted only covers England; the current Chief Inspector is Amanda Spielman, appointed in January 2017 replacing Sir Michael Wilshaw. Ofsted directly employs Her Majesty's Inspectors; as of July 2009 there were 443 HMIs, of whom 82 were engaged in management, 245 in the inspection of schools, the rest in inspection of other areas for which Ofsted in responsible. All HMIs inspecting schools have teaching experience.
Most school inspections were carried out by Additional Inspectors employed by external companies known as Regional Inspection Service Providers. As of July 2009 there were 1,948 AIs. Although Ofsted claims that most of these have teaching experience, in 2012 it was forced to admit that it had done no quality control checks on these inspectors, that many of them – including lead inspectors – were not qualified teachers and many had no experience of working with children. A further scandal surrounded headteachers dismissed following poor OFSTED reports being hired as inspectors. In 2015, 40% of additional inspectors who wanted to continue working for OFSTED were not re-hired after a contractual change. Although OFSTED insisted that this was part of a quality control process and'should not be seen as an admi
Beechen Cliff School
Beechen Cliff School is a boys' secondary school in Bath, England, with about 1,150 pupils. Its earliest predecessor school was founded in 1896. There are around a co-educational sixth form of 402 pupils; the school offers the option of state boarding. It is located just south of the city centre near Alexandra Park, up a hill from Bear Flat on the A367, a major route from the south of the city into Bath; the school began in 1896 as Bath City Secondary School in the Guildhall. It moved from the Guildhall Technical College to its present site at Beechen Cliff in 1932 when it was renamed the City of Bath Boys' School, it changed to its present name in 1970. The grammar school was amalgamated with Oldfield Boys' School, a local secondary modern school founded in 1903, to form a comprehensive school. On 7 August 1988, on a school climbing expedition in the Briançon region of the French Alps, the 57-year-old headmaster Donald Stephens fell 300 feet to his death. Fifteen pupils and three members of staff were on the expedition, training for a walk up Mount Kenya, witnessed the tragic incident.
A library has been established in his memory. A review of Bath secondary provision by Avon County Council in the 1980s proposed that the school be closed and replaced with a sixth form college on the same site serving the whole city. Partisans of the school, took advantage of new legislation to obtain grant-maintained status for the school, taking it out of local authority control, which the Government permitted despite a policy that schools would not be allowed to use grant-maintained status as a way of avoiding closure. In February 1990 Avon County Council took the Secretary of State for Education and Science, John MacGregor, to the High Court to prevent the school gaining GM status and thus fatally undermining its Bath schools reorganisation plan. On 30 March the Minister accordingly reconsidered his decision, but came to the same conclusion as before, that the school should be GM funded. In a vote, 55% of parents supported the change of status. At a further judicial review hearing by the High Court on 15 May, Lord Justice Mustill upheld the Minister's decision.
The Director of Education at Avon, Dr Christopher Saville, said he was'very disappointed'. Former pupil and winner of the 1993 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of the mechanism of gene-splicing, Richard J. Roberts, donated a substantial part of his prize money to help the school build a new science centre, called the Richard Roberts Science Centre. Beechen Cliff School acquired the specialist school status of Technology College in 1997, with the demise of grant-maintained status became a Foundation school with similar characteristics in the early 2000s. In 2008 the school was awarded Trust school status. In 2011 it became an Academy School, along with Hayesfield School for girls, Ralph Allen School, Three Ways School and Wellsway School it constitutes the Bath Education Trust, whose governors include representatives of Rotork Ltd, the University of Bath and Bath Spa University. Since 2014 the school has offered boarding places for boys at the school. In July 2018 the school was criticised following an unannounced Ofsted inspection, which downgraded its rating for overall effectiveness from outstanding to inadequate.
The report was critical of the handling of a serious safeguarding incident earlier in 2018 in which pupils chained a black pupil to a lamppost and whipped him in a "mock slave auction", of the effectiveness of the leadership and management. The report stated; the chair and vice chair of governors resigned. The inspection had been unannounced because the Chief Inspector of Schools had concerns about safeguarding and the quality of education at the school; the headmaster had decided to expel three of the seven pupils involved, but a panel of three governors in a disciplinary hearing decided the three pupils should not be permanently excluded. The police investigated the "mock slave auction" incident, seven pupils admitted involvement in a hate crime, two undergoing a restorative justice "community resolution process" involving the victim. In September 2018 the Schools Adjudicator found that the school's admission policy was unreasonable and unfair, stating that the "school has a less deprived intake than the other state-funded schools in the city" due to rules such as giving priority to siblings of Hayesfield Girls' School pupils, allocating 40% of places to children living in the more affluent areas north of the River Avon and 20% to children living outside Bath.
The Adjudicator ordered changes to 16 aspects of the school's admissions policy. In the early 1930s the main building was built on the site of Lyncombe Hill Farm to enable the move from the Guildhall. In the early 1970s sixth form, technology and sports buildings were built on the eastern playing fields to support the merger of schools into a comprehensive school. In 1983 an avenue of elm trees, which ran within an ancient hedge along the road to the south of the lower playing fields, contracted Dutch elm disease and had to be felled. In 2000 the school proposed to sell off the lower part of its playing fields for housing development. Although the latest school inspection report had remarked that the playing fields were small for the school, the required consent was obtained from the DfEE, but there was vigoro
Broadoak Mathematics and Computing College
Broadoak Mathematics and Computing College is a secondary school in Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset, England. The school, which has specialist Mathematics and Computing College status, in January 2012 had 902 students between the ages of 11 and 16 years. Broadoak became an academy in February 2012. Broadoak opened as Weston-super-Mare Grammar School for Boys in 1922. Notable former pupils of the grammar school include Hugh Dykes, now Lord Dykes a Liberal Democrat peer; the grammar became a comprehensive school in 1971, when it admitted girls and changed its name to Broadoak. At the same time, the nearby Uphill Secondary Modern School in Oldmixon became the sixth form centre for Broadoak. Following a decline in student numbers, the sixth form was taken over by Weston College in 1998; the old grammar school buildings were demolished and replaced by a new school building in 1999. The former sixth form centre was demolished by Weston College in 2006, it was replaced by a new university and sixth form campus, which included the Jill Dando Centre, named after Broadoak sixth form student and head girl Jill Dando.
In the 2002–2003 academic year the headteacher of The Kings of Wessex School in Cheddar was seconded to the school by the local education authority, after the school's governors lost control of their budget in March 2002, when they reached a £250,000 deficit. Broadoak became a specialist school in September 2005 and changed its name to Broadoak Mathematics and Computing College. In 2011, 54% of pupils achieved five GCSEs or equivalent qualifications at grade A* to C including Mathematics and English, compared with 40% in 2010, 39% in 2009. In 2003, the school was rated as "satisfactory" by Ofsted and achievement standards were described as "well below average", although the report did note that the school was improving and praised the leadership of the newly appointed headteacher. in June 2008, when the school received a rating of "good". In May 2011, the school received a grade of satisfactory from Ofsted on a four-point scale of outstanding, good and inadequate. In 2017 Ofsted rated the school as "requiring improvement".
In 2007, the school was given the Artsmark award by the Arts Council England. Official website
Somerset is a county in South West England which borders Gloucestershire and Bristol to the north, Wiltshire to the east, Dorset to the south-east and Devon to the south-west. It is bounded to the north and west by the Severn Estuary and the Bristol Channel, its coastline facing southeastern Wales, its traditional border with Gloucestershire is the River Avon. Somerset's county town is Taunton. Somerset is a rural county of rolling hills, the Blackdown Hills, Mendip Hills, Quantock Hills and Exmoor National Park, large flat expanses of land including the Somerset Levels. There is evidence of human occupation from Paleolithic times, of subsequent settlement by the Celts and Anglo-Saxons; the county played a significant part in Alfred the Great's rise to power, the English Civil War and the Monmouth Rebellion. The city of Bath is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Somerset's name derives from Old English Sumorsǣte, short for Sumortūnsǣte, meaning "the people living at or dependent on Sumortūn"; the first known use of Somersæte is in the law code of King Ine, the Saxon King of Wessex from 688 to 726, making Somerset along with Hampshire and Dorset one of the oldest extant units of local government in the world.
An alternative suggestion is the name derives from Seo-mere-saetan meaning "settlers by the sea lakes". The Old English name is used in the motto of the county, Sumorsǣte ealle, meaning "all the people of Somerset". Adopted as the motto in 1911, the phrase is taken from the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. Somerset was a part of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Wessex, the phrase refers to the wholehearted support the people of Somerset gave to King Alfred in his struggle to save Wessex from Viking invaders. Somerset settlement names are Anglo-Saxon in origin, but numerous place names include Brittonic Celtic elements, such as the rivers Frome and Avon, names of hills. For example, an Anglo-Saxon charter of 682 refers to Creechborough Hill as "the hill the British call Cructan and the Anglo-Saxons call Crychbeorh"; some modern names are Brythonic in origin, such as Tarnock, while others have both Saxon and Brythonic elements, such as Pen Hill. The caves of the Mendip Hills were settled during the Palaeolithic period, contain extensive archaeological sites such as those at Cheddar Gorge.
Bones from Gough's Cave have been dated to 12,000 BC, a complete skeleton, known as Cheddar Man, dates from 7150 BC. Examples of cave art have been found in Aveline's Hole; some caves continued to be occupied until modern times, including Wookey Hole. The Somerset Levels—specifically dry points at Glastonbury and Brent Knoll— have a long history of settlement, are known to have been settled by Mesolithic hunters. Travel in the area was facilitated by the construction of one of the world's oldest known engineered roadways, the Sweet Track, which dates from 3807 BC or 3806 BC; the exact age of the henge monument at Stanton Drew stone circles is unknown, but it is believed to be Neolithic. There are numerous Iron Age hill forts, some of which, like Cadbury Castle and Ham Hill, were reoccupied in the Early Middle Ages. On the authority of the future emperor Vespasian, as part of the ongoing expansion of the Roman presence in Britain, the Second Legion Augusta invaded Somerset from the south-east in AD 47.
The county remained part of the Roman Empire until around AD 409, when the Roman occupation of Britain came to an end. A variety of Roman remains have been found, including Pagans Hill Roman temple in Chew Stoke,Low Ham Roman Villa and the Roman Baths that gave their name to the city of Bath. After the Romans left, Britain was invaded by Anglo-Saxon peoples. By AD 600 they had established control over much of what is now England, but Somerset was still in native British hands; the British held back Saxon advance into the south-west for some time longer, but by the early eighth century King Ine of Wessex had pushed the boundaries of the West Saxon kingdom far enough west to include Somerset. The Saxon royal palace in Cheddar was used several times in the 10th century to host the Witenagemot. After the Norman Conquest, the county was divided into 700 fiefs, large areas were owned by the crown, with fortifications such as Dunster Castle used for control and defence. Somerset contains HM Prison Shepton Mallet, England's oldest prison still in use prior to its closure in 2013, having opened in 1610.
In the English Civil War Somerset was Parliamentarian, with key engagements being the Sieges of Taunton and the Battle of Langport. In 1685 the Monmouth Rebellion was played out in neighbouring Dorset; the rebels landed at Lyme Regis and travelled north, hoping to capture Bristol and Bath, but they were defeated in the Battle of Sedgemoor at Westonzoyland, the last pitched battle fought in England. Arthur Wellesley took Duke of Wellington from the town of Wellington; the Industrial Revolution in the Midlands and Northern England spelled the end for most of Somerset's cottage industries. Farming continued to flourish and the Bath and West of England Society for the Encouragement of Agriculture, Arts and Commerce was founded in 1777 to improve farming methods. Despite this, 20 years John Billingsley conducted a survey of the county's agriculture in 1795 and found that agricultural methods could still be improved. Coal mining was an important industry in north Somerset during the 18th and 19th centuries, by 1800 it was prominent in Radstock.
The Somerset Coalfield reached its peak production by the 1920s, but all the pits have now been closed, the last in 1973. Most of the surface
Court Fields School
Court Fields School is located in Wellington, England. The school teaches 724 pupils from 11 to 16, does not contain a sixth form. Since 2005, major developments have occurred. A new block was built for the teaching of Humanities and a sports complex has been constructed in place of the old tennis courts; the Head Teacher between 2001 and 2013 was Elaine Faull. She followed Maurice Hicks, who left the school in 2001 and is now the head of Holyrood Academy in Chard. In January 2013, the school was placed into special measures by Ofsted, following an inspection in November 2012 that rated the school as inadequate on a four point scale of outstanding, good and inadequate. In 2016 it was rated as requiring improvement; the school became a Sponsored Academy from January 2014 in partnership with the Castle School, Taunton. The Head of Castle School, Sarah Watson is the Executive Head of both schools and Deputy Head, Rachel Bennett was the temporary Head of School from September 2013; as of June 2014, Rachael Bennett has been appointed as the Headteacher of Court Fields School.
At the 2016 Summer Olympics a former pupil Edward Ling won a Bronze medal in Trap shooting. Another former pupil Tom Nichols is a professional footballer who plays as a striker for Bristol Rovers in League One. Official website
Edgar Howard Wright is an English director and producer. He began making independent short films before making his first feature film A Fistful of Fingers. Wright directed the comedy series Asylum in 1996, written with David Walliams. After directing several other television shows, Wright directed the sitcom Spaced, which aired for two series and starred frequent collaborators Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. In 2004, Wright directed the first film in the Three Flavours Cornetto, "a romantic comedy with zombies" Shaun of the Dead, starring Pegg and Frost; the film was co-written with Pegg—as were the next two entries in the trilogy, Hot Fuzz and The World's End, which Wright directed and starred the pair. In 2010, Wright co-wrote and directed the comedy action film Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Along with Joe Cornish and Steven Moffat, he co-wrote. Wright and Cornish co-wrote the screenplay for the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Ant-Man in 2015, which Wright intended to direct but abandoned, citing creative differences.
His latest film, the action film Baby Driver, was released in 2017. Wright has directed numerous music videos, including The Bluetones' "Keep the Home Fires Burning", The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster's "Psychosis Safari", Mint Royale's "Blue Song", Pharrell Williams' "Gust of Wind", Beck's "Colors". Wright was born in Poole and grew up predominantly in Wells in Somerset, he attended The Blue School, Wells from 1985 to 1992, is honoured by a plaque at the school. Throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s, he directed many short films, first on a Super-8 camera, a gift from a family member and on a Video-8 camcorder that he won in a competition on the television programme Going Live; these films were comedic pastiches of popular genres, such as the super hero-inspired Carbolic Soap and Dirty Harry tribute Dead Right. From 1992 to 1994, Wright attended the Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and received an ND in Audio-Visual Design. In June 2018, Arts University Bournemouth awarded Wright an Honorary Fellowship alongside graphic designer Margaret Calvert, costume designer Jenny Beavan and dancer Darcey Bussell.
On receiving the award Wright said "I'm thrilled to accept my honorary fellowship from AUB, or as I knew it back in 1992, the Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design. I still think fondly of my time spent there." Wright made his feature film debut in 1995 with a low budget, independent spoof western, A Fistful of Fingers, picked up for a limited theatrical release and broadcast on the satellite TV channel Sky Movies. Despite Wright's dissatisfaction with the finished product, it caught the attention of comedians Matt Lucas and David Walliams, who subsequently chose him as the director of their Paramount Comedy channel production Mash and Peas. During this time he worked on BBC programmes such as Is It Bill Bailey?, Alexei Sayle's Merry-Go-Round and Sir Bernard's Stately Homes. In an interview with journalist and author Robert K. Elder for The Film That Changed My Life, Wright attributes his edgy and comedic style to his love for An American Werewolf in London: I've always been fascinated by horror films and genre films.
And horror films harboured a fascination for me and always have been something I've wanted to watch and wanted to make. I'm fascinated by comedy. I suppose the reason that this film changed my life is that early on in my film-watching experiences, I saw a film, so sophisticated in its tone and what it managed to achieve. In 1998 writer/actors Simon Pegg and Jessica Hynes were in the early stages of developing their sitcom Spaced for Channel 4 and thought of asking Wright to direct having fondly remembered working with him on the 1996 Paramount comedy Asylum. Wright gave Spaced an unusual look for the sitcom genre, with dramatic camera angles and movement borrowed from the visual language of science fiction and horror films. Instead of shying away from these influences Wright makes an active effort to show his referencing, adding a'Homage-O-Meter' to all of his releases, a device that displays each directorial nod he has made during shooting. In 2002, he made appearances as a scientist and a technician named Eddie Yorque during both series of Look Around You, a BBC programme created by a member of the Spaced cast, Peter Serafinowicz.
He made two brief appearances in Spaced, one in which he can be seen, along with other crew members on the series, lying asleep in Daisy Steiner's squat as she prepares to leave for her new house. The other is a brief appearance during the montage in the episode "Gone" where Daisy describes to Tim what she thinks would be a fun night out for the two. Edgar is sitting on the subway next to Daisy; the critical success of Spaced paved the way for Wright and Pegg to move to the big screen with Shaun of the Dead, a zombie comedy which mixed a "Brit flick" romantic comedy style with homages to the horror classics of George A. Romero and Sam Raimi; the film was a success critically and financially, its rooting in American genre cinema helped to make it a international hit. The pair subsequently planned out a trilogy of British genre-comedies which were connected not by narrative but by their shared traits and motifs; the trilogy was named "The Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy" by the pair due to a running joke about the British ice cream product Cornetto and its effectiveness as a hangover cure.
Wright explained to Clark Collis in an interview for Entertainment Weekly, "We put that joke in Shaun of the Dead where Nick asks for a Cornetto first t
Clevedon School, located in Clevedon, North Somerset, England, is a large secondary school with 1,117 pupils, in years 7 to 11 and 12 to 13. The school regained its Language College status; as of 2016 the Head of school is Jim Smith and the Headteacher is John Wells. The school became an academy in February 2012; the house system which came into being in September 2006 consists of four houses: Conygar, Marine and Walton. All pupils and most staff belong to one of the four houses. Siblings always belong to the same house and parents and their sons and/or daughters are invariably placed in the same house. Most of the sports in the school are now house competitions, ranging from rugby tournaments to Clevedon Staff has Talent, the staff cross-country run. In September 2008, a new uniform consisting of a blazer and tie, was introduced to replace the previous polo shirt and sweatshirt, is now worn by all pupils excluding the sixth form, it is designed to identify them as members of their respective houses.
The house system had divided the pupils and teachers into four houses which were named after famous Clevedon residents and visitors: Arthur Hallam, William Makepeace Thackeray, Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson & Samuel Taylor Coleridge. At Clevedon School each house consists of ten tutor groups ranging from year 7 to 11. In Sixth Form, each house consists of two tutor groups for year 12 and 13; each tutor group has around 4 to 6 students from each year group. There were in 2006 two groups of Pupil Ambassadors. There were 45 Year 11 Pupil Ambassadors and 28 Senior Pupil Ambassadors, from the Upper School, i.e. Years 12 and 13; the Ambassadors were asked to assist with the everyday running of the school, front of house assistance at events such as'Meet the Headteacher' and they were meant to undertake specialised projects. This system is no longer in operation; the Senior Ambassadors group has now been replaced by the Peer Listeners' scheme. This team is composed of 6th form pupils, who receive formal training, offer support and guidance to younger pupils.
They head up Anti-bullying week, which takes place each November. All of the houses, have a house team including: Tech team, Year Leaders and House Captins Compared to other schools in North Somerset, good - both value-added and GCSE results are good. Recent A/AS level results have been good, when compared to schools in the area. Huw Bennett, Rugby International. Kate Reed, Olympian. Jack Butland, International Footballer. Nathan Catt, Rugby player