Release the full extent of concerns raised by Ofsted about Oldfield School
  • Petitioned Department for Education & Governors of Oldfield School

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Department for Education & Governors of Oldfield School
Michael Gove

Release the full extent of concerns raised by Ofsted about Oldfield School

    1. Petition by

      Concerned Parent

      Bath, United Kingdom

Oldfield School is apparently an outstanding school. It is clear, however, that there are some significant issues relating to the leadership and governance.

The community has the right to know what is meant when Ofsted state that they explored "complaints from staff and from the local authority which lie outside its remit. The issues underpinning these complaints have been passed to the Department for Education for further consideration."

I have spent some time looking across other inspections, and can find no other time where Ofsted has stated that concerns lie outside its remit. This suggests that there is something seriously wrong.

As parents we have the right to know what these concerns are and what is going to be done about them. How are we able to see if changes are being made if the problem is being hidden by the veil of spin that the headteacher has just put out?

I urge everyone to sign this petition to show Governors the extent of our passion for this school and the desire for transparency.

Department for Education & Governors of Oldfield School, Ofsted
Michael Gove
Release the full extent of concerns raised by Ofsted about Oldfield School

[Your name]

Recent signatures


    1. Petition to close in 24 hours

      Concerned Parent
      Petition Organizer

      The response to this petition has been overwhelming. It has even made the national news:

      It is getting to the point where it doesn't matter if we have 1,100 signatures or 2,100 signatures, I think the point has been made - there are obviously some serious issues that need to be addressed.

      We have therefore made the decision to shut the petition this time tomorrow so that all the information, stories and names can be collated and passed to the relevant parties.

      If you know of anyone who would like to sign the petition before it shuts, please notify them.

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    2. Reached 1,000 signatures
    3. Piece from the Bath Chronicle

      Concerned Parent
      Petition Organizer

      This line is in the latest news update on the Chron (who has seen the report)...

      "But a fuller report, which would have regraded the school rated as outstanding in 2012, and which contains more serious criticisms, has not been published."

      Surely, as admissions for secondary school places approach, we have a right to know what Ofsted really think of Oldfield...

      Read more:

      590 people sign petition to get full Oldfield Ofsted report published

      Some 590 people have now signed a petition calling for Ofsted to release the full inspection report into Bath's Oldfield School. A team from Ofsted spent three days at the secondary academy in December, but so far only a partial inspection report has been published.

    4. Petition extended

      Concerned Parent
      Petition Organizer

      When this petition was set up we did not envisage the size and nature of the response.

      220 people signed over the first few days. Following yesterday's developments and the eye-opening coverage in the Chron, 330 more people put their name forward.

      As a result it seems somewhat inappropriate to take the petition down today (as was originally planned) when so many people seem to care so passionately about the future of Oldfield School.

      The petition will stay open until the middle of next week to give Oldfield School, its governing body and/or the education department/Ofsted the opportunity to respond to the level of public concern that has been shown.

    5. Reached 500 signatures
    6. Update 2

      Concerned Parent
      Petition Organizer

      I would like to also state that this petition is not an attack on individuals at the school. The first step to sorting any problem is to admit that something is wrong - then everyone can work together to put it right. It is clear that we have so many passionate students, parents, staff and even relatives of staff, and what we all seem to want is honesty - not a brushing under the carpet exercise. Transparency is what this petition is calling for.

      Finally, please continue to let family and friends know about this and, If they believe in what we are asking, a signature is great.

    7. Update

      Concerned Parent
      Petition Organizer

      Given that this petition has primarily been launched over a weekend at the start of a school holiday, I have been both worried and heartened by the size and nature of the response to this petition.

      It is pleasing that everyone supports each other, but some of the comments that have been made both on here and on the Chron's website are concerning.

      I will shut the petition down at the end of this week. In the meantime, alerts about responses are being sent to Michael Gove's constituency office, Ofsted and the Education Department. A PDF of all signatures will also be sent to all three at the end of the week.

    8. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Anonymous anonymous_ BRISTOL, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 8 months ago

      I am currently in year 10 at Oldfield School and I feel that there are many reasons as to why this school is failing. For one, the obvious bulling of the head towards the teachers, staff, and in many cases the parents of the students at the school. I have seen the state at which many teachers have been in due to Mrs Sparling's treatment towards them. There have been situations where teachers have seemed very stressed due to how much pressure they are under to make sure that her school is seen as "outstanding" by getting he right grades and forgetting about the thoughts and opinions of the students and teachers themselves. Like any other head, she has power. She can exclude students within seconds, and she defiantly uses this power as much as possible. For example, Mrs Sparling tells students off for skirts that are above the knee, while wearing something that would be seen as inappropriate purely to show this "power". She also, like every headteacher, has the power to exclude, which many students are regularly reminded of. In most schools, exclusion is one of the worst punishments and it is seen as disgraceful to receive one, however, at Oldfield, students can get excluded for things like colouring in your hair or coughing in assembly, amongst others. I am also appalled by the way Mrs Sparling handles many indicants, for example, myself and another student in my year practically saved one of our friends lives, we were the only people there to deal with the situation so we made our decision of how best to handle it as we had little time. Myself and the other student called an ambulance, as there were no teachers present, once a teacher, who happened to be a first aider, arrived at the scene, we asked her to speak to the paramedic, however, she claimed that she did not want to get involved as she did not feel the girl needed medical assistance. We then continued to deal with this on our own, but were then stopped by another member of staff who then, shockingly argued with the paramedic which could have been fatal for the sick student. Despite opinion and myself and many others, we were seen as the only people in the wrong by Miss Sparling and another member of staff. To conclude, I feel that this school is beyond help, and it would take a great deal of action to change this school.

    • Lisa Seward BATH, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 8 months ago

      Many friends and colleagues working with Kim suffered a tough and unfair time.

      • 8 months ago

      My lovely friend asked me to. :)

    • anyomous person BRISTOL, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 8 months ago

      I am in year 7 and just today saw how she acts, She told everyone in our tutor room to sit down in lunch time and called a girl in my class disgusting for having her skirt above the knee

      • 8 months ago

      I would like there to be evidence of acceptance of responsibility of actions. My daughter came home from school in tears because her tutor stated "I am not going to be shouted at just because of you". This situation shouldn't have arisen. We are all responsible adults and our children spend a lot of time within school, I expect teacher's and especially head teachers to display maturity and conscientiousness when approaching a situation.

      Due to working within a secondary school I know the positive effect rationale can have on the growing mind.


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