The school that refused to let Ofsted speak to its pupils

Ofsted has raised concerns about an independent Jewish girls school which refused to let inspectors speak to their pupils during a monitoring visit. Tes reports

The inspectorate said it was denied the chance to speak to pupils at Beis Ruchel D’Satmar School in London about their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development

Ofsted rated the Orthodox Jewish School as inadequate in 2016 and visited in March to see how it had progressed.

The inspectorate said today that the school is failing to prepare pupils for British life because it does not teach children about protected characteristics as required by the Equalities Act.

The report also raises concerns that the school has  more than three times as many pupils as it is registered for with the Department for Education.

It says: “Leaders were again unable to agree to or organise for inspectors to talk to pupils. This was because parents had written to the school in February 2018, asking leaders not to allow their children to meet with inspectors.

“The inability to gain the views of pupils, including in respect of matters related to behaviour, safety and welfare, was disappointing.”

The report published today also highlights areas where Beis Ruchel D’Satmar is meeting independent school standards.

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