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Ofsted apologise and admit they were wrong to downgrade nursery’s rating

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 28, 2014

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A South Derbyshire nursery which was given an inadequate rating by Ofsted following a racism row has had its name cleared.

Woodville Day Nursery in Swadlincote had been given the rating last November after a parent made a complaint about comments posted by a member of staff regarding the killing of Fusilier Lee Rigby.

Following a re-inspection in December, Ofsted agreed to hand back the nursery its ‘good’ rating and have now said there were errors and inconsistencies in their original investigation and that the ‘inadequate’ rating would be removed from its record.

The nursery in Blacksmith’s Lane had always been deemed either good or outstanding throughout its 10-year history.

In a seven-page letter sent to the nursery by Ofsted’s Principal Officer for the Inspections, Quality and Complaints Team Paul Truffelle, they admitted not identifying that the nursery had taken suitable action to address the comments made by the member of staff.

He said: “I apologise for the fact that the original investigation did not identify the inconsistencies in the evidence and for any frustration this has caused you.”

They also added that the comment could only be deemed inappropriate, and not racist. The nursery’s owner Graham Blunt says that the decision to wipe the slate clean feels like a victory, as less than one per cent of complaints to Ofsted lead to a judgement being changed. He is also encouraging others who believe their judgement is wrong to follow suit.

He said: “We felt at the time the incident took place we did all we could to deal with the matter in the best manner possible, taking legal advice right from the start and it has been very difficult to have our good name dragged down by this episode.

“It has been a hard few months for everyone associated with the nursery, and we would like to thank our parents for their support.

“Now we have won our appeal after a terrible slur on our name, we can just concentrate on continuing to provide the highest level of safety and well-being for our children and their families.”

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