LETTERS From Mary Bousted (general secretary, Association of Teachers and Lecturers), London:
I FIND myself having to write in general support of the staff (and the students) of Cowes Enterprise College, who have been working incredibly hard under extremely challenging circumstances for a considerable time.
The latest news is, of course, the disappointing Ofsted.
I am not defending the report here but raise simple questions: how did it happen and who is responsible?
Consider the Ofsted background before the creation of the college,
• In 2009, Solent Middle was deemed outstanding.
• In 2009, Osborne Middle was deemed good, with outstanding leadership at all levels in their ability to improve by setting a clear direction of development.
• In 2010, Somerton Middle was deemed good with 'the effectiveness of care, guidance and support’ given to pupils outstanding.
• In 2010, Cowes High was good with some outstanding features. The curriculum was deemed outstanding.
Yet in November 2012, Cowes Enterprise College was deemed inadequate and put in special measures. How has this happened?
The college was merged using staff from one outstanding school and three good schools with outstanding features. In other words, by and large, they are the same staff supporting the same students.
I raise the simple questions: how did it happen and who is responsible?
• More letters on this topic in the Friday, February 1, County Press.