Lesson 91 on Sharing and caring
The inspectors were scheduled to leave on Thursday midday, but around 10 in the morning the head sent a runner round to say they planned to remain till afternoon. There was still some paperwork they needed to complete.
By this stage the school was running on empty. Everybody, staff and pupils, had reached the end of their ability to be the perfectly compliant school. Owen’s Mam decided enough was enough, and carried him off at midday for a dentist’s appointment. She wasn’t taking any chances. Three and a half days without a major incident was an all time record.
The staff were gasping for a cup of tea. Carrying mugs outside the staffroom had been banned and, as everyone wanted to prepare in their classrooms, they went without. The children were flagging for lack of biscuits. In the pre-reception group the youngest fell asleep on the carpet, exhausted by the sheer strain of smiling brightly and looking attentive.
Then, at half-past two, just before the afternoon break, the head appeared with a mug in her hand and a smile on her face. The suit jacket had been replaced by her comfy cardigan. She brought the news everybody longed for.
Break-time was extended so that treats could be broken out of their concealment and distributed. Mugs were reinstated for those supervising in the playground.
The news was good. The relief was ecstatic. Everyone and everything had passed! Not a single thing was unsatisfactory! Key aspects of the school’s work and ethos had been praised!
“Of course we can’t say anything official yet” said the head, just before she disappeared into her office to phone around and spread the news.
By home time every child in the school was glowing with pride and feeling personally responsible for the successful outcome. Parents waiting to collect their offspring, came into the school to congratulate the head and the teachers. Everybody could share in the hard-won glory, because everybody, adult and child, had played their part.
And now the after-Ofsted celebrations could begin!