Ampleforth College failed its latest Ofsted report after a “serious safeguarding incident” was identified during an inspection last month.
It comes just days after Gavin Williamson, the Education Secretary, intervened to save the leading Benedictine school from closure by overturning a ban on new pupils being admitted.
It is rare for the Government to intervene in the running of a private school and the drastic move was only taken following a series of earlier sanctions.
The £36,000-a-year boarding school, based in Yorkshire, said last week that the decision to reverse the ban came after inspectors “found many improvements in the school’s safeguarding procedures”.
But Ofsted’s latest report, published yesterday, revealed that inspectors remain concerned about the school’s ability to keen children safe.
Inspectors found two incidents where visitors had not been accompanied on the school premises, one of which resulted in a “serious safeguarding incident” and the other in a near-miss vehicle accident.
Yes, obviously, once the paperclip inspectors become involved you’re doomed, doomed, I tell ‘ee.
However, the problem at Ampleforth wasn’t some paedo scum turning up from outside to cop a feel. Which is what the current Ofstend concern seems to be. Also, something that can and possibly will happen anywhere children are gathered.
The Ampleforth problem was people inside the school and monastery using their power over the children to cop a feel. Which is what needs to be sorted out.
Ofsted are, rather, changing the rules of the game half way through.