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A SCHOOL has failed in its attempt to get an Ofsted inspection grading overturned – but it has received an apology from the Government organisation for “distress” caused to some of the staff during its visit in January.

Stoke-by-Nayland Middle School’s governors wrote to Ofsted complaining that the report, which ranked the school as satisfactory – down from good in a previous inspection – was not a fair reflection of the school as seen by parents, staff, pupils, governors and the local authority staff.

The school, due to close in July 2013, said the Ofsted team was less interested in looking at the school beyond basic information “and did not appreciate how our pupils develop into well-rounded citizens”.

This week, headteacher David Livingstone said the school had received a letter from Ofsted saying the report findings would not be changed, and the school had reluctantly accepted this.

He said: “They have said they wouldn’t alter the report because they have changed the framework for grading of schools and would not accept our own data.

“They have apologised for upsetting staff when they carried out the inspection. Some of them were very distressed.”