Education and learning

Ofsted chief comes ‘home’ to Lambeth for the day

England’s top school inspector came back to his old school in Streatham today, almost 50 years after leaving for the last time.

Sir Michael Wilshaw, head of Ofsted and Chief Inspector of Schools in England, returned to St Andrew’s Catholic Primary School after he received a special invitation from pupils.

Following a successful Ofsted Inspection in February, where the school was judged to be “Outstanding in all Areas”, a governor told head teacher Denise Assid that Sir Michael might have attended the school as a child. A bit of detective work later and his name was found in a fire-damaged log book.  The then Head girl Patricja Wrobel decided to write to Sir Michael and invite him to visit his school.

Sir Michael met with the current senior leadership of the school and was able to view some of the old photographs and documents.

He also attended and spoke at the morning assembly, telling pupils about his experiences as a child and the importance of a good start to life. Sir Michael explained that being at a good school, being inspired by the teachers he had at St Andrew’s, had set him on his career path of being a teacher.

He later met all the staff and took a tour of the school accompanied by Patricja and the current head boy and girl, Amy Sturmer and Louis Nelson.

The school has gone from strength to strength under the leadership of Mrs Assid. Sir Michael paid tribute to her and the staff not only for their fantastic results and Ofsted Inspection, but the all-round education being provided to the pupils.

After leaving St Andrew’s in the 1950s, Sir Michael went on to grammar school at Clapham College and then St Mary’s teacher training college in Twickenham. He became a teacher and then a head teacher at secondary schools in London, and took over as head of Ofsted in 2012.


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