Anonymous complaint puts school in spotlight
OXTED School is being investigated by Ofsted after the government watchdog received a damning letter allegedly from school staff.
The letter, a copy of which was sent to the Mirror anonymously, cannot be printed here for legal reasons. It calls into question the leadership of head teacher Guy Nelson, who has been in charge of the school in Bluehouse Lane since January 2008.
An Ofsted spokesman said: "We try to safeguard whistleblowers and so cannot make a comment, to protect any investigation. We investigate all complaints we receive.
"In the worst case scenario, there is provision for an on-the-spot inspection with as little notice as possible and, if there are serious concerns, the school can be made subject to six-monthly monitoring.
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"After months of monitoring, the school could be closed."
Chairman of the school's governors Brian Taylor was quick to offer his immediate and complete support for Mr Nelson.
He told the Mirror: "Staff at the school have raised no concerns with me and I'm absolutely puzzled as to what this is about and, if it is from the staff, why they have acted in this way when there is a procedure for formally complaining?"
After repeated requests for comment, Mr Nelson said in an e-mail: "I am unable to comment on an anonymous letter sent to Ofsted about Oxted School. We have had no contact from Ofsted on this issue nor have I seen any such letter.
"Should any issues of concern or of a substantial nature be brought to our attention, I can assure you we would deal with them quickly and appropriately."