The chalet school and ofsted?

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thebody Sat 01-Dec-12 11:56:56

Aibu to wonder what Ofsted would have made of the Chalet school.? Any fellow chaletians around?

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missnevermind Sat 01-Dec-12 11:59:22


SecretNutellaFix Sat 01-Dec-12 12:00:29

Their health and safety record would come under the most intense scrutiny.

thebody Sat 01-Dec-12 12:01:59

Health and safety lol yes a near death most terms.

Languages outstanding though!

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Gigondas Sat 01-Dec-12 12:03:33

How they passed off griselda running off up a mountain and Joey following her can only be cos her sister is staff. I think some huge cover up going on.

thebody Sat 01-Dec-12 12:16:50

I wish I could send dds there though as they would return home willing to make beds, tidy rooms, help with all the chores and render cheerful obedience! Also chattering in French and German useful.

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OhYouMerryLittleKitten Sat 01-Dec-12 12:20:54

grin I think health and safety would be their biggest issue. I also suspect that their paper work is a bit dodgy. Sometimes they even had the wrong child there without noticing.

Selky Sat 01-Dec-12 12:22:56

Did Madge even have a teaching qualification?

thebody Sat 01-Dec-12 12:27:46

No selky but one can go a long way in life with elusive prettiness and a charming smile.

Her lectures on English literature were also delightful.

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VivaLeBeaver Sat 01-Dec-12 12:28:05

Having a 17yo Joey dating the local GP would probably be a child protection issue. She was always fainting into his arms and next thing was having his babies!

MarianForrester Sat 01-Dec-12 12:32:27

I think that Kaffee und Kuchen would not meet the appropriate healthy snack criteria.

YuleBritannia Sat 01-Dec-12 12:39:24

I was going to start by saying that Ofsted would have no responsibility for the Chalet School because it's not in the UK but I do agree with what has already beenm said.

It's so long ago that I read any Chalet School books that it's not my place to express an opinion apart from the H&S issues.

If we were to go down the Abbey School route though .................

Oh, that's what schooldays were all about - including Mallory (or was it Malory) Towers. Oh and Greyfriars - can'rt ;eave out the boys, can we?

If we still had that sort of school - not necessarily public; just strict - we'd have fewer ASBOs and juvenile delinquency.

YuleBritannia Sat 01-Dec-12 12:39:42

*can't leave

WilsonFrickett Sat 01-Dec-12 12:41:17

Lots of child protection issues due to general dating of 16 yo's by older doctors, crazed younger brothers of princes kidnapping crown princesses, etc.

Coffee at every break - really?

Science procedures to be overhauled due to regular explosions.

History hmm. 'Once he is in the thick of battle, the British soldier doesn't know how to spell defeat' anyone?

OTOH excellent multi-cultural awareness, outstanding for languages and knowledge of alpine flowers and a nice uniform.

SecretNutellaFix Sat 01-Dec-12 12:45:57

Pastoral support seems to be second to none however, children left bereaved are cared for superbly.

thebody Sat 01-Dec-12 12:52:17

And I want Anna to come and live with me and run my house and life.

Lets face it she can do anything from washing windows, making hair washes and dying clothes and can still bring up 11 children and assorted wards and rise at 5am to pick lettuces for an expedition picnic.

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Gigondas Sat 01-Dec-12 12:54:57

Ofsted would have responsibility for plas y gwyn .


thebody Sat 01-Dec-12 13:03:21

Yes and big house and glendower house( English branch)

I need a life.

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Oodthunkit Sat 01-Dec-12 13:04:35

Lots of private fostering arrangements too.

Bilbobagginstummy Sat 01-Dec-12 13:11:51

Miss Annersley would scare Ofsted into giving them an excellent report, though.

BegoniaBampot Sat 01-Dec-12 13:15:49

Didn't it start off or end up in the UK? Was it the Channel Islands maybe?

Bilbobagginstummy Sat 01-Dec-12 13:17:23


Armifordshire (Herefordshire)
St Braivels (South West Wales)


Sephy Sat 01-Dec-12 13:18:02

What would Ofsted make of the excellent training in arguing from cause to effect in History? Can't be much less than outstanding on that front alone...

Graceparkhill Sat 01-Dec-12 13:27:30

Didn't do Chalet School but think Mallory Towers would need to evidence any sort of anti bullying policy and defend total absence of social inclusion strategy.
No sign of diversity policy either.
No risk assessment procedures in place and total absence of staff supervision

Ericaequites Sat 01-Dec-12 13:31:24

Joey did a spot of teaching the term after she finished. She also acted as a highly unqualified lay counselor, especially in Switzerland.
I was also struck that not all girls expected to take O levels/CSEs, let alone A levels.
The girls at St. Millicent's seemed to learn very little, and spent most of their time working on a pantomime. My folks would have made me learn typing and bookkeeping, by contrast. Very few Chalet girls learned typing, which is always useful.

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