Schools allegedly involved in mass brawl receive Ofsted reports

PUBLISHED: 11:58 03 November 2016 | UPDATED: 11:58 03 November 2016

The brawl took place near the Duchess of Kent pub

The brawl took place near the Duchess of Kent pub


Seven people were arrested and two were put in hospital following the incident

Four schools which were inspected without notice after a mass brawl have received a letter from Ofsted’s chief inspector.

More than 100 students from Erith School, St Colomba’s Catholic School, St Catherine’s Catholic School and Woolwich Polytechnic were allegedly involved in a mass brawl in Northumberland Heath.

Footage from the incident in September appeared to show people carrying weapons and fighting with one another.

One witness told the Bexley Times the incident was like a ‘rampage’.

In a letter to the schools, Ofsted’s chief inspector Sir Michael Wilsham wrote: “I found it difficult to comprehend how the schools did not pick up, at an early stage, that a number of students were plotting and planning a fight at the end of the school day.”

After the incident, which saw seven people arrested and two teenagers taken to hospital, Ofsted carried out inspections at the schools believed to be involved.

In its report of Erith School, Ofsted inspectors wrote: “Leaders do not ensure that the promotion of tolerance and respect towards pupils from different groups and cultures is effective.

“They do not ensure that staff consistently challenge pupils’ misconceptions and stereotypes.

“Good behaviour, both in and out of school, is not promoted well enough. Pupils do not receive enough information about how to keep themselves safe outside school.”

Speaking of the other three schools, inspectors wrote: “Leaders and managers have taken effective action to maintain the high standards of

behaviour and attitudes identified at the school’s previous inspection.”

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