Surprise inspections for Bexley schools after ‘rampage’ of mass brawl in Erith

PUBLISHED: 16:01 06 October 2016 | UPDATED: 16:12 06 October 2016

The brawl took place near the Duchess of Kent pub

The brawl took place near the Duchess of Kent pub


Police were called to a brawl involving youngsters in Northumberland Heath

The fallout from last month’s mass brawl in Northumberland Heath continues, as schools in the borough have received surprise inspections.

More than 100 schoolchildren were involved in the brawl, which eyewitnesses branded a ‘rampage’ on September 19.

Seven people aged between 15 and 21, were arrested.

Since the incident, which saw all of the borough’s on-duty officers called to the scene, Met Police has stepped up patrols in the area.

Now Ofsted has followed up on the disturbance by carrying out inspections in various schools.

A spokesperson from the education inspectorate said: “Ofsted inspected a number of schools without notice following reports of a disturbance involving a large number of children.”

“These inspections were conducted to check on the school’s approach to promoting good behaviour, including assessing how well leaders and staff manage pupils’ behaviour and the extent to which the school’s culture promotes and supports good behaviour.

“We will write to the schools shortly and these monitoring letters will be published on our website.”

Ofsted could not reveal the names of any schools it visited.

Reports during the incident claimed students from Erith School and St Columba’s may have been involved.

Bexley Times understands Erith School has received a visit from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate, but the school declined to comment.

St Columba’s declined to comment on whether any inspection had taken place.

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