Home Education Street is a large, mixed school, catering for all ages; with an intake drawn from both rural and urban areas. It is, unfortunately, impossible to say how many pupils are on roll, as staff are opposed on ideological grounds from taking Registration. Between 50,000 and 80,000 pupils seems to be a likely figure.
Home Education Street School, unlike other educational establishments in England and Wales, has never before been inspected and this presented a number of problems. For instance, it has proved very difficult to discover what subjects, if any, are being taught. Indeed, we were wholly unable to establish firmly whether teaching of any description had actually been taking place. There are no written records of lessons, nor are any statistics available regarding examinations taken by pupils. This is an unsatisfactory state of affairs.
I was able to locate some notes made by a former teacher at the school, Miss P. Rothermel. These suggest that 35 of the younger pupils were doing quite well 11 years ago. unfortunately, Miss Rothermel cannot tell us how they did in secondary school, or what became of them at all. Some members of staff claimed that similar schools in the USA are doing alright and that we should therefore stop badgering Home Education Street School with a lot of silly questions and just look at how well things were going in America.
The situation with examination results is also sketchy. Some staff say that pupils have gone on to university, others say that this is not important any way. Miss Shena Deuschars, a member of staff, has exam results for 52 pupils going back to 2001. She refuses to say who they are though, due to the Data Protection Act. Since an estimated 10,000 children a year graduate from this school, it seems possible that many, perhaps most, leave with no qualifications at all.
A major difficulty that we encountered during our inspection was that the asking of questions was usually met with a barrage of shouting and abuse from the staff. The general view among the staff was that asking to give any account of their teaching practice was a flagrant violation of the European Convention on Human Rights.
1. Keeping a proper register of pupils
2. Record to be kept of examination results
3. Brief annual account of teaching undertaken