Cecil Jones College in Southend in special measures

Cecil Jones College in special measures

Cecil Jones College in special measures

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A SECONDARY school has been put into special measures after Ofsted found it was inadequate in every area.

The education watchdog publishes a damning report on Cecil Jones College, in Southend, today revealing teaching and pupils’ attendance, behaviour and achievement are not up to scratch.

It is a major blow to the school and Southend Council, which drafted in “superhead” Mark Schofield earlier this year in a bid to boost performance.

However, inspectors found the school had fallen since its last inspection which graded it as “satisfactory” in January 2012.

Mr Schofield, who took Shoebury High School from a “notice to improve” to “good with outstanding features”, said: “We are disappointed the school has gone into special measures.

“The clear issue is students making enough progress. That’s the position we are in. We have to make more progress to raise aspirations across the board.”

The council asked Mr Schofield, who remains headteacher of Shoebury High, to take charge in January after officers, who were still monitoring the school after it was last put into special measures in 2009, warned pupils were under-achieving.

Inspectors, who visited the school nine weeks into his headship, recognised Mr Schofield and the new governors had identified the right priorities to improve the school. But Ofsted found pupils, particularly those from poor backgrounds, were falling behind, especially in maths and English.

In her report, lead inspector Linda Austin, said: “The lack of consistently good teaching over recent years has contributed to underachievement for nearly all groups of students. As students themselves commented, their progress depends very much on the teaching and the set they are in.”

Some parents complained about pupils’ disruptive behaviour, which was preventing other pupils learning in some lessons.

The school, in Eastern Avenue, will face regular visits from inspectors and could be turned into an academy, unless Mr Schofield turns it around.

Jane Theadom, the council’s head of learning, said: “We are disappointed by the latest outcome, given the positive feedback from inspectors, who noted the real impact being made by the new leadership team and new governors.

“However, we are pleased the report is clear the school is now heading in the right direction after changes made just two months before the inspection.”

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7:12am Wed 14 May 14

sesibollox says...

Not before time, will they ever learn ???
Not before time, will they ever learn ??? sesibollox
  • Score: 7

7:54am Wed 14 May 14

Southend man 53 says...

The article itself and the headline (the shaming of Cecil jones) in yesterday's paper do not marry up at all. It clearly states that under the new leadership team the school has made and is making changes that are already having a positive impact, however the team had not been in place long enough at the time of the inspection for these changes to e measure effectively. So why the headline? I don't remember seeing 'the shaming of futures academy' two weeks ago when they went into special measures or when. Chase received an inadequate rating. It seems agenda driven. The only people who should be ashamed is whoever wrote that headline, not the hardworking people who have to deal with a constantly changing, agenda driven education system.
The article itself and the headline (the shaming of Cecil jones) in yesterday's paper do not marry up at all. It clearly states that under the new leadership team the school has made and is making changes that are already having a positive impact, however the team had not been in place long enough at the time of the inspection for these changes to e measure effectively. So why the headline? I don't remember seeing 'the shaming of futures academy' two weeks ago when they went into special measures or when. Chase received an inadequate rating. It seems agenda driven. The only people who should be ashamed is whoever wrote that headline, not the hardworking people who have to deal with a constantly changing, agenda driven education system. Southend man 53
  • Score: 23

9:14am Wed 14 May 14

little_lel says...

Hear hear.......totally agree with what Southend man 53 says. What chance do our secondary schools and teachers have if Ofsted keep moving the goalposts and changing the framework .....I guess they have to make it difficult to justify their jobs!
Hear hear.......totally agree with what Southend man 53 says. What chance do our secondary schools and teachers have if Ofsted keep moving the goalposts and changing the framework .....I guess they have to make it difficult to justify their jobs! little_lel
  • Score: 6

9:23am Wed 14 May 14

Letmetryagain says...

Ofsted up to their old tricks again. I wonder what their agenda is this time ?
Ofsted up to their old tricks again. I wonder what their agenda is this time ? Letmetryagain
  • Score: 5

9:31am Wed 14 May 14

CarnMountification says...

Here come all the lame excuses, fact is the school is a miserable failure
Here come all the lame excuses, fact is the school is a miserable failure CarnMountification
  • Score: -7

9:45am Wed 14 May 14

Nebs says...

little_lel wrote:
Hear hear.......totally agree with what Southend man 53 says. What chance do our secondary schools and teachers have if Ofsted keep moving the goalposts and changing the framework .....I guess they have to make it difficult to justify their jobs!
There any many other jobs where workers have to adapt to change. I don't see why teachers should be exempt. It is one of the few jobs where employees get three extended periods of working at home each year to prepare for the next term, if the teachers were doing the preparation then they should be able to deal with the changes.
[quote][p][bold]little_lel[/bold] wrote: Hear hear.......totally agree with what Southend man 53 says. What chance do our secondary schools and teachers have if Ofsted keep moving the goalposts and changing the framework .....I guess they have to make it difficult to justify their jobs![/p][/quote]There any many other jobs where workers have to adapt to change. I don't see why teachers should be exempt. It is one of the few jobs where employees get three extended periods of working at home each year to prepare for the next term, if the teachers were doing the preparation then they should be able to deal with the changes. Nebs
  • Score: 0

10:26am Wed 14 May 14

jayman says...

How could Southends Tory council let things get so bad... vote as many of them out at the local elections. the the Tories know that complacency is not an option...
How could Southends Tory council let things get so bad... vote as many of them out at the local elections. the the Tories know that complacency is not an option... jayman
  • Score: 3

10:52am Wed 14 May 14

robert.mccloy says...

Referring to the recent Ofstead outcome as 'shaming' is one of the most inappropriate titles to use. It seems completely unfair that other school reports were not mentioned in this way and yet a school who is clearly trying to improve with the support of staff and students should be commented on in such a way. I'm sure the students of Cecil Jones would not like to see their school portrayed in such a way and the teachers and new leadership who are working hard to improve the school should not be condemned for working their hardest. Just another typical echo headline.
Referring to the recent Ofstead outcome as 'shaming' is one of the most inappropriate titles to use. It seems completely unfair that other school reports were not mentioned in this way and yet a school who is clearly trying to improve with the support of staff and students should be commented on in such a way. I'm sure the students of Cecil Jones would not like to see their school portrayed in such a way and the teachers and new leadership who are working hard to improve the school should not be condemned for working their hardest. Just another typical echo headline. robert.mccloy
  • Score: 7

10:56am Wed 14 May 14

Stamper2 says...

Amazingly enough, this school is not in Basildon!

When will they ever learn? Not at this school.......
Amazingly enough, this school is not in Basildon! When will they ever learn? Not at this school....... Stamper2
  • Score: 1

11:06am Wed 14 May 14

Southend man 53 says...

The headline really is detestable...I ask who does that serve to help??? It certainly is not the students in the school, parents of prospective students or the staff working hard. Say what you will about teaching as a profession but the headline simply does not reflect the report nor the article. The progress over time based on last summers results was not good enough (largely due to shifting boundaries) but the school & it's students and staff should not be shrouded under a cloud of "shame". Let this summers results be the yardstick for a true reflection of progress. Ofsted has it's own agendas but this school, like others in the community, does it's very best for its students and I'm sure will continue to do so, especially under new guidance.
The headline really is detestable...I ask who does that serve to help??? It certainly is not the students in the school, parents of prospective students or the staff working hard. Say what you will about teaching as a profession but the headline simply does not reflect the report nor the article. The progress over time based on last summers results was not good enough (largely due to shifting boundaries) but the school & it's students and staff should not be shrouded under a cloud of "shame". Let this summers results be the yardstick for a true reflection of progress. Ofsted has it's own agendas but this school, like others in the community, does it's very best for its students and I'm sure will continue to do so, especially under new guidance. Southend man 53
  • Score: 2

11:19am Wed 14 May 14

sunandstars says...

^one year's GCSE results are NOT a 'yardstick for a true reflection of progress'. Most of the work of making pupils disengaged, messing them around with a flurry of different teachers and rules and systems, and training them that teachers will do it for them as they are the most accountablein the current system - this has all happened in the four/five years leading up to the exams. Nothing but ridiculous short-term measures can change that, and even then only a few percentage points.
^one year's GCSE results are NOT a 'yardstick for a true reflection of progress'. Most of the work of making pupils disengaged, messing them around with a flurry of different teachers and rules and systems, and training them that teachers will do it for them as they are the most accountablein the current system - this has all happened in the four/five years leading up to the exams. Nothing but ridiculous short-term measures can change that, and even then only a few percentage points. sunandstars
  • Score: 3

11:48am Wed 14 May 14

Jack222 says...

Worth noting that the strongest indicator of how well a child does at school is home background. Yes, university educated parents have kids who go to university for so many reasons (books actively used in a home ... intelligent talk .. good movies watched .. excursions to galleries and Museums in London).

But politicians don't like this academically verified fact - because parents vote. And parents like blaming a school for their child's failing whereas it's - as I said home background. The home is where educational skills are developed ; a school is just for getting kids to jump through qualification hoops.
Worth noting that the strongest indicator of how well a child does at school is home background. Yes, university educated parents have kids who go to university for so many reasons (books actively used in a home ... intelligent talk .. good movies watched .. excursions to galleries and Museums in London). But politicians don't like this academically verified fact - because parents vote. And parents like blaming a school for their child's failing whereas it's - as I said home background. The home is where educational skills are developed ; a school is just for getting kids to jump through qualification hoops. Jack222
  • Score: 11

12:00pm Wed 14 May 14

Southend man 53 says...

sunandstars wrote:
^one year's GCSE results are NOT a 'yardstick for a true reflection of progress'. Most of the work of making pupils disengaged, messing them around with a flurry of different teachers and rules and systems, and training them that teachers will do it for them as they are the most accountablein the current system - this has all happened in the four/five years leading up to the exams. Nothing but ridiculous short-term measures can change that, and even then only a few percentage points.
You are right...but unfortunately until we have a system where progress is measures by league table performances and students are viewed as people and not data figures it won't change.
[quote][p][bold]sunandstars[/bold] wrote: ^one year's GCSE results are NOT a 'yardstick for a true reflection of progress'. Most of the work of making pupils disengaged, messing them around with a flurry of different teachers and rules and systems, and training them that teachers will do it for them as they are the most accountablein the current system - this has all happened in the four/five years leading up to the exams. Nothing but ridiculous short-term measures can change that, and even then only a few percentage points.[/p][/quote]You are right...but unfortunately until we have a system where progress is measures by league table performances and students are viewed as people and not data figures it won't change. Southend man 53
  • Score: 2

12:21pm Wed 14 May 14

Southend man 53 says...

Southend man 53 wrote:
sunandstars wrote:
^one year's GCSE results are NOT a 'yardstick for a true reflection of progress'. Most of the work of making pupils disengaged, messing them around with a flurry of different teachers and rules and systems, and training them that teachers will do it for them as they are the most accountablein the current system - this has all happened in the four/five years leading up to the exams. Nothing but ridiculous short-term measures can change that, and even then only a few percentage points.
You are right...but unfortunately until we have a system where progress is measures by league table performances and students are viewed as people and not data figures it won't change.
*is not I should say
[quote][p][bold]Southend man 53[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sunandstars[/bold] wrote: ^one year's GCSE results are NOT a 'yardstick for a true reflection of progress'. Most of the work of making pupils disengaged, messing them around with a flurry of different teachers and rules and systems, and training them that teachers will do it for them as they are the most accountablein the current system - this has all happened in the four/five years leading up to the exams. Nothing but ridiculous short-term measures can change that, and even then only a few percentage points.[/p][/quote]You are right...but unfortunately until we have a system where progress is measures by league table performances and students are viewed as people and not data figures it won't change.[/p][/quote]*is not I should say Southend man 53
  • Score: 1

12:31pm Wed 14 May 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

CarnMountification wrote:
Here come all the lame excuses, fact is the school is a miserable failure
Now it's a Special School...
[quote][p][bold]CarnMountification[/bold] wrote: Here come all the lame excuses, fact is the school is a miserable failure[/p][/quote]Now it's a Special School... Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: 1

12:34pm Wed 14 May 14

Nelly99 says...

Mutants! A few years ago walking quietly home along London Road I came across a transit van full of half-wits that had been left unattended while their teacher popped into Halfords! Hoards of yobbos leaned out of the windows shouting insults at anyone passing by and the side of the van said Cecil Jones School. Once home I phoned the school to complain and was astonished when the twerp I spoke to left me in no doubt that it was all my own fault for daring to walk past. Well that cleared that up. I have hated that school ever since.
Mutants! A few years ago walking quietly home along London Road I came across a transit van full of half-wits that had been left unattended while their teacher popped into Halfords! Hoards of yobbos leaned out of the windows shouting insults at anyone passing by and the side of the van said Cecil Jones School. Once home I phoned the school to complain and was astonished when the twerp I spoke to left me in no doubt that it was all my own fault for daring to walk past. Well that cleared that up. I have hated that school ever since. Nelly99
  • Score: 8

12:40pm Wed 14 May 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Nelly99 wrote:
Mutants! A few years ago walking quietly home along London Road I came across a transit van full of half-wits that had been left unattended while their teacher popped into Halfords! Hoards of yobbos leaned out of the windows shouting insults at anyone passing by and the side of the van said Cecil Jones School. Once home I phoned the school to complain and was astonished when the twerp I spoke to left me in no doubt that it was all my own fault for daring to walk past. Well that cleared that up. I have hated that school ever since.
Have you considered why they might have taken a dislike to you ? go on dearie, have a look in the mirror..
[quote][p][bold]Nelly99[/bold] wrote: Mutants! A few years ago walking quietly home along London Road I came across a transit van full of half-wits that had been left unattended while their teacher popped into Halfords! Hoards of yobbos leaned out of the windows shouting insults at anyone passing by and the side of the van said Cecil Jones School. Once home I phoned the school to complain and was astonished when the twerp I spoke to left me in no doubt that it was all my own fault for daring to walk past. Well that cleared that up. I have hated that school ever since.[/p][/quote]Have you considered why they might have taken a dislike to you ? go on dearie, have a look in the mirror.. Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: -9

12:44pm Wed 14 May 14

Nelly99 says...

It wasn't just me Carnac. It was anyone passing by. As for mirrors you must have quite a few to go with all your multiple personalities. Touche!
It wasn't just me Carnac. It was anyone passing by. As for mirrors you must have quite a few to go with all your multiple personalities. Touche! Nelly99
  • Score: 9

4:04pm Wed 14 May 14

sunandstars says...

Southend man 53 wrote:
Southend man 53 wrote:
sunandstars wrote:
^one year's GCSE results are NOT a 'yardstick for a true reflection of progress'. Most of the work of making pupils disengaged, messing them around with a flurry of different teachers and rules and systems, and training them that teachers will do it for them as they are the most accountablein the current system - this has all happened in the four/five years leading up to the exams. Nothing but ridiculous short-term measures can change that, and even then only a few percentage points.
You are right...but unfortunately until we have a system where progress is measures by league table performances and students are viewed as people and not data figures it won't change.
*is not I should say
It could change. It certainly can't go much further in the direction it's headed.
[quote][p][bold]Southend man 53[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Southend man 53[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sunandstars[/bold] wrote: ^one year's GCSE results are NOT a 'yardstick for a true reflection of progress'. Most of the work of making pupils disengaged, messing them around with a flurry of different teachers and rules and systems, and training them that teachers will do it for them as they are the most accountablein the current system - this has all happened in the four/five years leading up to the exams. Nothing but ridiculous short-term measures can change that, and even then only a few percentage points.[/p][/quote]You are right...but unfortunately until we have a system where progress is measures by league table performances and students are viewed as people and not data figures it won't change.[/p][/quote]*is not I should say[/p][/quote]It could change. It certainly can't go much further in the direction it's headed. sunandstars
  • Score: 0

10:54pm Wed 14 May 14

E.C.M. says...

K.I.S.S...Keep It Simple Stupid and get back to basics! Instil some discipline and create a learning environment that’s aim is real education and not solely qualifications.

Throw into the mix, five Core Values (Managing Feelings, Self-Awareness, Motivation, Empathy & Social Skills) with the genuine intention to create successful learners, confident individuals, who will become responsible citizens and make a positive contribution to society.

Not a hint of an ‘exam factory’, but where sport and the underlying values are promoted and resilience is instilled into students so they thrive in life and the world of work!

And finally where there’s some fun…after all, aren’t school days meant to be the best of your life?!

Michael Gove…call me!
K.I.S.S...Keep It Simple Stupid and get back to basics! Instil some discipline and create a learning environment that’s aim is real education and not solely qualifications. Throw into the mix, five Core Values (Managing Feelings, Self-Awareness, Motivation, Empathy & Social Skills) with the genuine intention to create successful learners, confident individuals, who will become responsible citizens and make a positive contribution to society. Not a hint of an ‘exam factory’, but where sport and the underlying values are promoted and resilience is instilled into students so they thrive in life and the world of work! And finally where there’s some fun…after all, aren’t school days meant to be the best of your life?! Michael Gove…call me! E.C.M.
  • Score: 0

12:09am Thu 15 May 14

Southchurch75 says...

I feel very sorry for all those still working at the school who have already endured years of turmoil through being placed in special measures in Sept 2009, "emerging from it" in Jan 2012 and now back in special measures 2 years later. This would indicate that it was not ready to come out of special measures in 2012 as everything was quite clearly not properly embedded and what the leadership team had effectively done was to build on sand and bluff their way out of it.

The results for the last 2 years have been deplorable given the efforts and money spent and last summer's results were worse even than when the school was put into special measures in 2009. There are no quick fixes to these problems. Progress over time is simply not good enough and whole cohorts of students have been let down time after time. Parents do not want to send their children to Cecil Jones and with falling rolls across the borough for another few years yet at secondary level, Cecil Jones will continue to be vulnerable and will find it very difficult to remain viable. Some form of takeover or federation looks to be inevitable. I would not be in the least bit surprised if it were to federate with Shoebury. Is this perhaps the Local Authority's agenda in sending in the Shoebury hit squad to clean up the mess?

The Local Authority have a lot to answer for. 3 failing secondary schools? That's an awful lot of students impacted. How will Jane Theadom spin this when the next Ofsted report on Southend is produced? There's an awful lot of highly paid people sitting in the education department at the Civic Centre. How are they assessed, performance managed and held to account given the deplorable state of some of our schools and the failure to properly educate our children? Perhaps we need a "Superhead" of some sort to sort out the education department. Bureaucrats issuing edicts and weekly newsletters are not what we need. Resources properly targeted at the front line will have a much greater impact. Consultants and advisors only provide a temporary fix and in any case most of these are failed teachers who have a cushy little number where they can "advise" but not be held to account for anything!

The bureaucratic workload in schools is overwhelming and detracts from teaching. From what I have heard at Cecil Jones, the paperwork and paper trails that staff were expected to produce was mind blowing. Get back to basics and you will find that staff and students alike will respond better and results will improve more quickly.

I really do hope that things improve at Cecil Jones. A cull of the leadership team is overdue. It does appear to all concerned that there has been no discernible improvement since 2009. How many organisations would tolerate a management team like this that has consistently under performed? Also, is it time to perhaps replace the governing body as well? One really must question if they are up to the job.
I feel very sorry for all those still working at the school who have already endured years of turmoil through being placed in special measures in Sept 2009, "emerging from it" in Jan 2012 and now back in special measures 2 years later. This would indicate that it was not ready to come out of special measures in 2012 as everything was quite clearly not properly embedded and what the leadership team had effectively done was to build on sand and bluff their way out of it. The results for the last 2 years have been deplorable given the efforts and money spent and last summer's results were worse even than when the school was put into special measures in 2009. There are no quick fixes to these problems. Progress over time is simply not good enough and whole cohorts of students have been let down time after time. Parents do not want to send their children to Cecil Jones and with falling rolls across the borough for another few years yet at secondary level, Cecil Jones will continue to be vulnerable and will find it very difficult to remain viable. Some form of takeover or federation looks to be inevitable. I would not be in the least bit surprised if it were to federate with Shoebury. Is this perhaps the Local Authority's agenda in sending in the Shoebury hit squad to clean up the mess? The Local Authority have a lot to answer for. 3 failing secondary schools? That's an awful lot of students impacted. How will Jane Theadom spin this when the next Ofsted report on Southend is produced? There's an awful lot of highly paid people sitting in the education department at the Civic Centre. How are they assessed, performance managed and held to account given the deplorable state of some of our schools and the failure to properly educate our children? Perhaps we need a "Superhead" of some sort to sort out the education department. Bureaucrats issuing edicts and weekly newsletters are not what we need. Resources properly targeted at the front line will have a much greater impact. Consultants and advisors only provide a temporary fix and in any case most of these are failed teachers who have a cushy little number where they can "advise" but not be held to account for anything! The bureaucratic workload in schools is overwhelming and detracts from teaching. From what I have heard at Cecil Jones, the paperwork and paper trails that staff were expected to produce was mind blowing. Get back to basics and you will find that staff and students alike will respond better and results will improve more quickly. I really do hope that things improve at Cecil Jones. A cull of the leadership team is overdue. It does appear to all concerned that there has been no discernible improvement since 2009. How many organisations would tolerate a management team like this that has consistently under performed? Also, is it time to perhaps replace the governing body as well? One really must question if they are up to the job. Southchurch75
  • Score: 10

7:38pm Thu 15 May 14

keepitreal says...

Always been known as special Jones school so what is the problem
Always been known as special Jones school so what is the problem keepitreal
  • Score: -2

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