Head responds as his school loses ‘good’ tag

Echo: Parents support the school - Pat Penn with Charlotte and Lucy. Parents support the school - Pat Penn with Charlotte and Lucy.

THE headteacher of a struggling Canvey school has come out fighting after Ofsted inspectorsdowngraded its official status from “good” to “requires improvement”.

Head Daren Partridge said Leigh Beck Junior School had undergone several changes in the past twoyears.

The only reason the rating had slipped, he added,wasbecause the schoolhadfallen short inonecategory – for pupils’ achievement.

That had been enough for Ofsted to change the Point Road school’s overall rating.

As well as calling for improvements to pupil achievement, the inspectors’ report highlights quality of teaching as an area which needs addressing.

They also noted poor levels of grammar and punctuation and said achievementwasnot satisfactory.

Lead Ofsted inspector Michael Sutherland-Harper’s report goes on: “Strategies to improve writing are still being put in place in some classes. Work is not always challenging or practical enough in mathematics.

“Pupils do not have enough opportunities to demonstrate their understanding by explainingwhat theyhave learned.”

However, he praised the behaviour of pupils’ keeness to learn and Mr Partridge’s knowledge of the school.

His report was published just twomonths after Ofsted rated the ajdoining Leigh Beck Infant SchoolandNursery“inadequate”.

In an open letter to parents, posted on the school website, Mr Partridge says: “Our goal is to be ‘outstanding’.Wehavehighexpectations for everyone of our pupils.

Our aim is to build confidence and inspire our children to achieve their full potential in a happy and supportive learning environment.

The school has undergone significant changes since our last inspection, in February2011.

“We have a strong team in place including supportive governors, a determined leadership and a hardworking, dedicated staff. We have made changes to our teaching staff and the quality of learning has improved throughout the school.

“We are delighted the latest report recognises these advances and the impact our efforts are beginning to have.”

He goes on to thank staff and governors for their “hard work, dedication and commitment”.

Ofsted has recently said another Canvey school, William Read Primary also requires improvement, while its June 2013 inspection of Montgomerie Primary School, Thundersley, led it to be rated “inadequate.

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9:02am Fri 7 Feb 14

upset says...

It looks like ofsted should visit the Echo!!!! this is just one paragraph of joined up writing!!!
They also noted poor levels of grammar and punctuation and said achievementwasnot satisfactory.
It looks like ofsted should visit the Echo!!!! this is just one paragraph of joined up writing!!! They also noted poor levels of grammar and punctuation and said achievementwasnot satisfactory. upset
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10:21am Fri 7 Feb 14

Stamper2 says...

Another failing school in Essex. As the Head puts it - they only failed on pupils achievement!

If that is the Headmaster's comments, then he should look for another job. What a useless Headmaster. No wonder the school is failing.
Another failing school in Essex. As the Head puts it - they only failed on pupils achievement! If that is the Headmaster's comments, then he should look for another job. What a useless Headmaster. No wonder the school is failing. Stamper2
  • Score: 4

1:28pm Fri 7 Feb 14

benfleet101 says...

I notice none of the schools mentioned are Academies. Is this just a way of pushing Academy Status on them through the back door?
I notice none of the schools mentioned are Academies. Is this just a way of pushing Academy Status on them through the back door? benfleet101
  • Score: 6

3:12pm Fri 7 Feb 14

emcee says...

This is yet another headteacher who will not accept any criticism of his poor management or of the poor teaching that he allows to go on in his school.
This is yet another headteacher who will not accept any criticism of his poor management or of the poor teaching that he allows to go on in his school. emcee
  • Score: 7

6:41pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Mr.Wulf says...

benfleet101, you have hit the nail on the head. An increasing number of local schools are becoming in need of improvement, despite the standards of education being of no concern to parents and in many cases showing statistical increase. Strangely, schools that have refused to academise find themselves criticised in the delivery of lessons that were often imposed upon them by a previous inspectorate . It's interesting that by simply changing a schools logo dramatic improvement will occur, it would be quite wrong to consider that any inspectorate can always find reasons for failure if they are so encouraged.
benfleet101, you have hit the nail on the head. An increasing number of local schools are becoming in need of improvement, despite the standards of education being of no concern to parents and in many cases showing statistical increase. Strangely, schools that have refused to academise find themselves criticised in the delivery of lessons that were often imposed upon them by a previous inspectorate . It's interesting that by simply changing a schools logo dramatic improvement will occur, it would be quite wrong to consider that any inspectorate can always find reasons for failure if they are so encouraged. Mr.Wulf
  • Score: 2

11:45am Sat 8 Feb 14

SwampDweller says...

"Ofsted has recently said another Canvey school, William Read Primary also requires improvement"........
that wasn't recent, it was over a year ago and this school's achievement has improved drastically looking at the latest league tables - shoddy journalism.
"Ofsted has recently said another Canvey school, William Read Primary also requires improvement"........ that wasn't recent, it was over a year ago and this school's achievement has improved drastically looking at the latest league tables - shoddy journalism. SwampDweller
  • Score: 0

3:28pm Sat 8 Feb 14

woolstone says...

Ofsted is only interested in the Data in every school if anyone from the public was present at one of these inspection you would not believe some of the silly feedback that they give.
Ofsted is only interested in the Data in every school if anyone from the public was present at one of these inspection you would not believe some of the silly feedback that they give. woolstone
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