Bullying and boredom uncovered at crisis-hit school

Echo: New headteacher Stuart Reynolds, centre, with deputies Ray Lawrence and Tabitha Hudson New headteacher Stuart Reynolds, centre, with deputies Ray Lawrence and Tabitha Hudson

A CRISIS-HIT secondary school has been put in special measures after Ofsted inspectors uncovered a raft of problems including bullying and boredom.

The education watchdog today publishes its damning dossier on Futures Community College in Southchurch, and fears the new leadership team won’t be able to turn the school’s fortunes around.

Ofsted found pupil achievement, teaching quality, bullying, behaviour and safety of pupils, and leadership and management all to be inadequate, the lowest rating, after a visit last month.

In a damning report, lead inspector Lisa Fraser, said: “Typically, students make little progress because teachers have poor subject knowledge and do not have the skills needed to manage students’ behaviour effectively.

"Students are given too long to complete tasks and too often they become bored and distracted.”

Ms Fraser added: “Students said that bullying exists and not all of them feel safe in school.

"Some students feel there is a member of staff they can turn to if they are having problems, but many do not feel they have this support.

“Name-calling incidents are frequent because students do not have a good understanding of different types of bullying, including that based on homophobia.”

Southend Council appointed Stuart Reynolds as interim headteacher in November and replaced the governors with an interim executive board made up of education bigwigs in February after a string of inspections uncovered serious weaknesses at the school.

But Ofsted found the newboard had not yet put in place systems to improve pupils achievement and behaviour.

High-staff turnover is affecting the quality of pupils’ learning, with too many lessons taught by non-specialist and temporary teachers.

Earlier this month the Echo revealed 15 teachers have left since the new leadership came in and more than half the staff will have left by the summer.

The Inspectors called for an external review of governance at the school, including its use of extra funding to help pull up the performance of poorer performing pupils.

The inspectors acknowledged the interim board had begun to take “decisive” action over the school’s leadership as two new permanent deputy headteachers, a new head of English, a new head of mathematics and additional staff in the English, maths and science departments have been appointed.

A new teacher training programme has also been put in place and more lessons are being observed.

Jane Theadom, the council’s head of learning, who also sits on the interim board, said: “We are pleased that Ofsted inspectors have started to notice these improvements and have noted the calibre of leadership that is now in place, but it is still too soon for their impact to be fully recognised and we were aware of that before the recent inspection.

“However, we are still disappointed with the outcome of this latest inspection.

“The school’s new headteacher, Stuart Reynolds, has begun to make significant changes to boost the quality of education following the recent decision to install the interim exeuctive board in response to the problems and challenges facing the school.”

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5:25pm Thu 1 May 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Once the seeds of bullying are sown,and allowed through poor management to fester,it's very difficult to eradicate them.
Though just like weed infestation, the bullying regime can be controlled, educated and turned around into a positive reconcilliation.
Once the seeds of bullying are sown,and allowed through poor management to fester,it's very difficult to eradicate them. Though just like weed infestation, the bullying regime can be controlled, educated and turned around into a positive reconcilliation. carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 3

9:31pm Thu 1 May 14

Jack222 says...

Who believes OFSTED?

It's a lottery which classes OFSTED view from which the judgement comes. All you need is one dysfunctional family to have a dysfunctional day and the random lessons OFSTED watches with this family wrecking lessons means the whole school will be classeed as rubbish.

Get rid of OFSTED It achieves nothing.
Who believes OFSTED? It's a lottery which classes OFSTED view from which the judgement comes. All you need is one dysfunctional family to have a dysfunctional day and the random lessons OFSTED watches with this family wrecking lessons means the whole school will be classeed as rubbish. Get rid of OFSTED It achieves nothing. Jack222
  • Score: -4

9:59pm Thu 1 May 14

EscapingEssex says...

What a pile of rubbish. Thorpe Bay has been a bloodbath for years, and each few years the same story appears of "changed leadership" and new appointments. Teachers and pupils are often hurt, fighting is common and respect does not exist. Each time the Council throws money at headlines but some of us know better!
What a pile of rubbish. Thorpe Bay has been a bloodbath for years, and each few years the same story appears of "changed leadership" and new appointments. Teachers and pupils are often hurt, fighting is common and respect does not exist. Each time the Council throws money at headlines but some of us know better! EscapingEssex
  • Score: 4

11:12pm Thu 1 May 14

bezzie says...

I only wish I could sue this school for the inadequate education my child has received . They should be concentrating on the children at that school that do want to achieve and getting rid of the ones that are disrupting the lessons.
I only wish I could sue this school for the inadequate education my child has received . They should be concentrating on the children at that school that do want to achieve and getting rid of the ones that are disrupting the lessons. bezzie
  • Score: 14

3:38am Fri 2 May 14

Whoknows7 says...

Not in the least bit surprising really. I was unfortunate enough to attend there in the 80s back when it was still called Thorpe Bay High. A turd by any other name is still a turd.

It should've been shut down years ago, but no they continue to try to flog a dead horse. I feel for the kids who are unfortunate enough to have to attend there now.
Not in the least bit surprising really. I was unfortunate enough to attend there in the 80s back when it was still called Thorpe Bay High. A turd by any other name is still a turd. It should've been shut down years ago, but no they continue to try to flog a dead horse. I feel for the kids who are unfortunate enough to have to attend there now. Whoknows7
  • Score: 8

7:46am Fri 2 May 14

E.C.M. says...

K.I.S.S...Keep It Simple Stupid and get back to basics! Instil some discipline and authorityWhy not invest the £2.8 million in a free school 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 authorityWhy not invest the £2.8 million in a free school 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: 3

7:48am Fri 2 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: -1

7:51am Fri 2 May 14

E.C.M. says...

E.C.M. wrote:
K.I.S.S...Keep It Simple Stupid and get back to basics! Instil some discipline and authorityWhy not invest the £2.8 million in a free school 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!
"Why not invest the £2.8 million in a free school"...whoops! Note to self, always proof-read, having cut and pasted items from other posts!!!
[quote][p][bold]E.C.M.[/bold] wrote: K.I.S.S...Keep It Simple Stupid and get back to basics! Instil some discipline and authorityWhy not invest the £2.8 million in a free school 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![/p][/quote]"Why not invest the £2.8 million in a free school"...whoops! Note to self, always proof-read, having cut and pasted items from other posts!!! E.C.M.
  • Score: 0

9:11am Fri 2 May 14

pembury53 says...

school is not just about academic acheivment, it provides a lesson in life, preparing students for the tough choices they face, in an unforgiving world..... some pupils crumble in the face of bullying, destined to become loners, under acheivers with low self esteem and few prospects.... others stand up to the bully, take control, build confidence and self worth for the challenges that lay ahead..... an empire was built on this tried and testsed model, let's not be too hasty to consign it to history......
school is not just about academic acheivment, it provides a lesson in life, preparing students for the tough choices they face, in an unforgiving world..... some pupils crumble in the face of bullying, destined to become loners, under acheivers with low self esteem and few prospects.... others stand up to the bully, take control, build confidence and self worth for the challenges that lay ahead..... an empire was built on this tried and testsed model, let's not be too hasty to consign it to history...... pembury53
  • Score: 2

11:29am Fri 2 May 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

bezzie wrote:
I only wish I could sue this school for the inadequate education my child has received . They should be concentrating on the children at that school that do want to achieve and getting rid of the ones that are disrupting the lessons.
Your child might just be thick, have you considered your genes ?
[quote][p][bold]bezzie[/bold] wrote: I only wish I could sue this school for the inadequate education my child has received . They should be concentrating on the children at that school that do want to achieve and getting rid of the ones that are disrupting the lessons.[/p][/quote]Your child might just be thick, have you considered your genes ? carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: -6

1:32pm Fri 2 May 14

LoopyLou88 says...

should hear them on the bus... gobby little wotsits. had one kid from this school come up to tell me i looked like a bloke and proceed to give me a leaflet for a gents hair - dressers wasn't pleased... then again if thats how they're behaving in school and aren't being dealt with in school properly then theres not like alot of hope for them on the buses is there ? i think you need to start by teaching the majortiy of these gobby little wotsits some manners.... that would be like a really good place to start.
should hear them on the bus... gobby little wotsits. had one kid from this school come up to tell me i looked like a bloke and proceed to give me a leaflet for a gents hair - dressers wasn't pleased... then again if thats how they're behaving in school and aren't being dealt with in school properly then theres not like alot of hope for them on the buses is there ? i think you need to start by teaching the majortiy of these gobby little wotsits some manners.... that would be like a really good place to start. LoopyLou88
  • Score: 4

2:26pm Fri 2 May 14

profondo asbo says...

convert it into a borstal and be done with it
convert it into a borstal and be done with it profondo asbo
  • Score: 4

2:56pm Fri 2 May 14

E.C.M. says...

LoopyLou88 wrote:
should hear them on the bus... gobby little wotsits. had one kid from this school come up to tell me i looked like a bloke and proceed to give me a leaflet for a gents hair - dressers wasn't pleased... then again if thats how they're behaving in school and aren't being dealt with in school properly then theres not like alot of hope for them on the buses is there ? i think you need to start by teaching the majortiy of these gobby little wotsits some manners.... that would be like a really good place to start.
Surly manners begin at home! Before any child is a pupil, they are someone's son or daughter first and foremost!
[quote][p][bold]LoopyLou88[/bold] wrote: should hear them on the bus... gobby little wotsits. had one kid from this school come up to tell me i looked like a bloke and proceed to give me a leaflet for a gents hair - dressers wasn't pleased... then again if thats how they're behaving in school and aren't being dealt with in school properly then theres not like alot of hope for them on the buses is there ? i think you need to start by teaching the majortiy of these gobby little wotsits some manners.... that would be like a really good place to start.[/p][/quote]Surly manners begin at home! Before any child is a pupil, they are someone's son or daughter first and foremost! E.C.M.
  • Score: 5

10:25pm Fri 2 May 14

robb789 says...

profondo asbo wrote:
convert it into a borstal and be done with it
Only if you agree to run it!!
[quote][p][bold]profondo asbo[/bold] wrote: convert it into a borstal and be done with it[/p][/quote]Only if you agree to run it!! robb789
  • Score: 1

10:55pm Fri 2 May 14

E.C.M. says...

bezzie wrote:
I only wish I could sue this school for the inadequate education my child has received . They should be concentrating on the children at that school that do want to achieve and getting rid of the ones that are disrupting the lessons.
"Getting rid of the ones that are disrupting the lessons". Where pray tell! E.C.M...Every Child Matters!
[quote][p][bold]bezzie[/bold] wrote: I only wish I could sue this school for the inadequate education my child has received . They should be concentrating on the children at that school that do want to achieve and getting rid of the ones that are disrupting the lessons.[/p][/quote]"Getting rid of the ones that are disrupting the lessons". Where pray tell! E.C.M...Every Child Matters! E.C.M.
  • Score: 2

11:34pm Sat 3 May 14

LoopyLou88 says...

E.C.M. wrote:
LoopyLou88 wrote:
should hear them on the bus... gobby little wotsits. had one kid from this school come up to tell me i looked like a bloke and proceed to give me a leaflet for a gents hair - dressers wasn't pleased... then again if thats how they're behaving in school and aren't being dealt with in school properly then theres not like alot of hope for them on the buses is there ? i think you need to start by teaching the majortiy of these gobby little wotsits some manners.... that would be like a really good place to start.
Surly manners begin at home! Before any child is a pupil, they are someone's son or daughter first and foremost!
yes but some children dont learn manners at home. sometiems schools are like the only hope for children to learn manners..
[quote][p][bold]E.C.M.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LoopyLou88[/bold] wrote: should hear them on the bus... gobby little wotsits. had one kid from this school come up to tell me i looked like a bloke and proceed to give me a leaflet for a gents hair - dressers wasn't pleased... then again if thats how they're behaving in school and aren't being dealt with in school properly then theres not like alot of hope for them on the buses is there ? i think you need to start by teaching the majortiy of these gobby little wotsits some manners.... that would be like a really good place to start.[/p][/quote]Surly manners begin at home! Before any child is a pupil, they are someone's son or daughter first and foremost![/p][/quote]yes but some children dont learn manners at home. sometiems schools are like the only hope for children to learn manners.. LoopyLou88
  • Score: 1

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