Our school is going in the right direction

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A HEADTEACHER has hit back and insisted her school is on the up after Ofsted inspectors said it needed to improve.

Melanie Gaskin started her job at Greensted Junior School, in Kirby Road, Basildon, in August 2012 when it was granted academy status.

In an Ofsted report, which was published this week, the school was rated as “requires improvement”, but Mrs Gaskin insists the school is already on track to become “good”.

She believes “significant improvements” have been made since Greensted became a sponsor-led academy, and this is reflected in the fact the school is oversubscribed for the first time.

Two years ago, Greensted recorded the best SATs results in its history, but last year Ofsted said pupils were found to be six months behind national standards.

The school is now right on track to be celebrating impressive results once again.

Mrs Gaskin, who has taken pupils on a field trip to the Isle of Wight, said: “Newlyappointed subject leaders have developed well in post, which will be reflected in the good results expected this summer.

“Last week, the school’s writing was moderated externally and indicate results have already exceeded the targets set for this year and will be in line or better than the national average.”

One parent said she thought Greensted had “gone downhill” and blamed a lack of school trips for taking away the “friendly, happy environment”.

Mrs Gaskin insists this is far from the truth. Year 6 pupils are currently enjoying the residential trip on the Isle of Wight, and a group of children recently returned from a reward trip to Harry Potter World.

This was fully subsidised by the school for the first time ever.

Ofsted graded the behaviour and safety of pupils as good, with all other areas – achievement of pupils, quality of teaching and leadership and management – requiring improvement.

They also praised Mrs Gaskin for improving behaviour, attendance, teaching and achievement since beginning at the school.

Inspector Ruth Dollner praised teachers at Greensted for being caring and approachable, making pupils feel safe and creating a “sense of family and community”.

Mrs Gaskin added: “The message from Ofsted is we now have everything in place to move rapidly forward to becoming ‘good’ in all four categories of the inspection framework.”

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10:32am Mon 16 Jun 14

Jack222 says...

OFSTED really is a waste of space. Firstly it does not see all teachers at work so its random what result you get. And there are many other issues wrong with the system.
OFSTED really is a waste of space. Firstly it does not see all teachers at work so its random what result you get. And there are many other issues wrong with the system. Jack222
  • Score: 5

11:49am Mon 16 Jun 14

Howard Cháse says...

One year it is excellent then suddenly it's six months behind the national average. Sounds rather like moving goalposts to me.
One year it is excellent then suddenly it's six months behind the national average. Sounds rather like moving goalposts to me. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 3

12:59pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Nebs says...

Who checks up on Ofsted?
Who checks up on Ofsted? Nebs
  • Score: 3

1:06pm Mon 16 Jun 14

MummyMummy says...

This is exactly the right press this school needs!

It is a school full of warm, caring staff who want the best for the children.
The new headteacher is brilliant and this school has not gone 'downhill' as one parent has commented!

I know for a fact that there are trips throughout the year for all pupils. Some are linked with the lessons and some are reward trips. The one that was taken away was at the end of the year - I know for a fact that my kid would be bored of waiting all year for a trip. The way they do it now is much better!
This is exactly the right press this school needs! It is a school full of warm, caring staff who want the best for the children. The new headteacher is brilliant and this school has not gone 'downhill' as one parent has commented! I know for a fact that there are trips throughout the year for all pupils. Some are linked with the lessons and some are reward trips. The one that was taken away was at the end of the year - I know for a fact that my kid would be bored of waiting all year for a trip. The way they do it now is much better! MummyMummy
  • Score: 9

6:22pm Mon 16 Jun 14

VJK2012 says...

Ha! i know what parent that was who said that bad stuff about the school. She doesnt no what shes talkin about. She spends her days in her big sunglasses spouting off at anyone who will listen. Shes a bore! She just wanted a bit of fame by gettin in touch with the papers.

Funny that she's the first to complain but has sent all SIX of her kids through that school. She needs to get a life. Or a job. Ha!

My girl is goin to be starting at the juniors in sept and I no she will do well there!! They all seem nice and like they have the kids best interest's at heart!
Ha! i know what parent that was who said that bad stuff about the school. She doesnt no what shes talkin about. She spends her days in her big sunglasses spouting off at anyone who will listen. Shes a bore! She just wanted a bit of fame by gettin in touch with the papers. Funny that she's the first to complain but has sent all SIX of her kids through that school. She needs to get a life. Or a job. Ha! My girl is goin to be starting at the juniors in sept and I no she will do well there!! They all seem nice and like they have the kids best interest's at heart! VJK2012
  • Score: 8

7:36pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Lizzie_1987 says...

All I have noticed lately is your paper slamming schools.

Don't you think it would be better if you went out and worked closer with schools and reported on the good things that are going on?

How about you look at things from another angle instead of having this massive 'chip' on your shoulder about local schools. Is this some sort of vendetta against them? I work in a school and see how hard teachers work - are you aware of this also?? You don't act like it!!

Start to show some support Echo! You should be ashamed!
All I have noticed lately is your paper slamming schools. Don't you think it would be better if you went out and worked closer with schools and reported on the good things that are going on? How about you look at things from another angle instead of having this massive 'chip' on your shoulder about local schools. Is this some sort of vendetta against them? I work in a school and see how hard teachers work - are you aware of this also?? You don't act like it!! Start to show some support Echo! You should be ashamed! Lizzie_1987
  • Score: 8

10:21pm Tue 17 Jun 14

RHHEREFG123 says...

VJK2012 wrote:
Ha! i know what parent that was who said that bad stuff about the school. She doesnt no what shes talkin about. She spends her days in her big sunglasses spouting off at anyone who will listen. Shes a bore! She just wanted a bit of fame by gettin in touch with the papers.

Funny that she's the first to complain but has sent all SIX of her kids through that school. She needs to get a life. Or a job. Ha!

My girl is goin to be starting at the juniors in sept and I no she will do well there!! They all seem nice and like they have the kids best interest's at heart!
VJK2012.......WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE YOU RETARDED PERSON!!!! JUST BECAUSE THIS PERSON HAS SIX KIDS DOESNT MEAN ANYTHING, MAYBE THE SCHOOL WAS GREAT WHEN HER OTHER KIDS WENT THERE BUT HAS SINCE GONE DOWN HILL??? IT SEEMS TO ME LIKE YOU DONT HAVE ANY KIDS IN THE JUNIORS ALREADY SO HOW WOULD YOU KNOW ANYTHING!!
[quote][p][bold]VJK2012[/bold] wrote: Ha! i know what parent that was who said that bad stuff about the school. She doesnt no what shes talkin about. She spends her days in her big sunglasses spouting off at anyone who will listen. Shes a bore! She just wanted a bit of fame by gettin in touch with the papers. Funny that she's the first to complain but has sent all SIX of her kids through that school. She needs to get a life. Or a job. Ha! My girl is goin to be starting at the juniors in sept and I no she will do well there!! They all seem nice and like they have the kids best interest's at heart![/p][/quote]VJK2012.......WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE YOU RETARDED PERSON!!!! JUST BECAUSE THIS PERSON HAS SIX KIDS DOESNT MEAN ANYTHING, MAYBE THE SCHOOL WAS GREAT WHEN HER OTHER KIDS WENT THERE BUT HAS SINCE GONE DOWN HILL??? IT SEEMS TO ME LIKE YOU DONT HAVE ANY KIDS IN THE JUNIORS ALREADY SO HOW WOULD YOU KNOW ANYTHING!! RHHEREFG123
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10:35pm Tue 17 Jun 14

VJK2012 says...

RHHEREFG123 wrote:
VJK2012 wrote:
Ha! i know what parent that was who said that bad stuff about the school. She doesnt no what shes talkin about. She spends her days in her big sunglasses spouting off at anyone who will listen. Shes a bore! She just wanted a bit of fame by gettin in touch with the papers.

Funny that she's the first to complain but has sent all SIX of her kids through that school. She needs to get a life. Or a job. Ha!

My girl is goin to be starting at the juniors in sept and I no she will do well there!! They all seem nice and like they have the kids best interest's at heart!
VJK2012.......WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE YOU RETARDED PERSON!!!! JUST BECAUSE THIS PERSON HAS SIX KIDS DOESNT MEAN ANYTHING, MAYBE THE SCHOOL WAS GREAT WHEN HER OTHER KIDS WENT THERE BUT HAS SINCE GONE DOWN HILL??? IT SEEMS TO ME LIKE YOU DONT HAVE ANY KIDS IN THE JUNIORS ALREADY SO HOW WOULD YOU KNOW ANYTHING!!
Chill out darlin. No need to shout!
I have no problem with how many children someone has. Read my comment properly! My point was if she had a problem with the school then she could of taken her kids out and gone somewhere else! Get over it. This is old news. Bye!
[quote][p][bold]RHHEREFG123[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VJK2012[/bold] wrote: Ha! i know what parent that was who said that bad stuff about the school. She doesnt no what shes talkin about. She spends her days in her big sunglasses spouting off at anyone who will listen. Shes a bore! She just wanted a bit of fame by gettin in touch with the papers. Funny that she's the first to complain but has sent all SIX of her kids through that school. She needs to get a life. Or a job. Ha! My girl is goin to be starting at the juniors in sept and I no she will do well there!! They all seem nice and like they have the kids best interest's at heart![/p][/quote]VJK2012.......WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE YOU RETARDED PERSON!!!! JUST BECAUSE THIS PERSON HAS SIX KIDS DOESNT MEAN ANYTHING, MAYBE THE SCHOOL WAS GREAT WHEN HER OTHER KIDS WENT THERE BUT HAS SINCE GONE DOWN HILL??? IT SEEMS TO ME LIKE YOU DONT HAVE ANY KIDS IN THE JUNIORS ALREADY SO HOW WOULD YOU KNOW ANYTHING!![/p][/quote]Chill out darlin. No need to shout! I have no problem with how many children someone has. Read my comment properly! My point was if she had a problem with the school then she could of taken her kids out and gone somewhere else! Get over it. This is old news. Bye! VJK2012
  • Score: 6

9:33pm Fri 20 Jun 14

evacuee11 says...

I have been supply teaching at this school since Easter and was stunned to see the headline on the Echo Website on one day I was in. The teachers and management at the school have only the childrens best interest's at heart. The atmosphere around the school is one of a very happy learning environment and behaviour is extremely good. That is only achieveable at a school going in the right direction.
I have been supply teaching at this school since Easter and was stunned to see the headline on the Echo Website on one day I was in. The teachers and management at the school have only the childrens best interest's at heart. The atmosphere around the school is one of a very happy learning environment and behaviour is extremely good. That is only achieveable at a school going in the right direction. evacuee11
  • Score: 5

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