‘Must do better’ verdict on Thorpe Greenways

Echo: Federation head Ashley Eastwood – “while not yet good, we are on the right path’’ Federation head Ashley Eastwood – “while not yet good, we are on the right path’’

TEACHING needs to improve at a Southend school, Ofsted says.

Inspectors from the education watchdog first said in January that Thorpe Greenways Junior School needed to improve.

Now they have found action is still required to raise the quality of teaching and learning.

Governors must hold the school to account, the inspection team concluded after a two-day visit in May.

The management team at the school – part of the Federation of Greenways Schools – welcomed the latest report from Ofsted and said it was ready to make further improvements.

Inspectors praised pupils’ progress and behaviour, the new staff training programme and the relationship between the headteacher and senior leaders in the federation.

Ofsted said senior management had a good understanding of the school’s strengths and weaknesses.

Steps had also been taken between the May and January inspections to improve pupils’ progress in maths, with moreable pupils now being challenged to aim higher.

The report said: “Governors have not challenged school leaders rigorously enough to help improve the school more quickly.”

Inspectors found the school must further improve maths standards. The report added: “There are insufficient planned opportunities for pupils to solve mathematical problems, or to use their mathematics skills in different subjects and too often, pupils, especially the more able, are not given hard enough work to do to help them learn faster.”

Federation headteacher Ashley Eastwood said: “We recognise from the report that, while not yet good, we are on the right path.

“The report clearly identifies that the school has appropriate plans in place and that teaching and achievement are improving across the school.

“We are working incredibly hard with a number of different partners to achieve the outcomes we all want for the children and have every confidence in our future success.”

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5:38pm Sun 29 Jun 14

Jack222 says...

OFSTED is a waste of space and tremendous waste of money.

Lets start off with the first problem; they don't see all teachers teach so how do they know how well teaching is done. They don't. They see a few teachers (who may be having an off day or maybe with students having off days) from which they assume it's true across the school... This is an invalid assumption.

A good OFSTED report merely means the school filled in the pointless OFSTED forms correctly, nothing more.
OFSTED is a waste of space and tremendous waste of money. Lets start off with the first problem; they don't see all teachers teach so how do they know how well teaching is done. They don't. They see a few teachers (who may be having an off day or maybe with students having off days) from which they assume it's true across the school... This is an invalid assumption. A good OFSTED report merely means the school filled in the pointless OFSTED forms correctly, nothing more. Jack222
  • Score: 2

6:07pm Sun 29 Jun 14

CarnMountification says...

Give them 3 months to improve, or sack those staff, as they can get another job, down on the farm.
The children only have the one chance of learning from credible teaching staff.
Give them 3 months to improve, or sack those staff, as they can get another job, down on the farm. The children only have the one chance of learning from credible teaching staff. CarnMountification
  • Score: 2

8:45am Mon 30 Jun 14

eurodoomed says...

Terribly sad. When I was there, 50 years ago, the school was perhaps the best in the borough and got dozens through the 11+. Demographic changes are partly to blame, with the school no longer taking the majority from Thorpe Bay, but there has been a collapse in primary school standards generally, with Greenways just being an extreme example.
Terribly sad. When I was there, 50 years ago, the school was perhaps the best in the borough and got dozens through the 11+. Demographic changes are partly to blame, with the school no longer taking the majority from Thorpe Bay, but there has been a collapse in primary school standards generally, with Greenways just being an extreme example. eurodoomed
  • Score: 1

9:18pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Ex_pupil says...

I'm not surprised with this report, the school is in a downward spiral and has been for several years. From my experience the senior leadership team haven't got a clue how to 1. Run the school 2. Lead the teachers and support staff and (most importantly) 3. Engage and inspire the children. Drastic and swift action is needed for the sake of the children's education. I'm sure if this was a football club the 'gaffer' would be out by now!!
I'm not surprised with this report, the school is in a downward spiral and has been for several years. From my experience the senior leadership team haven't got a clue how to 1. Run the school 2. Lead the teachers and support staff and (most importantly) 3. Engage and inspire the children. Drastic and swift action is needed for the sake of the children's education. I'm sure if this was a football club the 'gaffer' would be out by now!! Ex_pupil
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6:53pm Thu 10 Jul 14

doreen12 says...

My daughter left this school a few years ago and was completely failed by the school. She had a few areas which needed attention and didn't get the help until the last year!! Now my son goes to the school and is a bright child but could be doing better given the correct guidance. The governors have a lot to answer for..... as does the head master as he is employing a lot of NQT's at a time when they need strength to pick themselves after a good few years of unsatisfactory ofsted reports!! If they are not careful our children will start to be labelled for going to a "rubbish" school and the school could end up in special measures. STOP spending money on companies coming in to help them sort out the problems they have and employ some good quality teachers.
My daughter left this school a few years ago and was completely failed by the school. She had a few areas which needed attention and didn't get the help until the last year!! Now my son goes to the school and is a bright child but could be doing better given the correct guidance. The governors have a lot to answer for..... as does the head master as he is employing a lot of NQT's at a time when they need strength to pick themselves after a good few years of unsatisfactory ofsted reports!! If they are not careful our children will start to be labelled for going to a "rubbish" school and the school could end up in special measures. STOP spending money on companies coming in to help them sort out the problems they have and employ some good quality teachers. doreen12
  • Score: 0
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