Thundersley school headteacher scoops top county prize

Thundersley school headteacher scoops top county prize

Victorious headteacher Margaret Wilson

Zak Newton, Bronnie Jenkins, Emily George, Daisy Hayes, Henry Taylor.

First published in Local News

SHE’S already popular - but now a south Essex headteacher is officially the best secondary head in the county.

Dr Margaret Wilson of King John School in Thundersley was named headteacher of the year in a secondary school at the inaugural Essex Teaching Awards.

Dr Wilson was nominated for the award by the governing body, their entry highlighting her “gifted and visionary” leadership of the school.

Under her leadership King John School was graded as outstanding in every category by an Ofsted inspection in September 2013.

Dr Wilson said: “I was absolutely delighted because there are a number of outstanding head teachers in Essex.

“I was very surprised, but the whole staff here are outstanding and that’s down to the way they all work together, I was surprised to be singled out.”

Dr Wilson was also honoured for her efforts in working with Chase High School in Southend to mentor their headteacher Victoria Overy.

Chase High School was told by Ofsted in 2013 that it had serious weaknesses and that not enough had been done to improve students’ achievements since its ‘satisfactory’ rating in 2011.

Dr Wilson is helping Chase to improve in any areas they identify.

Dr Wilson wasn’t the only south Essex teacher to be successful at the Essex County Council awards, held at the Lord Ashcroft Business School, at Anglia Ruskin University, on Wednesday evening.

The primary school teacher award went to Maria Chase, of Grove Wood Primary in Rayleigh, and Corrine Barnett was named teaching assistant of the year for her work at The Fitzwimarc School in Rayleigh.

Mrs Chase was nominated by her headteacher Richard Green, who highlighted her relentless commitment to ensure all children do well and said she embodied everything that is good about primary teachers.

Teaching assistant Mrs Barnett was also nominated by her headteacher, Ken Newcombe, who praised her work developing learning support in PE for special educational needs pupils.

Mrs Barnett, 44, said: “I was completely overwhelmed by the award, I went along feeling honoured to just be nominated.

“The job of a teaching assistant is what you make of it. The reward for me is seeing kids achieving something they thought they couldn’t do.”

 

What do the King John School pupils think of their headteacher's award?

 

Emily George, 15, of Fairmead Avenue, Hadleigh, is Head Girl at the school and has said Dr Wilson’s door is always open to the pupils.

“I know the headteacher quite well and I am really pleased for her. She is very warm and approachable which is always a big plus for students and she always wants to be involved.

“I have a younger sister a few years below me and she has only positive things to say about the head as well.

“I am planning to stay on after my A-levels and go to university. I have been given a very thorough grounding and I owe a lot of that to Dr Wilson’s hard work.”

Zak Newton, 16, of High Road, Benfleet, is a senior prefect and praised Dr Wilson for being awarded the honour.

“She is always a friendly face down the other end of the corridor and it is really comforting to know we have a headteacher who always has time for her pupils.

“She has never had a harsh tongue and it is nice to see the school is continuing to do well. She has always put so much into King John and is a deserving recipient of this award.

“This school is getting better and better and that is fantastic news for current pupils and new pupils.”

Daisy Hayes, 16, of Deerhurst, Thundersley, is a prefect and said Dr Wilson was a ‘comfortable and friendly’ headteacher.

“It’s a really warm and welcoming working environment which is hugely important for the pupils.

“She really cares about what we want as well. I spoke to her about keeping an art club that was under risk and she made sure it stayed. Quite a few people still use it and it showed that she listens to the pupils and cares about what we want.

“She is always looking to introduce new ideas and that is exactly what the pupils want.”

Bronnie Jenkins, 15, of Vicarage Hill, Benfleet, is a senior prefect and said the head always makes time for the pupils at the school.

“She’s always made the school a friendly and comfortable place to be and all the pupils have a real sense of belonging. Dr Wilson is very involved in not only the school, but the pupils in the school which is a really refreshing approach.

“The headteacher runs the school in a very efficient way and is always looking for the best way to help students advance. She wants to give us the best chance and she has done that.”

Henry Taylor, 16, of Church Road, Hadleigh, is head boy and praised the head for always being there for her pupils.

“I have had a great deal of interaction with the headteacher over the years and because of that I feel I know her quite well and it is clear for anyone who knows her that she cares a great deal about King John.

“She is a figure head at the school and has used the school’s success to help other schools who can benefit from her guidance. It is a great school and is getting better.”

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11:24am Fri 24 Jan 14

Nebs says...

Well done.

But probably of more importance is who was voted worst headteacher in Essex.
Well done. But probably of more importance is who was voted worst headteacher in Essex. Nebs
  • Score: 1

12:19pm Fri 24 Jan 14

benfleet101 says...

Well that certainly doesn't sound like the same Ms Margaret Wilson that was Head of King John when my girls there a couple of years back. Awful headteacher, didn't even turn up for my daughters leaving assembly, but managed the photocall for the prom though! And as for Chase High, Ms Wilson was seconded to help that school years back - and yet last year it was failing? There have been many comments from disgruntled parents on various articles regarding this head teacher over the past few years. There is always a small posse of head girl and boy favourites who are rolled out for the cameras but it's a huge school and if a child doesn't shine they don't get noticed.
Well that certainly doesn't sound like the same Ms Margaret Wilson that was Head of King John when my girls there a couple of years back. Awful headteacher, didn't even turn up for my daughters leaving assembly, but managed the photocall for the prom though! And as for Chase High, Ms Wilson was seconded to help that school years back - and yet last year it was failing? There have been many comments from disgruntled parents on various articles regarding this head teacher over the past few years. There is always a small posse of head girl and boy favourites who are rolled out for the cameras but it's a huge school and if a child doesn't shine they don't get noticed. benfleet101
  • Score: 23

1:00pm Fri 24 Jan 14

LTEchoReader says...

Couldn't agree more, useless headteacher and I know, I went to the school!! She always manages to show up for pictures but when it comes to it we rarely saw her. Her main focus was on levels percentages and if you risked that percentage you were sent to btec classes as btecs guaranteed a certain level. The credit should go to some of the great teachers there, granted not all were as great as each other but if you were lucky you could really achieve with some of the teachers there.
Couldn't agree more, useless headteacher and I know, I went to the school!! She always manages to show up for pictures but when it comes to it we rarely saw her. Her main focus was on levels percentages and if you risked that percentage you were sent to btec classes as btecs guaranteed a certain level. The credit should go to some of the great teachers there, granted not all were as great as each other but if you were lucky you could really achieve with some of the teachers there. LTEchoReader
  • Score: 25

2:20pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Southchurchjon says...

It would probably be a more balanced article if you were to ask for anonymous opinions from the staff. Somehow, I think you might find a slightly different perspective.
It would probably be a more balanced article if you were to ask for anonymous opinions from the staff. Somehow, I think you might find a slightly different perspective. Southchurchjon
  • Score: 15

4:48pm Fri 24 Jan 14

saveDeanesschool says...

Popular?....
I beg to differ...popular for the wrong reasons!
Who turned down a talented gymnast destined for GB glory because they couldn't be flexable with their timetable?
Who cannot give anyone any information about how to acccomadate new SEN/D children?
Who still cherry picks pupils?
Who takes forever to reply to FOI requests (a legal obligation)?
Who has gone behind fellow female professionals?
Who has been offered a £2MILLION fee to take on local students?
WHO ATTENDED A CONSULTATION OVER THE CLOSURE OF A NEARBY SCHOOL AND DIDN'T LIKE WHAT THEY HEARD AND WALKED OUT?
Best stay in Dubai...
Popular?.... I beg to differ...popular for the wrong reasons! Who turned down a talented gymnast destined for GB glory because they couldn't be flexable with their timetable? Who cannot give anyone any information about how to acccomadate new SEN/D children? Who still cherry picks pupils? Who takes forever to reply to FOI requests (a legal obligation)? Who has gone behind fellow female professionals? Who has been offered a £2MILLION fee to take on local students? WHO ATTENDED A CONSULTATION OVER THE CLOSURE OF A NEARBY SCHOOL AND DIDN'T LIKE WHAT THEY HEARD AND WALKED OUT? Best stay in Dubai... saveDeanesschool
  • Score: 24

8:15am Sat 25 Jan 14

OBL says...

I'm not saying Dr Wilson is one, as I have had no personal dealings with her, but far too many head teachers are good at manipulating things to create the impression the Government watchdogs want to see and hear. Far too many unhappy staff under constant pressure and not given support in schools across the country. Teaching is not the vocation it used to be and head teachers are no longer people who have progressed through the ranks, rather, career people who don't recognise that they're dealing with actual real live individuals not robots to pigeon hole neatly into boxes.

I do know that those involved with the "Save Deanes" campaign are very bitter about Dr Wilson's part in what's gone on.
I'm not saying Dr Wilson is one, as I have had no personal dealings with her, but far too many head teachers are good at manipulating things to create the impression the Government watchdogs want to see and hear. Far too many unhappy staff under constant pressure and not given support in schools across the country. Teaching is not the vocation it used to be and head teachers are no longer people who have progressed through the ranks, rather, career people who don't recognise that they're dealing with actual real live individuals not robots to pigeon hole neatly into boxes. I do know that those involved with the "Save Deanes" campaign are very bitter about Dr Wilson's part in what's gone on. OBL
  • Score: 10

1:20am Sun 26 Jan 14

>insert username here says...

*clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap*
*clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* >insert username here
  • Score: 4

9:14am Sun 26 Jan 14

henrygale says...

lets look at the past results to see how well the school is doing
5* - C grades 2010 - 81%
2011 - 81%
2012 - 75%
2013 - 68%
Does that look like a downward trend?
This is probably due to the increasing number of special needs pupils who are going the school. Guess what she tells the staff? Do not talk about the special needs department during open day. She does not want them there which is why the SEND department is in such a shambles with staff leaving, in some instances after just one day.
lets look at the past results to see how well the school is doing 5* - C grades 2010 - 81% 2011 - 81% 2012 - 75% 2013 - 68% Does that look like a downward trend? This is probably due to the increasing number of special needs pupils who are going the school. Guess what she tells the staff? Do not talk about the special needs department during open day. She does not want them there which is why the SEND department is in such a shambles with staff leaving, in some instances after just one day. henrygale
  • Score: 12

9:16am Sun 26 Jan 14

henrygale says...

henrygale wrote:
lets look at the past results to see how well the school is doing
5* - C grades 2010 - 81%
2011 - 81%
2012 - 75%
2013 - 68%
Does that look like a downward trend?
This is probably due to the increasing number of special needs pupils who are going the school. Guess what she tells the staff? Do not talk about the special needs department during open day. She does not want them there which is why the SEND department is in such a shambles with staff leaving, in some instances after just one day.
oops that should read 5 A* - C grades. You can tell I was educated there.
[quote][p][bold]henrygale[/bold] wrote: lets look at the past results to see how well the school is doing 5* - C grades 2010 - 81% 2011 - 81% 2012 - 75% 2013 - 68% Does that look like a downward trend? This is probably due to the increasing number of special needs pupils who are going the school. Guess what she tells the staff? Do not talk about the special needs department during open day. She does not want them there which is why the SEND department is in such a shambles with staff leaving, in some instances after just one day.[/p][/quote]oops that should read 5 A* - C grades. You can tell I was educated there. henrygale
  • Score: 9

9:35pm Mon 27 Jan 14

DeanofThunder says...

So a reduction of 13% in 2 years in GCSE performance at her own school. And Chase goes from 40% down to 25% in one year whilst she has been involved. I imagine the Deanes pupils who are being threatened with being sent to be nurtured by her have just reason to be very very worried!
So a reduction of 13% in 2 years in GCSE performance at her own school. And Chase goes from 40% down to 25% in one year whilst she has been involved. I imagine the Deanes pupils who are being threatened with being sent to be nurtured by her have just reason to be very very worried! DeanofThunder
  • Score: 13

9:36pm Mon 27 Jan 14

DeanofThunder says...

Mr Gooding must be on a promise!
Mr Gooding must be on a promise! DeanofThunder
  • Score: 11

9:39pm Mon 27 Jan 14

DeanofThunder says...

Sorry I sent before I could finish my last comment. I means on a promise of a bonus when he gets to sell off the Deanes playing fields for development, now he has bought off Mrs Wilson with £2m bribe to take the Deanes pupils.
Sorry I sent before I could finish my last comment. I means on a promise of a bonus when he gets to sell off the Deanes playing fields for development, now he has bought off Mrs Wilson with £2m bribe to take the Deanes pupils. DeanofThunder
  • Score: 11

9:51pm Mon 27 Jan 14

DeanofThunder says...

Sorry guys, what a misplaced award. The King Johns school is already too big. The latest OFSTED report mentioned there was 'Overcrowding in the corridors', that they are 'well below average for their SEN provision', they return results that have been the worst for years and ECC recognise her - for what? It cant be about setting high moral standards can it?, when she decides to work in liaison with her neighbouring Ms Kerridge at Appleton to ruin another local school in order to grow their own empires. What sort of example is that to set the young pupils under her care, where are the community values. It seems the north south divide runs along the A13.
Sorry guys, what a misplaced award. The King Johns school is already too big. The latest OFSTED report mentioned there was 'Overcrowding in the corridors', that they are 'well below average for their SEN provision', they return results that have been the worst for years and ECC recognise her - for what? It cant be about setting high moral standards can it?, when she decides to work in liaison with her neighbouring Ms Kerridge at Appleton to ruin another local school in order to grow their own empires. What sort of example is that to set the young pupils under her care, where are the community values. It seems the north south divide runs along the A13. DeanofThunder
  • Score: 17

8:24pm Thu 30 Jan 14

stillraining says...

As someone who knows the school well, I would make the following observations. This award was made for ‘visionary and gifted headship.’ The school’s GSCE results have dipped in recent years (other Castle Point schools have maintained their standards) and if there is a correlation between this and the Head’s decision to enter pupils a year early for their exams, then this demonstrates a lack of ‘vision’. And does anyone understand how a school whose results are dipping achieves an excellent Ofsted grading? I am glad she acknowledges the excellence of her staff though because it is they who deserve the accolade. The students interviewed for this article are all current -and all hold positions of responsibility so they are bound to find her approachable. My child was at the school for five years and hardly ever saw her. She was conspicuous by her absence at assemblies etc. but as another contributor has said, she loves a photo opportunity. If there was an award for being the County’s best Self Publicist, it would have Dr. Wilson’s name all over it!!
As someone who knows the school well, I would make the following observations. This award was made for ‘visionary and gifted headship.’ The school’s GSCE results have dipped in recent years (other Castle Point schools have maintained their standards) and if there is a correlation between this and the Head’s decision to enter pupils a year early for their exams, then this demonstrates a lack of ‘vision’. And does anyone understand how a school whose results are dipping achieves an excellent Ofsted grading? I am glad she acknowledges the excellence of her staff though because it is they who deserve the accolade. The students interviewed for this article are all current -and all hold positions of responsibility so they are bound to find her approachable. My child was at the school for five years and hardly ever saw her. She was conspicuous by her absence at assemblies etc. but as another contributor has said, she loves a photo opportunity. If there was an award for being the County’s best Self Publicist, it would have Dr. Wilson’s name all over it!! stillraining
  • Score: 8

3:38pm Sat 1 Feb 14

FuckKJschool says...

A complete a utter ****. no i dea why they've called her "Dr". worst school ever should be burnt to the ground along with every **** teacher
A complete a utter ****. no i dea why they've called her "Dr". worst school ever should be burnt to the ground along with every **** teacher FuckKJschool
  • Score: 1

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