School put into special measures

Echo: School put into special measures School put into special measures

A SCHOOL has been put in special measures after being blasted by Ofsted.

The Bromfords School in Grange Avenue, Wickford, said improvements including a new line up of management have already been made to raise standards and turn the school around.

In a new report out today, inspectors dropped the school into the lowest category of ‘inadequate’ and placed it in special measures following a visit in January.

Interim executive headteacher Richard Westergreen-Thorne started at the school in January following the sudden resignation of previous long standing headteacher Marian Spinks.

Two new deputy heads have also started at the school and there are plans for a permanent headteacher, Daniel Gee, to start at the school in September.

A new chair and vice chair of governors have also been appointed and the governance structure has been completely overhauled to improve tracking and decision making.

The school said evidence of these improvements is already emerging. 73% of students entered for GCSE English in the autumn achieved A* to C grades. The school’s predicted 2014 outcome for 5 GCSE passes including English and maths at grades A* to C is now 63%. The 2013 outcome was 58.5% compared to the national average of 58.6%.

Executive headteacher Mr Westergreen-Thorne, said: “The school is already a different place to the one seen by the inspectors and we are determined to continue the pace of improvement that we are already seeing.

“Since I joined the school in January the staff have worked hard to make the necessary improvements in standards. The students deserve the best possible opportunities and I have been impressed by their potential and their positive response to changes we have made.

“I am delighted the school has an experienced headteacher joining us in September 2014 and I am sure under his leadership the school will continue to move quickly to where it needs to be.”

Don Morris, chair of governors said: “There is good practice at Bromfords but we need to be more consistent. Through our action plan we are rigorously improving performance and standards and seeing significant improvements such as the recent GCSE English results.

“Our aim is to continue the rapid improvement referenced by Ofsted and to move out of special measures at the earliest opportunity”.

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11:20am Mon 31 Mar 14

Howard Cháse says...

It seems that all schools get put into special measures sooner or later. Is there a rota? A hidden agenda?


They can't all be that bad can they?
It seems that all schools get put into special measures sooner or later. Is there a rota? A hidden agenda? They can't all be that bad can they? Howard Cháse
  • Score: 11

11:25am Mon 31 Mar 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Theres a lot of 'blasting' by Ofsted lately.
Theres a lot of 'blasting' by Ofsted lately. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 9

3:10pm Mon 31 Mar 14

emcee says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
Theres a lot of 'blasting' by Ofsted lately.
Maybe schools have had it too easy and have been resting on their laurels for the las ten or fifteen years (grammar schools, in particular, are guilty of this).
Teaching quality has, indeed, been deteriorating. Schools favouring NQTs and cheaper "non-vocational" graduates over experienced teachers, when recruiting, does not help and the dumbing down of exams has been a way to disguise this.
It really is about time schools were given a good kick up the backside like they have been getting of late. At least it may prompt schools to start paying more attention to the teaching of their pupils rather than concentrating on the politics that goes on within the school walls.
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: Theres a lot of 'blasting' by Ofsted lately.[/p][/quote]Maybe schools have had it too easy and have been resting on their laurels for the las ten or fifteen years (grammar schools, in particular, are guilty of this). Teaching quality has, indeed, been deteriorating. Schools favouring NQTs and cheaper "non-vocational" graduates over experienced teachers, when recruiting, does not help and the dumbing down of exams has been a way to disguise this. It really is about time schools were given a good kick up the backside like they have been getting of late. At least it may prompt schools to start paying more attention to the teaching of their pupils rather than concentrating on the politics that goes on within the school walls. emcee
  • Score: 1

4:27pm Mon 31 Mar 14

pembury53 says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
It seems that all schools get put into special measures sooner or later. Is there a rota? A hidden agenda? They can't all be that bad can they?
they probably forgot to print the tuck shop menu in 16 languages......
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: It seems that all schools get put into special measures sooner or later. Is there a rota? A hidden agenda? They can't all be that bad can they?[/p][/quote]they probably forgot to print the tuck shop menu in 16 languages...... pembury53
  • Score: 3

4:59pm Mon 31 Mar 14

I care about rayleigh says...

All you need for a good school are decent teachers, kids awho are well-behaved and want to learn and suppportive parents who value education and back the school, making sure their kids attend, wear the uniform properly, behave, do their homework etc etc. No school has much chance with the current attitude of some parents and children.
All you need for a good school are decent teachers, kids awho are well-behaved and want to learn and suppportive parents who value education and back the school, making sure their kids attend, wear the uniform properly, behave, do their homework etc etc. No school has much chance with the current attitude of some parents and children. I care about rayleigh
  • Score: 17

6:07pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Letmetryagain says...

Ofsted are a law unto themselves. I wouldn't trust their inspectors to run
p**s up in a brewery.
Ofsted are a law unto themselves. I wouldn't trust their inspectors to run p**s up in a brewery. Letmetryagain
  • Score: 8

8:40pm Mon 31 Mar 14

E.C.M. says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
It seems that all schools get put into special measures sooner or later. Is there a rota? A hidden agenda? They can't all be that bad can they?
Sadly, schools no longer focus on ‘education’ today, but purely on ‘qualifications’ instead…and there’s a huge difference don’t you know?!

Ofsted (Overpaid F**kers Shafting Teachers Every Day) need to appreciate that “not everything that is countable, counts and not everything that counts is countable”! (Albert Eiensten).
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: It seems that all schools get put into special measures sooner or later. Is there a rota? A hidden agenda? They can't all be that bad can they?[/p][/quote]Sadly, schools no longer focus on ‘education’ today, but purely on ‘qualifications’ instead…and there’s a huge difference don’t you know?! Ofsted (Overpaid F**kers Shafting Teachers Every Day) need to appreciate that “not everything that is countable, counts and not everything that counts is countable”! (Albert Eiensten). E.C.M.
  • Score: 2

9:07pm Mon 31 Mar 14

E.C.M. says...

emcee wrote:
DogsMessInLeigh wrote: Theres a lot of 'blasting' by Ofsted lately.
Maybe schools have had it too easy and have been resting on their laurels for the las ten or fifteen years (grammar schools, in particular, are guilty of this). Teaching quality has, indeed, been deteriorating. Schools favouring NQTs and cheaper "non-vocational
" graduates over experienced teachers, when recruiting, does not help and the dumbing down of exams has been a way to disguise this. It really is about time schools were given a good kick up the backside like they have been getting of late. At least it may prompt schools to start paying more attention to the teaching of their pupils rather than concentrating on the politics that goes on within the school walls.
emcee, What is the point of school? Do you know?

The objective used to be to prepare young men and young women for the world of work and how to thrive in society! Alas, 'exam factories' today have lost sight of this intention!

"It really is about time schools were given a good kick up the backside"! What???!!! It's not the schools fault, they are not to blame 'education' isn't important anymore, but 'qualifications' and league table positions are! Leave teaching and learning to those who know and understand what it’s all about and keep Gove and his cronies out of the classroom!
[quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: Theres a lot of 'blasting' by Ofsted lately.[/p][/quote]Maybe schools have had it too easy and have been resting on their laurels for the las ten or fifteen years (grammar schools, in particular, are guilty of this). Teaching quality has, indeed, been deteriorating. Schools favouring NQTs and cheaper "non-vocational " graduates over experienced teachers, when recruiting, does not help and the dumbing down of exams has been a way to disguise this. It really is about time schools were given a good kick up the backside like they have been getting of late. At least it may prompt schools to start paying more attention to the teaching of their pupils rather than concentrating on the politics that goes on within the school walls.[/p][/quote]emcee, What is the point of school? Do you know? The objective used to be to prepare young men and young women for the world of work and how to thrive in society! Alas, 'exam factories' today have lost sight of this intention! "It really is about time schools were given a good kick up the backside"! What???!!! It's not the schools fault, they are not to blame 'education' isn't important anymore, but 'qualifications' and league table positions are! Leave teaching and learning to those who know and understand what it’s all about and keep Gove and his cronies out of the classroom! E.C.M.
  • Score: 3

9:17pm Mon 31 Mar 14

E.C.M. says...

I care about rayleigh wrote:
All you need for a good school are decent teachers, kids awho are well-behaved and want to learn and suppportive parents who value education and back the school, making sure their kids attend, wear the uniform properly, behave, do their homework etc etc. No school has much chance with the current attitude of some parents and children.
Agreed! K.I.S.S...Keep It Simple Stupid!

It's all about basics! Alas, Marion Spinks (ex-Headteacher) and her clueless SLT (Senior Leadership Team) were oblivious to the facts and their 'reactive' strategies were simply to 'rearrange the deckchairs on the Titanic'!
[quote][p][bold]I care about rayleigh[/bold] wrote: All you need for a good school are decent teachers, kids awho are well-behaved and want to learn and suppportive parents who value education and back the school, making sure their kids attend, wear the uniform properly, behave, do their homework etc etc. No school has much chance with the current attitude of some parents and children.[/p][/quote]Agreed! K.I.S.S...Keep It Simple Stupid! It's all about basics! Alas, Marion Spinks (ex-Headteacher) and her clueless SLT (Senior Leadership Team) were oblivious to the facts and their 'reactive' strategies were simply to 'rearrange the deckchairs on the Titanic'! E.C.M.
  • Score: 1

9:48pm Mon 31 Mar 14

E.C.M. says...

The HMI judgement is no surprise whatsoever! Have you ever been there? The school and the powers that be, have absolutely no comprehension of ‘Behaviour for Learning’!

Pupils although invariably pleasant are oblivious to the fact that the classroom is a venue to study and not a forum for them to continue socialising and the like!

Woe betide anyone who has the gall to challenge the lack of work ethic
The HMI judgement is no surprise whatsoever! Have you ever been there? The school and the powers that be, have absolutely no comprehension of ‘Behaviour for Learning’! Pupils although invariably pleasant are oblivious to the fact that the classroom is a venue to study and not a forum for them to continue socialising and the like! Woe betide anyone who has the gall to challenge the lack of work ethic E.C.M.
  • Score: 4

10:22am Tue 1 Apr 14

Stamper2 says...

This school is a poor school, failing its pupils heavily over the years. The biggest surprise is that all the half wits on here don't get it. Just look at Bromford's results over the last few years - poor and deteriorating.

There remain no good secondary schools in Basildon which is why most parents who know anything about it send their children anywhere else.

I am just waiting now for the James Hornsby inspection........
This school is a poor school, failing its pupils heavily over the years. The biggest surprise is that all the half wits on here don't get it. Just look at Bromford's results over the last few years - poor and deteriorating. There remain no good secondary schools in Basildon which is why most parents who know anything about it send their children anywhere else. I am just waiting now for the James Hornsby inspection........ Stamper2
  • Score: -2

10:27am Tue 1 Apr 14

joe king98 says...

bromfords school is lucky this happened because they new this was coming along time ago. bromfords school does not even has a HEADTEACHER which is permanent how is staff suppose to do their job with no boss or no supervision which all these changes or high teaching who is meant to put this in place. by bromfords going into extreme measures this is what they need a straight line to head down to get the school back on top.
bromfords school is lucky this happened because they new this was coming along time ago. bromfords school does not even has a HEADTEACHER which is permanent how is staff suppose to do their job with no boss or no supervision which all these changes or high teaching who is meant to put this in place. by bromfords going into extreme measures this is what they need a straight line to head down to get the school back on top. joe king98
  • Score: 2

2:32pm Tue 1 Apr 14

E.C.M. says...

Stamper2 wrote:
This school is a poor school, failing its pupils heavily over the years. The biggest surprise is that all the half wits on here don't get it. Just look at Bromford's results over the last few years - poor and deteriorating.

There remain no good secondary schools in Basildon which is why most parents who know anything about it send their children anywhere else.

I am just waiting now for the James Hornsby inspection........
Stamper2, what do you define as a 'good' school? Pray tell!
[quote][p][bold]Stamper2[/bold] wrote: This school is a poor school, failing its pupils heavily over the years. The biggest surprise is that all the half wits on here don't get it. Just look at Bromford's results over the last few years - poor and deteriorating. There remain no good secondary schools in Basildon which is why most parents who know anything about it send their children anywhere else. I am just waiting now for the James Hornsby inspection........[/p][/quote]Stamper2, what do you define as a 'good' school? Pray tell! E.C.M.
  • Score: 1

11:42am Wed 2 Apr 14

Stamper2 says...

A good school is one that has over 70% pass rate at GCSE level, grades A-C including maths and English. That then gives most pupils a chance with some decent qualifications for their future.

Sadly, we do not have any of these schools in Basildon - indeed we are lucky to even score over 40% at GSCE level for such exams.

Exam results are a prime concern for parents. Thank God that Ofsted is now doing proper inspections.
A good school is one that has over 70% pass rate at GCSE level, grades A-C including maths and English. That then gives most pupils a chance with some decent qualifications for their future. Sadly, we do not have any of these schools in Basildon - indeed we are lucky to even score over 40% at GSCE level for such exams. Exam results are a prime concern for parents. Thank God that Ofsted is now doing proper inspections. Stamper2
  • Score: -1

1:49pm Wed 2 Apr 14

E.C.M. says...

Stamper2 wrote:
A good school is one that has over 70% pass rate at GCSE level, grades A-C including maths and English. That then gives most pupils a chance with some decent qualifications for their future.

Sadly, we do not have any of these schools in Basildon - indeed we are lucky to even score over 40% at GSCE level for such exams.

Exam results are a prime concern for parents. Thank God that Ofsted is now doing proper inspections.
Hogwash! You’re clueless and have absolutely no comprehension of the education system today! Are you Michael Gove in disguise?!

Please don’t make ridiculous assumptions, based on nothing more than your weekly slot watching Waterloo Road on TV from your sofa…can in hand, takeaway and sat in your underpants!

So you support teaching to the test, extra boost classes during lunch breaks, after school, Saturdays and school holidays do you…depriving pupils of their childhood, socialising opportunities and ‘play time’, just to bolster league table positions?

What about your so called ‘Good’ schools out of borough, who thanks to affluent families within their catchment area, bolster exam results with incessant tutoring…masking the true picture of teaching and learning?!
Similarly, if you only enter those students you know will pass qualifications, of course your results will improve…but what about the other students or don’t they matter?

“Not everything that is countable, counts…and not everything that counts is countable”! (Albert Einstein).

A million young people are N.E.E.T (Not in Education, Employment or Training) today…not because they haven’t any qualifications (most do), but because they are deficient in social skills, motivation, resilience, character, personality and belief etc…all the qualities that schools used to promote and sadly, Ofsted no longer value or recognise!
[quote][p][bold]Stamper2[/bold] wrote: A good school is one that has over 70% pass rate at GCSE level, grades A-C including maths and English. That then gives most pupils a chance with some decent qualifications for their future. Sadly, we do not have any of these schools in Basildon - indeed we are lucky to even score over 40% at GSCE level for such exams. Exam results are a prime concern for parents. Thank God that Ofsted is now doing proper inspections.[/p][/quote]Hogwash! You’re clueless and have absolutely no comprehension of the education system today! Are you Michael Gove in disguise?! Please don’t make ridiculous assumptions, based on nothing more than your weekly slot watching Waterloo Road on TV from your sofa…can in hand, takeaway and sat in your underpants! So you support teaching to the test, extra boost classes during lunch breaks, after school, Saturdays and school holidays do you…depriving pupils of their childhood, socialising opportunities and ‘play time’, just to bolster league table positions? What about your so called ‘Good’ schools out of borough, who thanks to affluent families within their catchment area, bolster exam results with incessant tutoring…masking the true picture of teaching and learning?! Similarly, if you only enter those students you know will pass qualifications, of course your results will improve…but what about the other students or don’t they matter? “Not everything that is countable, counts…and not everything that counts is countable”! (Albert Einstein). A million young people are N.E.E.T (Not in Education, Employment or Training) today…not because they haven’t any qualifications (most do), but because they are deficient in social skills, motivation, resilience, character, personality and belief etc…all the qualities that schools used to promote and sadly, Ofsted no longer value or recognise! E.C.M.
  • Score: 1

6:42pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Bart321 says...

Reading comments with intrest
Maybe I am old fashion but manners behaviour and out look in life begins at home
And before anyone has a rant at me My daughter goes to this school and the tales she tells me make me wonder what is going on at home due to the behaviour of certain children
She herself is doing well and has been describe by the school as a polite hard working young person and is reaching all her targets does her homework and puts the extra in when she needs to her choice not ours
But we also have talks about what will happen if she does misbehave at school as so far it seems to be working
Teachers sometimes do have it hard as you have kids who don't want to learn are protected by rights and will get mummy and daddy to moan when they get told off by teachers
I have thought long and hard about moving her but have decided not to as I do believe that if you want to learn you will no matter what school you attend
I hope that they do pull it off and get back to being a good school
Reading comments with intrest Maybe I am old fashion but manners behaviour and out look in life begins at home And before anyone has a rant at me My daughter goes to this school and the tales she tells me make me wonder what is going on at home due to the behaviour of certain children She herself is doing well and has been describe by the school as a polite hard working young person and is reaching all her targets does her homework and puts the extra in when she needs to her choice not ours But we also have talks about what will happen if she does misbehave at school as so far it seems to be working Teachers sometimes do have it hard as you have kids who don't want to learn are protected by rights and will get mummy and daddy to moan when they get told off by teachers I have thought long and hard about moving her but have decided not to as I do believe that if you want to learn you will no matter what school you attend I hope that they do pull it off and get back to being a good school Bart321
  • Score: 0

10:29pm Wed 2 Apr 14

E.C.M. says...

Bart321 wrote:
Reading comments with intrest Maybe I am old fashion but manners behaviour and out look in life begins at home And before anyone has a rant at me My daughter goes to this school and the tales she tells me make me wonder what is going on at home due to the behaviour of certain children She herself is doing well and has been describe by the school as a polite hard working young person and is reaching all her targets does her homework and puts the extra in when she needs to her choice not ours But we also have talks about what will happen if she does misbehave at school as so far it seems to be working Teachers sometimes do have it hard as you have kids who don't want to learn are protected by rights and will get mummy and daddy to moan when they get told off by teachers I have thought long and hard about moving her but have decided not to as I do believe that if you want to learn you will no matter what school you attend I hope that they do pull it off and get back to being a good school
Bart321, I agree the child is the barometer of the home!

You could argue, that it’s the responsibility of parents, but we need to bare in mind that since the 1870s and the introduction of state education, schools have been involved in more than just teaching subjects! They’re actually about teaching values and attitudes.

In particular, it’s about equipping youngsters with the skills they need to function in the rest of society, as they go into the world of work!

Engaging parents is the biggest driver in raising standards in schools. Alas, the vast majority that I have encountered today, are sadly not as exemplary as you certainly come across!

“If parents want to give their children a gift, the best thing they can do is to teach them to love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort and keep on learning” (Dweck 2008).
[quote][p][bold]Bart321[/bold] wrote: Reading comments with intrest Maybe I am old fashion but manners behaviour and out look in life begins at home And before anyone has a rant at me My daughter goes to this school and the tales she tells me make me wonder what is going on at home due to the behaviour of certain children She herself is doing well and has been describe by the school as a polite hard working young person and is reaching all her targets does her homework and puts the extra in when she needs to her choice not ours But we also have talks about what will happen if she does misbehave at school as so far it seems to be working Teachers sometimes do have it hard as you have kids who don't want to learn are protected by rights and will get mummy and daddy to moan when they get told off by teachers I have thought long and hard about moving her but have decided not to as I do believe that if you want to learn you will no matter what school you attend I hope that they do pull it off and get back to being a good school[/p][/quote]Bart321, I agree the child is the barometer of the home! You could argue, that it’s the responsibility of parents, but we need to bare in mind that since the 1870s and the introduction of state education, schools have been involved in more than just teaching subjects! They’re actually about teaching values and attitudes. In particular, it’s about equipping youngsters with the skills they need to function in the rest of society, as they go into the world of work! Engaging parents is the biggest driver in raising standards in schools. Alas, the vast majority that I have encountered today, are sadly not as exemplary as you certainly come across! “If parents want to give their children a gift, the best thing they can do is to teach them to love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort and keep on learning” (Dweck 2008). E.C.M.
  • Score: 1

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