Head resigns after Ofsted slams school

Southend Standard: Head resigns after Ofsted slams school Head resigns after Ofsted slams school

A HEADTEACHER has resigned after inspectors criticised him for covering up his school’s failings.

Andy White quit his role at the Woodlands School in Basildon after Ofsted inspectors slammed it for weak teaching and falling standards.

The inspectors said Mr White had promoted the school as excellent, but added “nothing was further than the truth”.

The school, which was rated as good in its last inspection in 2009, has now been put into special measures, which means urgent action is needed to turn it around.

In a report, lead inspector David Jones said the school had misled parents and members of the public by presenting the school in a positive light.

The report said: “The headteacher has promoted the public profile of a successful school where good teaching is improving standards – over the last three years nothing could be further from the truth.

“Senior staff have not addressed the reality of declining standards, poor achievement and weak teaching.”

It added: “The information placed on the school’s website has been overly positive and inaccurate.

“The governing body has not been provided with accurate data on the school’s performance and has struggled to offer the critical challenge required.”

The report also said staff pay rises had been decided on by Mr White rather than being linked to standards.

Mr White, who has been headteacher at the school for 23 years, resigned following the damning report.

Essex County Council, which oversees the school, warned teachers it was one of the lowest performing in the county following poor GCSE results for the second year running this summer.

Inspectors said despite these warnings the school had failed to act.

The report said: “During this inspection, in half of all lessons seen, the teaching required improvement or was inadequate.

“The school’s records that relate to the quality of teaching over the last school year were notably more positive than the outcomes of this inspection and, more importantly, bore no relationship to the decline in standards and achievement.”

The Echo contacted the school yesterday, but staff and Mr White refused to comment.

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4:56pm Wed 11 Dec 13

jolllyboy says...

Not inspected since 2009 - why?
Not inspected since 2009 - why? jolllyboy

5:21pm Wed 11 Dec 13

emcee says...

All schools should have "unannounced" inspections at least every 12-18 months. At least then we will see a true indication of the quality of schools.
All schools should have "unannounced" inspections at least every 12-18 months. At least then we will see a true indication of the quality of schools. emcee

9:19pm Wed 11 Dec 13

E.C.M. says...

emcee, they do have 'unannouced' inspections you Spoon! Well the school receives a phone call the day before! How will more regular visits by Ofsted raise standards? "Not evertything that counts is countable, and not everything that is countable counts"! (Albert Einstein)
emcee, they do have 'unannouced' inspections you Spoon! Well the school receives a phone call the day before! How will more regular visits by Ofsted raise standards? "Not evertything that counts is countable, and not everything that is countable counts"! (Albert Einstein) E.C.M.

9:37pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Spyglass says...

So are there any good secondary schools in Basildon?
So are there any good secondary schools in Basildon? Spyglass

11:12pm Wed 11 Dec 13

E.C.M. says...

Spyglass, what do you define as 'good'?! Woodlands may not achieve the best 'qualifications' at the moment, but the 'education' the school provides is first class! All students have countless opportunities to become well rounded individuals, who will become responsible citizens and make a positive contribution to society! Surely, preparing a child for their future should be the true mark of success...and not just how many 'Mickey Mouse' GCSEs they can achieve!
Spyglass, what do you define as 'good'?! Woodlands may not achieve the best 'qualifications' at the moment, but the 'education' the school provides is first class! All students have countless opportunities to become well rounded individuals, who will become responsible citizens and make a positive contribution to society! Surely, preparing a child for their future should be the true mark of success...and not just how many 'Mickey Mouse' GCSEs they can achieve! E.C.M.

12:40am Thu 12 Dec 13

Spyglass says...

E.C.M. wrote:
Spyglass, what do you define as 'good'?! Woodlands may not achieve the best 'qualifications' at the moment, but the 'education' the school provides is first class! All students have countless opportunities to become well rounded individuals, who will become responsible citizens and make a positive contribution to society! Surely, preparing a child for their future should be the true mark of success...and not just how many 'Mickey Mouse' GCSEs they can achieve!
I totally agree with you there E.C.M

I have become reasonably successful in my chosen career and that had nothing to do with my GCSE results.

This article did surprise me as I have, and still do, hear nothing but good things about Woodlands
[quote][p][bold]E.C.M.[/bold] wrote: Spyglass, what do you define as 'good'?! Woodlands may not achieve the best 'qualifications' at the moment, but the 'education' the school provides is first class! All students have countless opportunities to become well rounded individuals, who will become responsible citizens and make a positive contribution to society! Surely, preparing a child for their future should be the true mark of success...and not just how many 'Mickey Mouse' GCSEs they can achieve![/p][/quote]I totally agree with you there E.C.M I have become reasonably successful in my chosen career and that had nothing to do with my GCSE results. This article did surprise me as I have, and still do, hear nothing but good things about Woodlands Spyglass

7:17am Thu 12 Dec 13

annabellä says...

Utter rubbish, headteacher had RETIRED before the school was inspected!
Utter rubbish, headteacher had RETIRED before the school was inspected! annabellä

9:13am Thu 12 Dec 13

2013mandy says...

Woodlands is full of hard working teachers in often very difficult circumstances. It has a long history as a good school. Not everything is quanitfiable by results. A real inspection would talk to parents and students about how they are being taught to be decent, caring, articulate human beings, not a set of results. Nothing is achieved in damning this school. Another casualty in a mindless government agenda which undermines schools rather than supporting them
Woodlands is full of hard working teachers in often very difficult circumstances. It has a long history as a good school. Not everything is quanitfiable by results. A real inspection would talk to parents and students about how they are being taught to be decent, caring, articulate human beings, not a set of results. Nothing is achieved in damning this school. Another casualty in a mindless government agenda which undermines schools rather than supporting them 2013mandy

9:26am Thu 12 Dec 13

osbird says...

Both my children go to Woodlands and are doing brilliant. I think OFSTED have been very harsh in most of there comments, how can you judge a lesson when you come into it 3/4 of the way through? It is still a good school and will be even better now, I have no regrets sending my children to Woodlands. At the end of the day if a child wants to learn they will and if they don't they won't its as simple as that.
Both my children go to Woodlands and are doing brilliant. I think OFSTED have been very harsh in most of there comments, how can you judge a lesson when you come into it 3/4 of the way through? It is still a good school and will be even better now, I have no regrets sending my children to Woodlands. At the end of the day if a child wants to learn they will and if they don't they won't its as simple as that. osbird

10:11am Thu 12 Dec 13

RichardAC says...

there is no evidence thst Ofsted has ever improved the standards of our schools and teaching, quite the reverse IMHO. They should be closed down and save you and me the hard poressed taxpayer millions. They can be replaced by a very slimmed down inspectorate.
there is no evidence thst Ofsted has ever improved the standards of our schools and teaching, quite the reverse IMHO. They should be closed down and save you and me the hard poressed taxpayer millions. They can be replaced by a very slimmed down inspectorate. RichardAC

11:05am Thu 12 Dec 13

Qwerty1982 says...

Have nothing but good things to say about both Woodlands and Mr White from my time there. As someone else has mentioned on here, it's not all about GCSE results. It's about developing you as an adult and preparing you for adult life, making you a well rounded individual and teaching life skills - something I'd like to think Woodlands gave me.
Say what you will about Andy White but his guidance/leadership over the past 23 years and the exceptional reputation Woodlands has within the area are no coincidence.
I for one wish Mr White all the very best and would like to thank him.
Have nothing but good things to say about both Woodlands and Mr White from my time there. As someone else has mentioned on here, it's not all about GCSE results. It's about developing you as an adult and preparing you for adult life, making you a well rounded individual and teaching life skills - something I'd like to think Woodlands gave me. Say what you will about Andy White but his guidance/leadership over the past 23 years and the exceptional reputation Woodlands has within the area are no coincidence. I for one wish Mr White all the very best and would like to thank him. Qwerty1982

11:52am Thu 12 Dec 13

Howard Cháse says...

Spyglass wrote:
So are there any good secondary schools in Basildon?
Not compared to Woodlands
[quote][p][bold]Spyglass[/bold] wrote: So are there any good secondary schools in Basildon?[/p][/quote]Not compared to Woodlands Howard Cháse

2:42pm Thu 12 Dec 13

sjterson says...

Now there's a IEB in charge how long until woodlands is an academy? One thing that does ring alarm bells is most parent have had to learn about from the echo, same can be send about bromfords head teacher leaving. Parents I have spoke to knew nothing apart from what has been written in the paper.
Now there's a IEB in charge how long until woodlands is an academy? One thing that does ring alarm bells is most parent have had to learn about from the echo, same can be send about bromfords head teacher leaving. Parents I have spoke to knew nothing apart from what has been written in the paper. sjterson

8:23pm Thu 12 Dec 13

tricklesthegreek says...

This is very simple guys. To take somewhere prime like Woodlands where all of the infrastructure is in place for improvement is like a sitting duck in Ofsted's eyes. They will fail it, bring in the IEB, make it an academy and then hey presto, next inspection Woodlands Academy will be brilliant. 'Academies are improving education' will be the headline. I just wish the general public will wake up and smell the hidden agenda. Anyone who works in education know this is what is happening but of course they put their cronies on TV to argue the case and say we are all talking rubbish and we are being stirred by our unions. Not so. We can see WITH OUR OWN EYES what is happening in our schools. All I would like to say is Andy White was a good head teacher, having met him on primary/secondary transitions he was a no nonsense kind of man, dealt with poor behaviour, encouraged his students...having visited both schools you cannot put Woodlands in the same category as the Academies. They are just not comparable. What a farce.
This is very simple guys. To take somewhere prime like Woodlands where all of the infrastructure is in place for improvement is like a sitting duck in Ofsted's eyes. They will fail it, bring in the IEB, make it an academy and then hey presto, next inspection Woodlands Academy will be brilliant. 'Academies are improving education' will be the headline. I just wish the general public will wake up and smell the hidden agenda. Anyone who works in education know this is what is happening but of course they put their cronies on TV to argue the case and say we are all talking rubbish and we are being stirred by our unions. Not so. We can see WITH OUR OWN EYES what is happening in our schools. All I would like to say is Andy White was a good head teacher, having met him on primary/secondary transitions he was a no nonsense kind of man, dealt with poor behaviour, encouraged his students...having visited both schools you cannot put Woodlands in the same category as the Academies. They are just not comparable. What a farce. tricklesthegreek

9:24pm Thu 12 Dec 13

karaoke queen says...

Woodlands school deserves everyones support. I don't know the ins and outs of what has happened at Woodlands, but Ofsted reports can be really harsh, Its a bit ironical that the Deanes school is still under the threat of closure despite being good with outstanding features ( Ofsted 2012) and really want to become an academy . I have to say although ive always been anti academy....I would encourage all schools in Essex to get out of ECCs control. Their education dept is a mess and run by people that have no idea at all !
Woodlands school deserves everyones support. I don't know the ins and outs of what has happened at Woodlands, but Ofsted reports can be really harsh, Its a bit ironical that the Deanes school is still under the threat of closure despite being good with outstanding features ( Ofsted 2012) and really want to become an academy . I have to say although ive always been anti academy....I would encourage all schools in Essex to get out of ECCs control. Their education dept is a mess and run by people that have no idea at all ! karaoke queen

9:45pm Thu 12 Dec 13

clevabloke says...

i wennt too woodland skool a fue yeers ago an they tort me all saughts of stuf n naw i hav 3 kidds so eevnin eko can do 1!
i wennt too woodland skool a fue yeers ago an they tort me all saughts of stuf n naw i hav 3 kidds so eevnin eko can do 1! clevabloke

10:43pm Thu 12 Dec 13

tim2101taichi says...

What schools in Basildon are outstanding? Ironically the only provision that is currently outstanding is the Children's Support Service which takes the excluded and referred students from Basildon and other local schools.
What schools in Basildon are outstanding? Ironically the only provision that is currently outstanding is the Children's Support Service which takes the excluded and referred students from Basildon and other local schools. tim2101taichi

1:52pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Stamper2 says...

There are no decent schools in Basildon. The Ofsted report on this school makes shocking reading for parents. But then again, it was surely obvious from the very poor pass marks levels at GCSE over the last few years?

We went to an opening evening at this school a while ago - this Headmaster - Andy White - appeared in front of us to be swaying - frankly he looked like he was drunk. That is really not a good advert for a headmaster is it?

I cannot wait for James Hornsby to get an Ofsted report - that has an even worse record than Woodlands.

What I would like to know is when will our MP get off his backside to do something about it?
There are no decent schools in Basildon. The Ofsted report on this school makes shocking reading for parents. But then again, it was surely obvious from the very poor pass marks levels at GCSE over the last few years? We went to an opening evening at this school a while ago - this Headmaster - Andy White - appeared in front of us to be swaying - frankly he looked like he was drunk. That is really not a good advert for a headmaster is it? I cannot wait for James Hornsby to get an Ofsted report - that has an even worse record than Woodlands. What I would like to know is when will our MP get off his backside to do something about it? Stamper2

2:55pm Mon 16 Dec 13

E.C.M. says...

Stamper2 wrote:
There are no decent schools in Basildon. The Ofsted report on this school makes shocking reading for parents. But then again, it was surely obvious from the very poor pass marks levels at GCSE over the last few years?

We went to an opening evening at this school a while ago - this Headmaster - Andy White - appeared in front of us to be swaying - frankly he looked like he was drunk. That is really not a good advert for a headmaster is it?

I cannot wait for James Hornsby to get an Ofsted report - that has an even worse record than Woodlands.

What I would like to know is when will our MP get off his backside to do something about it?
Stamper 2, in answer to your question, no it's not a good advert for a Headteacher (not Heardmaster) to look like he was drunk!!!

What do you define as a "decent" school then? An exam factory like the majority of Academies, who focus on 'qualifications'...r
ather than 'education', churning out 'robots' who have no social skills or self-confidence and lack the resilience to make a positive contribution to society!

The great educational lie...do well at school (qualifications) and get a good job! Woodlands provides all children with every opportunity to prepare themselves for life and become a well-rounded individual...and combined with supportive parents, they've got every chance of success!
[quote][p][bold]Stamper2[/bold] wrote: There are no decent schools in Basildon. The Ofsted report on this school makes shocking reading for parents. But then again, it was surely obvious from the very poor pass marks levels at GCSE over the last few years? We went to an opening evening at this school a while ago - this Headmaster - Andy White - appeared in front of us to be swaying - frankly he looked like he was drunk. That is really not a good advert for a headmaster is it? I cannot wait for James Hornsby to get an Ofsted report - that has an even worse record than Woodlands. What I would like to know is when will our MP get off his backside to do something about it?[/p][/quote]Stamper 2, in answer to your question, no it's not a good advert for a Headteacher (not Heardmaster) to look like he was drunk!!! What do you define as a "decent" school then? An exam factory like the majority of Academies, who focus on 'qualifications'...r ather than 'education', churning out 'robots' who have no social skills or self-confidence and lack the resilience to make a positive contribution to society! The great educational lie...do well at school (qualifications) and get a good job! Woodlands provides all children with every opportunity to prepare themselves for life and become a well-rounded individual...and combined with supportive parents, they've got every chance of success! E.C.M.

10:47pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Stamper2 says...

A good school is one from which pupils get decent passmarks at GCSE and at A level stage if applicable, and come out into the world with qualifications good enough to get a decent job.

Woodlands provides at best a poor education, so the pupils come out without the qualifications needed to get anywhere in life. And yes, without those qualifications, they will go nowhere. Presumably that is why those from there who can get jobs are to be found doing menial jobs with little if any hope of getting anywhere further in life.

It is a useless school that gives its students a hopeless chance in life. Same as James Hornsby and the Basildon Upper Academy - hopeless.
A good school is one from which pupils get decent passmarks at GCSE and at A level stage if applicable, and come out into the world with qualifications good enough to get a decent job. Woodlands provides at best a poor education, so the pupils come out without the qualifications needed to get anywhere in life. And yes, without those qualifications, they will go nowhere. Presumably that is why those from there who can get jobs are to be found doing menial jobs with little if any hope of getting anywhere further in life. It is a useless school that gives its students a hopeless chance in life. Same as James Hornsby and the Basildon Upper Academy - hopeless. Stamper2

12:28am Thu 19 Dec 13

E.C.M. says...

Stamper2 wrote:
A good school is one from which pupils get decent passmarks at GCSE and at A level stage if applicable, and come out into the world with qualifications good enough to get a decent job. Woodlands provides at best a poor education, so the pupils come out without the qualifications needed to get anywhere in life. And yes, without those qualifications, they will go nowhere. Presumably that is why those from there who can get jobs are to be found doing menial jobs with little if any hope of getting anywhere further in life. It is a useless school that gives its students a hopeless chance in life. Same as James Hornsby and the Basildon Upper Academy - hopeless.
Stamper2, Your naivety is embarrassing beyond belief! The great educational lie…do well at school (qualifications) and get a good job!

‘Exam factories’ may ensure ‘qualifications’
, but do they provide ‘education’? There are currently a million N.E.E.T (Not in Education. Employment or Training) young people in this country…fact! Research has identified the reason for their plight, as a lack of social skills…not ‘qualifications’
!

Pupils privileged to attend Woodlands School, invariably become successful learners, who are confident individuals and become responsible citizens, making a positive contribution to society!

Many of these well-rounded young men and young women, achieve extraordinary careers…the roll of honour is extensive!

Just a guess, but you my friend are not exactly an Oxbridge graduate, are you? So please, when you have a tea break from your “menial job”, take time to reflect on my words of wisdom, you clueless simpleton!

Merry Christmas!
[quote][p][bold]Stamper2[/bold] wrote: A good school is one from which pupils get decent passmarks at GCSE and at A level stage if applicable, and come out into the world with qualifications good enough to get a decent job. Woodlands provides at best a poor education, so the pupils come out without the qualifications needed to get anywhere in life. And yes, without those qualifications, they will go nowhere. Presumably that is why those from there who can get jobs are to be found doing menial jobs with little if any hope of getting anywhere further in life. It is a useless school that gives its students a hopeless chance in life. Same as James Hornsby and the Basildon Upper Academy - hopeless.[/p][/quote]Stamper2, Your naivety is embarrassing beyond belief! The great educational lie…do well at school (qualifications) and get a good job! ‘Exam factories’ may ensure ‘qualifications’ , but do they provide ‘education’? There are currently a million N.E.E.T (Not in Education. Employment or Training) young people in this country…fact! Research has identified the reason for their plight, as a lack of social skills…not ‘qualifications’ ! Pupils privileged to attend Woodlands School, invariably become successful learners, who are confident individuals and become responsible citizens, making a positive contribution to society! Many of these well-rounded young men and young women, achieve extraordinary careers…the roll of honour is extensive! Just a guess, but you my friend are not exactly an Oxbridge graduate, are you? So please, when you have a tea break from your “menial job”, take time to reflect on my words of wisdom, you clueless simpleton! Merry Christmas! E.C.M.

1:50pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Stamper2 says...

ECM - there is no privilege for any pupil attending Woodlands and then coming out at 16 with inferior, useless qualifications. If you are so brain dead not to realise and accept this, as Ofsted clearly now have, then more fool you.

It is great news for the despairing parents at Woodlands that Ofsted is at last on the case.

Woodlands results are poor, year after year. GCSE results in the low 40% range are hardly something to rejoice over.

There are no good schools in Basildon when viewed by their results. In the real world, that is all that matters, which is why the Government has classed Basildon as an area of low achievement.
ECM - there is no privilege for any pupil attending Woodlands and then coming out at 16 with inferior, useless qualifications. If you are so brain dead not to realise and accept this, as Ofsted clearly now have, then more fool you. It is great news for the despairing parents at Woodlands that Ofsted is at last on the case. Woodlands results are poor, year after year. GCSE results in the low 40% range are hardly something to rejoice over. There are no good schools in Basildon when viewed by their results. In the real world, that is all that matters, which is why the Government has classed Basildon as an area of low achievement. Stamper2

5:28pm Fri 20 Dec 13

E.C.M. says...

Stamper2 wrote:
ECM - there is no privilege for any pupil attending Woodlands and then coming out at 16 with inferior, useless qualifications. If you are so brain dead not to realise and accept this, as Ofsted clearly now have, then more fool you. It is great news for the despairing parents at Woodlands that Ofsted is at last on the case. Woodlands results are poor, year after year. GCSE results in the low 40% range are hardly something to rejoice over. There are no good schools in Basildon when viewed by their results. In the real world, that is all that matters, which is why the Government has classed Basildon as an area of low achievement.
Stamper2, Have you ever wondered why you were bullied at school?

“Inferior, useless qualifications”? What exactly are “inferior, useless qualifications”? Is there actually such a thing? Are you inferring there are better quality qualifications depending on the school you attend?

Countless students over the 23 years of the former Headteacher’s tenure have left Woodlands with amazing GCSE results! Many pupils left last year with more A* - C qualifications, than boys and girls from leafy lane schools, with affluent, supportive parents, who have higher academic aspirations for their children than those in good old ‘Baz’!

Ofsted not too long ago, graded the school as ‘Outstanding’ on two consecutive occasions! Most teachers then are still there now! Why would you want to leave such an emotionally healthy school, that has such a positive vibe and feel good climate for learning?!

“When viewed by their results. In the real world, that is all that matters”! Are you Michael Gove in disguise? I assume you know who he is?!

“That is all that matters”? What about resilience, social skills, empathy, self-awareness, motivation and managing feelings?! These are the qualities you need to excel in life…EQ not IQ! Pupils who leave Woodlands have these in abundance…unlike your good self, obviously!

Business and industry today, don’t trust ‘Mickey Mouse’ dumed down qualifications and invariably, re-examine potential employees! What they do look for however, are confident individuals, with personality, character and the aforementioned qualities I listed above!

Woodlands moves into a new-build school in weeks and WILL become an Academy soon after! Have you ever considered Ofsted’s grading was purely political? A year from now, with improved exam results guaranteed, the back slapping will be deafening, as Gove and Wilshere et al, congratulate themselves for the success story that Woodlands has become, was all down to ‘them’!

Talking of Ofsted, see this link: www.youtube.com/watc
h?v=d13gX-1HJg4 my Christmas present to you!
[quote][p][bold]Stamper2[/bold] wrote: ECM - there is no privilege for any pupil attending Woodlands and then coming out at 16 with inferior, useless qualifications. If you are so brain dead not to realise and accept this, as Ofsted clearly now have, then more fool you. It is great news for the despairing parents at Woodlands that Ofsted is at last on the case. Woodlands results are poor, year after year. GCSE results in the low 40% range are hardly something to rejoice over. There are no good schools in Basildon when viewed by their results. In the real world, that is all that matters, which is why the Government has classed Basildon as an area of low achievement.[/p][/quote]Stamper2, Have you ever wondered why you were bullied at school? “Inferior, useless qualifications”? What exactly are “inferior, useless qualifications”? Is there actually such a thing? Are you inferring there are better quality qualifications depending on the school you attend? Countless students over the 23 years of the former Headteacher’s tenure have left Woodlands with amazing GCSE results! Many pupils left last year with more A* - C qualifications, than boys and girls from leafy lane schools, with affluent, supportive parents, who have higher academic aspirations for their children than those in good old ‘Baz’! Ofsted not too long ago, graded the school as ‘Outstanding’ on two consecutive occasions! Most teachers then are still there now! Why would you want to leave such an emotionally healthy school, that has such a positive vibe and feel good climate for learning?! “When viewed by their results. In the real world, that is all that matters”! Are you Michael Gove in disguise? I assume you know who he is?! “That is all that matters”? What about resilience, social skills, empathy, self-awareness, motivation and managing feelings?! These are the qualities you need to excel in life…EQ not IQ! Pupils who leave Woodlands have these in abundance…unlike your good self, obviously! Business and industry today, don’t trust ‘Mickey Mouse’ dumed down qualifications and invariably, re-examine potential employees! What they do look for however, are confident individuals, with personality, character and the aforementioned qualities I listed above! Woodlands moves into a new-build school in weeks and WILL become an Academy soon after! Have you ever considered Ofsted’s grading was purely political? A year from now, with improved exam results guaranteed, the back slapping will be deafening, as Gove and Wilshere et al, congratulate themselves for the success story that Woodlands has become, was all down to ‘them’! Talking of Ofsted, see this link: www.youtube.com/watc h?v=d13gX-1HJg4 my Christmas present to you! E.C.M.

3:02pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Stamper2 says...

ECM, I can see that you are taking all of this a bit personally. I guess from your replies that you either have children there, or went there yourself. Fortunately, that is not the case for me. I merely speak as a resident of the Borough, with children old enough to go to such a school, who is employed in central London, where qualifications as measured by results at GCSE and A level, as well as degrees. These are the only thing London / City firms consider when looking at a job application from a would be applicant. I guess if you are locally employed in some low grade job, you would not realise or accept this.

For your information, Basildon and Southern Essex is actually now classed by the Government as an area of low achievement which is why we are currently getting a hit squad of Ofsted inspections. You should be pleased that the problem is getting addressed at last rather than wallowing in self denial.
ECM, I can see that you are taking all of this a bit personally. I guess from your replies that you either have children there, or went there yourself. Fortunately, that is not the case for me. I merely speak as a resident of the Borough, with children old enough to go to such a school, who is employed in central London, where qualifications as measured by results at GCSE and A level, as well as degrees. These are the only thing London / City firms consider when looking at a job application from a would be applicant. I guess if you are locally employed in some low grade job, you would not realise or accept this. For your information, Basildon and Southern Essex is actually now classed by the Government as an area of low achievement which is why we are currently getting a hit squad of Ofsted inspections. You should be pleased that the problem is getting addressed at last rather than wallowing in self denial. Stamper2

4:21pm Sat 21 Dec 13

E.C.M. says...

Stamper 2, didn't you watch the link I suggested? OFSTED...Overpaid F***ers Shafting Teachers Every Day!

Alas, you are wrong on both counts...just like your error of judgement regarding Woodlands! I was never a pupil there and if I had children...and I probably do have somewhere, wouldn't want them to be 'educated' anywhere else!

Andy White's children both attended the school, he wanted his son's to be taught by talented teacher's, he knew and trusted and who would deliver 'education'...not just 'qualifications', so they would both become well-rounded individuals! Both are now graduates, one an officer (and a gentleman) in the army and the other a talanted sportsman and P.E. teacher!

"These are the only thing London / City firms consider"?! Poppy ****...tell that to Lord Sugar or Sir Richard Branson, both who incidentally left school without 'qualifications'!

Obviously, gaining GCSEs is preferential, but personal qualities and life skills are more important to distinguish you from the crowd, when everyone has achieved 'qualifications' given away like confetti!

"Basildon and Southern Essex is actually now classed by the Government as an area of low achievement"?! Questionable, but if true, probably because of cemented minded parents like you, who know five eigths of nothing about real education, basing their blinkered opinions on what they watch on tv in Waterloo Road!

Silly boy...or silly girl!
Stamper 2, didn't you watch the link I suggested? OFSTED...Overpaid F***ers Shafting Teachers Every Day! Alas, you are wrong on both counts...just like your error of judgement regarding Woodlands! I was never a pupil there and if I had children...and I probably do have somewhere, wouldn't want them to be 'educated' anywhere else! Andy White's children both attended the school, he wanted his son's to be taught by talented teacher's, he knew and trusted and who would deliver 'education'...not just 'qualifications', so they would both become well-rounded individuals! Both are now graduates, one an officer (and a gentleman) in the army and the other a talanted sportsman and P.E. teacher! "These are the only thing London / City firms consider"?! Poppy ****...tell that to Lord Sugar or Sir Richard Branson, both who incidentally left school without 'qualifications'! Obviously, gaining GCSEs is preferential, but personal qualities and life skills are more important to distinguish you from the crowd, when everyone has achieved 'qualifications' given away like confetti! "Basildon and Southern Essex is actually now classed by the Government as an area of low achievement"?! Questionable, but if true, probably because of cemented minded parents like you, who know five eigths of nothing about real education, basing their blinkered opinions on what they watch on tv in Waterloo Road! Silly boy...or silly girl! E.C.M.

1:45pm Mon 23 Dec 13

Stamper2 says...

ECM, I am beginning to wonder if you are Andy white's son. Your refusal to accept any criticism of this appalling school indicates that you are either biased, or a bit of a simpletion.

It is a shame that there are some on here so against Ofsted inspections.
ECM, I am beginning to wonder if you are Andy white's son. Your refusal to accept any criticism of this appalling school indicates that you are either biased, or a bit of a simpletion. It is a shame that there are some on here so against Ofsted inspections. Stamper2

9:29pm Tue 24 Dec 13

E.C.M. says...

Stamper2, “appalling school”??? Surly, your critique is not solely based on past GCSE results or the recent Ofsted report, written with an obvious political agenda!

If so…you are sooo blinkered, naïve and alas, worryingly ignorant!

I’ll make it easy for you (KISS - Keep It Simple Stupid)…in your opinion, list the five most important features that make a successful school, like the one I assume your child/children attend (Hmm...I wonder what examination factory that is?)!

Please do not just write: qualifications, qualifications, qualifications, qualifications, qualifications!

Here is a genuine opportunity for you to nail your true colours to the mast and reveal you are not in fact, the clueless, wanna be educationalist, one trick pony, you have so far conveyed!

Maybe, Santa will bring you “What’s the point of school?” (Guy Claxton) for Christmas! A book, that if you can read…thank a teacher!
Stamper2, “appalling school”??? Surly, your critique is not solely based on past GCSE results or the recent Ofsted report, written with an obvious political agenda! If so…you are sooo blinkered, naïve and alas, worryingly ignorant! I’ll make it easy for you (KISS - Keep It Simple Stupid)…in your opinion, list the five most important features that make a successful school, like the one I assume your child/children attend (Hmm...I wonder what examination factory that is?)! Please do not just write: qualifications, qualifications, qualifications, qualifications, qualifications! Here is a genuine opportunity for you to nail your true colours to the mast and reveal you are not in fact, the clueless, wanna be educationalist, one trick pony, you have so far conveyed! Maybe, Santa will bring you “What’s the point of school?” (Guy Claxton) for Christmas! A book, that if you can read…thank a teacher! E.C.M.

9:42am Fri 10 Jan 14

BasRes. says...

23 years is an outstanding contribution to the education system, Woodlands School and to thousands of pupils' lives that have been educated there. It is an absolute insult to the students, staff, parents and people of Basildon that the school and it's leadership is being judged on the last two years of GCSE exam results. It may be worth remembering that government pressure on the exam regulator and exam boards in the last 2 years has had an impact on exam results such as the shifting of grade boundaries. Leaving schools like Woodlands a sitting target. It is all political and if bystanders choose not to acknowledge that they allow themselves to be manipulated by government agenda. How can a school be successful for 21 out of 23 years of a heads leadership but be branded as failing due to 2 years of poor GCSE results? Could it be that the government need evidence that the current GCSE is not rigorous enough and therefore pave the way for Gove's new qualification? Could it be that the government need to show evidence of how an Academy conversion can turn around a school (Woodlands is undoubtedly heading that way)? Could it be that Woodlands is a school with integrity and failed to play 'the game' of continuous resits, early GCSE entry and the inclusion of BTEC results in their 5 GCSEs incl. Maths and English results?

It may be worth also asking is it easier to get an Ofsted 'Outstanding' in a leafy, middleclass area such as say- Benfleet or in the populous town of Basildon where SEN applications are higher, socio-economic circumstances of the population are more challenging and applications for free school meals are higher?
23 years is an outstanding contribution to the education system, Woodlands School and to thousands of pupils' lives that have been educated there. It is an absolute insult to the students, staff, parents and people of Basildon that the school and it's leadership is being judged on the last two years of GCSE exam results. It may be worth remembering that government pressure on the exam regulator and exam boards in the last 2 years has had an impact on exam results such as the shifting of grade boundaries. Leaving schools like Woodlands a sitting target. It is all political and if bystanders choose not to acknowledge that they allow themselves to be manipulated by government agenda. How can a school be successful for 21 out of 23 years of a heads leadership but be branded as failing due to 2 years of poor GCSE results? Could it be that the government need evidence that the current GCSE is not rigorous enough and therefore pave the way for Gove's new qualification? Could it be that the government need to show evidence of how an Academy conversion can turn around a school (Woodlands is undoubtedly heading that way)? Could it be that Woodlands is a school with integrity and failed to play 'the game' of continuous resits, early GCSE entry and the inclusion of BTEC results in their 5 GCSEs incl. Maths and English results? It may be worth also asking is it easier to get an Ofsted 'Outstanding' in a leafy, middleclass area such as say- Benfleet or in the populous town of Basildon where SEN applications are higher, socio-economic circumstances of the population are more challenging and applications for free school meals are higher? BasRes.

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