Inspectors say Laindon secondary school is still struggling

Inspectors Laindon say secondary is still struggling

Inspectors Laindon say secondary is still struggling

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A SECONDARY school has been criticised for failing to monitor pupils with disabilities or special education needs.

Ofsted inspectors also said some teachers at the James Hornsby School, in Leinster Road, Laindon, had low expectations of their pupils and work was not always challenging enough.

However, headteacher Jason Carey, who was put in place in March last year, was praised for improving progress and putting James Hornsby “back on track”.

Despite it being handed a “requires improvement” rating, Mr Carey said his school, which has 749 pupils on its roll, “is on the way to becoming fantastic”.

James Hornsby opened as an academy in October 2012, and is now sponsored by the King John School, in Benfleet.

It was rated “satisfactory”

during its last inspection as a school under Essex County Council control and its transformation into an academy was expected to turn its failings around.

John Mitcheson, lead Ofsted inspector, said: “Opening as an academy made little difference to overall standards last year.

“Results in GCSE and vocational awards achieved by Year 11 students were low.

“The proportion of them making expected progress in English and mathematics declined compared to the previous year.

“Entering students for examinations in maths earlier and then later in the year had no impact on overall attainment.

There were no notable differences in the achievement of groups of students.

“Poor teaching and low rates of attendance meant that most of them underachieved.”

One dad, who asked not to be named, said: “Before the school become an academy it was rated as satisfactory and we’ve since had three years of experimenting and unfulfilled promises.

They’ve been messing with our children’s education and ultimately with their futures.

“Now we’re told the school still needs to improve, so we’re understandably very worried.”

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3:54pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Jack222 says...

OFSTED is a farce. Given they do see every teacher teaching how can they make whole school judgements?
OFSTED is a farce. Given they do see every teacher teaching how can they make whole school judgements? Jack222
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4:34pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Eastwoodian says...

'Inspectors Laindon say secondary is still struggling'

Hmmmm . . . it seems it's not only the school that is struggling !!!

Does anybody from the Echo check the stories/headlines before they are posted online ?
'Inspectors Laindon say secondary is still struggling' Hmmmm . . . it seems it's not only the school that is struggling !!! Does anybody from the Echo check the stories/headlines before they are posted online ? Eastwoodian
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5:32pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Howard Cháse says...

That school's always been under par in many ways. Even when it was Nicholas Comprehensive before the merger with the even crappier Laindon High Road.....
That school's always been under par in many ways. Even when it was Nicholas Comprehensive before the merger with the even crappier Laindon High Road..... Howard Cháse
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6:13pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Jack222 wrote:
OFSTED is a farce. Given they do see every teacher teaching how can they make whole school judgements?
It's only considered a farce by those schools who have failed, in the basic needs of the children.
[quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: OFSTED is a farce. Given they do see every teacher teaching how can they make whole school judgements?[/p][/quote]It's only considered a farce by those schools who have failed, in the basic needs of the children. Nowthatsworthknowing
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9:03pm Mon 16 Jun 14

E.C.M. says...

Coating a broken toy in new wrapping paper will not fix the actual problem! Similarly, a School re-branding as an Academy, is no guarantee of a change of fortunes!
Coating a broken toy in new wrapping paper will not fix the actual problem! Similarly, a School re-branding as an Academy, is no guarantee of a change of fortunes! E.C.M.
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8:25am Tue 17 Jun 14

CarnMountification says...

Eastwoodian wrote:
'Inspectors Laindon say secondary is still struggling'

Hmmmm . . . it seems it's not only the school that is struggling !!!

Does anybody from the Echo check the stories/headlines before they are posted online ?
Get a life thicko
[quote][p][bold]Eastwoodian[/bold] wrote: 'Inspectors Laindon say secondary is still struggling' Hmmmm . . . it seems it's not only the school that is struggling !!! Does anybody from the Echo check the stories/headlines before they are posted online ?[/p][/quote]Get a life thicko CarnMountification
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12:29pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Noteworthy says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
That school's always been under par in many ways. Even when it was Nicholas Comprehensive before the merger with the even crappier Laindon High Road.....
Funny, I seem to remember Laindon performing higher and with a better achievement rate than Nicholas, unfortunately they were amalgamated even though there were new housing projects in the pipeline that would have served to bring more pupils to both...
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: That school's always been under par in many ways. Even when it was Nicholas Comprehensive before the merger with the even crappier Laindon High Road.....[/p][/quote]Funny, I seem to remember Laindon performing higher and with a better achievement rate than Nicholas, unfortunately they were amalgamated even though there were new housing projects in the pipeline that would have served to bring more pupils to both... Noteworthy
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4:11pm Sun 29 Jun 14

AdrianR says...

The problem is mostly down to the pupils and their parents. Lots of disruptive pupils & pupils who don't see the point in learning anything as they are just going to leave school and go straight onto benefits just as their parents did before them. Many of these parents couldn't care less what their children are up to and don't see the point in sending them to school either.
The problem is mostly down to the pupils and their parents. Lots of disruptive pupils & pupils who don't see the point in learning anything as they are just going to leave school and go straight onto benefits just as their parents did before them. Many of these parents couldn't care less what their children are up to and don't see the point in sending them to school either. AdrianR
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