Stambridge Primary School placed in special measures after damning Ofsted report

Southend Standard: Criticism - Stambridge Primary School Criticism - Stambridge Primary School

A PRIMARY school judged as being good just three years ago has been placed in special measures after Ofsted rated it inadequate in every area.

The education watchdog’s report on Stambridge Primary School, in Stambridge Road, Stambridge, criticised teachers’ performance, senior leaders and the effectiveness of governors in scrutinising the school.

During the last full inspection, in 2011, the mixed school, which has 70 pupils aged between five and 11, was rated as good, but in 2013 it did not meet minimum Government standards in English and maths.

The report, published on Tuesday, found: “In some classes, pupils do not do enough writing and simple errors in punctuation, grammar and spelling are not corrected.

“Incidents of bullying are not dealt with effectively. The school has failed to followup incidents in line with the agreed policy and the behaviour has, inmany cases, persisted.

“The governing body has failed to hold the headteacher to account for the school’s performance.

“Basic systems to check on the quality of teaching and learning are not in place.”

It called for improvements to be made to the quality of teaching, achievement of pupils, behaviour and safety of pupils and leadership and management.

Essex County Council issued a performance, standards and safety warning notice in October 2013 and suspended the school’s control over its budget, after which all the governing body, except the chairman, resigned.

A temporary board is now in place, controlling the budget and associated matters. New governors are currently being recruited.

County Hall has also organised support from a successful local school which is now providing leadership support and staff training.

This tactic has become more common in recent years as, among others, Mary Wilson, of King John School, Thundersley, has been drafted in to help Futures Community College and Chase High School.

Stambridge Primary School and its headteacher, Maureen Sealeaf, declined to comment.

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3:12pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Kim ;Gandy says...

Did they become complacent ? I think so.
Did they become complacent ? I think so. Kim ;Gandy
  • Score: 3

4:42pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Letmetryagain says...

People shouldn't read too much into what Ofsted says.

They are a political organization, and their finding very often bear little or no resemblance to the actual state of a school.

This was proved last year when a large school in Thundersley received a glowing report from Ofsted. When even the teachers at the school wondered which planet the Ofsted inspectors were on.
People shouldn't read too much into what Ofsted says. They are a political organization, and their finding very often bear little or no resemblance to the actual state of a school. This was proved last year when a large school in Thundersley received a glowing report from Ofsted. When even the teachers at the school wondered which planet the Ofsted inspectors were on. Letmetryagain
  • Score: 2

7:12pm Fri 28 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Never sit on your Laurels, after gaining top marks, it's the common downfall of many a school...
Never sit on your Laurels, after gaining top marks, it's the common downfall of many a school... carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 6

7:53pm Fri 28 Mar 14

expona says...

I didn't know the American singer Mary Wilson was the Head of King John I thought it was Margret Wilson. It can't be possible the Echo has sloppy reporting can It?
I didn't know the American singer Mary Wilson was the Head of King John I thought it was Margret Wilson. It can't be possible the Echo has sloppy reporting can It? expona
  • Score: 1

9:54pm Fri 28 Mar 14

SARFENDMAN says...

Could it be a ploy to get it closed being a small? ECC have never been keen on small. Deanes comes to mind. It's a great little school that is going through choppy waters and just hope it gets support to pull it through. It doesn't need finger pointing and the blame merchants having their moment as guess staff and parents must feel at a real low ebb.
Could it be a ploy to get it closed being a small? ECC have never been keen on small. Deanes comes to mind. It's a great little school that is going through choppy waters and just hope it gets support to pull it through. It doesn't need finger pointing and the blame merchants having their moment as guess staff and parents must feel at a real low ebb. SARFENDMAN
  • Score: 3

10:49pm Fri 28 Mar 14

woolstone says...

Some OFSTED inspectors actually aren't very good.
Some OFSTED inspectors actually aren't very good. woolstone
  • Score: 6

11:58pm Fri 28 Mar 14

saveDeanesschool says...

Don't let ECC mess with the school.
Don't let Margaret Wilson mess with the school.
Don't trust Ofsted...they bend the rules when they want; how does a school go from being in special measures to outstanding within years? When it suits ECC....;)
Good luck to Stambridge Primary, all in good time.
Don't let ECC mess with the school. Don't let Margaret Wilson mess with the school. Don't trust Ofsted...they bend the rules when they want; how does a school go from being in special measures to outstanding within years? When it suits ECC....;) Good luck to Stambridge Primary, all in good time. saveDeanesschool
  • Score: 4

12:52am Sat 29 Mar 14

Kim Gandy says...

Kim ;Gandy wrote:
Did they become complacent ? I think so.
I did not make that comment. It's our old mate Chucky again. This is not my style as people here well know.

She's a bit deranged. Obviously matron did not call around today with her meds. Or the botox has migrated to her brain.

;D

Or maybe it's her mate Cllr Cockroach (Lab)
[quote][p][bold]Kim ;Gandy[/bold] wrote: Did they become complacent ? I think so.[/p][/quote]I did not make that comment. It's our old mate Chucky again. This is not my style as people here well know. She's a bit deranged. Obviously matron did not call around today with her meds. Or the botox has migrated to her brain. ;D Or maybe it's her mate Cllr Cockroach (Lab) Kim Gandy
  • Score: -4

6:09pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Letmetryagain says...

expona wrote:
I didn't know the American singer Mary Wilson was the Head of King John I thought it was Margret Wilson. It can't be possible the Echo has sloppy reporting can It?
I still wouldn't let this woman within 100miles of any school I had under my control.
[quote][p][bold]expona[/bold] wrote: I didn't know the American singer Mary Wilson was the Head of King John I thought it was Margret Wilson. It can't be possible the Echo has sloppy reporting can It?[/p][/quote]I still wouldn't let this woman within 100miles of any school I had under my control. Letmetryagain
  • Score: 1

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