School is told it is improving

Essex County Standard: School is told it is improving School is told it is improving

STAFF and pupils at Colchester’s St Benedict’s College are celebrating after receiving an improved Ofsted report.

Inspectors visited the Catholic school, in Norman Way, last month and gave it “good” ratings across the board.

It was deemed satisfactory before.

The report said: “Provision for students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is outstanding.

“Teachers know their students well and, in the many lessons where teaching is good or outstanding, they match work accurately to the needs of students, including the most able.”

Principal Jo Santinelli said: “It is wonderful to be part of a community in which parents, students, staff and governors work together for the benefit of all our young people.”

To become outstanding, the school must match work to pupils’ needs in all lessons and give them a chance to respond to teachers’ marking.

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2:03pm Fri 13 Dec 13

LisaMarie83 says...

I am genuinely interested in how these judgements are made by ofsted. My sons primary school has just been rated as 'needs improving' yet just about every child I know of is thriving there.
My son is six and has reading age of 8/9 along with more than half his class.
They all love the school and always appear happy and their work always done to a good standard, yet if someone was to judge the school based on its report, they would probably rule it out.
I am genuinely interested in how these judgements are made by ofsted. My sons primary school has just been rated as 'needs improving' yet just about every child I know of is thriving there. My son is six and has reading age of 8/9 along with more than half his class. They all love the school and always appear happy and their work always done to a good standard, yet if someone was to judge the school based on its report, they would probably rule it out. LisaMarie83

2:15pm Fri 13 Dec 13

mr pants says...

St Benedict's has just produced its best ever exam results. So good in fact as to be outstanding. Yet OFSTED that gang of incompetent buffoons rate it as merely good. If every school in the country was a "good" as this there would be no need for OFSTED to exist. Oh wait a minute, have I hit on something there?
The truth for those who don't know it is OFSTED are a cosy money grabbing quango. That they can produce the absurd "judgements" they do is beyond satire.
St Benedict's has just produced its best ever exam results. So good in fact as to be outstanding. Yet OFSTED that gang of incompetent buffoons rate it as merely good. If every school in the country was a "good" as this there would be no need for OFSTED to exist. Oh wait a minute, have I hit on something there? The truth for those who don't know it is OFSTED are a cosy money grabbing quango. That they can produce the absurd "judgements" they do is beyond satire. mr pants

3:57pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Scoot says...

LisaMarie, Ofsted works in very mysterious ways. If your sons school is in Tendring then there is a more than likely chance that the 'best' grading they will give is the old 'satisfactory' or now 'needs improving' grade. Why you may ask ? it could be due to the LEA wanting to push the districts which have 'problem' schools (large numbers of SEN, catchment areas with high proportion of children from poorer backgrounds) into all becoming academies and thus washing their hands of them rather than actually doing what what they are paid to do and helping the schools out and supporting them. Ofsted just doesn't look at the teaching, it can fail a school because its governance isn't what they expect (usually a bunch of volunteers with the childrens best interests/welfare at heart not the dept of educations ticky box interests at heart). It can also fail a school because a head teacher has actually got off his backside from behind his desk and taught a little rather than being uptodate with the paperwork.
Ofsted is not fit for purpose, just look at Chatham Grammar which they put in special measures but churned out 95% of its pupils with A*-C at GCSE. Most heads at secondary schools (both state and private) around here would sell their souls to get results like that.
LisaMarie, Ofsted works in very mysterious ways. If your sons school is in Tendring then there is a more than likely chance that the 'best' grading they will give is the old 'satisfactory' or now 'needs improving' grade. Why you may ask ? it could be due to the LEA wanting to push the districts which have 'problem' schools (large numbers of SEN, catchment areas with high proportion of children from poorer backgrounds) into all becoming academies and thus washing their hands of them rather than actually doing what what they are paid to do and helping the schools out and supporting them. Ofsted just doesn't look at the teaching, it can fail a school because its governance isn't what they expect (usually a bunch of volunteers with the childrens best interests/welfare at heart not the dept of educations ticky box interests at heart). It can also fail a school because a head teacher has actually got off his backside from behind his desk and taught a little rather than being uptodate with the paperwork. Ofsted is not fit for purpose, just look at Chatham Grammar which they put in special measures but churned out 95% of its pupils with A*-C at GCSE. Most heads at secondary schools (both state and private) around here would sell their souls to get results like that. Scoot

11:35am Sat 14 Dec 13

John Vencato says...

No body more than me can be glad to hear of this wonderful news and well done to Mrs Santinelli and all those involved in this massive advancement, in what is the best school and church involvement in the borough.

It is a far cry from two years ago. When issues there were complete out of kilter with the norm of the schools reputation.

It was extremely sad to see Mr May and Mrs Dellar leave the academy.

Let us hope one day there will be a more than welcomed return.

Congratulations to all there.
Jon Venca'to
No body more than me can be glad to hear of this wonderful news and well done to Mrs Santinelli and all those involved in this massive advancement, in what is the best school and church involvement in the borough. It is a far cry from two years ago. When issues there were complete out of kilter with the norm of the schools reputation. It was extremely sad to see Mr May and Mrs Dellar leave the academy. Let us hope one day there will be a more than welcomed return. Congratulations to all there. Jon Venca'to John Vencato

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