Primary school pupils fall two years behind

Essex County Standard: Iain Birtwell is the school's new executive headteacher Iain Birtwell is the school's new executive headteacher

Troubleshooters have been sent into a Colchester school after inspectors found pupils were two years behind in their maths, reading and writing.

Cherry Tree Primary School, in Holt Drive, Colchester, was criticised and put in special measures by Ofsted in a report published this week.

The school’s headteacher, Edward Constantine, has been replaced by a new troubleshooting leadership team, which will aim to boost standards.

Executive headteacher Iain Birtwell and acting headteacher Maddie Cowley first took charge at the school three weeks ago, following the inspection at the end of March.

Full story in today's Gazette

 

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8:58am Thu 5 Jun 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

The headline is very worrying. Two years behind in key subjects suggests standards at the school have been in decline for years. Why was this not picked up on previous Ofsted visits? If what is said is true then the fault does not just rest with the Head but the class teachers should take personal responsibility for their own shortcomings in failing these children. Scandalous!
The headline is very worrying. Two years behind in key subjects suggests standards at the school have been in decline for years. Why was this not picked up on previous Ofsted visits? If what is said is true then the fault does not just rest with the Head but the class teachers should take personal responsibility for their own shortcomings in failing these children. Scandalous! Say It As It Is OK?
  • Score: 5

9:29am Thu 5 Jun 14

The King of Colchester says...

This school has had problems for years and I'm afraid Ofsted have failed to do their job correctly - this action should have been taken some time ago as there was evidence that the school was inadequate.

The school's Ofsted reports have shown issues for some time. In November 2012 there were problems identified. Why did it then take until March 2014 for another inspection to take place? Ofsted should have been on this like a ton of bricks. Instead they were caught napping.

I live a stones throw from this school yet never put it as an option for my own children as it was clear there were problems and have been for some time. I feel sorry for the children being taught at the school who, through no fault of their own, are now two years behind their peers. It's a disgrace that the school was ever allowed to get into this mess in the first place. Absolutely disgraceful. It needs a complete shake-up and the rot needs to go.
This school has had problems for years and I'm afraid Ofsted have failed to do their job correctly - this action should have been taken some time ago as there was evidence that the school was inadequate. The school's Ofsted reports have shown issues for some time. In November 2012 there were problems identified. Why did it then take until March 2014 for another inspection to take place? Ofsted should have been on this like a ton of bricks. Instead they were caught napping. I live a stones throw from this school yet never put it as an option for my own children as it was clear there were problems and have been for some time. I feel sorry for the children being taught at the school who, through no fault of their own, are now two years behind their peers. It's a disgrace that the school was ever allowed to get into this mess in the first place. Absolutely disgraceful. It needs a complete shake-up and the rot needs to go. The King of Colchester
  • Score: 8

10:13am Thu 5 Jun 14

Jack222 says...

Biggest predictor of how well a child does at primary school is home background. It's statistically far more important than anything else. In thew old days it was as simple as mother's edcutaional level - why? Then it was the mother was at home with the child and helped the child to read, think study, talk, discuss... etc.

It's still true. The best predictor of whether a child will go to University is did the parents go? Why? The home is for education ; school is for jumping through qualification hoops.

Politicians ignore this academic fact as it means if a child is doing poorly at school in the vast majority of cases it is due to home background - and parents vote.

Dont blame the school - blame the parents. Do they read? Watch intelligent films? have they taken their children on excursions to art galleries and museums? Do they intelligently discuss issues of the day? Is TV a background noise or something purposefully watched? Do children have tv in their bedrooms so stay up all night and be tired at school?

You get the idea...
Biggest predictor of how well a child does at primary school is home background. It's statistically far more important than anything else. In thew old days it was as simple as mother's edcutaional level - why? Then it was the mother was at home with the child and helped the child to read, think study, talk, discuss... etc. It's still true. The best predictor of whether a child will go to University is did the parents go? Why? The home is for education ; school is for jumping through qualification hoops. Politicians ignore this academic fact as it means if a child is doing poorly at school in the vast majority of cases it is due to home background - and parents vote. Dont blame the school - blame the parents. Do they read? Watch intelligent films? have they taken their children on excursions to art galleries and museums? Do they intelligently discuss issues of the day? Is TV a background noise or something purposefully watched? Do children have tv in their bedrooms so stay up all night and be tired at school? You get the idea... Jack222
  • Score: 13

10:22am Thu 5 Jun 14

Ritchie_Hicks says...

Jack222 wrote:
Biggest predictor of how well a child does at primary school is home background. It's statistically far more important than anything else. In thew old days it was as simple as mother's edcutaional level - why? Then it was the mother was at home with the child and helped the child to read, think study, talk, discuss... etc.

It's still true. The best predictor of whether a child will go to University is did the parents go? Why? The home is for education ; school is for jumping through qualification hoops.

Politicians ignore this academic fact as it means if a child is doing poorly at school in the vast majority of cases it is due to home background - and parents vote.

Dont blame the school - blame the parents. Do they read? Watch intelligent films? have they taken their children on excursions to art galleries and museums? Do they intelligently discuss issues of the day? Is TV a background noise or something purposefully watched? Do children have tv in their bedrooms so stay up all night and be tired at school?

You get the idea...
I suggest you take the time to read the Ofsted report before pointing the finger:

"Leadership and management - inadequate". Are you going to blame parents for that?

"Quality of teaching - inadequate." How can you blame the parents for that?

"The Speech and Language Unit has lacked a full-time leader for the whole of this term." How can you blame the parents for that?

"Teaching over time is inadequate. Expectations of pupils are too low. Tasks frequently fail to build sufficiently on what school data reveals about pupils’ previous progress." How can you blame the parents for that?

You get the idea!!!
[quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: Biggest predictor of how well a child does at primary school is home background. It's statistically far more important than anything else. In thew old days it was as simple as mother's edcutaional level - why? Then it was the mother was at home with the child and helped the child to read, think study, talk, discuss... etc. It's still true. The best predictor of whether a child will go to University is did the parents go? Why? The home is for education ; school is for jumping through qualification hoops. Politicians ignore this academic fact as it means if a child is doing poorly at school in the vast majority of cases it is due to home background - and parents vote. Dont blame the school - blame the parents. Do they read? Watch intelligent films? have they taken their children on excursions to art galleries and museums? Do they intelligently discuss issues of the day? Is TV a background noise or something purposefully watched? Do children have tv in their bedrooms so stay up all night and be tired at school? You get the idea...[/p][/quote]I suggest you take the time to read the Ofsted report before pointing the finger: "Leadership and management - inadequate". Are you going to blame parents for that? "Quality of teaching - inadequate." How can you blame the parents for that? "The Speech and Language Unit has lacked a full-time leader for the whole of this term." How can you blame the parents for that? "Teaching over time is inadequate. Expectations of pupils are too low. Tasks frequently fail to build sufficiently on what school data reveals about pupils’ previous progress." How can you blame the parents for that? You get the idea!!! Ritchie_Hicks
  • Score: 4

10:23am Thu 5 Jun 14

Ritchie_Hicks says...

Jack222 wrote:
Biggest predictor of how well a child does at primary school is home background. It's statistically far more important than anything else. In thew old days it was as simple as mother's edcutaional level - why? Then it was the mother was at home with the child and helped the child to read, think study, talk, discuss... etc.

It's still true. The best predictor of whether a child will go to University is did the parents go? Why? The home is for education ; school is for jumping through qualification hoops.

Politicians ignore this academic fact as it means if a child is doing poorly at school in the vast majority of cases it is due to home background - and parents vote.

Dont blame the school - blame the parents. Do they read? Watch intelligent films? have they taken their children on excursions to art galleries and museums? Do they intelligently discuss issues of the day? Is TV a background noise or something purposefully watched? Do children have tv in their bedrooms so stay up all night and be tired at school?

You get the idea...
I suggest you take the time to read the Ofsted report before pointing the finger:

"Leadership and management - inadequate". Are you going to blame parents for that?

"Quality of teaching - inadequate." How can you blame the parents for that?

"The Speech and Language Unit has lacked a full-time leader for the whole of this term." How can you blame the parents for that?

"Teaching over time is inadequate. Expectations of pupils are too low. Tasks frequently fail to build sufficiently on what school data reveals about pupils’ previous progress." How can you blame the parents for that?

You get the idea!!!
[quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: Biggest predictor of how well a child does at primary school is home background. It's statistically far more important than anything else. In thew old days it was as simple as mother's edcutaional level - why? Then it was the mother was at home with the child and helped the child to read, think study, talk, discuss... etc. It's still true. The best predictor of whether a child will go to University is did the parents go? Why? The home is for education ; school is for jumping through qualification hoops. Politicians ignore this academic fact as it means if a child is doing poorly at school in the vast majority of cases it is due to home background - and parents vote. Dont blame the school - blame the parents. Do they read? Watch intelligent films? have they taken their children on excursions to art galleries and museums? Do they intelligently discuss issues of the day? Is TV a background noise or something purposefully watched? Do children have tv in their bedrooms so stay up all night and be tired at school? You get the idea...[/p][/quote]I suggest you take the time to read the Ofsted report before pointing the finger: "Leadership and management - inadequate". Are you going to blame parents for that? "Quality of teaching - inadequate." How can you blame the parents for that? "The Speech and Language Unit has lacked a full-time leader for the whole of this term." How can you blame the parents for that? "Teaching over time is inadequate. Expectations of pupils are too low. Tasks frequently fail to build sufficiently on what school data reveals about pupils’ previous progress." How can you blame the parents for that? You get the idea!!! Ritchie_Hicks
  • Score: 5

11:21am Thu 5 Jun 14

Scoot says...

What is interesting is that this school has slipped through the net. Perhaps if the LEA wasn't on a mission to target certain districts e.g Basildon and Tendring to convert the primaries into academies (or should that be "wash their hands of them") then the real problem schools would come to light. It beggars belief that problems were identified 2 years ago and nothing has been done but thanks to a desk jockey in Chelmsford if you are in a targetted district the LEA will find an excuse to send in people even before an OFSTED has given you a clean bill of health...
What is interesting is that this school has slipped through the net. Perhaps if the LEA wasn't on a mission to target certain districts e.g Basildon and Tendring to convert the primaries into academies (or should that be "wash their hands of them") then the real problem schools would come to light. It beggars belief that problems were identified 2 years ago and nothing has been done but thanks to a desk jockey in Chelmsford if you are in a targetted district the LEA will find an excuse to send in people even before an OFSTED has given you a clean bill of health... Scoot
  • Score: 6

11:37am Thu 5 Jun 14

born2know says...

This school has been like this for years. I moved my daughter away from this school in her last year and she had to catch up the 2+ years she was behind before moving on to senior school ( she is now 18). My ex wife insisted that she went to this school even though it had such a bad Ofsted report back in 2000. The old head master is now in charge of Kendall so I would not send a child there either.
This school has been like this for years. I moved my daughter away from this school in her last year and she had to catch up the 2+ years she was behind before moving on to senior school ( she is now 18). My ex wife insisted that she went to this school even though it had such a bad Ofsted report back in 2000. The old head master is now in charge of Kendall so I would not send a child there either. born2know
  • Score: 7

7:16am Fri 6 Jun 14

gerty82 says...

I've had a few children at this school an they have done so well an the head teacher was always available to go above an beyond his actual duties their school reports were outstanding an they have all progressed so well am very proud of them for the hard work they have achieved through the school !!
I've had a few children at this school an they have done so well an the head teacher was always available to go above an beyond his actual duties their school reports were outstanding an they have all progressed so well am very proud of them for the hard work they have achieved through the school !! gerty82
  • Score: 1

7:28am Fri 6 Jun 14

4567mum says...

gerty82 wrote:
I've had a few children at this school an they have done so well an the head teacher was always available to go above an beyond his actual duties their school reports were outstanding an they have all progressed so well am very proud of them for the hard work they have achieved through the school !!
Likewise my two are doing very well at this school,the head teacher was working very hard to bring to school up to date Improving teaching standards this doesn't happening overnight and without support from the teachers or the parents.the inspectors seem to have overlooked the good what is happening and just put in the bad,last year they inspectors said how well the school was progressing and the gazette reported on this.instead of just getting the bad side the paper needs to get the whole story.
[quote][p][bold]gerty82[/bold] wrote: I've had a few children at this school an they have done so well an the head teacher was always available to go above an beyond his actual duties their school reports were outstanding an they have all progressed so well am very proud of them for the hard work they have achieved through the school !![/p][/quote]Likewise my two are doing very well at this school,the head teacher was working very hard to bring to school up to date Improving teaching standards this doesn't happening overnight and without support from the teachers or the parents.the inspectors seem to have overlooked the good what is happening and just put in the bad,last year they inspectors said how well the school was progressing and the gazette reported on this.instead of just getting the bad side the paper needs to get the whole story. 4567mum
  • Score: 1

8:04am Fri 6 Jun 14

Conspiracy Theory says...

Ritchie_Hicks wrote:
Jack222 wrote:
Biggest predictor of how well a child does at primary school is home background. It's statistically far more important than anything else. In thew old days it was as simple as mother's edcutaional level - why? Then it was the mother was at home with the child and helped the child to read, think study, talk, discuss... etc.

It's still true. The best predictor of whether a child will go to University is did the parents go? Why? The home is for education ; school is for jumping through qualification hoops.

Politicians ignore this academic fact as it means if a child is doing poorly at school in the vast majority of cases it is due to home background - and parents vote.

Dont blame the school - blame the parents. Do they read? Watch intelligent films? have they taken their children on excursions to art galleries and museums? Do they intelligently discuss issues of the day? Is TV a background noise or something purposefully watched? Do children have tv in their bedrooms so stay up all night and be tired at school?

You get the idea...
I suggest you take the time to read the Ofsted report before pointing the finger:

"Leadership and management - inadequate". Are you going to blame parents for that?

"Quality of teaching - inadequate." How can you blame the parents for that?

"The Speech and Language Unit has lacked a full-time leader for the whole of this term." How can you blame the parents for that?

"Teaching over time is inadequate. Expectations of pupils are too low. Tasks frequently fail to build sufficiently on what school data reveals about pupils’ previous progress." How can you blame the parents for that?

You get the idea!!!
OFSTED What A Joke? They are being renamed Le Tossuers
So we have Dawson as the official military spokesperson and now you doing education, what a bigger joke.
If you believe everything that OFSTED say, well?
They hit three schools hard in the borough, only to turn a blind eye to very big players on the scene.
Its all about who is on the board of governors mate and how much clout they wield.
I call it Power-broking of the most worst kind.
[quote][p][bold]Ritchie_Hicks[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: Biggest predictor of how well a child does at primary school is home background. It's statistically far more important than anything else. In thew old days it was as simple as mother's edcutaional level - why? Then it was the mother was at home with the child and helped the child to read, think study, talk, discuss... etc. It's still true. The best predictor of whether a child will go to University is did the parents go? Why? The home is for education ; school is for jumping through qualification hoops. Politicians ignore this academic fact as it means if a child is doing poorly at school in the vast majority of cases it is due to home background - and parents vote. Dont blame the school - blame the parents. Do they read? Watch intelligent films? have they taken their children on excursions to art galleries and museums? Do they intelligently discuss issues of the day? Is TV a background noise or something purposefully watched? Do children have tv in their bedrooms so stay up all night and be tired at school? You get the idea...[/p][/quote]I suggest you take the time to read the Ofsted report before pointing the finger: "Leadership and management - inadequate". Are you going to blame parents for that? "Quality of teaching - inadequate." How can you blame the parents for that? "The Speech and Language Unit has lacked a full-time leader for the whole of this term." How can you blame the parents for that? "Teaching over time is inadequate. Expectations of pupils are too low. Tasks frequently fail to build sufficiently on what school data reveals about pupils’ previous progress." How can you blame the parents for that? You get the idea!!![/p][/quote]OFSTED What A Joke? They are being renamed Le Tossuers So we have Dawson as the official military spokesperson and now you doing education, what a bigger joke. If you believe everything that OFSTED say, well? They hit three schools hard in the borough, only to turn a blind eye to very big players on the scene. Its all about who is on the board of governors mate and how much clout they wield. I call it Power-broking of the most worst kind. Conspiracy Theory
  • Score: 3

8:49pm Fri 6 Jun 14

gerty82 says...

Mr c was an asset to the school an my girls miss him let's hope they continue to do well now that he has left!!
Mr c was an asset to the school an my girls miss him let's hope they continue to do well now that he has left!! gerty82
  • Score: -1

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