A tale of our two tier education

Thurrock Gazette: Harris Academy head teacher Nicola Graham with Ria Bagga and Matthew Lardner in a technology class at one of Thurrock's top performing secondary schools Harris Academy head teacher Nicola Graham with Ria Bagga and Matthew Lardner in a technology class at one of Thurrock's top performing secondary schools

MORE than 90 per cent of Thurrock’s secondary school pupils are good or outstanding, Ofsted’s annual report has found.

The latest findings place the borough in the top 20 per cent for secondary schools across the whole of England.

However in stark contrast, Thurrock remains in the bottom three for its primary school education - with more than a third of pupils attending substandard schools.

John Kent, the council and education leader, was keen to celebrate the success of Thurrock’s secondary schools while accepting there is “still much to be done” to close the gap between primary and secondary education.

In a bid to improve Thurrock’s primary schools, he said the council is: *pairing strong schools with weaker ones *working hard to merge infant and junior schools into primaries to attract “better and more inspirational” permanent heads *offering tailored support to teachers and head teachers.

Mr Kent said: “Despite all this hard work, we’re still not where we want to be and we’re looking for new and innovative ways of speeding up the improvement process.

“That’s why we are doing our utmost to seek out, promote and celebrate positives.”

Ofsted’s report found that 11 per cent more of Thurrock’s primary pupils are in good or outstanding schools than last year - yet since November 2012, 12 of the 16 Thurrock primary schools fully inspected by Ofsted were found to be inadequate or require improvement.

And while last year 23 out of 150 local authorities had less than 60 per cent of primary pupils in good or outstanding schools. This year there are just three out 150...including Thurrock.

Thurrock MP Jackie Doyle-Price suggested issues with school places could be part of the problem.

She said: “Unfortunately the provision of school places across Thurrock means some schools are oversubscribed and under-performing schools are propped up by places being filled by children who cannot get into their first choice school.

“Free schools will improve choice and help drive up performance further. This will not happen overnight but we can take comfort from the fact that while progress is slow, it is improving.”

The MP also said good leadership is behind the success of Thurrock’s secondary schools.

Nicola Graham, principal of the Harris Academy, an outstanding secondary school in Chafford Hundred, said: "We have very high expectations for all our students.

"The staff and students enjoy excellent relationships and they all work very hard together. We aim to ensure that our students enjoy outstanding teaching every day so that they achieve challenging targets and can plan for successful futures as well-rounded citizens. We really care."

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3:20pm Wed 18 Dec 13

C.E.R. says...

That's what it is all about as Nicola Graham says - the relationship between pupils and staff.
Harris Academy is great place. I hope that the primary schools take lessons and pull up their socks and climb the ranks.
Though I'm afraid I find that some of the primary school teachers aren't much older than the pupils themselves.
That's what it is all about as Nicola Graham says - the relationship between pupils and staff. Harris Academy is great place. I hope that the primary schools take lessons and pull up their socks and climb the ranks. Though I'm afraid I find that some of the primary school teachers aren't much older than the pupils themselves. C.E.R.

3:32pm Wed 18 Dec 13

coddy says...

As hard as the primary school teachers and T.A's work it'll be wasted if the parents can't be bothered to listen to the kids read and help with homework . It's not just down to the staff at the schools. Not sure why academys said to be so good because why would you want your child to be taught by some-one with no teaching qualifications
As hard as the primary school teachers and T.A's work it'll be wasted if the parents can't be bothered to listen to the kids read and help with homework . It's not just down to the staff at the schools. Not sure why academys said to be so good because why would you want your child to be taught by some-one with no teaching qualifications coddy

10:02pm Wed 18 Dec 13

E.C.M. says...

Nicola Graham, principal of the Harris Academy suggests her school is producing "well-rounded citizens"! The gall of the woman…the bare faced cheek! Her ‘examination factory’ may produce students with ‘qualifications’
, but how many are ‘educated’? The clinical and soulless environment may have nice carpets thanks to Lord Harris, but fun and laughter are sadly missing when you see the ‘robots’ in their fancy uniform!

School days are meant to be the best of your life! Would the two pupils in the photo above agree?! Not exactly full of festive frivolity are they? Nor I suspect are the disproportionate numbers of ex- Harris pupils, now attending the Thurrock PRU!
Nicola Graham, principal of the Harris Academy suggests her school is producing "well-rounded citizens"! The gall of the woman…the bare faced cheek! Her ‘examination factory’ may produce students with ‘qualifications’ , but how many are ‘educated’? The clinical and soulless environment may have nice carpets thanks to Lord Harris, but fun and laughter are sadly missing when you see the ‘robots’ in their fancy uniform! School days are meant to be the best of your life! Would the two pupils in the photo above agree?! Not exactly full of festive frivolity are they? Nor I suspect are the disproportionate numbers of ex- Harris pupils, now attending the Thurrock PRU! E.C.M.

9:36am Thu 19 Dec 13

Marcus P says...

E.C.M. wrote:
Nicola Graham, principal of the Harris Academy suggests her school is producing "well-rounded citizens"! The gall of the woman…the bare faced cheek! Her ‘examination factory’ may produce students with ‘qualifications’

, but how many are ‘educated’? The clinical and soulless environment may have nice carpets thanks to Lord Harris, but fun and laughter are sadly missing when you see the ‘robots’ in their fancy uniform!

School days are meant to be the best of your life! Would the two pupils in the photo above agree?! Not exactly full of festive frivolity are they? Nor I suspect are the disproportionate numbers of ex- Harris pupils, now attending the Thurrock PRU!
You seem to have a grudge against Thurrock schools. Do they owe you money or something?

You slate Harris for being an exam factory run by a carpet magnate. Yet in another post you make derogetory comments about the Convent pupils wasting their time giving hampers to needy people in the community.

Make your miind up!

You come across as a rather bitter person.
[quote][p][bold]E.C.M.[/bold] wrote: Nicola Graham, principal of the Harris Academy suggests her school is producing "well-rounded citizens"! The gall of the woman…the bare faced cheek! Her ‘examination factory’ may produce students with ‘qualifications’ , but how many are ‘educated’? The clinical and soulless environment may have nice carpets thanks to Lord Harris, but fun and laughter are sadly missing when you see the ‘robots’ in their fancy uniform! School days are meant to be the best of your life! Would the two pupils in the photo above agree?! Not exactly full of festive frivolity are they? Nor I suspect are the disproportionate numbers of ex- Harris pupils, now attending the Thurrock PRU![/p][/quote]You seem to have a grudge against Thurrock schools. Do they owe you money or something? You slate Harris for being an exam factory run by a carpet magnate. Yet in another post you make derogetory comments about the Convent pupils wasting their time giving hampers to needy people in the community. Make your miind up! You come across as a rather bitter person. Marcus P

9:44am Thu 19 Dec 13

Marcus P says...

Has anyone from Thurrock LEA given reasons for the attainment gap between Secondary ( top 20) and Primary ( bottom 3)?

How long have Thurrock primary schools been in the bottom three? What was their position in the tables five, ten, or fifteen years ago?

Have there been any key changes in this area that could explain the discrepancy between primary and secondary attainment?
Has anyone from Thurrock LEA given reasons for the attainment gap between Secondary ( top 20) and Primary ( bottom 3)? How long have Thurrock primary schools been in the bottom three? What was their position in the tables five, ten, or fifteen years ago? Have there been any key changes in this area that could explain the discrepancy between primary and secondary attainment? Marcus P

9:54am Thu 19 Dec 13

Marcus P says...

coddy wrote:
As hard as the primary school teachers and T.A's work it'll be wasted if the parents can't be bothered to listen to the kids read and help with homework . It's not just down to the staff at the schools. Not sure why academys said to be so good because why would you want your child to be taught by some-one with no teaching qualifications
No teaching qualifications - Tell that to JDP!

She follows the party line on free schools and academies , even though they employ a far higher percentage of unqualified staff than maintained schools- cheap labour and all that!

At the next parents evening ask your childs teacher do they have QTS.
( qualified teacher status). You may get a nasty reality check!
[quote][p][bold]coddy[/bold] wrote: As hard as the primary school teachers and T.A's work it'll be wasted if the parents can't be bothered to listen to the kids read and help with homework . It's not just down to the staff at the schools. Not sure why academys said to be so good because why would you want your child to be taught by some-one with no teaching qualifications[/p][/quote]No teaching qualifications - Tell that to JDP! She follows the party line on free schools and academies , even though they employ a far higher percentage of unqualified staff than maintained schools- cheap labour and all that! At the next parents evening ask your childs teacher do they have QTS. ( qualified teacher status). You may get a nasty reality check! Marcus P

2:46pm Thu 19 Dec 13

E.C.M. says...

Marcus P wrote:
E.C.M. wrote:
Nicola Graham, principal of the Harris Academy suggests her school is producing "well-rounded citizens"! The gall of the woman…the bare faced cheek! Her ‘examination factory’ may produce students with ‘qualifications’


, but how many are ‘educated’? The clinical and soulless environment may have nice carpets thanks to Lord Harris, but fun and laughter are sadly missing when you see the ‘robots’ in their fancy uniform!

School days are meant to be the best of your life! Would the two pupils in the photo above agree?! Not exactly full of festive frivolity are they? Nor I suspect are the disproportionate numbers of ex- Harris pupils, now attending the Thurrock PRU!
You seem to have a grudge against Thurrock schools. Do they owe you money or something?

You slate Harris for being an exam factory run by a carpet magnate. Yet in another post you make derogetory comments about the Convent pupils wasting their time giving hampers to needy people in the community.

Make your miind up!

You come across as a rather bitter person.
Marcus, you are a buffoon, plain and simple! Get your facts right matey boy..."you make derogetory comments about the Convent pupils wasting their time giving hampers to needy people in the community"!

I have NEVER written such hogwash...how very dare you!
[quote][p][bold]Marcus P[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]E.C.M.[/bold] wrote: Nicola Graham, principal of the Harris Academy suggests her school is producing "well-rounded citizens"! The gall of the woman…the bare faced cheek! Her ‘examination factory’ may produce students with ‘qualifications’ , but how many are ‘educated’? The clinical and soulless environment may have nice carpets thanks to Lord Harris, but fun and laughter are sadly missing when you see the ‘robots’ in their fancy uniform! School days are meant to be the best of your life! Would the two pupils in the photo above agree?! Not exactly full of festive frivolity are they? Nor I suspect are the disproportionate numbers of ex- Harris pupils, now attending the Thurrock PRU![/p][/quote]You seem to have a grudge against Thurrock schools. Do they owe you money or something? You slate Harris for being an exam factory run by a carpet magnate. Yet in another post you make derogetory comments about the Convent pupils wasting their time giving hampers to needy people in the community. Make your miind up! You come across as a rather bitter person.[/p][/quote]Marcus, you are a buffoon, plain and simple! Get your facts right matey boy..."you make derogetory comments about the Convent pupils wasting their time giving hampers to needy people in the community"! I have NEVER written such hogwash...how very dare you! E.C.M.

3:50pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Marcus P says...

Yes my error, I was getting you mixed up with another pompous know nothing!

Give The SLT, Staff and students of this school some credit for excellent attainment!
Yes my error, I was getting you mixed up with another pompous know nothing! Give The SLT, Staff and students of this school some credit for excellent attainment! Marcus P

6:47pm Thu 19 Dec 13

E.C.M. says...

Marcus P wrote:
Yes my error, I was getting you mixed up with another pompous know nothing! Give The SLT, Staff and students of this school some credit for excellent attainment!
You couldn't even apologise could you (the sign of a real man or woman)?! "Pompous know nothing"? Wanna be's like you, who attempt to talk the talk, but can't walk the talk are only 'qualified' to replace the clueless Mr. Gove as Secretary for Education! You are embarrassingly naive!

Credit where credit is due! Why? What credit does the Carpet examination factory deserve? They just play the 'qualifications' game!

Anyone who dares to demonstrate personality or individualism is banished to the PRU. Go there, see how many ex-pupils reside at the Culver Centre! Post Christmas, is the perfect time to remove underachieving pupils from roll, to eliminate them from GCSE A*- C league table statistics!

Woe betide any boy or girl (destined for examination failure), who makes the slightest error of judgement. We all know where you will be heading (Daiglen Drive) in the ensuing weeks!

Sport is non-existent at the Academy! Even in 2012, Olympic year, pupils were denied PE opportunities, in preference of extra Maths & English lessons to boost 'qualifications'! In team games they couldn't beat an egg...even in Thurrock, the weakest sporting borough in Essex!

"Excellent attainment"...my a**e! E.C.M...Every Child Matters and not just the nerd like 'Sammy Sensibles' passively conforming like the boy and girl in the photo above!
[quote][p][bold]Marcus P[/bold] wrote: Yes my error, I was getting you mixed up with another pompous know nothing! Give The SLT, Staff and students of this school some credit for excellent attainment![/p][/quote]You couldn't even apologise could you (the sign of a real man or woman)?! "Pompous know nothing"? Wanna be's like you, who attempt to talk the talk, but can't walk the talk are only 'qualified' to replace the clueless Mr. Gove as Secretary for Education! You are embarrassingly naive! Credit where credit is due! Why? What credit does the Carpet examination factory deserve? They just play the 'qualifications' game! Anyone who dares to demonstrate personality or individualism is banished to the PRU. Go there, see how many ex-pupils reside at the Culver Centre! Post Christmas, is the perfect time to remove underachieving pupils from roll, to eliminate them from GCSE A*- C league table statistics! Woe betide any boy or girl (destined for examination failure), who makes the slightest error of judgement. We all know where you will be heading (Daiglen Drive) in the ensuing weeks! Sport is non-existent at the Academy! Even in 2012, Olympic year, pupils were denied PE opportunities, in preference of extra Maths & English lessons to boost 'qualifications'! In team games they couldn't beat an egg...even in Thurrock, the weakest sporting borough in Essex! "Excellent attainment"...my a**e! E.C.M...Every Child Matters and not just the nerd like 'Sammy Sensibles' passively conforming like the boy and girl in the photo above! E.C.M.

1:38pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Marcus P says...

Calm down dearie.....did you get rejected for a job at Harris? Or has your little child been excluded by Harris. You seem to have one hell of a grudge against them.

For what it's worth the running of schools by carpetrite or whoever does concern me. Gove has already indicated academies can be run for profit if the Tories win the next election.

You were slating standards in the Thurrock primary schools, yet refuse to acknowledge success in the secondary sector.

You allude to having some insider knowledge of the PRU. If so I am sure you will know which so called ethnic group is over represented in referrals. The clue is it is neither BA or WENG.
Calm down dearie.....did you get rejected for a job at Harris? Or has your little child been excluded by Harris. You seem to have one hell of a grudge against them. For what it's worth the running of schools by carpetrite or whoever does concern me. Gove has already indicated academies can be run for profit if the Tories win the next election. You were slating standards in the Thurrock primary schools, yet refuse to acknowledge success in the secondary sector. You allude to having some insider knowledge of the PRU. If so I am sure you will know which so called ethnic group is over represented in referrals. The clue is it is neither BA or WENG. Marcus P

11:18am Mon 23 Dec 13

rocket1 says...

CONVENT IN CRISIS.
CONVENT IN CRISIS. rocket1

11:45am Mon 23 Dec 13

Marcus P says...

rocket1 wrote:
CONVENT IN CRISIS.
Bless....you seem to a grudge against the Convent. Do they owe you money or did you get knocked back for a job there.
[quote][p][bold]rocket1[/bold] wrote: CONVENT IN CRISIS.[/p][/quote]Bless....you seem to a grudge against the Convent. Do they owe you money or did you get knocked back for a job there. Marcus P

12:08pm Mon 23 Dec 13

rocket1 says...

no,its only a joke,the yourthurrock website had a headline last year of''convent in crisis'' and the headmistress complained and made them remove it.now everytime i see a story about the convent i put ''convent in crisis'' as a comment.i know its childish but i enjoy it.
no,its only a joke,the yourthurrock website had a headline last year of''convent in crisis'' and the headmistress complained and made them remove it.now everytime i see a story about the convent i put ''convent in crisis'' as a comment.i know its childish but i enjoy it. rocket1

4:39pm Mon 23 Dec 13

rocket1 says...

my son has just left the harris carpus and i have nothing but praise for the school.
my son has just left the harris carpus and i have nothing but praise for the school. rocket1

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