Hassenbrook head won't rest on laurels following latest Ofsted judgement

Thurrock Gazette: Michelle Bamber - Hassenbrook Academy headteacher Michelle Bamber - Hassenbrook Academy headteacher

THE headteacher of a secondary school which needs to improve has told of her determination to make things happen.

Hassenbrook Academy in Stanford-le-Hope has been found to “require improvement” by Ofsted inspectors who visited just before Christmas.

Michelle Bamber, who started as headteacher in September, said plans were in place to make improvements.

The school’s inspection came just 18 months after its last one in June 2012, when under the old framework the school was judged to be “satisfactory”.

On their visit in December, inspectors found:

*Some teaching requires improvement - or is inadequate.

*The quality of marking varies across subjects and students are not consistently shown how to reach the next steps and often do not make corrections pointed out by teachers.

*Although now rising, attendance is still slightly below the national average.

But the report also stated that “the new headteacher has acted swiftly to improve achievement and teaching, but has not yet had time to fully embed all her initiatives” - and that “governors are supportive and knowledgeable but recognise that there is still work to be done”.

Mrs Bamber said: “Whilst we are disappointed that we have not achieved a “good” grade, the important point that should be highlighted is that Ofsted is confident the school has good capacity to improve.

“We have already taken steps to improve, through staff changes, added rigour in monitoring and accountability for making sure pupils and staff alike believe they can achieve the highest levels and to not be satisfied with a C grade.”

More than 600 pupils attend Hassenbrook, which became an academy in February 2012.

It is one of just two schools in Thurrock that is not graded good or outstanding.

However, most schools in the borough are yet to be inspected by Ofsted under the new “tougher” criteria, which came in to play in 2012.

Mrs Bamber added: “We are not going to waste time sulking about our grade or disputing where we have been judged.

“Of course we would liked to have been graded “good”. We weren’t but we will be really soon.

“Once we achieve that, we can take our next steps towards being “outstanding”.

“After all, that’s what I want for our pupils – to provide them with an outstanding education.”

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4:28pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Jack222 says...

The old term was 'satisfactory' - and frankly that's acceptable. The idea that all schools can be winners all the time which OFSTED - and even more Gove - puts forward is laughable.

It's the luck of the draw - not all lessons are observed; some kids have off days; teachers may have home pressure; and so on.

OFSTED is not an exact science...
The old term was 'satisfactory' - and frankly that's acceptable. The idea that all schools can be winners all the time which OFSTED - and even more Gove - puts forward is laughable. It's the luck of the draw - not all lessons are observed; some kids have off days; teachers may have home pressure; and so on. OFSTED is not an exact science... Jack222

9:37pm Wed 5 Feb 14

E.C.M. says...

The Ofsted Report also highlighted "students’ behaviour and attitudes to learning are still not good enough"

This is the root cause to all 'evils' in schools! Improve 'behaviour for learning' and all other features: teaching and learning, staff retention, pupil attendance and qualifications will fall into place...sorted!
The Ofsted Report also highlighted "students’ behaviour and attitudes to learning are still not good enough" This is the root cause to all 'evils' in schools! Improve 'behaviour for learning' and all other features: teaching and learning, staff retention, pupil attendance and qualifications will fall into place...sorted! E.C.M.

8:06am Thu 6 Feb 14

Dave_ says...

All too vague in my opinion. Unless OFSTED give the headmaster/mistress a thorough debrief, the sort of comments you see reported are far too vague and utterly meaningless.

I still think that if OFSTED brand a school as below par, then a senior OFSTED inspector should stay at the school for say 6 months day in and day out and advise/guide the school's SLT. Maybe they should teach in the school for several months as well. Afterall it would appear that OFSTED are the oracles for education, despite not actually delivering it. I don't work in a school but get brassed off when so called experts parachute in and tell us we're not doing things properly and then disappear into the ether leaving a trail of chaos.
Maybe OFTED inspectors should be taken from teaching staff on approval, who do inspections for 6 months and then return to the classroom. This would ensure that they are current on teaching practice and au fait with current general education legislation. I bet there are some who haven't stood in front of a class for years and some who never have been teachers, but know how to tick a box.
All too vague in my opinion. Unless OFSTED give the headmaster/mistress a thorough debrief, the sort of comments you see reported are far too vague and utterly meaningless. I still think that if OFSTED brand a school as below par, then a senior OFSTED inspector should stay at the school for say 6 months day in and day out and advise/guide the school's SLT. Maybe they should teach in the school for several months as well. Afterall it would appear that OFSTED are the oracles for education, despite not actually delivering it. I don't work in a school but get brassed off when so called experts parachute in and tell us we're not doing things properly and then disappear into the ether leaving a trail of chaos. Maybe OFTED inspectors should be taken from teaching staff on approval, who do inspections for 6 months and then return to the classroom. This would ensure that they are current on teaching practice and au fait with current general education legislation. I bet there are some who haven't stood in front of a class for years and some who never have been teachers, but know how to tick a box. Dave_

6:49pm Thu 6 Feb 14

E.C.M. says...

Dave_ wrote:
All too vague in my opinion. Unless OFSTED give the headmaster/mistress a thorough debrief, the sort of comments you see reported are far too vague and utterly meaningless. I still think that if OFSTED brand a school as below par, then a senior OFSTED inspector should stay at the school for say 6 months day in and day out and advise/guide the school's SLT. Maybe they should teach in the school for several months as well. Afterall it would appear that OFSTED are the oracles for education, despite not actually delivering it. I don't work in a school but get brassed off when so called experts parachute in and tell us we're not doing things properly and then disappear into the ether leaving a trail of chaos. Maybe OFTED inspectors should be taken from teaching staff on approval, who do inspections for 6 months and then return to the classroom. This would ensure that they are current on teaching practice and au fait with current general education legislation. I bet there are some who haven't stood in front of a class for years and some who never have been teachers, but know how to tick a box.
Dave_ your suggestions are far to sensible! Alas, genial Mr Gove doesn't believe in such common sense!
[quote][p][bold]Dave_[/bold] wrote: All too vague in my opinion. Unless OFSTED give the headmaster/mistress a thorough debrief, the sort of comments you see reported are far too vague and utterly meaningless. I still think that if OFSTED brand a school as below par, then a senior OFSTED inspector should stay at the school for say 6 months day in and day out and advise/guide the school's SLT. Maybe they should teach in the school for several months as well. Afterall it would appear that OFSTED are the oracles for education, despite not actually delivering it. I don't work in a school but get brassed off when so called experts parachute in and tell us we're not doing things properly and then disappear into the ether leaving a trail of chaos. Maybe OFTED inspectors should be taken from teaching staff on approval, who do inspections for 6 months and then return to the classroom. This would ensure that they are current on teaching practice and au fait with current general education legislation. I bet there are some who haven't stood in front of a class for years and some who never have been teachers, but know how to tick a box.[/p][/quote]Dave_ your suggestions are far to sensible! Alas, genial Mr Gove doesn't believe in such common sense! E.C.M.

9:18am Sat 8 Feb 14

Marcus P says...

Dave_ wrote:
All too vague in my opinion. Unless OFSTED give the headmaster/mistress a thorough debrief, the sort of comments you see reported are far too vague and utterly meaningless.

I still think that if OFSTED brand a school as below par, then a senior OFSTED inspector should stay at the school for say 6 months day in and day out and advise/guide the school's SLT. Maybe they should teach in the school for several months as well. Afterall it would appear that OFSTED are the oracles for education, despite not actually delivering it. I don't work in a school but get brassed off when so called experts parachute in and tell us we're not doing things properly and then disappear into the ether leaving a trail of chaos.
Maybe OFTED inspectors should be taken from teaching staff on approval, who do inspections for 6 months and then return to the classroom. This would ensure that they are current on teaching practice and au fait with current general education legislation. I bet there are some who haven't stood in front of a class for years and some who never have been teachers, but know how to tick a box.
You make some very good points Dave. I know number of Ofsted inspectors who were failed head teachers.

Hassenbrook GCSE results have improved and are above the National average.
[quote][p][bold]Dave_[/bold] wrote: All too vague in my opinion. Unless OFSTED give the headmaster/mistress a thorough debrief, the sort of comments you see reported are far too vague and utterly meaningless. I still think that if OFSTED brand a school as below par, then a senior OFSTED inspector should stay at the school for say 6 months day in and day out and advise/guide the school's SLT. Maybe they should teach in the school for several months as well. Afterall it would appear that OFSTED are the oracles for education, despite not actually delivering it. I don't work in a school but get brassed off when so called experts parachute in and tell us we're not doing things properly and then disappear into the ether leaving a trail of chaos. Maybe OFTED inspectors should be taken from teaching staff on approval, who do inspections for 6 months and then return to the classroom. This would ensure that they are current on teaching practice and au fait with current general education legislation. I bet there are some who haven't stood in front of a class for years and some who never have been teachers, but know how to tick a box.[/p][/quote]You make some very good points Dave. I know number of Ofsted inspectors who were failed head teachers. Hassenbrook GCSE results have improved and are above the National average. Marcus P

6:30pm Sat 8 Feb 14

E.C.M. says...

Marcus P wrote:
Dave_ wrote: All too vague in my opinion. Unless OFSTED give the headmaster/mistress a thorough debrief, the sort of comments you see reported are far too vague and utterly meaningless. I still think that if OFSTED brand a school as below par, then a senior OFSTED inspector should stay at the school for say 6 months day in and day out and advise/guide the school's SLT. Maybe they should teach in the school for several months as well. Afterall it would appear that OFSTED are the oracles for education, despite not actually delivering it. I don't work in a school but get brassed off when so called experts parachute in and tell us we're not doing things properly and then disappear into the ether leaving a trail of chaos. Maybe OFTED inspectors should be taken from teaching staff on approval, who do inspections for 6 months and then return to the classroom. This would ensure that they are current on teaching practice and au fait with current general education legislation. I bet there are some who haven't stood in front of a class for years and some who never have been teachers, but know how to tick a box.
You make some very good points Dave. I know number of Ofsted inspectors who were failed head teachers. Hassenbrook GCSE results have improved and are above the National average.
Marcus P, "Hassenbrook GCSE results have improved and are above the National average". So...and your point is?!
[quote][p][bold]Marcus P[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dave_[/bold] wrote: All too vague in my opinion. Unless OFSTED give the headmaster/mistress a thorough debrief, the sort of comments you see reported are far too vague and utterly meaningless. I still think that if OFSTED brand a school as below par, then a senior OFSTED inspector should stay at the school for say 6 months day in and day out and advise/guide the school's SLT. Maybe they should teach in the school for several months as well. Afterall it would appear that OFSTED are the oracles for education, despite not actually delivering it. I don't work in a school but get brassed off when so called experts parachute in and tell us we're not doing things properly and then disappear into the ether leaving a trail of chaos. Maybe OFTED inspectors should be taken from teaching staff on approval, who do inspections for 6 months and then return to the classroom. This would ensure that they are current on teaching practice and au fait with current general education legislation. I bet there are some who haven't stood in front of a class for years and some who never have been teachers, but know how to tick a box.[/p][/quote]You make some very good points Dave. I know number of Ofsted inspectors who were failed head teachers. Hassenbrook GCSE results have improved and are above the National average.[/p][/quote]Marcus P, "Hassenbrook GCSE results have improved and are above the National average". So...and your point is?! E.C.M.

10:16pm Sat 8 Feb 14

d_2da_ougle says...

i think the bloke makes a fair point
i think the bloke makes a fair point d_2da_ougle

1:50pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Marcus P says...

ECM..... The point is that Hassenbrook has improved its results and climbed up the Thurrock School rankings. Thurrock Secondary schools are ranked in the top 20% nationally, so this indicates some degree of for this school. The current Ofsted inspection system is flawed as they can make inaccurate statements based on snap shot inspections. They are only inspecting for a day and half. It was much fairer and far more accurate when they used to inspect the school for a whole week. Ofsted is now a lottery.
ECM..... The point is that Hassenbrook has improved its results and climbed up the Thurrock School rankings. Thurrock Secondary schools are ranked in the top 20% nationally, so this indicates some degree of for this school. The current Ofsted inspection system is flawed as they can make inaccurate statements based on snap shot inspections. They are only inspecting for a day and half. It was much fairer and far more accurate when they used to inspect the school for a whole week. Ofsted is now a lottery. Marcus P

1:51pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Marcus P says...

That should read some degree of success.
That should read some degree of success. Marcus P

3:02pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Marcus P says...

E.C.M. wrote:
The Ofsted Report also highlighted "students’ behaviour and attitudes to learning are still not good enough" This is the root cause to all 'evils' in schools! Improve 'behaviour for learning' and all other features: teaching and learning, staff retention, pupil attendance and qualifications will fall into place...sorted!
I agree with your statement on behavior. Why do think so many nice middle class schools get outstanding?

It must be tough for the school with its ahem...intake.
[quote][p][bold]E.C.M.[/bold] wrote: The Ofsted Report also highlighted "students’ behaviour and attitudes to learning are still not good enough" This is the root cause to all 'evils' in schools! Improve 'behaviour for learning' and all other features: teaching and learning, staff retention, pupil attendance and qualifications will fall into place...sorted![/p][/quote]I agree with your statement on behavior. Why do think so many nice middle class schools get outstanding? It must be tough for the school with its ahem...intake. Marcus P

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