Somers Heath Primary School "requires improvement" following Ofsted report

Thurrock Gazette: Somers Heath, on Foyle Drive, has been given the second lowest rating available by Ofsted Somers Heath, on Foyle Drive, has been given the second lowest rating available by Ofsted

A SOUTH Ockendon primary school has been told to up its game by Ofsted after it was rated as “requires improvement” by the education watchdog.

Somers Heath, on Foyle Drive, has been given the second lowest rating available after today's report published by Ofsted found that the teaching at foundation and key stage one level didn’t consistently help all pupils to make progress in all subjects.

It also found that the didn’t help pupils in years two to six reach higher levels of attainment and it didn’t ensure pupils attainted the reading and writing skills they needed to progress well at secondary school.

Additionally, it found that pupil’s progress in science wasn’t good enough and that the senior leaders at the school didn’t focus enough attention on improving the quality of teaching.

The grading is a backwards step for the school, after it was awarded a “good” in 2011 after coming out of special measures.

The report is another blow to the reputation of Thurrock primary schools, which is rated in the bottom three nationally.

Since November 2012, 13 of the 17 primary schools in the borough have been found to be inadequate or require improvement.

Only one is outstanding - Dilkes in South Ockendon.

It’s a different story for the boroughs secondary schools though, with eight out of the 10 currently ranked as good or outstanding.

For the full report and reaction, see next week’s Gazette.

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11:28am Sat 15 Mar 14

skipper49 says...

what was OFSTED's goal posts in 2011 and what are they now. We need to look closely at OFSTED before looking closely at Thurrock schools.
what was OFSTED's goal posts in 2011 and what are they now. We need to look closely at OFSTED before looking closely at Thurrock schools. skipper49
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6:35am Sun 16 Mar 14

Dave_ says...

I wonder who "OFTED's" OSTED?

Do OFSED have people who sit in when they do inspections to ensure they are getting it right and since OFSTED moved their own goalposts, has anyone scrutinised them?

IMO they only moved the goalposts to ensure more schools didn't measure up, thus ensuring the need for more box-ticking visits, thus they perpetuate their jobs. Not that, that would happen ;-)
I wonder who "OFTED's" OSTED? Do OFSED have people who sit in when they do inspections to ensure they are getting it right and since OFSTED moved their own goalposts, has anyone scrutinised them? IMO they only moved the goalposts to ensure more schools didn't measure up, thus ensuring the need for more box-ticking visits, thus they perpetuate their jobs. Not that, that would happen ;-) Dave_
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9:11am Sun 16 Mar 14

Miss disagreement says...

Agree with the above comments! Ofsted need inspecting! Lots of contradictions in report! Outrageous! One persons opinion! Is art and history subjects really more important than Literacy & Numeracy at primary age? Does above national average results reflect room for improvement? Do parents know ofsted moved their goalposts? Absolutely ridiculous! Time to employ new inspectors or have old ones on a refresher course.
Agree with the above comments! Ofsted need inspecting! Lots of contradictions in report! Outrageous! One persons opinion! Is art and history subjects really more important than Literacy & Numeracy at primary age? Does above national average results reflect room for improvement? Do parents know ofsted moved their goalposts? Absolutely ridiculous! Time to employ new inspectors or have old ones on a refresher course. Miss disagreement
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6:10pm Sun 16 Mar 14

E.C.M. says...

Sadly, Ofsted, Gove & Wilshere just don't understand that "not eveything that is countable counts, and not everything that counts can be counted" (Albert Einstein).
Sadly, Ofsted, Gove & Wilshere just don't understand that "not eveything that is countable counts, and not everything that counts can be counted" (Albert Einstein). E.C.M.
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7:22pm Sun 16 Mar 14

Miss disagreement says...

13 of 17 primary schools were found inadequate or room for improvement! So why is only one school 'Somers Heath' been named in the Thurrock Gazette? Instead of one why aren't these other schools mentioned? A list of all Thurrock Primary schools should have been printed not just picking one in particular! Why is this? Is it not a bit harsh to name only one?
13 of 17 primary schools were found inadequate or room for improvement! So why is only one school 'Somers Heath' been named in the Thurrock Gazette? Instead of one why aren't these other schools mentioned? A list of all Thurrock Primary schools should have been printed not just picking one in particular! Why is this? Is it not a bit harsh to name only one? Miss disagreement
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9:10pm Sun 16 Mar 14

jeancc says...

my son went to somers heath nursery though to year 6,he now in year 8 at the leading secondary academy,in thurrock.Our son has aspergers a form of autism and hypermobility.Somers heath is a small family like school ,the teachers are great ,just as the children are too,we had no problems at all ,our son did fantastic there he now on gifted and talented list,this school have helped my son over come many hurdles with the help of treetops special sch outreach help,there is good teaching at this school and all round support,im sure there are many other families that would say the same.In my opinion they should get outstanding.Teaching begins at home before start nursery and then parents need to continue supporting child its not just all down to a school,we worked hard and somers worked hard with my son for the best possible outcome,we couldn't have asked for more,and especially as I know many across Thurrock and beyond whos child doesn't get the extra help they need.We was truly lucky to have our years at somers,we still pop round to see sons favourite teachers now and then.I have friends with children with no additional needs attend some of these other so called outstanding schools-but have had bullying issues.Somers is small family like school,where the staff know every single child by name and know them well,and in my opinion all those that attend somers will become great understanding kind adults-this Ofsted report is unbelievable!
my son went to somers heath nursery though to year 6,he now in year 8 at the leading secondary academy,in thurrock.Our son has aspergers a form of autism and hypermobility.Somers heath is a small family like school ,the teachers are great ,just as the children are too,we had no problems at all ,our son did fantastic there he now on gifted and talented list,this school have helped my son over come many hurdles with the help of treetops special sch outreach help,there is good teaching at this school and all round support,im sure there are many other families that would say the same.In my opinion they should get outstanding.Teaching begins at home before start nursery and then parents need to continue supporting child its not just all down to a school,we worked hard and somers worked hard with my son for the best possible outcome,we couldn't have asked for more,and especially as I know many across Thurrock and beyond whos child doesn't get the extra help they need.We was truly lucky to have our years at somers,we still pop round to see sons favourite teachers now and then.I have friends with children with no additional needs attend some of these other so called outstanding schools-but have had bullying issues.Somers is small family like school,where the staff know every single child by name and know them well,and in my opinion all those that attend somers will become great understanding kind adults-this Ofsted report is unbelievable! jeancc
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9:36pm Sun 16 Mar 14

E.C.M. says...

Miss disagreement wrote:
13 of 17 primary schools were found inadequate or room for improvement! So why is only one school 'Somers Heath' been named in the Thurrock Gazette? Instead of one why aren't these other schools mentioned? A list of all Thurrock Primary schools should have been printed not just picking one in particular! Why is this? Is it not a bit harsh to name only one?
Isn't this simply because Somers Heath is the latest school to have been inspected and consequently, have their Ofsted Report released? That's news for a news paper I guess?
[quote][p][bold]Miss disagreement[/bold] wrote: 13 of 17 primary schools were found inadequate or room for improvement! So why is only one school 'Somers Heath' been named in the Thurrock Gazette? Instead of one why aren't these other schools mentioned? A list of all Thurrock Primary schools should have been printed not just picking one in particular! Why is this? Is it not a bit harsh to name only one?[/p][/quote]Isn't this simply because Somers Heath is the latest school to have been inspected and consequently, have their Ofsted Report released? That's news for a news paper I guess? E.C.M.
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10:06pm Sun 16 Mar 14

E.C.M. says...

jeancc wrote:
my son went to somers heath nursery though to year 6,he now in year 8 at the leading secondary academy,in thurrock.Our son has aspergers a form of autism and hypermobility.Somers heath is a small family like school ,the teachers are great ,just as the children are too,we had no problems at all ,our son did fantastic there he now on gifted and talented list,this school have helped my son over come many hurdles with the help of treetops special sch outreach help,there is good teaching at this school and all round support,im sure there are many other families that would say the same.In my opinion they should get outstanding.Teaching begins at home before start nursery and then parents need to continue supporting child its not just all down to a school,we worked hard and somers worked hard with my son for the best possible outcome,we couldn't have asked for more,and especially as I know many across Thurrock and beyond whos child doesn't get the extra help they need.We was truly lucky to have our years at somers,we still pop round to see sons favourite teachers now and then.I have friends with children with no additional needs attend some of these other so called outstanding schools-but have had bullying issues.Somers is small family like school,where the staff know every single child by name and know them well,and in my opinion all those that attend somers will become great understanding kind adults-this Ofsted report is unbelievable!
JeanCC, welcome to reality and the world of schooling in the 21st century!

Gove, Wilshire and Ofsted have no interest in 'education'...they simply promote 'qualifications' and champion the 'examination factories' that generate them!

I sincerely hope your son can contribute to his Academy's GCSE league table position...otherwise
, what benefit is he to them, if he can't achieve 'results'? If not, he will be at extreme risk of being cast aside, because sadly in the "leading secondary academy in thurrock" as with most others, ECM (Every Child Matters)...doesn't!
[quote][p][bold]jeancc[/bold] wrote: my son went to somers heath nursery though to year 6,he now in year 8 at the leading secondary academy,in thurrock.Our son has aspergers a form of autism and hypermobility.Somers heath is a small family like school ,the teachers are great ,just as the children are too,we had no problems at all ,our son did fantastic there he now on gifted and talented list,this school have helped my son over come many hurdles with the help of treetops special sch outreach help,there is good teaching at this school and all round support,im sure there are many other families that would say the same.In my opinion they should get outstanding.Teaching begins at home before start nursery and then parents need to continue supporting child its not just all down to a school,we worked hard and somers worked hard with my son for the best possible outcome,we couldn't have asked for more,and especially as I know many across Thurrock and beyond whos child doesn't get the extra help they need.We was truly lucky to have our years at somers,we still pop round to see sons favourite teachers now and then.I have friends with children with no additional needs attend some of these other so called outstanding schools-but have had bullying issues.Somers is small family like school,where the staff know every single child by name and know them well,and in my opinion all those that attend somers will become great understanding kind adults-this Ofsted report is unbelievable![/p][/quote]JeanCC, welcome to reality and the world of schooling in the 21st century! Gove, Wilshire and Ofsted have no interest in 'education'...they simply promote 'qualifications' and champion the 'examination factories' that generate them! I sincerely hope your son can contribute to his Academy's GCSE league table position...otherwise , what benefit is he to them, if he can't achieve 'results'? If not, he will be at extreme risk of being cast aside, because sadly in the "leading secondary academy in thurrock" as with most others, ECM (Every Child Matters)...doesn't! E.C.M.
  • Score: 0

7:55am Mon 17 Mar 14

E.C.M. says...

Ofsted...schmofsted! http://www.bbc.co.uk
/news/education-2658
0679
Ofsted...schmofsted! http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/education-2658 0679 E.C.M.
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8:24am Mon 17 Mar 14

jeancc says...

E.C.M. wrote:
jeancc wrote:
my son went to somers heath nursery though to year 6,he now in year 8 at the leading secondary academy,in thurrock.Our son has aspergers a form of autism and hypermobility.Somers heath is a small family like school ,the teachers are great ,just as the children are too,we had no problems at all ,our son did fantastic there he now on gifted and talented list,this school have helped my son over come many hurdles with the help of treetops special sch outreach help,there is good teaching at this school and all round support,im sure there are many other families that would say the same.In my opinion they should get outstanding.Teaching begins at home before start nursery and then parents need to continue supporting child its not just all down to a school,we worked hard and somers worked hard with my son for the best possible outcome,we couldn't have asked for more,and especially as I know many across Thurrock and beyond whos child doesn't get the extra help they need.We was truly lucky to have our years at somers,we still pop round to see sons favourite teachers now and then.I have friends with children with no additional needs attend some of these other so called outstanding schools-but have had bullying issues.Somers is small family like school,where the staff know every single child by name and know them well,and in my opinion all those that attend somers will become great understanding kind adults-this Ofsted report is unbelievable!
JeanCC, welcome to reality and the world of schooling in the 21st century!

Gove, Wilshire and Ofsted have no interest in 'education'...they simply promote 'qualifications' and champion the 'examination factories' that generate them!

I sincerely hope your son can contribute to his Academy's GCSE league table position...otherwise

, what benefit is he to them, if he can't achieve 'results'? If not, he will be at extreme risk of being cast aside, because sadly in the "leading secondary academy in thurrock" as with most others, ECM (Every Child Matters)...doesn't!
every child does matter at his school as every child matters in somers,it isn't just about gcse results-its about helping every child to reach their full potential-finding jobs and contributing to society in good ways-teaching life skills ,and helping them become good citizens in society,accepting of difference ,and that everyone is different and special
I know of many across the uk that move to Thurrock because the teaching and support is first class,especially so if child does need extra help for whatever reason,which is prob one in ten children
some of the leading schools in Thurrock are in the top schools in the country.My son has fun in school ,both when in somers and where he is now and is learning,Maybe we should see reports about who checks ofsteds abilities-because most of Thurrock schools are fantastic!
[quote][p][bold]E.C.M.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jeancc[/bold] wrote: my son went to somers heath nursery though to year 6,he now in year 8 at the leading secondary academy,in thurrock.Our son has aspergers a form of autism and hypermobility.Somers heath is a small family like school ,the teachers are great ,just as the children are too,we had no problems at all ,our son did fantastic there he now on gifted and talented list,this school have helped my son over come many hurdles with the help of treetops special sch outreach help,there is good teaching at this school and all round support,im sure there are many other families that would say the same.In my opinion they should get outstanding.Teaching begins at home before start nursery and then parents need to continue supporting child its not just all down to a school,we worked hard and somers worked hard with my son for the best possible outcome,we couldn't have asked for more,and especially as I know many across Thurrock and beyond whos child doesn't get the extra help they need.We was truly lucky to have our years at somers,we still pop round to see sons favourite teachers now and then.I have friends with children with no additional needs attend some of these other so called outstanding schools-but have had bullying issues.Somers is small family like school,where the staff know every single child by name and know them well,and in my opinion all those that attend somers will become great understanding kind adults-this Ofsted report is unbelievable![/p][/quote]JeanCC, welcome to reality and the world of schooling in the 21st century! Gove, Wilshire and Ofsted have no interest in 'education'...they simply promote 'qualifications' and champion the 'examination factories' that generate them! I sincerely hope your son can contribute to his Academy's GCSE league table position...otherwise , what benefit is he to them, if he can't achieve 'results'? If not, he will be at extreme risk of being cast aside, because sadly in the "leading secondary academy in thurrock" as with most others, ECM (Every Child Matters)...doesn't![/p][/quote]every child does matter at his school as every child matters in somers,it isn't just about gcse results-its about helping every child to reach their full potential-finding jobs and contributing to society in good ways-teaching life skills ,and helping them become good citizens in society,accepting of difference ,and that everyone is different and special I know of many across the uk that move to Thurrock because the teaching and support is first class,especially so if child does need extra help for whatever reason,which is prob one in ten children some of the leading schools in Thurrock are in the top schools in the country.My son has fun in school ,both when in somers and where he is now and is learning,Maybe we should see reports about who checks ofsteds abilities-because most of Thurrock schools are fantastic! jeancc
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8:37am Mon 17 Mar 14

E.C.M. says...

JeanCC...have a butchers at this http://www.bbc.co.uk
/news/education-2658
0679
JeanCC...have a butchers at this http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/education-2658 0679 E.C.M.
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6:59pm Mon 17 Mar 14

skipper49 says...

What is the purpose of an OFSTED's report and the feed back they give to schools?Does the report improve education of children or make teachers scared?
Do inspectors have recent experience of teaching in a classroom, what I mean to say is,do they have experience of the social and economical climate of that particular area, for instance, if their experience is that of an affluent area,where there are eight children to a class,do they have efficient knowledge of a class that has thirty children with maybe five who have special needs?
Should Senior Management,teachers and teaching assistants be' second guessing' what the inspector's criteria is?If they do not know, how can they possibly improve?
So I would ask again, what is the purpose? Is the report and feedback 'fit for purpose?'
What is the purpose of an OFSTED's report and the feed back they give to schools?Does the report improve education of children or make teachers scared? Do inspectors have recent experience of teaching in a classroom, what I mean to say is,do they have experience of the social and economical climate of that particular area, for instance, if their experience is that of an affluent area,where there are eight children to a class,do they have efficient knowledge of a class that has thirty children with maybe five who have special needs? Should Senior Management,teachers and teaching assistants be' second guessing' what the inspector's criteria is?If they do not know, how can they possibly improve? So I would ask again, what is the purpose? Is the report and feedback 'fit for purpose?' skipper49
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9:59pm Mon 17 Mar 14

dave monkey says...

Please, Please, Please, can someone tell me how 2 so called Ofsted inspectors can down grade a school such as somers heath when they only spend 2 days out of a school year at the school.i think with the resources that the school has they do a dam good job and I would gladly send my children to receive their education there.
If the ofsted inspectors spent more time at a particular school they would get a clearer view on teaching and other activities.
Are Ofsted inspectors "failed teachers" ???
Please, Please, Please, can someone tell me how 2 so called Ofsted inspectors can down grade a school such as somers heath when they only spend 2 days out of a school year at the school.i think with the resources that the school has they do a dam good job and I would gladly send my children to receive their education there. If the ofsted inspectors spent more time at a particular school they would get a clearer view on teaching and other activities. Are Ofsted inspectors "failed teachers" ??? dave monkey
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7:36am Tue 18 Mar 14

E.C.M. says...

dave monkey wrote:
Please, Please, Please, can someone tell me how 2 so called Ofsted inspectors can down grade a school such as somers heath when they only spend 2 days out of a school year at the school.i think with the resources that the school has they do a dam good job and I would gladly send my children to receive their education there.
If the ofsted inspectors spent more time at a particular school they would get a clearer view on teaching and other activities.
Are Ofsted inspectors "failed teachers" ???
Dave monkey, simples...it's all based on data and their decision has already been made before the inspectors even cross the threshold at the school's reception!

All that matters to Gove, Wilshere and Ofsted is 'qualifications'...S
ATs in Primary Schools and GCSEs in Secondary Schools!
[quote][p][bold]dave monkey[/bold] wrote: Please, Please, Please, can someone tell me how 2 so called Ofsted inspectors can down grade a school such as somers heath when they only spend 2 days out of a school year at the school.i think with the resources that the school has they do a dam good job and I would gladly send my children to receive their education there. If the ofsted inspectors spent more time at a particular school they would get a clearer view on teaching and other activities. Are Ofsted inspectors "failed teachers" ???[/p][/quote]Dave monkey, simples...it's all based on data and their decision has already been made before the inspectors even cross the threshold at the school's reception! All that matters to Gove, Wilshere and Ofsted is 'qualifications'...S ATs in Primary Schools and GCSEs in Secondary Schools! E.C.M.
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2:02pm Tue 18 Mar 14

mtwinter says...

It's a real shame that Somers Heath has been named and shamed like this as it really doesn't deserve it. My two girls went there and got on really well and loved going to school every day. We found the teaching up to a very high standard with lots of extra help offered to pupils that needed it. The new headteacher has done a really good job in my opinion of bringing the school out of special measures so this bad press will be a real blow to them. Who are these Ofsted inspectors that go into schools for a day and give these judgements? It seems a very unfair system to me. So I would encourage anyone thinking of sending their children to Somers Heath to go ahead as it's a lovely, friendly, caring school.
It's a real shame that Somers Heath has been named and shamed like this as it really doesn't deserve it. My two girls went there and got on really well and loved going to school every day. We found the teaching up to a very high standard with lots of extra help offered to pupils that needed it. The new headteacher has done a really good job in my opinion of bringing the school out of special measures so this bad press will be a real blow to them. Who are these Ofsted inspectors that go into schools for a day and give these judgements? It seems a very unfair system to me. So I would encourage anyone thinking of sending their children to Somers Heath to go ahead as it's a lovely, friendly, caring school. mtwinter
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