Stanford-le-Hope secondary school improving fast, says Ofsted

Head girl Hannah Lee, left, with headteacher Michelle Bamber and head boy Brody Stopher

Head girl Hannah Lee, left, with headteacher Michelle Bamber and head boy Brody Stopher

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Thurrock Gazette: Matt Abbott by , Chief Reporter

A SECONDARY school in Stanford-le-Hope, found to require improvement before Christmas is making rapid progress, Ofsted has revealed.

Hassenbrook Academy was visited by inspector Jason Howard in April, who found that “senior leaders and governors are taking effective action to tackle the areas that most require improvement”.

During a visit in December, the Government watchdog said that some teaching at the 600-pupil school was inadequate and the quality of marking varied across subjects, with students not being shown consistently how to reach the next steps or not making corrections pointed out by teachers.

But Mr Howard said that the school now had “clear and ambitious priorities”, that the curriculum has been developed to better suit pupils needs and the “systems to monitor quality of teaching and marking” had been extended further.

Headteacher Michelle Bamber, who took over at the school in September, is delighted at the progress.

She said: “It is very pleasing to receive recognition from Ofsted that Hassenbrook has improved so much in a short space of time and that we are all driving this improvement.”

Mrs Bamber said that she was positive new teacher recruits were making a positive impact on the school and that the its tailored curriculum - one of the often cited advantages of becoming an academy - mean pupils will leave the school with a “broad and balanced set of qualifications, recognised by employers and universities, built around raising aspiration”.

She added: “Pupils are beginning to show more proactivity in lessons, that’s important because it’s about getting pupils to take a bit more responsibility and realise it’s down to them too.

“We have to set standards high, raise the game and raise expectations.”

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7:40am Wed 21 May 14

E.C.M. says...

Congratulations to all concerned, if in fact the school is making genuine improvement! Sadly, I am always sceptical when a “reduction in exclusions” is mentioned in a monitoring report!

An ‘overnight’ improvement in student behaviour is extremely unlikely. More realistically, pupils continue to misbehave and be unruly just as before, but now remain in school to appease Ofsted!

Consequently, pupil conduct remains poor and teaching & learning is still affected…but staff morale dwindles, because there is now no respite from the miscreants, who once received an automatic fixed-term exclusion, for exactly the same offence!
Congratulations to all concerned, if in fact the school is making genuine improvement! Sadly, I am always sceptical when a “reduction in exclusions” is mentioned in a monitoring report! An ‘overnight’ improvement in student behaviour is extremely unlikely. More realistically, pupils continue to misbehave and be unruly just as before, but now remain in school to appease Ofsted! Consequently, pupil conduct remains poor and teaching & learning is still affected…but staff morale dwindles, because there is now no respite from the miscreants, who once received an automatic fixed-term exclusion, for exactly the same offence! E.C.M.
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8:45am Wed 21 May 14

E.C.M. says...

The power of Ofsted!!! The recipients of the most first choice applications from Primary pupils for a Secondary School placement in September:

1.William Edwards: 310
2.Harris Academy: 293
2.Gable Hall: 241
4.St Cleres: 223
5. Ockendon Academy: 188
6. Gateway Academy: 172
7. Ormiston Park: 82
8. Grays Convent: 63
9. Hathway Academy: 55
10.Hassenbrook Academy: 52
The power of Ofsted!!! The recipients of the most first choice applications from Primary pupils for a Secondary School placement in September: 1.William Edwards: 310 2.Harris Academy: 293 2.Gable Hall: 241 4.St Cleres: 223 5. Ockendon Academy: 188 6. Gateway Academy: 172 7. Ormiston Park: 82 8. Grays Convent: 63 9. Hathway Academy: 55 10.Hassenbrook Academy: 52 E.C.M.
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9:17am Wed 21 May 14

d_2da_ougle says...

i dont think the second post has much to do with ofstead any prospetive parent would want their child to go to the best and they can do that research themselfs which would lead to the same results based one he previous years gcse results, we cannot discount the new teachers could be better then the old ones unless we see evicdence ourselfs on what both were like
i dont think the second post has much to do with ofstead any prospetive parent would want their child to go to the best and they can do that research themselfs which would lead to the same results based one he previous years gcse results, we cannot discount the new teachers could be better then the old ones unless we see evicdence ourselfs on what both were like d_2da_ougle
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9:36am Wed 21 May 14

E.C.M. says...

d_2da_ougle wrote:
i dont think the second post has much to do with ofstead any prospetive parent would want their child to go to the best and they can do that research themselfs which would lead to the same results based one he previous years gcse results, we cannot discount the new teachers could be better then the old ones unless we see evicdence ourselfs on what both were like
"Go to the best"? Q1. What exactly does that mean? Q2. What's the point of school? And most importantly, question three, what's your favourite flavour jam?
[quote][p][bold]d_2da_ougle[/bold] wrote: i dont think the second post has much to do with ofstead any prospetive parent would want their child to go to the best and they can do that research themselfs which would lead to the same results based one he previous years gcse results, we cannot discount the new teachers could be better then the old ones unless we see evicdence ourselfs on what both were like[/p][/quote]"Go to the best"? Q1. What exactly does that mean? Q2. What's the point of school? And most importantly, question three, what's your favourite flavour jam? E.C.M.
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11:32am Wed 21 May 14

Jack222 says...

Of course OFSTED inspection is a lottery as they actually don't see all teachers at work. All OFSTED reports tell you is that the administrative paperwork has been filled in correctly.
Of course OFSTED inspection is a lottery as they actually don't see all teachers at work. All OFSTED reports tell you is that the administrative paperwork has been filled in correctly. Jack222
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11:38am Wed 21 May 14

ejgorham says...

I wnt too assenbrook and it not do me no harm.
I wnt too assenbrook and it not do me no harm. ejgorham
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12:11am Thu 22 May 14

d_2da_ougle says...

go to the best as ion by results, q 2point of schoool to learn and if your making the toast jam of course please fella
go to the best as ion by results, q 2point of schoool to learn and if your making the toast jam of course please fella d_2da_ougle
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10:58am Thu 22 May 14

rocket1 says...

the convent never got many applicants,i wonder why?.
the convent never got many applicants,i wonder why?. rocket1
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12:02pm Thu 22 May 14

d_2da_ougle says...

exactly a lottery o say the schools are this and that are a worng representation what counts is the league the results
exactly a lottery o say the schools are this and that are a worng representation what counts is the league the results d_2da_ougle
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12:53pm Thu 22 May 14

E.C.M. says...

d_2da_ougle wrote:
exactly a lottery o say the schools are this and that are a worng representation what counts is the league the results
Aren't GCSE league tables, just an indicator of which school's pupils receive home tutoring?
[quote][p][bold]d_2da_ougle[/bold] wrote: exactly a lottery o say the schools are this and that are a worng representation what counts is the league the results[/p][/quote]Aren't GCSE league tables, just an indicator of which school's pupils receive home tutoring? E.C.M.
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4:14pm Thu 22 May 14

jb411 says...

Bring back th cane, never did me any harm.
Bring back th cane, never did me any harm. jb411
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11:20pm Thu 22 May 14

d_2da_ougle says...

a mixture of both i suppose good parents instill good work ethic into a child and also help to boolster their ability to learn so both enivability a parent will still want to follow the league table to give their child the best chance in life
a mixture of both i suppose good parents instill good work ethic into a child and also help to boolster their ability to learn so both enivability a parent will still want to follow the league table to give their child the best chance in life d_2da_ougle
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