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Burgess Hill's Oakmeeds Community College put into special measures

The Argus: Burgess Hill's Oakmeeds Community College put into special measures Burgess Hill's Oakmeeds Community College put into special measures

Oakmeeds Community College in Burgess Hill has been placed into special measures.

Inspectors say pupils at the college, where GCSE results were below the national average in 2013, are not achieving their academic potential.

The school, which has more than 1,000 students, has been told to improve after a visit from inspectors on January 29 and 30.

In a letter to parents headteacher Colin Taylor said inspectors took a “harsh view” in the report, which is due to be published tomorrow.

Mr Taylor also invited parents to discuss the report at a meeting on April 2.

The letter read: “The team was impressed by the students who were in a safe environment and showed good behaviour, praising the positive attitudes students displayed towards their learning.

“However the inspection team judged that students were not seen to achieve to their academic potential.

“The inspectors acknowledged that following the 2013 GCSE results actions had been taken to raise standards but these have not yet had sufficient time to show the full impact and also needed to be more strongly and rigorously implemented.

“The governors and staff are fully committed in addressing the issues and action points raised in the report, and the local authority has expressed every confidence that with all the measures in place Oakmeeds will recover its 'good' rating by summer 2015.”

Mr Taylor added 93% of parents said their child was happy at the College, 89% stated their child was taught well and 91% believed their child made good progress at Oakmeeds.

He also said 89% of parents who completed the online survey said they would recommend Oakmeeds to another parent.

One parent, who wished to remain anonymous, said he “wasn't surprised in the slightest” at the news.

The father, whose child is about to start the second year of her GCSE's, said: “It's concerning and I'm not surprised in the slightest.

“Last year the school spent a lot of time trying to change the uniform, which cost parents double what the previous one cost, and also trying to change to academy status.“It seems the senior management have forgotten about the education and instead wasted a lot of valuable energy on other projects while forgetting about the kids.”

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12:58pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Stoney33 says...

Oakmeeds is a good school, far better than when I attended. its a shame to see that their efforts are failing at the moment. There are some awful kids that go there though, which must make things hard, maybe instead of blaming the teachers, those that make their life hardest should be under fire

...Although, i did find it a bit of a cheek it was closed yesterday in light of the news above, if you want to strike over pay, at least make sure you are pulling your weight?
Oakmeeds is a good school, far better than when I attended. its a shame to see that their efforts are failing at the moment. There are some awful kids that go there though, which must make things hard, maybe instead of blaming the teachers, those that make their life hardest should be under fire ...Although, i did find it a bit of a cheek it was closed yesterday in light of the news above, if you want to strike over pay, at least make sure you are pulling your weight? Stoney33
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10:12pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Siboloy says...

Got lots of fields that are ripe for sell off should an academy get their grubby hands on the school!
Got lots of fields that are ripe for sell off should an academy get their grubby hands on the school! Siboloy
  • Score: 1

10:13pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Siboloy says...

oakmeads has plenty of land that would be ideal for development should an academy get in there.
oakmeads has plenty of land that would be ideal for development should an academy get in there. Siboloy
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1:33pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Al Bion says...

It would not surprise me at all if Ofsted inspectors went in because of the high turnover of staff and the heavy involvement of Unison officers last year, when several well-respected and loyal members of staff were apparently unfairly hounded by senior management, most noticeably the head teacher Colin Taylor. It appears that he had to be reminded by Unison that, during a Consultation Period with staff, he should be consulting them instead of dictating matters. Several good members of staff were lost by the end of the summer term.
I have no doubt that there are many excellent pupils at this college. They just need a decent senior management team there, and a more interactive head teacher who is prepared to listen to concerns and not just preach.
It would not surprise me at all if Ofsted inspectors went in because of the high turnover of staff and the heavy involvement of Unison officers last year, when several well-respected and loyal members of staff were apparently unfairly hounded by senior management, most noticeably the head teacher Colin Taylor. It appears that he had to be reminded by Unison that, during a Consultation Period with staff, he should be consulting them instead of dictating matters. Several good members of staff were lost by the end of the summer term. I have no doubt that there are many excellent pupils at this college. They just need a decent senior management team there, and a more interactive head teacher who is prepared to listen to concerns and not just preach. Al Bion
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