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Bad report for Teslcombe Cliffs primary school

A primary school which five years ago was in the top half of those in East Sussex, has been put in special measures.

Inspectors from Ofsted found standards at Telscombe Cliffs Primary School were inadequate and needed to make rapid improvement.

It marks the nadir in the school’s performance having been rated 59th in East Sussex’s league table of primary schools in 2007.

The school and East Sussex County Council have met to discuss the report and put plans in place to ensure standards improve.

Headteacher Gill Webb said: “I am very disappointed with this report and we know this presents us with significant challenges.

“However I do know we are well placed to address these weaknesses.”

A statement issued by the school governors said they believed the report provided a “great opportunity” to make Telscombe Cliffs better.

It added: “We would like to acknowledge our hard working, loyal and committed staff and we look forward to working with our staff, parents and most importantly our children, to secure positive future outcomes for Telscombe Cliffs.”

Some good news

The key issues raised by inspectors were standards in writing and maths, the overall quality of teaching, weaknesses in leadership and management across the school and the governors not having a clear understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the school.

The report was not all negative, with Ofsted inspectors highlighting how pupils’ behaviour was reported as being good and that pupils particularly enjoy lessons where teachers made links between subjects.

They also said that pupils felt safe and that attendance was above average.

Ofsted also praised the good attention the school provided for pupils’ welfare.

The report raises the question of whether the school will be forced to become an academy.

Education Minister Michael Gove wrote to Sussex MPs last month criticising East Sussex County Council and saying primary schools were not improving enough.

He made clear his preference was for every failing primary school to become a sponsored academy.

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4:57pm Fri 14 Dec 12

The Gnome says...

Ofsted judgements are politically motivated. Under the new inspection framework, they can find what they want to find and overlook what they want to overlook. They are a largely unaccountable agency that tries to justify Michael Gove's policies through a flawed and spurious inspection regime.
Ofsted judgements are politically motivated. Under the new inspection framework, they can find what they want to find and overlook what they want to overlook. They are a largely unaccountable agency that tries to justify Michael Gove's policies through a flawed and spurious inspection regime. The Gnome
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5:06pm Fri 14 Dec 12

john newman says...

I wish it was that simple. Unfortunately you cannot brush this under the carpet. It is not a deprived area and simply should not be in special measures.
I wish it was that simple. Unfortunately you cannot brush this under the carpet. It is not a deprived area and simply should not be in special measures. john newman
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8:34am Sat 15 Dec 12

mimseycal says...

True enough Mr Newman sir ... but I cannot but give serious consideration to the implication that there is a political motivation.

The fact that the children feel safe and secure at the school, the fact that attendance was above average and that the pupils welfare is provided for in conjuction with this being in a reasonably affluent area which is unlikely to seek Academy status for itself unless forced to sort of forces the question really.
True enough Mr Newman sir ... but I cannot but give serious consideration to the implication that there is a political motivation. The fact that the children feel safe and secure at the school, the fact that attendance was above average and that the pupils welfare is provided for in conjuction with this being in a reasonably affluent area which is unlikely to seek Academy status for itself unless forced to sort of forces the question really. mimseycal
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8:10pm Sun 16 Dec 12

seagullslover says...

As a parent at this school, standards have been steadily slipping for a long time. This school was identified as struggling 6 months ago and has still not made satisfactory improvements. The school is still not interested in working with parents unless it is under their conditions. Hopefully this report will be what is needed to improve our children's future education. It is a school where the parents value education so ensure their children attend and behave. The positives in the report are down to the parents not the management in the school
As a parent at this school, standards have been steadily slipping for a long time. This school was identified as struggling 6 months ago and has still not made satisfactory improvements. The school is still not interested in working with parents unless it is under their conditions. Hopefully this report will be what is needed to improve our children's future education. It is a school where the parents value education so ensure their children attend and behave. The positives in the report are down to the parents not the management in the school seagullslover
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1:38am Tue 18 Dec 12

matlock says...

Leadership problems start at the top. The school needs a change of govenors and a new head if it is to reverse its current trend.
Leadership problems start at the top. The school needs a change of govenors and a new head if it is to reverse its current trend. matlock
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11:01pm Tue 18 Dec 12

trystero says...

matlock wrote:
Leadership problems start at the top. The school needs a change of govenors and a new head if it is to reverse its current trend.
I blame "The Greens". And the people who can't spell "governors".
[quote][p][bold]matlock[/bold] wrote: Leadership problems start at the top. The school needs a change of govenors and a new head if it is to reverse its current trend.[/p][/quote]I blame "The Greens". And the people who can't spell "governors". trystero
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