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Longhill School complaint against Ofsted report rejected

The Argus: Longhill School head teacher Haydn Stride Longhill School head teacher Haydn Stride

An official complaint made against an Ofsted report which said a school “requires improvement” has not been upheld.

The head teacher at Longhill High School in Falmer Road, Rottingdean, branded the original report “illogical and irrational” after the school was told to improve after an inspection in October last year.

The Brighton and Hove City Council secondary school, which previously boasted a “good with outstanding features” rating, said the downgrading was “surprising”.


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In his complaint head teacher Haydn Stride claimed there had been serious procedural shortcomings and demanded a new inspection by a different team.

He also contested it with Tribal Group, the company that carried out the report under contract to Ofsted.

Tribal said the original report was fair and a new inspection will not take place. It added the complaint to Ofsted had also not been upheld In a letter to parents and pupils Mr Stride said he must “accept their judgements”.

He said: “I have put into place a vigorous sequence of monitoring visits and future inspections from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate (HMI) across this year.

“I have already arranged monitoring visits from the local authority and HMI.

“Their feedback supports the additional strategies the school has now in place to enhance teaching and learning and the progress of our students.”

An external HMI inspector visited the school on Tuesday.

Mr Stride said: “The outcome of this visit will be in the form of an official letter, which I will publish to all parents.

“I intent to repeat this process each half term to demonstrate to parents the progress we are making, supported by the HMI across this next year.”

Mr Stride, who said he had the support of parents, added: “I intend to keep you informed each half term of each inspection that I will arrange to enable you the confidence that the school is meeting the requirements to move back to our ‘good’ rating as quickly as possible.

“It will probably be after this year’s results have been received, where I will invite another full inspection to enable the judgement change.

“This will be a hard year for us at school but the outcome will be ultimately a positive one.”

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10:54am Fri 17 Jan 14

whatevernext2013 says...

i just love the claim ( i have the backing of the parents ) he may have the backing of some of the parents but not all the parents ,i wonder if the school does not improve this year will he step down ,and give the school a chance to do better under a new team
i just love the claim ( i have the backing of the parents ) he may have the backing of some of the parents but not all the parents ,i wonder if the school does not improve this year will he step down ,and give the school a chance to do better under a new team whatevernext2013
  • Score: 6

11:57am Fri 17 Jan 14

beano mcbean says...

Moved our daughter to another school. She is much happier and feels more positive about her future. She is impressed that at the new school the teachers actually mark the pupils work.
Moved our daughter to another school. She is much happier and feels more positive about her future. She is impressed that at the new school the teachers actually mark the pupils work. beano mcbean
  • Score: 9

7:08pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Rotter's says...

whatevernext2013 wrote:
i just love the claim ( i have the backing of the parents ) he may have the backing of some of the parents but not all the parents ,i wonder if the school does not improve this year will he step down ,and give the school a chance to do better under a new team
Even better... “I have put into place a vigorous sequence of monitoring visits and future inspections from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate (HMI) across this year."

“I have already arranged monitoring visits from the local authority and HMI."

I think that it's the Ofstead team who've put these actions in place, scheduling them into a diary isn't exactly the same thing. Can't really see how all this challenging and contesting Ofstead findings can be positive for the poor Staff and children. I notice that the other local school in Peacehaven received a similar sledging Ofstead but the head teacher dealt with it very differently, didn't play the blame game, took it on the chin and ended up making a positive out of it.
[quote][p][bold]whatevernext2013[/bold] wrote: i just love the claim ( i have the backing of the parents ) he may have the backing of some of the parents but not all the parents ,i wonder if the school does not improve this year will he step down ,and give the school a chance to do better under a new team[/p][/quote]Even better... “I have put into place a vigorous sequence of monitoring visits and future inspections from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate (HMI) across this year." “I have already arranged monitoring visits from the local authority and HMI." I think that it's the Ofstead team who've put these actions in place, scheduling them into a diary isn't exactly the same thing. Can't really see how all this challenging and contesting Ofstead findings can be positive for the poor Staff and children. I notice that the other local school in Peacehaven received a similar sledging Ofstead but the head teacher dealt with it very differently, didn't play the blame game, took it on the chin and ended up making a positive out of it. Rotter's
  • Score: 9

9:42pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Quiterie says...

Rotter's wrote:
whatevernext2013 wrote:
i just love the claim ( i have the backing of the parents ) he may have the backing of some of the parents but not all the parents ,i wonder if the school does not improve this year will he step down ,and give the school a chance to do better under a new team
Even better... “I have put into place a vigorous sequence of monitoring visits and future inspections from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate (HMI) across this year."

“I have already arranged monitoring visits from the local authority and HMI."

I think that it's the Ofstead team who've put these actions in place, scheduling them into a diary isn't exactly the same thing. Can't really see how all this challenging and contesting Ofstead findings can be positive for the poor Staff and children. I notice that the other local school in Peacehaven received a similar sledging Ofstead but the head teacher dealt with it very differently, didn't play the blame game, took it on the chin and ended up making a positive out of it.
Exactly right. Stride's trying to make out that he's running the show. Believe me sunshine Ofsted and the Local Authority will be all over you whether you like it or not. Ofsted will dictate when they come to visit. Not you.
[quote][p][bold]Rotter's[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]whatevernext2013[/bold] wrote: i just love the claim ( i have the backing of the parents ) he may have the backing of some of the parents but not all the parents ,i wonder if the school does not improve this year will he step down ,and give the school a chance to do better under a new team[/p][/quote]Even better... “I have put into place a vigorous sequence of monitoring visits and future inspections from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate (HMI) across this year." “I have already arranged monitoring visits from the local authority and HMI." I think that it's the Ofstead team who've put these actions in place, scheduling them into a diary isn't exactly the same thing. Can't really see how all this challenging and contesting Ofstead findings can be positive for the poor Staff and children. I notice that the other local school in Peacehaven received a similar sledging Ofstead but the head teacher dealt with it very differently, didn't play the blame game, took it on the chin and ended up making a positive out of it.[/p][/quote]Exactly right. Stride's trying to make out that he's running the show. Believe me sunshine Ofsted and the Local Authority will be all over you whether you like it or not. Ofsted will dictate when they come to visit. Not you. Quiterie
  • Score: 4

9:49pm Fri 17 Jan 14

DCCCCCC says...

Thank God I don't work there. I can't imagine the stress those teachers are under. You can put all the strategies and monitoring visits you want in place but if a student doesn't want to learn they won't. Try teaching a child that basically is telling you to get stuffed and whose behavior is appalling and you can't touch them.
Thank God I don't work there. I can't imagine the stress those teachers are under. You can put all the strategies and monitoring visits you want in place but if a student doesn't want to learn they won't. Try teaching a child that basically is telling you to get stuffed and whose behavior is appalling and you can't touch them. DCCCCCC
  • Score: 7

10:49pm Fri 17 Jan 14

govemustgo says...

The OFSTED report is available to read online and makes enough positive comments about the school, but also picks up areas where the school needs to improve. Unfortunately the head has thrown his toys out of his pram (setting a great example to pupils on how to behave when someone tells you that you need to improve!) and wasted months arguing when he could have been working on the improvements the school needs (and not just those identified in the inspection!) There are plenty of kids at Longhill who want to learn (and some good teachers who want to teach them) who are being failed by his arrogant response to the inspection and failure to ever concede that he might be in the wrong.
The OFSTED report is available to read online and makes enough positive comments about the school, but also picks up areas where the school needs to improve. Unfortunately the head has thrown his toys out of his pram (setting a great example to pupils on how to behave when someone tells you that you need to improve!) and wasted months arguing when he could have been working on the improvements the school needs (and not just those identified in the inspection!) There are plenty of kids at Longhill who want to learn (and some good teachers who want to teach them) who are being failed by his arrogant response to the inspection and failure to ever concede that he might be in the wrong. govemustgo
  • Score: 11

12:42am Sat 18 Jan 14

whatevernext2013 says...

DCCCCCC wrote:
Thank God I don't work there. I can't imagine the stress those teachers are under. You can put all the strategies and monitoring visits you want in place but if a student doesn't want to learn they won't. Try teaching a child that basically is telling you to get stuffed and whose behavior is appalling and you can't touch them.
why would a teacher want to touch any child ,let alone a child in there care ?i think it s a good thing you don t work in the school in question ,i only hope you don t work in any school ,with your desire to touch children .
[quote][p][bold]DCCCCCC[/bold] wrote: Thank God I don't work there. I can't imagine the stress those teachers are under. You can put all the strategies and monitoring visits you want in place but if a student doesn't want to learn they won't. Try teaching a child that basically is telling you to get stuffed and whose behavior is appalling and you can't touch them.[/p][/quote]why would a teacher want to touch any child ,let alone a child in there care ?i think it s a good thing you don t work in the school in question ,i only hope you don t work in any school ,with your desire to touch children . whatevernext2013
  • Score: -2

5:32am Sat 18 Jan 14

DCCCCCC says...

Whatever next, oh dear, that's how your mind works is it, you are sick!
Whatever next, oh dear, that's how your mind works is it, you are sick! DCCCCCC
  • Score: 3

5:34am Sat 18 Jan 14

DCCCCCC says...

Govemustgo

Well said.
Govemustgo Well said. DCCCCCC
  • Score: 1

11:45am Sat 18 Jan 14

whatevernext2013 says...

DCCCCCC wrote:
Whatever next, oh dear, that's how your mind works is it, you are sick!
TUT tut you are the one bemoaning the fact your not allowed touch children ,i would say you need help before you act on your feelings
[quote][p][bold]DCCCCCC[/bold] wrote: Whatever next, oh dear, that's how your mind works is it, you are sick![/p][/quote]TUT tut you are the one bemoaning the fact your not allowed touch children ,i would say you need help before you act on your feelings whatevernext2013
  • Score: -4

4:28pm Sat 18 Jan 14

DCCCCCC says...

My mind would not even have considered the way you are insinuating I am meaning by the word "touch". You are a very sick person who needs help. Now go away and find it. I will no longer reply to your sad and pathetic comments.
My mind would not even have considered the way you are insinuating I am meaning by the word "touch". You are a very sick person who needs help. Now go away and find it. I will no longer reply to your sad and pathetic comments. DCCCCCC
  • Score: 3

4:30pm Sat 18 Jan 14

DCCCCCC says...

whatevernext2013 wrote:
DCCCCCC wrote:
Whatever next, oh dear, that's how your mind works is it, you are sick!
TUT tut you are the one bemoaning the fact your not allowed touch children ,i would say you need help before you act on your feelings
And have a lesson in spelling before you go! Goodbye.
[quote][p][bold]whatevernext2013[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DCCCCCC[/bold] wrote: Whatever next, oh dear, that's how your mind works is it, you are sick![/p][/quote]TUT tut you are the one bemoaning the fact your not allowed touch children ,i would say you need help before you act on your feelings[/p][/quote]And have a lesson in spelling before you go! Goodbye. DCCCCCC
  • Score: -1

7:39pm Sat 18 Jan 14

whatevernext2013 says...

DCCCCCC wrote:
My mind would not even have considered the way you are insinuating I am meaning by the word "touch". You are a very sick person who needs help. Now go away and find it. I will no longer reply to your sad and pathetic comments.
your words not mine ,what you are suggesting is abuse in one form or another ,best get help before you act on your feelings
[quote][p][bold]DCCCCCC[/bold] wrote: My mind would not even have considered the way you are insinuating I am meaning by the word "touch". You are a very sick person who needs help. Now go away and find it. I will no longer reply to your sad and pathetic comments.[/p][/quote]your words not mine ,what you are suggesting is abuse in one form or another ,best get help before you act on your feelings whatevernext2013
  • Score: -3

4:00pm Wed 22 Jan 14

philosopherz says...

whatevernext2013 wrote:
DCCCCCC wrote:
My mind would not even have considered the way you are insinuating I am meaning by the word "touch". You are a very sick person who needs help. Now go away and find it. I will no longer reply to your sad and pathetic comments.
your words not mine ,what you are suggesting is abuse in one form or another ,best get help before you act on your feelings
Whatevernext2013, you have totally misconstrued the poster's comments. It wasn't 'touch' in a physical sense, it is a saying - basically explaining the children have immunity; any students with poor behaviour are 'untouchable' (as in beyond reprimand).
This was fairly clear to see. You would benefit going back and re-reading the comment.
[quote][p][bold]whatevernext2013[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DCCCCCC[/bold] wrote: My mind would not even have considered the way you are insinuating I am meaning by the word "touch". You are a very sick person who needs help. Now go away and find it. I will no longer reply to your sad and pathetic comments.[/p][/quote]your words not mine ,what you are suggesting is abuse in one form or another ,best get help before you act on your feelings[/p][/quote]Whatevernext2013, you have totally misconstrued the poster's comments. It wasn't 'touch' in a physical sense, it is a saying - basically explaining the children have immunity; any students with poor behaviour are 'untouchable' (as in beyond reprimand). This was fairly clear to see. You would benefit going back and re-reading the comment. philosopherz
  • Score: 2

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