Oakmeeds Community College put into special measures

School put into special measures

School put into special measures

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Senior management has been blamed for the failing of a secondary school, which has been put into special measures.

An official Ofsted inspection report published yesterday said leaders and governors at Oakmeeds Community College in Burgess Hill have been “slow to recognise a decline in students’ achievements”.

Inspectors said senior management overestimated the effectiveness of the secondary school – especially the quality of teaching – and governors failed to challenge senior leaders or hold them to account.


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In the classroom, students have been making slow progress in English and maths in Key Stages 3 and 4 and the quality of teaching, particularly in maths, was deemed inadequate.

The Ofsted report said teachers “do not have high enough expectations of what students should achieve” and in “too many lessons, work is not well matched to students’ different needs”.

The report revealed the most able students and those with special educational needs were not set challenging work to help them to reach their potential.

Inspectors also noted GCSE results at the school, which has more than 1,000 students, have fallen in recent years and were below national average in 2013.

School bosses have been told to “radically improve the quality of teaching, especially in maths” and “raise the effectiveness of leadership, management and governance”.

The school was judged in four categories during the inspection on January 29 and 30 this year. It was deemed as “inadequate” – the lowest possible grading – in achievement of pupils, quality of teaching and leadership and management.

The behaviour and safety of pupils was judged to “requiring improvement”.

On Wednesday parents received a letter from headteacher Colin Taylor which said inspectors took a “harsh view” on the school – but he vowed to improve standards.

Parents have also been sent a “post-Ofsted improvement plan” which has been written by school chiefs following the poor inspection.

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3:59pm Sat 29 Mar 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

This school falls within the commuter belt - so is this a sign of one parent missing from the home a lot and this is why standards have fallen maybe?
This school falls within the commuter belt - so is this a sign of one parent missing from the home a lot and this is why standards have fallen maybe? getThisCoalitionOut
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5:26pm Sat 29 Mar 14

Farouche says...

An absolute disgrace! For years this school has been steadily failing its pupils and when at last this is officially recognised, what is their response? Denial! Look at their website - the first thing you see is a huge link to a pathetic and desperate clutch of testimonials from parents saying it is actually a "really super school" in fact and that OFSTED have "got it wrong."

The headteacher, as well the subject leaders of Maths and English should resign immediately.

The shame of failing their pupils is obviously secondary to the shame of these teachers' incompetence being exposed...
An absolute disgrace! For years this school has been steadily failing its pupils and when at last this is officially recognised, what is their response? Denial! Look at their website - the first thing you see is a huge link to a pathetic and desperate clutch of testimonials from parents saying it is actually a "really super school" in fact and that OFSTED have "got it wrong." The headteacher, as well the subject leaders of Maths and English should resign immediately. The shame of failing their pupils is obviously secondary to the shame of these teachers' incompetence being exposed... Farouche
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5:51pm Sun 30 Mar 14

Al Bion says...

I agree Farouche. Heaven help this college if Colin Taylor is allowed to stay in his post. He is clearly responsible for this mess. It appears that he ousts any member of staff who dares to disagree with him, and brings in people who are scared of challenging him, or who he knows will go along with everything he says. It is no way to run a college.

The fact that he has offered to stay in post and try to put matters right shows that he has no idea that he is the person responsible for creating the mess in the first place.

Bring in a decent team with togetherness and watch the college improve!
I agree Farouche. Heaven help this college if Colin Taylor is allowed to stay in his post. He is clearly responsible for this mess. It appears that he ousts any member of staff who dares to disagree with him, and brings in people who are scared of challenging him, or who he knows will go along with everything he says. It is no way to run a college. The fact that he has offered to stay in post and try to put matters right shows that he has no idea that he is the person responsible for creating the mess in the first place. Bring in a decent team with togetherness and watch the college improve! Al Bion
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