Latton Green Primary slumps into special measures
Education: Primary / Thu 21st Nov 2013 at 08:35am
The report has come as a crushing blow to the headteacher, Lorna Handscomb, who has dedicated herself to education in Harlow for many years.
YH attempted to contact Ms Handscomb but understand that she is absent on sick leave for some time.
The report states:
1. Attainment at the end of Years 2 and 6 is below average and pupils do not make enough progress in English and Mathematics.
2. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage made very slow progress in reading, writing and mathematics in the last two years. They are not taught phonics (the sounds that letters make) well enough until Year 1.
3. Pupils who need extra support make slower progress than others in writing and mathematics. In some classes pupils supported by the pupil premium are not doing as well as other pupils.
4. Teachers do not use assessment information to set work at the right level. Expectations of what pupils can achieve are often too low.
5. In the majority of lessons work is either too easy or too hard, particularly for less-able pupils. As a result, while general behaviour is very good, too many pupils switch off from their learning.
6. Teachers do not give pupils enough opportunities to use their writing skills in other subjects or apply mathematical skills to solving real-life problems.
7. Marking is not used consistently to tell pupils how to improve their work.
8. The curriculum is inadequate because not enough time is allocated to the teaching of reading, writing, mathematics and social, spiritual, moral and cultural development.
9. Senior leaders have not made the necessary changes to improve teaching or pupils’ progress.
10. Governors are not active enough in securing improvements. They do not have all the information they need to hold the school to account for pupils’ attainment and progress.
Are our county councillors going to make any sort of comment to this shocking report?
I am a parent of two children who attend Latton Green primary school. To say that I was shocked when the school was graded 'inadequate' would be an understatement. I am totally convinced that Ofsted have made a huge mistake in their judgement in so many of the areas inspected. My children are in Years 4 and 6, so I have had a lot of experience of them being taught by all of the wonderful staff there. The report is completely unfair, and really demoralising to hard working teachers and their assistants and I am not, and have never been, concerned about their education as I am sure they are in good hands. Ofsted is sweeping across Harlow like a disease, putting our so called 'failing' schools into Special Measures, so that they are forced in to becoming Academies. Although I can only speak for myself, and my children's progress, I would urge anyone who was considering enrolling their children at Latton Green not to just take the Ofsted report as a decision maker for your choice, as it is, and always has been, in my opinion, a good school, with great staff, who have the pupils needs and education at the top of their list of priorities, unlike Ofsteds box ticking exercise which seems to be on their agenda as soon as they see a 'Harlow' address attached to it. I may seem very biased, but would like to ensure anyone who gets to read this post, that I have no links to the school other than having children who attend it. I am very committed to giving praise to this school as I do believe that Ofsted have put a very muddy stamp all over it and the Head Teacher, who also has spent many dedicated years with Latton Green and who has also been completely committed to her job. If you are in to league tables then you will be on Ofsteds Christmas list, if you like myself, want good solid Primary school education, I can't think of another school in Harlow that I would want my children to attend.