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    slickchick wrote:
    Rowratty's quotes from the OFSTED report give a possible explanation why the 6th form students were not achieving their potential. It looks as if the schools management reaction to the report is to the blame to the students. My reading of the OFSTED report is that teaching standards and the general management of the 6th form classes required improvement. The 6th form contract section 2 states that: "2. There are several ‘reporting points’ throughout the course of the year, that if I am not satisfying my teachers with effort and achievement I will be asked to leave The Highcrest Academy." Did the teachers use the reporting points tell the students that they were not meeting the required standards? Did the teachers offer any help and advice on what they had to do to improve? Who made the decision to tell the students to leave? Was it the class teachers or did the school management tell the teachers to dismiss their pupils? Does Highcrest have a student appraisal procedure to deal with low attainment or behaviour problems? If they have a formal appraisal procedure, was it used when making these decisions to dismiss the students?
    What a load of old cobblers. The students are already given the opportunity they do not get at other schools e.g. to go to 6th form and have the opportunity to go on to college or University. Is the 6th form of 90 students so awful in asking 4 to leave ? If it were all so bad why don't parents send their children to the grammar 6th forms where they can get D'S then? They don't want them and it is only D in case there is an outlying weakness. They will mostly get A or B.
    Sickchick and Mr Ratty are you disaffected staff by any chance? Sounds Like it, missed out on a promotion maybe? Good luck to the 90 sixth formers who are making an effort."
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'Students kicked out of Highcrest because pass grades would made it look bad'

Bucks Free Press: 'Students kicked out of Highcrest because pass grades would made it look bad' 'Students kicked out of Highcrest because pass grades would made it look bad'

PARENTS have claimed their children were thrown out of Highcrest’s Sixth Form because their predicted pass grades would ‘not look good on the academy’.

Two parents approached the Free Press to say seven youngsters were told their Sixth Form place at Highcrest was being revoked because their grades were not of the required standard.

A parent, who did not wish to be named, said her 18-year-old son was on course for a pass mark and not the distinction Highcrest was looking for.

She said: “They are crushing the children's self confidence – if they’re on for a pass they should motivate them and say ‘you need to put in more’.

“They are wasting a child's whole year. They are not going to get in anywhere else at this stage of the school year - it's totally unfair.

“We asked why there hadn’t been a warning, as teachers are supposed to help them, and they used the words ‘it’s not good for the school’.

“I asked, so are they just numbers on a piece of paper to you then and not students you are supposed to help? They said ‘we can’t comment’.

"They're doing it to save their own skin and to make themselves look nice for Ofsted next year."

A 17-year-old student who had been kicked out of the academy said the snub has left her feeling ‘useless, broken and not wanted’.

The student, who also asked not to be named, is still fighting to reclaim her place but said she was shocked at the way she was treated by staff.

She said staff would not speak to her when she went up to the Hatters Lane-based academy to discuss the issue and later refused to change their mind despite not having an up-to-date report on her progress.

She added: “As dedicated individuals, we believe that no student should be asked to leave if they are underachieving - instead the school should support us and motivate us to get the grades required.

“Kicking Sixth Formers out will not help them make the school better [in the eyes of Ofsted].

“Highcrest tells its students that they are entering a place to succeed. Its mission statement is to ‘learn and achieve’ - but how can we do that if we are not given the chance?”

The BFP contacted Highcrest but it refused to confirm or deny the claims, stating: “We do not comment on individuals or small groups of students who may then be identifiable to the local community.

"Whatever actions we take are always in the best interests of individual students.”

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