Pupils set up Facebook campaign following Ofsted report

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PUPILS worried about some of their teachers getting sacked, following a disappointing Ofsted report, have set up a Facebook page calling for a fightback.

But Holmer Green Senior School head teacher, Mike Jones, said misinformation has been leaked to pupils.

Mr Jones said a confidential process is currently taking place over leadership restructuring at the school, but not regarding teaching.

Following a January Ofsted visit the academy was downgraded from a 'good' to a 'requires improvement' rating.

Mr Jones said: "At the moment the school is going through a senior leadership restructure process.

"It is a confidential process.

"It is very much in line to improve leadership aspects highlighted in the Ofsted report.

"We need to do a restructure to move towards good or better."

The Facebook page has been set up by Year 11 pupils called The HGSS Fightback.

A recent post read: "This page is fighting for all of the teachers losing their jobs for no reason, this page is to help all years not just year 11."

They said they want to get the whole school to support the cause to keep teachers and were planning various rallies.

But Mr Jones said he has met with Year 11 pupils and tried as far as he can to explain.

He added: "My message to them, with my hand on my heart, is every member of staff at this school - their main priority is to help and support them and get the best results they can."

He said much of the information being leaked to pupils was incorrect, and was causing distress.

Mr Jones added: "I was aware that things have been leaked to the children. It is awful that an adult or group would think of doing that."

He said he will pass on the outcome of the process in due course and and the results will be in effect by September, at the latest.

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9:06pm Thu 20 Mar 14

noddyfisher says...

My kids attend the school and have been coming home with all sorts of stories, that the two deputy heads and head of English have been given the boot! Perhaps the school could find the time and have the courtesy to inform the parents at some time! The kids are very twitchy at the moment and have are obviously concerned if they are to lose their teachers, they are also trying to get through exams!. If the information that has 'leaked'??!! is incorrect , then reassure all of us and tell us what on earth is going on, pupils and parents! There is clear discontentment at the school, but a car is only ever as good as its driver. Maybe the wrong people are leaving!
My kids attend the school and have been coming home with all sorts of stories, that the two deputy heads and head of English have been given the boot! Perhaps the school could find the time and have the courtesy to inform the parents at some time! The kids are very twitchy at the moment and have are obviously concerned if they are to lose their teachers, they are also trying to get through exams!. If the information that has 'leaked'??!! is incorrect , then reassure all of us and tell us what on earth is going on, pupils and parents! There is clear discontentment at the school, but a car is only ever as good as its driver. Maybe the wrong people are leaving! noddyfisher
  • Score: 27

11:19pm Thu 20 Mar 14

rubymoon says...

I to have a daughter in year eleven. I have read this article and am shocked at what is happening to Holmer Green. My daughter should be concentrating on her exams, not worrying about losing key teachers or whether it is worth her coming back to a school for sixth form when it is in such a state. Why on earth is the headteacher contemplating 'restructure' at such a sensitive time for his students. These leader's are teacher's are they not? So of course it will affect teaching. Where are the governor's?Why when we asked for their details were we refused them? I suggest that the head teacher calls an emergency meeting for parents and explains himself in a proper manner, not through the press. This is no longer a 'confidential process' If the names that have been mentioned are the ones that are going then someone has made a huge mistake, this needs to be put right immediately. What was the misinformation Mr Jones? I pressume by that no one is going, because we need to know now so that we know where to send our children when the exams are over.September will be to late.
I to have a daughter in year eleven. I have read this article and am shocked at what is happening to Holmer Green. My daughter should be concentrating on her exams, not worrying about losing key teachers or whether it is worth her coming back to a school for sixth form when it is in such a state. Why on earth is the headteacher contemplating 'restructure' at such a sensitive time for his students. These leader's are teacher's are they not? So of course it will affect teaching. Where are the governor's?Why when we asked for their details were we refused them? I suggest that the head teacher calls an emergency meeting for parents and explains himself in a proper manner, not through the press. This is no longer a 'confidential process' If the names that have been mentioned are the ones that are going then someone has made a huge mistake, this needs to be put right immediately. What was the misinformation Mr Jones? I pressume by that no one is going, because we need to know now so that we know where to send our children when the exams are over.September will be to late. rubymoon
  • Score: 21

10:04am Fri 21 Mar 14

Mrbiggles says...

My son goes to this school. If Mrs Lindsay and Tack are removed from this school my son will no longer attend. Two key teachers being forced out? If the rumours are true then the wrong decision has been made. This school needs to sort it out. This head teacher needs to sort HIS school out. I've heard about a girl who attends this school who chose 3 sciences for A-Level and now they have nowhere to go as the subjects have been dropped. Surely the pupils should be put first in front of everything but that does not seem to be the case at this school. What happened to Achievement and opportunity for all?
My son goes to this school. If Mrs Lindsay and Tack are removed from this school my son will no longer attend. Two key teachers being forced out? If the rumours are true then the wrong decision has been made. This school needs to sort it out. This head teacher needs to sort HIS school out. I've heard about a girl who attends this school who chose 3 sciences for A-Level and now they have nowhere to go as the subjects have been dropped. Surely the pupils should be put first in front of everything but that does not seem to be the case at this school. What happened to Achievement and opportunity for all? Mrbiggles
  • Score: 26

6:17pm Fri 21 Mar 14

WidmerLady says...

I have both a daughter presently at the school and a friend of mine is an ex-governer. My daughter cant tell me anything more because she says her teachers have all been told that if they say anything more then they will lose their jobs. The last we heard this week was that Mrs Dobbs, Mrs Tack and Mrs Lindsey have all lost their jobs already. These three (who also teach) are the most kind, hard working, competent people you will ever meet and are guilty of nothing more than helping kids (mine included) get their grades and succeed. Apparently the headteacher hasn't included himself in the restructure or in the response to the inspection. These sackings are an outrage and I canot understand how this is being allowed to happen. What next? Oh, the shutdown of the sixth form appears to have already started. I simply canot understand why the headteacher is being allowed to implode our school and I fear for my daughters education and wellbeing. I will be writing to Mr Jones (or maybe the governers - oh no I cant they have hidden their contact details) to let him know my feelings and I think everyone with an interest in the community of Holmer green should do the same.
I have both a daughter presently at the school and a friend of mine is an ex-governer. My daughter cant tell me anything more because she says her teachers have all been told that if they say anything more then they will lose their jobs. The last we heard this week was that Mrs Dobbs, Mrs Tack and Mrs Lindsey have all lost their jobs already. These three (who also teach) are the most kind, hard working, competent people you will ever meet and are guilty of nothing more than helping kids (mine included) get their grades and succeed. Apparently the headteacher hasn't included himself in the restructure or in the response to the inspection. These sackings are an outrage and I canot understand how this is being allowed to happen. What next? Oh, the shutdown of the sixth form appears to have already started. I simply canot understand why the headteacher is being allowed to implode our school and I fear for my daughters education and wellbeing. I will be writing to Mr Jones (or maybe the governers - oh no I cant they have hidden their contact details) to let him know my feelings and I think everyone with an interest in the community of Holmer green should do the same. WidmerLady
  • Score: 24

7:13pm Fri 21 Mar 14

strangerthanfiction says...

A Chinese proverb says "A fish rots from the head". Do the math.
A Chinese proverb says "A fish rots from the head". Do the math. strangerthanfiction
  • Score: 13

8:54pm Fri 21 Mar 14

nothappyatall says...

I can not believe what I am reading or what I have heard. Who is supporting the head's decisions? The governors? I don't know, I can't ask, I have been told by the school I cannot contact them! Why? My son is in year eleven, he is surrounded by obviously distressed staff who are working flat out to get them the grades, but lead by a man happy to force out some of his best people? Who is challenging this? I will not be sending my son for 6th form, what kind of school can't offer any of the sciences for A level? Rubymoon asks about misinformation. Good question, what have the parents and pupils heard that is incorrect? Put this right now or the few parents and no doubt staff you still have on side will be lost or gone forever.
I can not believe what I am reading or what I have heard. Who is supporting the head's decisions? The governors? I don't know, I can't ask, I have been told by the school I cannot contact them! Why? My son is in year eleven, he is surrounded by obviously distressed staff who are working flat out to get them the grades, but lead by a man happy to force out some of his best people? Who is challenging this? I will not be sending my son for 6th form, what kind of school can't offer any of the sciences for A level? Rubymoon asks about misinformation. Good question, what have the parents and pupils heard that is incorrect? Put this right now or the few parents and no doubt staff you still have on side will be lost or gone forever. nothappyatall
  • Score: 15

9:22am Sat 22 Mar 14

Walter W says...

I am a parent with two children at Holmer Green. My children have not been taught by any of the Teachers mentioned by WidmerLady so I feel I cannot comment about these teachers personally. I must point out that Mr Jones has given his assurance that no teachers are affected by this restructure, and as these three are teachers this leads me to believe that this restructuring process does not include Mrs Tack, Mrs Lyndsey, or Mrs Dobbs? Children have obviously heard rumours at School, but we must be careful that the information that they convey in their forum is correct, and our response as parents does not become hysterical. Please read the article again. “Mr Jones said a confidential process is currently taking place over leadership restructuring at the school, BUT NOT REGARDING TEACHING.” I am unfamiliar with structure of the Leadership Staff, but get the impression from this article that it is probably non-teaching staff who are sadly facing redundancy.
I am a parent with two children at Holmer Green. My children have not been taught by any of the Teachers mentioned by WidmerLady so I feel I cannot comment about these teachers personally. I must point out that Mr Jones has given his assurance that no teachers are affected by this restructure, and as these three are teachers this leads me to believe that this restructuring process does not include Mrs Tack, Mrs Lyndsey, or Mrs Dobbs? Children have obviously heard rumours at School, but we must be careful that the information that they convey in their forum is correct, and our response as parents does not become hysterical. Please read the article again. “Mr Jones said a confidential process is currently taking place over leadership restructuring at the school, BUT NOT REGARDING TEACHING.” I am unfamiliar with structure of the Leadership Staff, but get the impression from this article that it is probably non-teaching staff who are sadly facing redundancy. Walter W
  • Score: -4

11:17am Sat 22 Mar 14

Taxi Driver 10 says...

Taxi for Michael Jones
Taxi for Michael Jones Taxi Driver 10
  • Score: 9

1:04pm Sat 22 Mar 14

rubymoon says...

I agree with Walter W in so much as as adults we can not get 'Hysterical' over this situation and I do not believe as adults that we would. I know that the teachers mentioned are teachers aswell as being on the leadership team as they both teach my daughter and one has been doing the speaking and listening exams and teaches sixth form.All we are asking for is honesty and for Mr Jones to respect the parents,students and staff of HGSS by standing up and clearing this up. He needs to clarify who will be going and who will be staying so that we can all get on with the important bit. The educating of our children,with the best teachers available to do that job. That has to include the teachers that have been named.
I agree with Walter W in so much as as adults we can not get 'Hysterical' over this situation and I do not believe as adults that we would. I know that the teachers mentioned are teachers aswell as being on the leadership team as they both teach my daughter and one has been doing the speaking and listening exams and teaches sixth form.All we are asking for is honesty and for Mr Jones to respect the parents,students and staff of HGSS by standing up and clearing this up. He needs to clarify who will be going and who will be staying so that we can all get on with the important bit. The educating of our children,with the best teachers available to do that job. That has to include the teachers that have been named. rubymoon
  • Score: 4

8:02am Mon 24 Mar 14

JoeThomp80 says...

Mr Jones, as the author David Brin said: “When it comes to privacy and accountability, people always demand the former for themselves and the latter for everyone else.” The circumstances and secrecy surrounding this "confidential process" only heighten any "misinformation leaked." What's going on and why please?
Mr Jones, as the author David Brin said: “When it comes to privacy and accountability, people always demand the former for themselves and the latter for everyone else.” The circumstances and secrecy surrounding this "confidential process" only heighten any "misinformation leaked." What's going on and why please? JoeThomp80
  • Score: 8

9:42am Mon 24 Mar 14

housewife34 says...

Unfortunately we do need more answers from the school it sounds like a case of burying your head in the sand, if things do not improve they will put the school into special measures, so much needs to be done but personally the behaviour of all pupils need to be addressed ASAP get rid of behaviour points its not working and means nothing the kids know this and exploit it everyday teaching standards need to rise and less parental teaching assistants doing jobs where more senior teachers need to be and stop the English IGCSE exam it's ridiculous my child never passed it and is now re sitting the AQA English GCSE and doing very well.
Unfortunately we do need more answers from the school it sounds like a case of burying your head in the sand, if things do not improve they will put the school into special measures, so much needs to be done but personally the behaviour of all pupils need to be addressed ASAP get rid of behaviour points its not working and means nothing the kids know this and exploit it everyday teaching standards need to rise and less parental teaching assistants doing jobs where more senior teachers need to be and stop the English IGCSE exam it's ridiculous my child never passed it and is now re sitting the AQA English GCSE and doing very well. housewife34
  • Score: 3

7:43pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Teacher 2014 says...

Walter W wrote:
I am a parent with two children at Holmer Green. My children have not been taught by any of the Teachers mentioned by WidmerLady so I feel I cannot comment about these teachers personally. I must point out that Mr Jones has given his assurance that no teachers are affected by this restructure, and as these three are teachers this leads me to believe that this restructuring process does not include Mrs Tack, Mrs Lyndsey, or Mrs Dobbs? Children have obviously heard rumours at School, but we must be careful that the information that they convey in their forum is correct, and our response as parents does not become hysterical. Please read the article again. “Mr Jones said a confidential process is currently taking place over leadership restructuring at the school, BUT NOT REGARDING TEACHING.” I am unfamiliar with structure of the Leadership Staff, but get the impression from this article that it is probably non-teaching staff who are sadly facing redundancy.
Sadly it is senior teaching staff who are being made redundant, the decision is already made for two - their appeal is due very soon! Yes teachers and pupils are discontent and demoralised at the moment, teachers were not clearly or fully informed before this 'restructuring' was suddenly announced, the same with the 6th form changes!. Many of us will lose hours/days and some may face redundancy if 6th form does not run and students will have to quickly review their plans. What message does this send to pupils, if staff do not know what is going on. However, I don't think there is one member of staff at Holmer Green, that doesn't have the pupil's welfare at their heart - including Mr Jones, we can only assume that he has been very poorly advised by his financial experts and some governors! But certainly, the uncertainty at the moment is distressing us all. Parent power is a wonderful thing, keep it up!

Teacher
[quote][p][bold]Walter W[/bold] wrote: I am a parent with two children at Holmer Green. My children have not been taught by any of the Teachers mentioned by WidmerLady so I feel I cannot comment about these teachers personally. I must point out that Mr Jones has given his assurance that no teachers are affected by this restructure, and as these three are teachers this leads me to believe that this restructuring process does not include Mrs Tack, Mrs Lyndsey, or Mrs Dobbs? Children have obviously heard rumours at School, but we must be careful that the information that they convey in their forum is correct, and our response as parents does not become hysterical. Please read the article again. “Mr Jones said a confidential process is currently taking place over leadership restructuring at the school, BUT NOT REGARDING TEACHING.” I am unfamiliar with structure of the Leadership Staff, but get the impression from this article that it is probably non-teaching staff who are sadly facing redundancy.[/p][/quote]Sadly it is senior teaching staff who are being made redundant, the decision is already made for two - their appeal is due very soon! Yes teachers and pupils are discontent and demoralised at the moment, teachers were not clearly or fully informed before this 'restructuring' was suddenly announced, the same with the 6th form changes!. Many of us will lose hours/days and some may face redundancy if 6th form does not run and students will have to quickly review their plans. What message does this send to pupils, if staff do not know what is going on. However, I don't think there is one member of staff at Holmer Green, that doesn't have the pupil's welfare at their heart - including Mr Jones, we can only assume that he has been very poorly advised by his financial experts and some governors! But certainly, the uncertainty at the moment is distressing us all. Parent power is a wonderful thing, keep it up! Teacher Teacher 2014
  • Score: 10

10:59am Tue 25 Mar 14

qwerty95 says...

rubymoon wrote:
I to have a daughter in year eleven. I have read this article and am shocked at what is happening to Holmer Green. My daughter should be concentrating on her exams, not worrying about losing key teachers or whether it is worth her coming back to a school for sixth form when it is in such a state. Why on earth is the headteacher contemplating 'restructure' at such a sensitive time for his students. These leader's are teacher's are they not? So of course it will affect teaching. Where are the governor's?Why when we asked for their details were we refused them? I suggest that the head teacher calls an emergency meeting for parents and explains himself in a proper manner, not through the press. This is no longer a 'confidential process' If the names that have been mentioned are the ones that are going then someone has made a huge mistake, this needs to be put right immediately. What was the misinformation Mr Jones? I pressume by that no one is going, because we need to know now so that we know where to send our children when the exams are over.September will be to late.
There are going to be sensitive times throughout the whole school year, get a grip!!!
[quote][p][bold]rubymoon[/bold] wrote: I to have a daughter in year eleven. I have read this article and am shocked at what is happening to Holmer Green. My daughter should be concentrating on her exams, not worrying about losing key teachers or whether it is worth her coming back to a school for sixth form when it is in such a state. Why on earth is the headteacher contemplating 'restructure' at such a sensitive time for his students. These leader's are teacher's are they not? So of course it will affect teaching. Where are the governor's?Why when we asked for their details were we refused them? I suggest that the head teacher calls an emergency meeting for parents and explains himself in a proper manner, not through the press. This is no longer a 'confidential process' If the names that have been mentioned are the ones that are going then someone has made a huge mistake, this needs to be put right immediately. What was the misinformation Mr Jones? I pressume by that no one is going, because we need to know now so that we know where to send our children when the exams are over.September will be to late.[/p][/quote]There are going to be sensitive times throughout the whole school year, get a grip!!! qwerty95
  • Score: -2

12:00pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Taxi Driver 10 says...

There is one person who must take responsibility for this current implosion. It is unbelievable and shocking. He is taking the school down and he's not finished yet - special measures are odds on following his latest bunglings and the potential loss of 2 superb teachers and leaders at his behest. Will the man with the kipper tie accept responsibility and move on or will he seek to blame others? Taxi's still waiting.
There is one person who must take responsibility for this current implosion. It is unbelievable and shocking. He is taking the school down and he's not finished yet - special measures are odds on following his latest bunglings and the potential loss of 2 superb teachers and leaders at his behest. Will the man with the kipper tie accept responsibility and move on or will he seek to blame others? Taxi's still waiting. Taxi Driver 10
  • Score: 5

1:33pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Bajina says...

Teacher 2014,
Yes, record shows and Ofsted agree, Mr Jones & Staff do indeed have welfare of pupil at heart.
May i mention please, Governors may not and must not advise school professionals on staffing. Governors review and monitor school actions. Any Governor attempting to run a school will destabilize the school, which is the last thing HGSS needs at the moment.
Generally, on the Ofsted's in High Wycombe, the number of Secondary Moderns given Requires Improvement or Special Needs is of great concern. This is now out of control. In the old days, we the common Joe, would have whined and mourned at Bucks County Council, but not now.
Teacher 2014, Yes, record shows and Ofsted agree, Mr Jones & Staff do indeed have welfare of pupil at heart. May i mention please, Governors may not and must not advise school professionals on staffing. Governors review and monitor school actions. Any Governor attempting to run a school will destabilize the school, which is the last thing HGSS needs at the moment. Generally, on the Ofsted's in High Wycombe, the number of Secondary Moderns given Requires Improvement or Special Needs is of great concern. This is now out of control. In the old days, we the common Joe, would have whined and mourned at Bucks County Council, but not now. Bajina
  • Score: 0

2:31pm Tue 25 Mar 14

qwerty95 says...

sorry, but its all rumours about teachers leaving and who it is. as for one of these teachers supposedly about to be made redundant, she is close to retirement so this may well be her own choice! however - do not forget hgss was under mr jones when they had their last great ofsted report. i also think if 'teacher 2014' who is commenting on this, is indeed a teacher at hgss, they are extremely unprofessional leaking any of this information, and maybe it was you who leaked this to the kids in the first place, and got this stupid rumours into overdrive, making the kids more concerned over the school many of them may now be leaving, to continue to other colleges, instead of focusing on their exams!!!!!!
sorry, but its all rumours about teachers leaving and who it is. as for one of these teachers supposedly about to be made redundant, she is close to retirement so this may well be her own choice! however - do not forget hgss was under mr jones when they had their last great ofsted report. i also think if 'teacher 2014' who is commenting on this, is indeed a teacher at hgss, they are extremely unprofessional leaking any of this information, and maybe it was you who leaked this to the kids in the first place, and got this stupid rumours into overdrive, making the kids more concerned over the school many of them may now be leaving, to continue to other colleges, instead of focusing on their exams!!!!!! qwerty95
  • Score: -5

3:38pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Taxi Driver 10 says...

qwerty95 wrote:
sorry, but its all rumours about teachers leaving and who it is. as for one of these teachers supposedly about to be made redundant, she is close to retirement so this may well be her own choice! however - do not forget hgss was under mr jones when they had their last great ofsted report. i also think if 'teacher 2014' who is commenting on this, is indeed a teacher at hgss, they are extremely unprofessional leaking any of this information, and maybe it was you who leaked this to the kids in the first place, and got this stupid rumours into overdrive, making the kids more concerned over the school many of them may now be leaving, to continue to other colleges, instead of focusing on their exams!!!!!!
So if teacher 2014 is unprofessional what do you call the Head speaking to the press about a matter that's supposed to be confidential? No doubt we'll find out who is speaking the truth soon enough.
[quote][p][bold]qwerty95[/bold] wrote: sorry, but its all rumours about teachers leaving and who it is. as for one of these teachers supposedly about to be made redundant, she is close to retirement so this may well be her own choice! however - do not forget hgss was under mr jones when they had their last great ofsted report. i also think if 'teacher 2014' who is commenting on this, is indeed a teacher at hgss, they are extremely unprofessional leaking any of this information, and maybe it was you who leaked this to the kids in the first place, and got this stupid rumours into overdrive, making the kids more concerned over the school many of them may now be leaving, to continue to other colleges, instead of focusing on their exams!!!!!![/p][/quote]So if teacher 2014 is unprofessional what do you call the Head speaking to the press about a matter that's supposed to be confidential? No doubt we'll find out who is speaking the truth soon enough. Taxi Driver 10
  • Score: 2

5:39pm Tue 25 Mar 14

rubymoon says...

qwerty95.Couple of questions for you.
one; Why would I not have concerns about my daughter's education at a school that is quite obviously in turmoil?
two. Why out of all the comments raised by others are you telling me to "get a grip", have I hit a nerve?
three; Why would you feel you have the right to say that one of the teacher's is close to retirement. That should have nothing to do with this.Apart from that the last time I had parents evening with the teachers named, none of them looked close to retirement to me.........
I commend the bravery of the teacher that has come forward and said this in a public forum. It gives us the chance to ask the questions before it is to late to act. You say that the kids should be concentrating on their exams, yet you tell me to get a grip when I have said the same.
Why do you not test the theory,ring the school and ask for direct contact with one of the governors. You may have better luck than us parents that have tried, because we are still waiting for our replies from them. They are accountable for what happens at HGSS, All we have been asking for is an explanation in a meeting as is our right. Maybe if they had done that in the first place then none of the above would have been necessary.I wish the staff at HGSS the very best of luck. You and the students deserve better treatment than this.
qwerty95.Couple of questions for you. one; Why would I not have concerns about my daughter's education at a school that is quite obviously in turmoil? two. Why out of all the comments raised by others are you telling me to "get a grip", have I hit a nerve? three; Why would you feel you have the right to say that one of the teacher's is close to retirement. That should have nothing to do with this.Apart from that the last time I had parents evening with the teachers named, none of them looked close to retirement to me......... I commend the bravery of the teacher that has come forward and said this in a public forum. It gives us the chance to ask the questions before it is to late to act. You say that the kids should be concentrating on their exams, yet you tell me to get a grip when I have said the same. Why do you not test the theory,ring the school and ask for direct contact with one of the governors. You may have better luck than us parents that have tried, because we are still waiting for our replies from them. They are accountable for what happens at HGSS, All we have been asking for is an explanation in a meeting as is our right. Maybe if they had done that in the first place then none of the above would have been necessary.I wish the staff at HGSS the very best of luck. You and the students deserve better treatment than this. rubymoon
  • Score: 1

8:47pm Tue 25 Mar 14

strangerthanfiction says...

What on earth is going on in this GOOD school? The governors and the head have knee jerked a response to Ofsted which is completely unnecessary. They are fundamentally messing with students education and the careers of passionate and committed staff. It's an absolute disgrace but the sad reflection of the pressure that Gove is putting on head teachers and schools to be run like businesses. Mr. Jones isn't a business man which is why he's seriously mishandling this process and the job he now faces is too big for him.
What on earth is going on in this GOOD school? The governors and the head have knee jerked a response to Ofsted which is completely unnecessary. They are fundamentally messing with students education and the careers of passionate and committed staff. It's an absolute disgrace but the sad reflection of the pressure that Gove is putting on head teachers and schools to be run like businesses. Mr. Jones isn't a business man which is why he's seriously mishandling this process and the job he now faces is too big for him. strangerthanfiction
  • Score: 7

10:51pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Teacher 2014 says...

Bajina wrote:
Teacher 2014,
Yes, record shows and Ofsted agree, Mr Jones & Staff do indeed have welfare of pupil at heart.
May i mention please, Governors may not and must not advise school professionals on staffing. Governors review and monitor school actions. Any Governor attempting to run a school will destabilize the school, which is the last thing HGSS needs at the moment.
Generally, on the Ofsted's in High Wycombe, the number of Secondary Moderns given Requires Improvement or Special Needs is of great concern. This is now out of control. In the old days, we the common Joe, would have whined and mourned at Bucks County Council, but not now.
Absolutely - the goal posts are constantly shifted and we're supposed to teach and care for the students as well as put into place every new idea, Government, Ofsted and Management decide to throw our way. So now, a good school that achieved 'Good with Outstanding' for its last Ofsted is suddenly rated 'Needs to Improve', throwing the school into chaos. How does that help teachers improve (if they needed to at all???). We now have teachers and support staff who are exhausted and demoralised. The pupils are unsettled and poor behaviour has ramped up accordingly, creating more work.

Tired but smiling!!
[quote][p][bold]Bajina[/bold] wrote: Teacher 2014, Yes, record shows and Ofsted agree, Mr Jones & Staff do indeed have welfare of pupil at heart. May i mention please, Governors may not and must not advise school professionals on staffing. Governors review and monitor school actions. Any Governor attempting to run a school will destabilize the school, which is the last thing HGSS needs at the moment. Generally, on the Ofsted's in High Wycombe, the number of Secondary Moderns given Requires Improvement or Special Needs is of great concern. This is now out of control. In the old days, we the common Joe, would have whined and mourned at Bucks County Council, but not now.[/p][/quote]Absolutely - the goal posts are constantly shifted and we're supposed to teach and care for the students as well as put into place every new idea, Government, Ofsted and Management decide to throw our way. So now, a good school that achieved 'Good with Outstanding' for its last Ofsted is suddenly rated 'Needs to Improve', throwing the school into chaos. How does that help teachers improve (if they needed to at all???). We now have teachers and support staff who are exhausted and demoralised. The pupils are unsettled and poor behaviour has ramped up accordingly, creating more work. Tired but smiling!! Teacher 2014
  • Score: 0

12:25am Wed 26 Mar 14

qwerty95 says...

Taxi Driver 10 wrote:
qwerty95 wrote:
sorry, but its all rumours about teachers leaving and who it is. as for one of these teachers supposedly about to be made redundant, she is close to retirement so this may well be her own choice! however - do not forget hgss was under mr jones when they had their last great ofsted report. i also think if 'teacher 2014' who is commenting on this, is indeed a teacher at hgss, they are extremely unprofessional leaking any of this information, and maybe it was you who leaked this to the kids in the first place, and got this stupid rumours into overdrive, making the kids more concerned over the school many of them may now be leaving, to continue to other colleges, instead of focusing on their exams!!!!!!
So if teacher 2014 is unprofessional what do you call the Head speaking to the press about a matter that's supposed to be confidential? No doubt we'll find out who is speaking the truth soon enough.
He wasn't exactly speaking to press - he was responding to the press enquiring. Let's face facts, if it said on this article that he had declined to comment, how many of you would have been angry about that, he's trying to put to bed any rumours.
[quote][p][bold]Taxi Driver 10[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]qwerty95[/bold] wrote: sorry, but its all rumours about teachers leaving and who it is. as for one of these teachers supposedly about to be made redundant, she is close to retirement so this may well be her own choice! however - do not forget hgss was under mr jones when they had their last great ofsted report. i also think if 'teacher 2014' who is commenting on this, is indeed a teacher at hgss, they are extremely unprofessional leaking any of this information, and maybe it was you who leaked this to the kids in the first place, and got this stupid rumours into overdrive, making the kids more concerned over the school many of them may now be leaving, to continue to other colleges, instead of focusing on their exams!!!!!![/p][/quote]So if teacher 2014 is unprofessional what do you call the Head speaking to the press about a matter that's supposed to be confidential? No doubt we'll find out who is speaking the truth soon enough.[/p][/quote]He wasn't exactly speaking to press - he was responding to the press enquiring. Let's face facts, if it said on this article that he had declined to comment, how many of you would have been angry about that, he's trying to put to bed any rumours. qwerty95
  • Score: 3

12:42am Wed 26 Mar 14

qwerty95 says...

rubymoon wrote:
qwerty95.Couple of questions for you.
one; Why would I not have concerns about my daughter's education at a school that is quite obviously in turmoil?
two. Why out of all the comments raised by others are you telling me to "get a grip", have I hit a nerve?
three; Why would you feel you have the right to say that one of the teacher's is close to retirement. That should have nothing to do with this.Apart from that the last time I had parents evening with the teachers named, none of them looked close to retirement to me.........
I commend the bravery of the teacher that has come forward and said this in a public forum. It gives us the chance to ask the questions before it is to late to act. You say that the kids should be concentrating on their exams, yet you tell me to get a grip when I have said the same.
Why do you not test the theory,ring the school and ask for direct contact with one of the governors. You may have better luck than us parents that have tried, because we are still waiting for our replies from them. They are accountable for what happens at HGSS, All we have been asking for is an explanation in a meeting as is our right. Maybe if they had done that in the first place then none of the above would have been necessary.I wish the staff at HGSS the very best of luck. You and the students deserve better treatment than this.
Firstly, your beginning question, I never said you shouldn't have concern.
Second, I said get a grip due to the fact throughout the school year, there will be different periods which will be a big stage in whichever year, so I though it was ridiculous. I also felt other comments were silly however I cannot comment on them all - so no, no nerve struck there. 3 - I think you will find one teacher mentioned here (I think no teachers should have been mentioned personally except Mike Jones) IS close to retirement (she told us so when teaching is just last year) and that DOES come into it if a staff member is leaving, and it's assumed their being made redundant. However, obviously I do not know if this is the case, I'm just stating that every year I was at that school, new teachers and old, came and went at the end of each term, many leaving in the summer, I have just left year 3 with 3 A-Levels, and 11 GCSEs. I'm currently doing a degree at university. (Obviously the school didn't treat me too badly) Lastly, you say this teacher may be brave, however they remain 'anonymous', no really proof they are a teacher at the school or a teacher feeding us information when they may not been senior member of staff and have a clue what is ACTUALLY happening. At the end of the day, I think that this Facebook page is just drawing all the wrong attention to the school, and yes I agree that kids and parents need to be fed the correct information but I think a lot of it is rumours, which are being spread by members if staff at the school. If it is as serious as thought, then I do think they maybe don't actually know at the moment or answers would have been given seeing as they are in such high demand!

(I do come in peace, just worried about the reputation of what really is a very good school!)
[quote][p][bold]rubymoon[/bold] wrote: qwerty95.Couple of questions for you. one; Why would I not have concerns about my daughter's education at a school that is quite obviously in turmoil? two. Why out of all the comments raised by others are you telling me to "get a grip", have I hit a nerve? three; Why would you feel you have the right to say that one of the teacher's is close to retirement. That should have nothing to do with this.Apart from that the last time I had parents evening with the teachers named, none of them looked close to retirement to me......... I commend the bravery of the teacher that has come forward and said this in a public forum. It gives us the chance to ask the questions before it is to late to act. You say that the kids should be concentrating on their exams, yet you tell me to get a grip when I have said the same. Why do you not test the theory,ring the school and ask for direct contact with one of the governors. You may have better luck than us parents that have tried, because we are still waiting for our replies from them. They are accountable for what happens at HGSS, All we have been asking for is an explanation in a meeting as is our right. Maybe if they had done that in the first place then none of the above would have been necessary.I wish the staff at HGSS the very best of luck. You and the students deserve better treatment than this.[/p][/quote]Firstly, your beginning question, I never said you shouldn't have concern. Second, I said get a grip due to the fact throughout the school year, there will be different periods which will be a big stage in whichever year, so I though it was ridiculous. I also felt other comments were silly however I cannot comment on them all - so no, no nerve struck there. 3 - I think you will find one teacher mentioned here (I think no teachers should have been mentioned personally except Mike Jones) IS close to retirement (she told us so when teaching is just last year) and that DOES come into it if a staff member is leaving, and it's assumed their being made redundant. However, obviously I do not know if this is the case, I'm just stating that every year I was at that school, new teachers and old, came and went at the end of each term, many leaving in the summer, I have just left year 3 with 3 A-Levels, and 11 GCSEs. I'm currently doing a degree at university. (Obviously the school didn't treat me too badly) Lastly, you say this teacher may be brave, however they remain 'anonymous', no really proof they are a teacher at the school or a teacher feeding us information when they may not been senior member of staff and have a clue what is ACTUALLY happening. At the end of the day, I think that this Facebook page is just drawing all the wrong attention to the school, and yes I agree that kids and parents need to be fed the correct information but I think a lot of it is rumours, which are being spread by members if staff at the school. If it is as serious as thought, then I do think they maybe don't actually know at the moment or answers would have been given seeing as they are in such high demand! (I do come in peace, just worried about the reputation of what really is a very good school!) qwerty95
  • Score: 4

6:21pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Sage14 says...

Qwerty95 could do better ! Your spelling and grammar after seven years at HGSS needs attention.
On a serious note, this whole sorry episode could have been handled in a more professional and sensitive manner. I am sure Mr Jones cares about his pupils but he is a teacher not a business leader. I know from personal experience at other schools that "Business Managers " and Governors wield a lot of power behind the scenes . As an Academy , the Principal becomes almost a figurehead . Could this be happening here ? I very much doubt that the decision makers are high calibre and accomplished individuals or the school would not be in this mess. What is particularly worrying is the climate of fear and teachers afraid/unable to ask pertinent questions for fear of losing their jobs. How can Mr Jones continue in his role when by all accounts he has lost staff support ? Why the wall of silence for concerned parents ? I feel very sorry for the students sitting crucial exams in two months time , they don't need added stress.
Qwerty95 could do better ! Your spelling and grammar after seven years at HGSS needs attention. On a serious note, this whole sorry episode could have been handled in a more professional and sensitive manner. I am sure Mr Jones cares about his pupils but he is a teacher not a business leader. I know from personal experience at other schools that "Business Managers " and Governors wield a lot of power behind the scenes . As an Academy , the Principal becomes almost a figurehead . Could this be happening here ? I very much doubt that the decision makers are high calibre and accomplished individuals or the school would not be in this mess. What is particularly worrying is the climate of fear and teachers afraid/unable to ask pertinent questions for fear of losing their jobs. How can Mr Jones continue in his role when by all accounts he has lost staff support ? Why the wall of silence for concerned parents ? I feel very sorry for the students sitting crucial exams in two months time , they don't need added stress. Sage14
  • Score: 2

9:56pm Wed 26 Mar 14

qwerty95 says...

Sage14 wrote:
Qwerty95 could do better ! Your spelling and grammar after seven years at HGSS needs attention.
On a serious note, this whole sorry episode could have been handled in a more professional and sensitive manner. I am sure Mr Jones cares about his pupils but he is a teacher not a business leader. I know from personal experience at other schools that "Business Managers " and Governors wield a lot of power behind the scenes . As an Academy , the Principal becomes almost a figurehead . Could this be happening here ? I very much doubt that the decision makers are high calibre and accomplished individuals or the school would not be in this mess. What is particularly worrying is the climate of fear and teachers afraid/unable to ask pertinent questions for fear of losing their jobs. How can Mr Jones continue in his role when by all accounts he has lost staff support ? Why the wall of silence for concerned parents ? I feel very sorry for the students sitting crucial exams in two months time , they don't need added stress.
I think you'll find there was absolutely nothing wrong with my spelling at all or grammar. Just a few typos including a 3 which should have been 13, and no that should be not!!!! Didn't your mother teach you that if you have nothing nice to say then don't say anything at all..?
[quote][p][bold]Sage14[/bold] wrote: Qwerty95 could do better ! Your spelling and grammar after seven years at HGSS needs attention. On a serious note, this whole sorry episode could have been handled in a more professional and sensitive manner. I am sure Mr Jones cares about his pupils but he is a teacher not a business leader. I know from personal experience at other schools that "Business Managers " and Governors wield a lot of power behind the scenes . As an Academy , the Principal becomes almost a figurehead . Could this be happening here ? I very much doubt that the decision makers are high calibre and accomplished individuals or the school would not be in this mess. What is particularly worrying is the climate of fear and teachers afraid/unable to ask pertinent questions for fear of losing their jobs. How can Mr Jones continue in his role when by all accounts he has lost staff support ? Why the wall of silence for concerned parents ? I feel very sorry for the students sitting crucial exams in two months time , they don't need added stress.[/p][/quote]I think you'll find there was absolutely nothing wrong with my spelling at all or grammar. Just a few typos including a 3 which should have been 13, and no that should be not!!!! Didn't your mother teach you that if you have nothing nice to say then don't say anything at all..? qwerty95
  • Score: 2

10:18pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Sage14 says...

qwerty95 wrote:
Sage14 wrote:
Qwerty95 could do better ! Your spelling and grammar after seven years at HGSS needs attention.
On a serious note, this whole sorry episode could have been handled in a more professional and sensitive manner. I am sure Mr Jones cares about his pupils but he is a teacher not a business leader. I know from personal experience at other schools that "Business Managers " and Governors wield a lot of power behind the scenes . As an Academy , the Principal becomes almost a figurehead . Could this be happening here ? I very much doubt that the decision makers are high calibre and accomplished individuals or the school would not be in this mess. What is particularly worrying is the climate of fear and teachers afraid/unable to ask pertinent questions for fear of losing their jobs. How can Mr Jones continue in his role when by all accounts he has lost staff support ? Why the wall of silence for concerned parents ? I feel very sorry for the students sitting crucial exams in two months time , they don't need added stress.
I think you'll find there was absolutely nothing wrong with my spelling at all or grammar. Just a few typos including a 3 which should have been 13, and no that should be not!!!! Didn't your mother teach you that if you have nothing nice to say then don't say anything at all..?
Qwerty95 Did you not listen to your teachers and read over and check what you have written ? I guess you aren't reading English at University if you can't spot spelling errors and clumsy language.
[quote][p][bold]qwerty95[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sage14[/bold] wrote: Qwerty95 could do better ! Your spelling and grammar after seven years at HGSS needs attention. On a serious note, this whole sorry episode could have been handled in a more professional and sensitive manner. I am sure Mr Jones cares about his pupils but he is a teacher not a business leader. I know from personal experience at other schools that "Business Managers " and Governors wield a lot of power behind the scenes . As an Academy , the Principal becomes almost a figurehead . Could this be happening here ? I very much doubt that the decision makers are high calibre and accomplished individuals or the school would not be in this mess. What is particularly worrying is the climate of fear and teachers afraid/unable to ask pertinent questions for fear of losing their jobs. How can Mr Jones continue in his role when by all accounts he has lost staff support ? Why the wall of silence for concerned parents ? I feel very sorry for the students sitting crucial exams in two months time , they don't need added stress.[/p][/quote]I think you'll find there was absolutely nothing wrong with my spelling at all or grammar. Just a few typos including a 3 which should have been 13, and no that should be not!!!! Didn't your mother teach you that if you have nothing nice to say then don't say anything at all..?[/p][/quote]Qwerty95 Did you not listen to your teachers and read over and check what you have written ? I guess you aren't reading English at University if you can't spot spelling errors and clumsy language. Sage14
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