Chesham Grammar School receives outstanding Ofsted report

Chesham Grammar School headmaster Philip Wayne

Chesham Grammar School headmaster Philip Wayne

First published in News Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

'OUTSTANDING in all areas' is the judgement of Ofsted inspectors in their report on Chesham Grammar School.

Pupils at the school in White Hill have 'a thirst for learning' and have 'extremely positive attitudes', the Ofsted report concluded.

And inspectors who visited the school last month said that in headmaster Philip Wayne they had an 'outstanding leader'.

The report said: "Teachers are good role models for their students, set high expectations, match the work closely to students’ needs, and motivate them well.

"Students say they are very happy at the school. They have extremely positive attitudes to learning and their behaviour in lessons and around the school is exemplary.

"The headteacher is an outstanding leader. He is strongly supported by senior leaders who are themselves highly effective and skilled practitioners. All are passionate about improving the school and the achievements of its students. They have ensured that all staff, parents and students have a clear understanding of the school’s aims and their part in achieving the school’s vision."

The inspection took place over two days in March when five inspectors observed lessons and looked at samples of work before holding meetings with governors, teachers, pupil groups and the school leaders.

Mr Wayne said: "We are naturally delighted with the outstanding judgement. Chesham Grammar School has been on a very inspiring journey, having seen developments in all areas of school life. 

"We have able and passionate students, talented and hardworking staff and committed, supportive parents. We look to the future with excitement for future progress."

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5:27pm Tue 8 Apr 14

sparky49 says...

Why have they got an outstanding report? Surely the head won't be pleased, all reports should be completed.
Why have they got an outstanding report? Surely the head won't be pleased, all reports should be completed. sparky49
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11:50pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

Well does this vindicate Mr Wayne’s confidence in the ‘new’ 11+ and in ‘selection’ generally or not?

(See also:


http://www.bucksfree
press.co.uk/yoursay/
opinion/yourletters/
11098811.Now_47__pup
ils_are_from_outside
_Bucks/?cmpid=cmt)
Well does this vindicate Mr Wayne’s confidence in the ‘new’ 11+ and in ‘selection’ generally or not? (See also: http://www.bucksfree press.co.uk/yoursay/ opinion/yourletters/ 11098811.Now_47__pup ils_are_from_outside _Bucks/?cmpid=cmt) Undercover Euro Yob
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11:53pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

(Not forgetting:

http://www.bucksfree
press.co.uk/news/111
33717.Special_measur
es_school_making_goo
d_progress/)
(Not forgetting: http://www.bucksfree press.co.uk/news/111 33717.Special_measur es_school_making_goo d_progress/) [italic] Undercover Euro Yob
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12:15pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

Philip Wayne is one of the participants in and the cheerleaders, for the great confidence trick called ‘selective education in Buckinghamshire.’ (See: http://www.bucksfree
press.co.uk/news/110
75831.Confusion_over
_national_newspaper_
s_11__report/)

If you compare aspects of the BFP reports I have quoted web addresses for above, you will see the inspectors at Chesham Grammar School said:

"Teachers are good role models for their students, set high expectations, match the work closely to students’ needs, and motivate them well.
"The headteacher is an outstanding leader. He is strongly supported by senior leaders who are themselves highly effective and skilled practitioners … Mr Wayne said: "We are naturally delighted with the outstanding judgement. Chesham Grammar School has been on a very inspiring journey, having seen developments in all areas of school life. … "We have able and passionate students, talented and hardworking staff and committed, supportive parents. We look to the future with excitement for future progress."


The inspectors at Wye Valley said:

Since Ofsted inspectors last visited the school last year, 22 members of staff have left, with only one member of the senior leadership team remaining, whilst a new headteacher has also been appointed.

And:

One of the main concerns about the school when it was placed under special measures was the quality of the teaching.
Inspector Raeside said: “Teaching is not yet consistently good because there have been so many changes in staff.”
“Nonetheless, the trend is one of overall improvement, supported by a core of good teachers who have remained with the school throughout a turbulent time” she added.


No doubt Mr Wayne, who had expressed his satisfaction with the selection system (admittedly in the vaguest terms and then withdrawn it) and the boneheads at BCC Education Department will all piously say these results prove you simply can’t offer a good education like the one at Chesham to all children - all the children at Bourne End are thick and would ‘drag down’ all the talented ones like those at Chesham. The 'excellence' at Chesham is based on an irrational and harmful system that is paid for financially by Bucks taxpayers and intellectually for by their children and which devotes almost half of its efforts in grammar schools to people who are not from Bucks.

Talking about boneheads at BCC Education Department - Mike Appleyard the Chief one was chairman of the governors at the Bourne End school and resigned when it was put into special measures - didn’t he notice the low quality of the teaching - the report says twenty-two teachers have ‘left’ - presumably some have retired or gone elsewhere but why didn’t Mike Appleyard notice beforehand that so many teachers were not on the ball and the quality of teaching was so low? Surely he should have - and if he could do nothing to change the situation then he should have resigned the chairmanship in good time before he became associated with a scandalous failure - instead of that he presided over a failing school and then resigned after the school had been taken into special measures. He is still Cabinet Member for Education at BCC (and deputy council leader).

Two years ago he said in an email to me that:
I am a fan of the selective system, and more so as a result of the outcomes for my own two children, one went to a grammar school and the other to what is now Wye Valley school
He also said:
Bucks remains in the top three authorities academic performance at all levels. Age 11, age 16 and age 18. The most common measure used is the GCSE examination, in which Bucks has the highest performance when Maths and English are included, proving that our rounded performance is strong at a fraction under 70% ... the Upper schools … produce results that are almost equivalent to those of the whole country.
When I asked him to name the ‘the top three authorities academic performance at all levels’ and explain what these figures were he failed to reply.
This was less than a year before Wye Valley was taken into special measures and since then Bucks Education system has been individually referred to by The Minister for Schools, David Laws, has recently criticised the Bucks education results “as a disgrace with 65 per cent of poorer children failing to achieve five good GCSEs”.

Last December Sir Michael Wilshaw, Ofsted's chief inspector of schools in England, said grammar schools are "stuffed full of middle class kids" and do little to boost poorer students’ chances.”
Since then there has been a supposedly genuine attempt to help the children who are excluded from a good education using the pupil premium - Val Letheren claimed the committee looking into it was: ‘ ‘Looking, reviewing support and (of course) strengthening commitments’ - indeed what looks very much like s going through the motions exercise in a situation they are already irrationally content with (after all it is a situation of their making).
At the same time Mike Appleyard said:
"We’re already doing a great deal of very good work and the committee’s report focuses our attention on areas where we can make the transition from 'very good' to 'better'.’
I asked Mike to tell us where the ‘very good’ bits were but as usual he was silent - vague sound bites are all that is required to justify the system as Sue Imbriano and Philip Wayne have shown.
These two BFP reports - on the same webpage - are a disgrace to the electorate of this county and our elected representatives. Mike Appleyard’s political career, his recorded remarks, and the disparity described above between the performance of two schools a few miles from each other, are proof of the completely unreal nature of the ‘selective’ system and the world-view of the senior figures in Buckinghamshire Education service.

http://www.bucksfree
press.co.uk/news/111
08724.Proposals_to_c
lose_educational_gap
_between_rich_and_po
or/?cmpid=cmt
https://www.gov.uk/g
overnment/news/david
-laws-discusses-the-
impact-of-the-pupil-
premium-in-well-off-
and-deprived-areas
Philip Wayne is one of the participants in and the cheerleaders, for the great confidence trick called ‘selective education in Buckinghamshire.’ (See: http://www.bucksfree press.co.uk/news/110 75831.Confusion_over _national_newspaper_ s_11__report/) If you compare aspects of the BFP reports I have quoted web addresses for above, you will see the inspectors at Chesham Grammar School said: [italic] "Teachers are good role models for their students, set high expectations, match the work closely to students’ needs, and motivate them well. "The headteacher is an outstanding leader. He is strongly supported by senior leaders who are themselves highly effective and skilled practitioners … Mr Wayne said: "We are naturally delighted with the outstanding judgement. Chesham Grammar School has been on a very inspiring journey, having seen developments in all areas of school life. … "We have able and passionate students, talented and hardworking staff and committed, supportive parents. We look to the future with excitement for future progress." [/italic] The inspectors at Wye Valley said: [italic] Since Ofsted inspectors last visited the school last year, 22 members of staff have left, with only one member of the senior leadership team remaining, whilst a new headteacher has also been appointed. [/italic] And: [italic] One of the main concerns about the school when it was placed under special measures was the quality of the teaching. Inspector Raeside said: “Teaching is not yet consistently good because there have been so many changes in staff.” “Nonetheless, the trend is one of overall improvement, supported by a core of good teachers who have remained with the school throughout a turbulent time” she added. [/italic] No doubt Mr Wayne, who had expressed his satisfaction with the selection system (admittedly in the vaguest terms and then withdrawn it) and the boneheads at BCC Education Department will all piously say these results [italic] prove[/italic] you simply[italic] can’t [/italic] offer a good education like the one at Chesham to all children - all the children at Bourne End are thick and would ‘drag down’ all the talented ones like those at Chesham. The 'excellence' at Chesham is based on an irrational and harmful system that is paid for financially by Bucks taxpayers and intellectually for by their children and which devotes almost half of its efforts in grammar schools to people who are not from Bucks. Talking about boneheads at BCC Education Department - Mike Appleyard the Chief one was chairman of the governors at the Bourne End school and resigned when it was put into special measures - didn’t he notice the low quality of the teaching - the report says twenty-two teachers have ‘left’ - presumably some have retired or gone elsewhere but why didn’t Mike Appleyard notice beforehand that so many teachers were not on the ball and the quality of teaching was so low? Surely he should have - and if he could do nothing to change the situation then he should have resigned the chairmanship in good time before he became associated with a scandalous failure - instead of that he presided over a failing school and then resigned after the school had been taken into special measures. He is [italic]still [/italic]Cabinet Member for Education at BCC (and deputy council leader). Two years ago he said in an email to me that: [italic] I am a fan of the selective system, and more so as a result of the outcomes for my own two children, one went to a grammar school and the other to what is now Wye Valley school[/italic] He also said: [italic] Bucks remains in the top three authorities academic performance at all levels. Age 11, age 16 and age 18. The most common measure used is the GCSE examination, in which Bucks has the highest performance when Maths and English are included, proving that our rounded performance is strong at a fraction under 70% ... the Upper schools … produce results that are almost equivalent to those of the whole country. [/italic] When I asked him to name the ‘the top three authorities academic performance at all levels’ and explain what these figures were he failed to reply. This was less than a year before Wye Valley was taken into special measures and since then Bucks Education system has been individually referred to by The Minister for Schools, David Laws, has recently criticised the Bucks education results “as a disgrace with 65 per cent of poorer children failing to achieve five good GCSEs”. Last December Sir Michael Wilshaw, Ofsted's chief inspector of schools in England, said grammar schools are "stuffed full of middle class kids" and do little to boost poorer students’ chances.” Since then there has been a supposedly genuine attempt to help the children who are excluded from a good education using the pupil premium - Val Letheren claimed the committee looking into it was: ‘[italic] ‘Looking, reviewing support[/italic] and (of course) [italic]strengthening commitments’ [/italic]- indeed what looks very much like s going through the motions exercise in a situation they are already irrationally content with (after all it is a situation of their making). At the same time Mike Appleyard said: [italic]"We’re already doing a great deal of very good work and the committee’s report focuses our attention on areas where we can make the transition from 'very good' to 'better'.’ [/italic] I asked Mike to tell us where the ‘very good’ bits were but as usual he was silent - vague sound bites are all that is required to justify the system as Sue Imbriano and Philip Wayne have shown. These two BFP reports - on the same webpage - are a disgrace to the electorate of this county and our elected representatives. Mike Appleyard’s political career, his recorded remarks, and the disparity described above between the performance of two schools a few miles from each other, are proof of the completely unreal nature of the ‘selective’ system and the world-view of the senior figures in Buckinghamshire Education service. http://www.bucksfree press.co.uk/news/111 08724.Proposals_to_c lose_educational_gap _between_rich_and_po or/?cmpid=cmt https://www.gov.uk/g overnment/news/david -laws-discusses-the- impact-of-the-pupil- premium-in-well-off- and-deprived-areas Undercover Euro Yob
  • Score: 12

1:36am Thu 1 May 14

Binkie Beaumont says...

Leave the man alone, Euro. The 11plus has nothing to do with ofsted.

Why can't we just celebrate success instead of engaging in hyperbolic nonsense.

Outrageous
Leave the man alone, Euro. The 11plus has nothing to do with ofsted. Why can't we just celebrate success instead of engaging in hyperbolic nonsense. Outrageous Binkie Beaumont
  • Score: -1

8:39am Thu 1 May 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

You know the answer Binkie - good luck to the successful children and congratulationsbut - it's part of a corrupt system that disadvantages most other children and Philip Wayne has participated in deception in support of it when he gave a nonsensical statement in support of it to this paper and the Observer.

Talking about hyperbolic nonsense I don't think you've replied to all the questions you were asked last time you graced this site with your august and excellence-celebrati
ng presence.
You know the answer Binkie - good luck to the successful children and congratulationsbut - it's part of a corrupt system that disadvantages most other children and Philip Wayne has participated in deception in support of it when he gave a nonsensical statement in support of it to this paper and the Observer. Talking about hyperbolic nonsense I don't think you've replied to all the questions you were asked last time you graced this site with your august and excellence-celebrati ng presence. Undercover Euro Yob
  • Score: 1

8:40am Thu 1 May 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

You know this Binkie - it is explained above - outrageous!
You know this Binkie - it is explained above - outrageous! Undercover Euro Yob
  • Score: 0

9:20am Thu 1 May 14

mistamina says...

Binkie Beaumont wrote:
Leave the man alone, Euro. The 11plus has nothing to do with ofsted.

Why can't we just celebrate success instead of engaging in hyperbolic nonsense.

Outrageous
Sorry Binkers,
Technically you are in a bit of turbulent logic's area.
You are right. Ofsted do not care if Bucks are Selective, class, colour, religious or anywise County. Ofsted & Gove (and you and me, i suspect) only want fast improvements for all kids.
So Ofsted keep putting Secondary Moderns (where failed 11+ go) universally into 'Requires Improvement'
Failed 11+ children get a double kicking; and the moral of the staff is at historical low.
Ps; one school actually beleives there is political agenda to get them! it realy is bad here for us 80% bottom sect.
[quote][p][bold]Binkie Beaumont[/bold] wrote: Leave the man alone, Euro. The 11plus has nothing to do with ofsted. Why can't we just celebrate success instead of engaging in hyperbolic nonsense. Outrageous[/p][/quote]Sorry Binkers, Technically you are in a bit of turbulent logic's area. You are right. Ofsted do not care if Bucks are Selective, class, colour, religious or anywise County. Ofsted & Gove (and you and me, i suspect) only want fast improvements for all kids. So Ofsted keep putting Secondary Moderns (where failed 11+ go) universally into 'Requires Improvement' Failed 11+ children get a double kicking; and the moral of the staff is at historical low. Ps; one school actually beleives there is political agenda to get them! it realy is bad here for us 80% bottom sect. mistamina
  • Score: 2

9:49pm Thu 1 May 14

Binkie Beaumont says...

Good point re wanting fast improvements mistamna.

euro. What exactly did Philip Wayne say in the observer?I heard that they were accused of bad journalism and misquoting headteachers or headteachers were hand picked???

I can see, Euro, that you find my turn of phrase ever so slightly quirky!
Good point re wanting fast improvements mistamna. euro. What exactly did Philip Wayne say in the observer?I heard that they were accused of bad journalism and misquoting headteachers or headteachers were hand picked??? I can see, Euro, that you find my turn of phrase ever so slightly quirky! Binkie Beaumont
  • Score: 1

10:13pm Thu 1 May 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

Binkie Beaumont wrote:
Good point re wanting fast improvements mistamna.

euro. What exactly did Philip Wayne say in the observer?I heard that they were accused of bad journalism and misquoting headteachers or headteachers were hand picked???

I can see, Euro, that you find my turn of phrase ever so slightly quirky!
Dear B
He said much the same thing as he was reported as saying in the BFP. ‘I heard’ - - I’m surprised you haven’t been following all this and are not familiar with the facts of the story from your own reading - see: http://www.bucksfree
press.co.uk/educatio
n/news/11075831.Conf
usion_over_national_
newspaper_s_11__repo
rt
As you say the Observer was guilty of shoddy reporting - it had reported accurately and uncritically the words of Mr Wayne, who made unsubstantiatable claims for the new 11+ (see http://www.theguardi
an.com/theobserver/2
014/mar/08/readers-e
ditor-on-reporting-b
oth-sides-argument).



I’m not sure why you can see that I find your turn of phrase ever so slightly quirky, or indeed memorable in any way at all.
[quote][p][bold]Binkie Beaumont[/bold] wrote: Good point re wanting fast improvements mistamna. euro. What exactly did Philip Wayne say in the observer?I heard that they were accused of bad journalism and misquoting headteachers or headteachers were hand picked??? I can see, Euro, that you find my turn of phrase ever so slightly quirky![/p][/quote]Dear B He said much the same thing as he was reported as saying in the BFP. ‘I heard’ - - I’m surprised you haven’t been following all this and are not familiar with the facts of the story from your own reading - see: http://www.bucksfree press.co.uk/educatio n/news/11075831.Conf usion_over_national_ newspaper_s_11__repo rt As you say the Observer [italic]was[/italic] guilty of shoddy reporting - it had reported accurately and uncritically the words of Mr Wayne, who made unsubstantiatable claims for the new 11+ (see http://www.theguardi an.com/theobserver/2 014/mar/08/readers-e ditor-on-reporting-b oth-sides-argument). I’m not sure why you can see that I find your turn of phrase ever so slightly quirky, or indeed memorable in any way at all. Undercover Euro Yob
  • Score: 0

10:26pm Thu 1 May 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

Binkie Beaumont wrote:
Leave the man alone, Euro. The 11plus has nothing to do with ofsted.

Why can't we just celebrate success instead of engaging in hyperbolic nonsense.

Outrageous
The 11plus has nothing to do with ofsted.

That's absurd - the 11+ is a major part of the system in this county and Ofsted measures educational standards - I find your reasoning more than a little quirky.
[quote][p][bold]Binkie Beaumont[/bold] wrote: Leave the man alone, Euro. The 11plus has nothing to do with ofsted. Why can't we just celebrate success instead of engaging in hyperbolic nonsense. Outrageous[/p][/quote][italic]The 11plus has nothing to do with ofsted. [/italic] That's absurd - the 11+ is a major part of the system in this county and Ofsted measures educational standards - I find your [italic]reasoning [/italic]more than a little quirky. Undercover Euro Yob
  • Score: 1

9:06am Fri 2 May 14

mistamina says...

Undercover Euro Yob wrote:
Binkie Beaumont wrote:
Leave the man alone, Euro. The 11plus has nothing to do with ofsted.

Why can't we just celebrate success instead of engaging in hyperbolic nonsense.

Outrageous
The 11plus has nothing to do with ofsted.

That's absurd - the 11+ is a major part of the system in this county and Ofsted measures educational standards - I find your reasoning more than a little quirky.
Hold the front page! I find myself agreeing with Euro.
The 11+ is a major part of the failure of Bucks education system.
It is a major contributor to The Gap. Demotivating 80% of our kids at age 10yr - how cruel is that? It leave 80% of our kids in inferior, underfunded schools, compared to Grammars.
The rest of the country dumped of this system a half century ago!
[quote][p][bold]Undercover Euro Yob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Binkie Beaumont[/bold] wrote: Leave the man alone, Euro. The 11plus has nothing to do with ofsted. Why can't we just celebrate success instead of engaging in hyperbolic nonsense. Outrageous[/p][/quote][italic]The 11plus has nothing to do with ofsted. [/italic] That's absurd - the 11+ is a major part of the system in this county and Ofsted measures educational standards - I find your [italic]reasoning [/italic]more than a little quirky.[/p][/quote]Hold the front page! I find myself agreeing with Euro. The 11+ is a major part of the failure of Bucks education system. It is a major contributor to The Gap. Demotivating 80% of our kids at age 10yr - how cruel is that? It leave 80% of our kids in inferior, underfunded schools, compared to Grammars. The rest of the country dumped of this system a half century ago! mistamina
  • Score: 1

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