Holmer Green headteacher dispels school rumours and said the future is positive

Mike Jones

Mike Jones

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

THE headteacher of Holmer Green Senior School has set the record straight regarding rumours about the future of the school, which he said is moving forward.

The secondary school was visited by Ofsted in January and downgraded from a 'good' to a 'requires improvement' rating.

Since then a number of changes have been taking place and potentially damaging rumours have circulated, but headteacher Mike Jones said the school is working hard to improve.

In the latest newsletter he said: "With such a strong team in place I am confident there are no barriers to prevent us returning to a 'good' Ofsted judgement by the end of the coming academic year with a fixed determination to achieve an 'outstanding' verdict within the next three years."

The newsletter confirmed 15 teachers are leaving and Mr Jones said most of the English department are retiring or resigning.

He said: "A lot of my English teachers are leaving. It is not a terrible thing for the school. We have got to develop the leadership of English and move it forward to address the challenges."

In September, 14 new teachers are starting, including five English teachers. Current head of the English department, Mrs Dobbs, is staying on part time to teach communications and English.

Mr Jones said he has been working with agencies to recruit teachers, including five to six from Canada, where the quality of teacher training is very high.

Mr Jones said there is a shortage of high quality teachers who teach good or outstanding lessons in the UK, which is why he had to look further afield, but reiterated the school is fully staffed.

He said: "I want to make it very clear my best staff are actually staying.

"My best staff are taking on the leadership roles- next year we are really energised to move forward."

A new deputy headteacher, Michelle Newman, started at the beginning of June as part of the new restructured leadership at the school.

Following rumours about children and staff being locked in during the school day, he said this was "absolute nonsense."

He said they have made the school site more secure and a side entrance is locked so members of the public do not have access to the back of the school, but the front gates leading to reception are still open.

Mr Jones said: "To say we are locking people in is absolute nonsense. Someone is trying to stir up bad feeling."

But he added: "I am really positive about things at the moment. I am very pleased about the new recruits."

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9:51am Sun 13 Jul 14

Britabroad says...

As a ex holmer green student, I fear for the school under such poor leadership from Mr Jones. The teachers leaving/retiring are being pushed out. Some of the best teachers and most experienced teachers are being pushed out the door and being replaced by younger and cheaper teachers. How can this be better for the students? Blind leading the blind some would say. If Holmer Green Upper school has any chance I would recommend parents of pupils start a movement to remove Mr Jones before he does any more damage
As a ex holmer green student, I fear for the school under such poor leadership from Mr Jones. The teachers leaving/retiring are being pushed out. Some of the best teachers and most experienced teachers are being pushed out the door and being replaced by younger and cheaper teachers. How can this be better for the students? Blind leading the blind some would say. If Holmer Green Upper school has any chance I would recommend parents of pupils start a movement to remove Mr Jones before he does any more damage Britabroad
  • Score: 37

10:07am Sun 13 Jul 14

MCarey says...

I agree Mr Jones has caused so much friction and upset and people want him out. So many excellent teachers have/are leaving and the pupils have no consistency because Jones has dug his heels in and he is clearly not going anywhere mores the pity
I agree Mr Jones has caused so much friction and upset and people want him out. So many excellent teachers have/are leaving and the pupils have no consistency because Jones has dug his heels in and he is clearly not going anywhere mores the pity MCarey
  • Score: 39

10:58am Sun 13 Jul 14

rubymoon says...

Oh dear. This is an awful slur on the teachers that are leaving what was once an amazing school. Are you saying then Mr Jones that at least fourteen teachers that were in your school were rubbish? That for the last few years my children have been taught by teachers that were no good? So I can blame them when my daughter does badly in her GCSE's? I do not think so.Some of your best teacher's may well be staying, But EVERYONE of the teacher's leaving are TOP QUALITY TEACHER'S moving on because they are voting with their feet and probably cannot stand what YOU AND YOUR GOVERNOR'S HAVE DONE WITH THIS SCHOOL....How dare you say that the quality of teacher's in the UK is not good enough and that you had to go abroad to find the 'talent' you require at your school. Cheap newly qualified I suspect. How do you expect your teacher's that are leaving to move on with the slur of this hanging over their heads. MY SECOND point is this. Your current student's talk...... Your gates are locked between 8.50 and 3.15, staff can only move out of the carpark in an emergency. You are no longer doing ICT in school...it is the 21st century. A member of your staff collapsed due to stress and was taken away in an ambulance. How many others are off with stress???YOUR STUDENTS ARE UPSET MR JONES, YOUR STAFF MUST BE UPSET. YOU need to do the decent thing now. Take your governors and yourself and leave. Bring back the old SLT and let them turn this awful situation around.
Oh dear. This is an awful slur on the teachers that are leaving what was once an amazing school. Are you saying then Mr Jones that at least fourteen teachers that were in your school were rubbish? That for the last few years my children have been taught by teachers that were no good? So I can blame them when my daughter does badly in her GCSE's? I do not think so.Some of your best teacher's may well be staying, But EVERYONE of the teacher's leaving are TOP QUALITY TEACHER'S moving on because they are voting with their feet and probably cannot stand what YOU AND YOUR GOVERNOR'S HAVE DONE WITH THIS SCHOOL....How dare you say that the quality of teacher's in the UK is not good enough and that you had to go abroad to find the 'talent' you require at your school. Cheap newly qualified I suspect. How do you expect your teacher's that are leaving to move on with the slur of this hanging over their heads. MY SECOND point is this. Your current student's talk...... Your gates are locked between 8.50 and 3.15, staff can only move out of the carpark in an emergency. You are no longer doing ICT in school...it is the 21st century. A member of your staff collapsed due to stress and was taken away in an ambulance. How many others are off with stress???YOUR STUDENTS ARE UPSET MR JONES, YOUR STAFF MUST BE UPSET. YOU need to do the decent thing now. Take your governors and yourself and leave. Bring back the old SLT and let them turn this awful situation around. rubymoon
  • Score: 45

11:01am Sun 13 Jul 14

reasonable23 says...

My closest friend works there and is the most caring, supportive, feisty, strong woman I know - and to watch her crumbling in front of my eyes is awful! Strong and experienced teachers are being made to feel like crap, being taken for granted and frankly bullied into submission or made to feel they have no other option but to leave, for their own wellbeing! This is obviously having an affect on the students, they are far from stupid, they are watching people they care about and respect being treated so badly!! Only on Friday one lady collapsed with the stress of it all and was taken to hospital by ambulance, I hope she is ok? Then you open the paper and see this article, adding insult to injury! To say that only his 'best teachers are staying' what does that say to the others who are trying their damndest to hold everything together and support these kids through this 'restructuring'? Can you imagine how they must feel? This would not be tolerated in Industry - there are rules about how to treat others, simple decency and respect for others seem to have flown out the window. My heart goes out to them all......
My closest friend works there and is the most caring, supportive, feisty, strong woman I know - and to watch her crumbling in front of my eyes is awful! Strong and experienced teachers are being made to feel like crap, being taken for granted and frankly bullied into submission or made to feel they have no other option but to leave, for their own wellbeing! This is obviously having an affect on the students, they are far from stupid, they are watching people they care about and respect being treated so badly!! Only on Friday one lady collapsed with the stress of it all and was taken to hospital by ambulance, I hope she is ok? Then you open the paper and see this article, adding insult to injury! To say that only his 'best teachers are staying' what does that say to the others who are trying their damndest to hold everything together and support these kids through this 'restructuring'? Can you imagine how they must feel? This would not be tolerated in Industry - there are rules about how to treat others, simple decency and respect for others seem to have flown out the window. My heart goes out to them all...... reasonable23
  • Score: 38

11:25am Sun 13 Jul 14

VeryWorried says...

"Today's news is tomorrow's chip paper". Wise words from a headteacher to his governing body following one of the previous press interviews? Over the last two years, a comparable, blasé attitude brought about the demise of a national newspaper. Where does this leave the integrity of this headteacher now?
Sir, you really should stop speaking to the press. You continually dig yourself deeper!

The words in this article are at the very best, slanderous. A direct condemnation of the staff that have covered for his and the governing body's ineffective leadership and carried the school to a 'good' inspection judgement before; and who have now subsequently been constructively dismissed or have resigned their position, unable to continue working at the school. I would urge those concerned to now speak up about their journey and the alleged 'gag order' placed upon them. It is also suggested that all staff have been previously forbidden to speak with or attempt to contact governors (under threat of disciplinary action) to discuss their concerns. This is a practice which Ofsted has confirmed as potentially illegal.

The headteachers' christian namesake and Education Minister Michael Gove recently announced changes to the English curriculum to remove 'US classics' from the syllabus and make way for strictly UK authored classic works.
From September, and following the removal and/or resignation of the ENTIRE English department, the aforementioned UK classics will now be taught at Holmer Green Senior School by English teachers from 'across the pond' whose (with respect) native English is not the UK variant. Strange irony here.......

I'm also concerned with who actually authorised the headteacher's alleged recent trip to Canada to facilitate this kangaroo recruitment exercise? Money that would be much better spent on staff professional development, attempting to retain the very successful key staff leaving in their droves or sorting out the 6th form fiasco which has left my child and almost 100 others devastated at having to leave their 'beloved' school.

The headteacher also appears to suggest that much of the UK's teaching fraternity is unable to teach 'good or outstanding' lessons......tomorro
w's chip paper eh? If you thought you were in the clear, this comment alone potentially seals your fate.
Last Thursday's strike was a walk in the park. It'll potentially be like Salem in Holmer Green this week, but at least the new English faculty will be familiar with the Crucible. For the benefit of the geography teachers who are unable to teach 'good or outstanding lessons' , Canada is closer to the US than us. Shame they won't be able to teach them.

Finally and harking back to the school Ofsted.
It is wonderful, even admirable for a headteacher to aspire to be outstanding. However the schools self evaluation, if realistic and focused on the present (not two years into the future) would have predicted a 'good' or 'requires improvement' judgement under the new inspection framework. We all saw many of the areas Ofsted identified. The headteacher was clearly too far along the 'Yellow Brick Road to outstanding' to see them and the governing body too blinkered to challenge......or hindered by Munchkins. Come on, they are pesky buggers!

Mr. Jones, as a former actor will I'm sure recognise these theatrical lines....'you're only as good as your last performance'.
Clearly recent experience of Ofsted has caused you untold, emotional stress and I get that, believe me, but you must fall on your sword; accept personal responsibility and refrain from destroying any other teachers' careers or damaging any other students potential.
....oh, and the new uniform is just the final insult! Get your priorities right or you'll have a very empty, expensive new 6th form extension...........
but, with free wifi as a sweetener? Let me let you in on a secret that you clearly missed on your journey to outstanding. The schools broadband connection is already paid for annually. It's a statutory educational requirement, not a perk or bribe to get your students back on roll.

Back to the Yellow Brick Road, the situation at school continues and I'm sorry, this time you can't fix it Mr. Jones. That is unless you're omnipresent, actually green underneath and with your school business manager's broom you can Defy Gravity.
"Today's news is tomorrow's chip paper".[sic] Wise words from a headteacher to his governing body following one of the previous press interviews? Over the last two years, a comparable, blasé attitude brought about the demise of a national newspaper. Where does this leave the integrity of this headteacher now? Sir, you really should stop speaking to the press. You continually dig yourself deeper! The words in this article are at the very best, slanderous. A direct condemnation of the staff that have covered for his and the governing body's ineffective leadership and carried the school to a 'good' inspection judgement before; and who have now subsequently been constructively dismissed or have resigned their position, unable to continue working at the school. I would urge those concerned to now speak up about their journey and the alleged 'gag order' placed upon them. It is also suggested that all staff have been previously forbidden to speak with or attempt to contact governors (under threat of disciplinary action) to discuss their concerns. This is a practice which Ofsted has confirmed as potentially illegal. The headteachers' christian namesake and Education Minister Michael Gove recently announced changes to the English curriculum to remove 'US classics' from the syllabus and make way for strictly UK authored classic works. From September, and following the removal and/or resignation of the ENTIRE English department, the aforementioned UK classics will now be taught at Holmer Green Senior School by English teachers from 'across the pond' whose (with respect) native English is not the UK variant. Strange irony here....... I'm also concerned with who actually authorised the headteacher's alleged recent trip to Canada to facilitate this kangaroo recruitment exercise? Money that would be much better spent on staff professional development, attempting to retain the very successful key staff leaving in their droves or sorting out the 6th form fiasco which has left my child and almost 100 others devastated at having to leave their 'beloved' school. The headteacher also appears to suggest that much of the UK's teaching fraternity is unable to teach 'good or outstanding' lessons......tomorro w's chip paper eh? If you thought you were in the clear, this comment alone potentially seals your fate. Last Thursday's strike was a walk in the park. It'll potentially be like Salem in Holmer Green this week, but at least the new English faculty will be familiar with the Crucible. For the benefit of the geography teachers who are unable to teach 'good or outstanding lessons' [sic], Canada is closer to the US than us. Shame they won't be able to teach them. Finally and harking back to the school Ofsted. It is wonderful, even admirable for a headteacher to aspire to be outstanding. However the schools self evaluation, if realistic and focused on the present (not two years into the future) would have predicted a 'good' or 'requires improvement' judgement under the new inspection framework. We all saw many of the areas Ofsted identified. The headteacher was clearly too far along the 'Yellow Brick Road to outstanding' to see them and the governing body too blinkered to challenge......or hindered by Munchkins. Come on, they are pesky buggers! Mr. Jones, as a former actor will I'm sure recognise these theatrical lines....'you're only as good as your last performance'. Clearly recent experience of Ofsted has caused you untold, emotional stress and I get that, believe me, but you must fall on your sword; accept personal responsibility and refrain from destroying any other teachers' careers or damaging any other students potential. ....oh, and the new uniform is just the final insult! Get your priorities right or you'll have a very empty, expensive new 6th form extension........... but, with free wifi as a sweetener? Let me let you in on a secret that you clearly missed on your journey to outstanding. The schools broadband connection is already paid for annually. It's a statutory educational requirement, not a perk or bribe to get your students back on roll. Back to the Yellow Brick Road, the situation at school continues and I'm sorry, this time you can't fix it Mr. Jones. That is unless you're omnipresent, actually green underneath and with your school business manager's broom you can Defy Gravity. VeryWorried
  • Score: 41

11:50am Sun 13 Jul 14

strangerthanfiction says...

Mr. Jones... who line managed the "rubbish" English department for the last 18 months? Oh yes, it was you.

And who managed it previously when the department's results were consistently amongst the best in the school which buoyed up the school's A*-C percentage? Oh yes, Mrs Tack... the incredible deputy head you got rid of.

If these "rubbish" English teachers, who you are not sorry to see leave, are indeed so poor, why did they constantly receive good and outstanding lesson observations? To provide a balanced review of their quality, perhaps you would like to publish a league table of their observation grades. Then we can see just how glad we should be that they are all going.
It beggars belief that you should slag off the whole English department and its leadership and in the next paragraph say that Mrs Dobbs is staying on to teach English and communications. Is this because may be she isn't so bad after all?
Definition of slander... 'Action or crime of making a false spoken statement damaging to a person's reputation'. Multiply that by 18 (all those "rubbish" teachers that are leaving) and I think you have created a very serious problem for yourself.
Good luck Mr Jones, you're going to need it.
Mr. Jones... who line managed the "rubbish" English department for the last 18 months? Oh yes, it was you. And who managed it previously when the department's results were consistently amongst the best in the school which buoyed up the school's A*-C percentage? Oh yes, Mrs Tack... the incredible deputy head you got rid of. If these "rubbish" English teachers, who you are not sorry to see leave, are indeed so poor, why did they constantly receive good and outstanding lesson observations? To provide a balanced review of their quality, perhaps you would like to publish a league table of their observation grades. Then we can see just how glad we should be that they are all going. It beggars belief that you should slag off the whole English department and its leadership and in the next paragraph say that Mrs Dobbs is staying on to teach English and communications. Is this because may be she isn't so bad after all? Definition of slander... 'Action or crime of making a false spoken statement damaging to a person's reputation'. Multiply that by 18 (all those "rubbish" teachers that are leaving) and I think you have created a very serious problem for yourself. Good luck Mr Jones, you're going to need it. strangerthanfiction
  • Score: 38

12:23pm Sun 13 Jul 14

rubymoon says...

strangerthanfiction wrote:
Mr. Jones... who line managed the "rubbish" English department for the last 18 months? Oh yes, it was you.

And who managed it previously when the department's results were consistently amongst the best in the school which buoyed up the school's A*-C percentage? Oh yes, Mrs Tack... the incredible deputy head you got rid of.

If these "rubbish" English teachers, who you are not sorry to see leave, are indeed so poor, why did they constantly receive good and outstanding lesson observations? To provide a balanced review of their quality, perhaps you would like to publish a league table of their observation grades. Then we can see just how glad we should be that they are all going.
It beggars belief that you should slag off the whole English department and its leadership and in the next paragraph say that Mrs Dobbs is staying on to teach English and communications. Is this because may be she isn't so bad after all?
Definition of slander... 'Action or crime of making a false spoken statement damaging to a person's reputation'. Multiply that by 18 (all those "rubbish" teachers that are leaving) and I think you have created a very serious problem for yourself.
Good luck Mr Jones, you're going to need it.
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[quote][p][bold]strangerthanfiction[/bold] wrote: Mr. Jones... who line managed the "rubbish" English department for the last 18 months? Oh yes, it was you. And who managed it previously when the department's results were consistently amongst the best in the school which buoyed up the school's A*-C percentage? Oh yes, Mrs Tack... the incredible deputy head you got rid of. If these "rubbish" English teachers, who you are not sorry to see leave, are indeed so poor, why did they constantly receive good and outstanding lesson observations? To provide a balanced review of their quality, perhaps you would like to publish a league table of their observation grades. Then we can see just how glad we should be that they are all going. It beggars belief that you should slag off the whole English department and its leadership and in the next paragraph say that Mrs Dobbs is staying on to teach English and communications. Is this because may be she isn't so bad after all? Definition of slander... 'Action or crime of making a false spoken statement damaging to a person's reputation'. Multiply that by 18 (all those "rubbish" teachers that are leaving) and I think you have created a very serious problem for yourself. Good luck Mr Jones, you're going to need it.[/p][/quote]here here. rubymoon
  • Score: 13

12:25pm Sun 13 Jul 14

Taxi Driver 10 says...

I'm contacting my MP.
I'm contacting my MP. Taxi Driver 10
  • Score: 22

1:27pm Sun 13 Jul 14

lazydayz says...

Sadly the school is an academy, therefore it is self-governing and doesn't have to listen to anything anyone says: it does what it likes in its own sweet way, and if the governors don't challenge the head, then he effectively has carte blanche to do as he pleases. Teacher governors are apparently not allowed to be involved in recruitment as there is a conflict of interest, and the school business manager appears to keep all accounts shrouded in mystery. There is a long history of a lack of openness here.
The focus is on the staff leaving. I wonder if the head would like to enumerate the number of students leaving? Not just in Year 11 and Year 13, but in every year? Since money is allocated from government per student, and the school is apparently already struggling to balance the books for next year, this should equally worry the school community.
Good luck students - you're going to need it!
Sadly the school is an academy, therefore it is self-governing and doesn't have to listen to anything anyone says: it does what it likes in its own sweet way, and if the governors don't challenge the head, then he effectively has carte blanche to do as he pleases. Teacher governors are apparently not allowed to be involved in recruitment as there is a conflict of interest, and the school business manager appears to keep all accounts shrouded in mystery. There is a long history of a lack of openness here. The focus is on the staff leaving. I wonder if the head would like to enumerate the number of students leaving? Not just in Year 11 and Year 13, but in every year? Since money is allocated from government per student, and the school is apparently already struggling to balance the books for next year, this should equally worry the school community. Good luck students - you're going to need it! lazydayz
  • Score: 17

3:01pm Sun 13 Jul 14

Kimberly2014 says...

After hearing rumours of this article I took it upon myself to find it and after reading it as far as I am concerned I am disgusted. As a previous student that has not long finished at this school I would like to express with force the teachers and staff were a true credit to Holmer Green Senior School. The English and Senior lead team being the main strength in this school. Which,after reading this article again left me perplexed as to why these teachers would be tarnished with a brush by saying "...there is a shortage of good or outstanding quality teachers in the UK." This is horrifying to see as aren't most of the staff in HGSS still there from the UK anyway, so hypocrite certainly comes to mind.
After hearing some of the teachers who have been confirmed to no longer work at HGSS I yet again found myself disappointed. Liz Tack was truly a credit to this school, she was the backbone that has kept this school at the high standard it was at, never taking the credit for it. Whilst I attended this school Mrs Tack covered so many roles and I know first hand that she was the heart of HGSS and all students knew this and never once disrespected her. I hope to believe that she knew we never took her for granted. Which very much leaves me wondering why the teachers who have left was it truly by their choice? even after all they have ever done is go above and beyond expectations and the so-called 'Head- teacher' Mr Jones seems to have made some very bad choices.
I'm telling you all, as a past student who knows this school so well that something is wrong here, so i'm asking parents, pupils, members of the public please open your eyes and have a look at the bigger picture here and unite as to removing what truly is the real problem. Before it is to late.
After hearing rumours of this article I took it upon myself to find it and after reading it as far as I am concerned I am disgusted. As a previous student that has not long finished at this school I would like to express with force the teachers and staff were a true credit to Holmer Green Senior School. The English and Senior lead team being the main strength in this school. Which,after reading this article again left me perplexed as to why these teachers would be tarnished with a brush by saying "...there is a shortage of good or outstanding quality teachers in the UK." This is horrifying to see as aren't most of the staff in HGSS still there from the UK anyway, so hypocrite certainly comes to mind. After hearing some of the teachers who have been confirmed to no longer work at HGSS I yet again found myself disappointed. Liz Tack was truly a credit to this school, she was the backbone that has kept this school at the high standard it was at, never taking the credit for it. Whilst I attended this school Mrs Tack covered so many roles and I know first hand that she was the heart of HGSS and all students knew this and never once disrespected her. I hope to believe that she knew we never took her for granted. Which very much leaves me wondering why the teachers who have left was it truly by their choice? even after all they have ever done is go above and beyond expectations and the so-called 'Head- teacher' Mr Jones seems to have made some very bad choices. I'm telling you all, as a past student who knows this school so well that something is wrong here, so i'm asking parents, pupils, members of the public please open your eyes and have a look at the bigger picture here and unite as to removing what truly is the real problem. Before it is to late. Kimberly2014
  • Score: 19

3:54pm Sun 13 Jul 14

reasonable23 says...

Unfortunately, as it was stated earlier - this school is now an Academy and as such, appears to be able to do what the hell it likes, with no redress or accountability for the ridiculous decisions that are being made by the head and his leadership team - I fear they will only be pleased when ALL existing staff have left so they can all be replaced with cheaper, more malleable versions! Something should have been done far earlier than this - it's not like the Governors and parents did not know - this has been rumbling on for months and months!
What on earth are the Governors doing on the board if they are not prepared to challenge this fiction they are being fed?
Unfortunately, as it was stated earlier - this school is now an Academy and as such, appears to be able to do what the hell it likes, with no redress or accountability for the ridiculous decisions that are being made by the head and his leadership team - I fear they will only be pleased when ALL existing staff have left so they can all be replaced with cheaper, more malleable versions! Something should have been done far earlier than this - it's not like the Governors and parents did not know - this has been rumbling on for months and months! What on earth are the Governors doing on the board if they are not prepared to challenge this fiction they are being fed? reasonable23
  • Score: 7

4:28pm Sun 13 Jul 14

HGSS STUDENT says...

I am so pleased that this article was written as it finally shows that the school is improving. It hasn't been an easy year, and I've been there as a student for the entire time. But I assure you the school is on the up, everyday a more positive atmosphere is felt. With a new build nearing completion, a great new deputy head and many positive changes due to/or occurring. 16 teachers have confirmed to be leaving, and those teachers all deserve credit for being amazing, of course it's a shame they're leaving however the new talent will ensure further the school is positive. HGSS have 103 staff, 16 is a small amount. The English department have been under pressure to increase results and turn the department around therefore it is not surprising they're leaving, other teachers are leaving for personal reasons and some with no doubt will be because of the changes. However outstanding teachers such as Mr Wooller, Miss Joynson and Miss Maguire remain giving th school an even larger posiive outlook. You may of noticed that the teachers leaving are mainly from English, other faculties have no teachers leaving such as Design and Technology which further proved that not all staff dislike the changes. The new build is fantastic and already had and will benefit the school. I want to end on the point that many schools in bucks such as Highcrest, Cressex and Misbourne have all suffered similarly to HGSS however they are now county known as being good schools, the same will come for HGSS.
I am so pleased that this article was written as it finally shows that the school is improving. It hasn't been an easy year, and I've been there as a student for the entire time. But I assure you the school is on the up, everyday a more positive atmosphere is felt. With a new build nearing completion, a great new deputy head and many positive changes due to/or occurring. 16 teachers have confirmed to be leaving, and those teachers all deserve credit for being amazing, of course it's a shame they're leaving however the new talent will ensure further the school is positive. HGSS have 103 staff, 16 is a small amount. The English department have been under pressure to increase results and turn the department around therefore it is not surprising they're leaving, other teachers are leaving for personal reasons and some with no doubt will be because of the changes. However outstanding teachers such as Mr Wooller, Miss Joynson and Miss Maguire remain giving th school an even larger posiive outlook. You may of noticed that the teachers leaving are mainly from English, other faculties have no teachers leaving such as Design and Technology which further proved that not all staff dislike the changes. The new build is fantastic and already had and will benefit the school. I want to end on the point that many schools in bucks such as Highcrest, Cressex and Misbourne have all suffered similarly to HGSS however they are now county known as being good schools, the same will come for HGSS. HGSS STUDENT
  • Score: -44

4:34pm Sun 13 Jul 14

strangerthanfiction says...

Here here reasonable23. I thought one of the key roles of the governors is to hold the school leadership to account. If that's the case, the governors should be ashamed of themselves. They're as guilty of causing this shambles as Mr Jones and the other clowns at the top.
Here here reasonable23. I thought one of the key roles of the governors is to hold the school leadership to account. If that's the case, the governors should be ashamed of themselves. They're as guilty of causing this shambles as Mr Jones and the other clowns at the top. strangerthanfiction
  • Score: 12

4:45pm Sun 13 Jul 14

strangerthanfiction says...

HGSS STUDENT wrote:
I am so pleased that this article was written as it finally shows that the school is improving. It hasn't been an easy year, and I've been there as a student for the entire time. But I assure you the school is on the up, everyday a more positive atmosphere is felt. With a new build nearing completion, a great new deputy head and many positive changes due to/or occurring. 16 teachers have confirmed to be leaving, and those teachers all deserve credit for being amazing, of course it's a shame they're leaving however the new talent will ensure further the school is positive. HGSS have 103 staff, 16 is a small amount. The English department have been under pressure to increase results and turn the department around therefore it is not surprising they're leaving, other teachers are leaving for personal reasons and some with no doubt will be because of the changes. However outstanding teachers such as Mr Wooller, Miss Joynson and Miss Maguire remain giving th school an even larger posiive outlook. You may of noticed that the teachers leaving are mainly from English, other faculties have no teachers leaving such as Design and Technology which further proved that not all staff dislike the changes. The new build is fantastic and already had and will benefit the school. I want to end on the point that many schools in bucks such as Highcrest, Cressex and Misbourne have all suffered similarly to HGSS however they are now county known as being good schools, the same will come for HGSS.
Quipped Mrs Jackson (or one of her cronies). p.s. Check your spelling before you submit your next work of fiction ;-)
[quote][p][bold]HGSS STUDENT[/bold] wrote: I am so pleased that this article was written as it finally shows that the school is improving. It hasn't been an easy year, and I've been there as a student for the entire time. But I assure you the school is on the up, everyday a more positive atmosphere is felt. With a new build nearing completion, a great new deputy head and many positive changes due to/or occurring. 16 teachers have confirmed to be leaving, and those teachers all deserve credit for being amazing, of course it's a shame they're leaving however the new talent will ensure further the school is positive. HGSS have 103 staff, 16 is a small amount. The English department have been under pressure to increase results and turn the department around therefore it is not surprising they're leaving, other teachers are leaving for personal reasons and some with no doubt will be because of the changes. However outstanding teachers such as Mr Wooller, Miss Joynson and Miss Maguire remain giving th school an even larger posiive outlook. You may of noticed that the teachers leaving are mainly from English, other faculties have no teachers leaving such as Design and Technology which further proved that not all staff dislike the changes. The new build is fantastic and already had and will benefit the school. I want to end on the point that many schools in bucks such as Highcrest, Cressex and Misbourne have all suffered similarly to HGSS however they are now county known as being good schools, the same will come for HGSS.[/p][/quote]Quipped Mrs Jackson (or one of her cronies). p.s. Check your spelling before you submit your next work of fiction ;-) strangerthanfiction
  • Score: 25

5:04pm Sun 13 Jul 14

rubymoon says...

HGSS STUDENT wrote:
I am so pleased that this article was written as it finally shows that the school is improving. It hasn't been an easy year, and I've been there as a student for the entire time. But I assure you the school is on the up, everyday a more positive atmosphere is felt. With a new build nearing completion, a great new deputy head and many positive changes due to/or occurring. 16 teachers have confirmed to be leaving, and those teachers all deserve credit for being amazing, of course it's a shame they're leaving however the new talent will ensure further the school is positive. HGSS have 103 staff, 16 is a small amount. The English department have been under pressure to increase results and turn the department around therefore it is not surprising they're leaving, other teachers are leaving for personal reasons and some with no doubt will be because of the changes. However outstanding teachers such as Mr Wooller, Miss Joynson and Miss Maguire remain giving th school an even larger posiive outlook. You may of noticed that the teachers leaving are mainly from English, other faculties have no teachers leaving such as Design and Technology which further proved that not all staff dislike the changes. The new build is fantastic and already had and will benefit the school. I want to end on the point that many schools in bucks such as Highcrest, Cressex and Misbourne have all suffered similarly to HGSS however they are now county known as being good schools, the same will come for HGSS.
please please do not do this, you did it last time an article was written and you pretended to be a student. Do not insult our intelligence. WE HAVE VERY REAL CONCERNS HERE, WE ARE NOT PLAYING A GAME. Did you ask the permission of the teacher's you have named here, How could you dismiss the 16 that are going so flippantly. I am sure the staff love having to ask permission to leave the school at break or lunch, if they need to drive off anywhere. I am sure the teacher that collapsed with stress would agree with you that things are on the up at Holmer Green, I am sure the empty sixth form area that you seem so proud of will stay in pristine condition, due to its lack of use. Are you saying the English Department 'Cracked under pressure' I seriously doubt that. I am sure many staff are staying at Holmer Green, for differing reasons, Most will be staying and hoping that what ever body that is supposed to oversee and make sure a school is being run properly pulls their finger out and does just that. Holmer Green is NOT changing for the better. There is no positive atmosphere, The new deputy probably never knew what she was getting in to and if you are not who you say you are then I believe you are trying to salvage a bad situation. Save yourself the trouble, your to late.Mr Jones seems to have gone to far. Parents need to get involved now.
[quote][p][bold]HGSS STUDENT[/bold] wrote: I am so pleased that this article was written as it finally shows that the school is improving. It hasn't been an easy year, and I've been there as a student for the entire time. But I assure you the school is on the up, everyday a more positive atmosphere is felt. With a new build nearing completion, a great new deputy head and many positive changes due to/or occurring. 16 teachers have confirmed to be leaving, and those teachers all deserve credit for being amazing, of course it's a shame they're leaving however the new talent will ensure further the school is positive. HGSS have 103 staff, 16 is a small amount. The English department have been under pressure to increase results and turn the department around therefore it is not surprising they're leaving, other teachers are leaving for personal reasons and some with no doubt will be because of the changes. However outstanding teachers such as Mr Wooller, Miss Joynson and Miss Maguire remain giving th school an even larger posiive outlook. You may of noticed that the teachers leaving are mainly from English, other faculties have no teachers leaving such as Design and Technology which further proved that not all staff dislike the changes. The new build is fantastic and already had and will benefit the school. I want to end on the point that many schools in bucks such as Highcrest, Cressex and Misbourne have all suffered similarly to HGSS however they are now county known as being good schools, the same will come for HGSS.[/p][/quote]please please do not do this, you did it last time an article was written and you pretended to be a student. Do not insult our intelligence. WE HAVE VERY REAL CONCERNS HERE, WE ARE NOT PLAYING A GAME. Did you ask the permission of the teacher's you have named here, How could you dismiss the 16 that are going so flippantly. I am sure the staff love having to ask permission to leave the school at break or lunch, if they need to drive off anywhere. I am sure the teacher that collapsed with stress would agree with you that things are on the up at Holmer Green, I am sure the empty sixth form area that you seem so proud of will stay in pristine condition, due to its lack of use. Are you saying the English Department 'Cracked under pressure' I seriously doubt that. I am sure many staff are staying at Holmer Green, for differing reasons, Most will be staying and hoping that what ever body that is supposed to oversee and make sure a school is being run properly pulls their finger out and does just that. Holmer Green is NOT changing for the better. There is no positive atmosphere, The new deputy probably never knew what she was getting in to and if you are not who you say you are then I believe you are trying to salvage a bad situation. Save yourself the trouble, your to late.Mr Jones seems to have gone to far. Parents need to get involved now. rubymoon
  • Score: 24

5:41pm Sun 13 Jul 14

HGSS STUDENT says...

rubymoon wrote:
HGSS STUDENT wrote:
I am so pleased that this article was written as it finally shows that the school is improving. It hasn't been an easy year, and I've been there as a student for the entire time. But I assure you the school is on the up, everyday a more positive atmosphere is felt. With a new build nearing completion, a great new deputy head and many positive changes due to/or occurring. 16 teachers have confirmed to be leaving, and those teachers all deserve credit for being amazing, of course it's a shame they're leaving however the new talent will ensure further the school is positive. HGSS have 103 staff, 16 is a small amount. The English department have been under pressure to increase results and turn the department around therefore it is not surprising they're leaving, other teachers are leaving for personal reasons and some with no doubt will be because of the changes. However outstanding teachers such as Mr Wooller, Miss Joynson and Miss Maguire remain giving th school an even larger posiive outlook. You may of noticed that the teachers leaving are mainly from English, other faculties have no teachers leaving such as Design and Technology which further proved that not all staff dislike the changes. The new build is fantastic and already had and will benefit the school. I want to end on the point that many schools in bucks such as Highcrest, Cressex and Misbourne have all suffered similarly to HGSS however they are now county known as being good schools, the same will come for HGSS.
please please do not do this, you did it last time an article was written and you pretended to be a student. Do not insult our intelligence. WE HAVE VERY REAL CONCERNS HERE, WE ARE NOT PLAYING A GAME. Did you ask the permission of the teacher's you have named here, How could you dismiss the 16 that are going so flippantly. I am sure the staff love having to ask permission to leave the school at break or lunch, if they need to drive off anywhere. I am sure the teacher that collapsed with stress would agree with you that things are on the up at Holmer Green, I am sure the empty sixth form area that you seem so proud of will stay in pristine condition, due to its lack of use. Are you saying the English Department 'Cracked under pressure' I seriously doubt that. I am sure many staff are staying at Holmer Green, for differing reasons, Most will be staying and hoping that what ever body that is supposed to oversee and make sure a school is being run properly pulls their finger out and does just that. Holmer Green is NOT changing for the better. There is no positive atmosphere, The new deputy probably never knew what she was getting in to and if you are not who you say you are then I believe you are trying to salvage a bad situation. Save yourself the trouble, your to late.Mr Jones seems to have gone to far. Parents need to get involved now.
I am an actual student though, that's the ironic thing. I attend the school every day and the rumour about being locked in is rubbish as Mr Jonrs said. It's the workshops I was referring to earlier, they are some of the best in the county.
[quote][p][bold]rubymoon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HGSS STUDENT[/bold] wrote: I am so pleased that this article was written as it finally shows that the school is improving. It hasn't been an easy year, and I've been there as a student for the entire time. But I assure you the school is on the up, everyday a more positive atmosphere is felt. With a new build nearing completion, a great new deputy head and many positive changes due to/or occurring. 16 teachers have confirmed to be leaving, and those teachers all deserve credit for being amazing, of course it's a shame they're leaving however the new talent will ensure further the school is positive. HGSS have 103 staff, 16 is a small amount. The English department have been under pressure to increase results and turn the department around therefore it is not surprising they're leaving, other teachers are leaving for personal reasons and some with no doubt will be because of the changes. However outstanding teachers such as Mr Wooller, Miss Joynson and Miss Maguire remain giving th school an even larger posiive outlook. You may of noticed that the teachers leaving are mainly from English, other faculties have no teachers leaving such as Design and Technology which further proved that not all staff dislike the changes. The new build is fantastic and already had and will benefit the school. I want to end on the point that many schools in bucks such as Highcrest, Cressex and Misbourne have all suffered similarly to HGSS however they are now county known as being good schools, the same will come for HGSS.[/p][/quote]please please do not do this, you did it last time an article was written and you pretended to be a student. Do not insult our intelligence. WE HAVE VERY REAL CONCERNS HERE, WE ARE NOT PLAYING A GAME. Did you ask the permission of the teacher's you have named here, How could you dismiss the 16 that are going so flippantly. I am sure the staff love having to ask permission to leave the school at break or lunch, if they need to drive off anywhere. I am sure the teacher that collapsed with stress would agree with you that things are on the up at Holmer Green, I am sure the empty sixth form area that you seem so proud of will stay in pristine condition, due to its lack of use. Are you saying the English Department 'Cracked under pressure' I seriously doubt that. I am sure many staff are staying at Holmer Green, for differing reasons, Most will be staying and hoping that what ever body that is supposed to oversee and make sure a school is being run properly pulls their finger out and does just that. Holmer Green is NOT changing for the better. There is no positive atmosphere, The new deputy probably never knew what she was getting in to and if you are not who you say you are then I believe you are trying to salvage a bad situation. Save yourself the trouble, your to late.Mr Jones seems to have gone to far. Parents need to get involved now.[/p][/quote]I am an actual student though, that's the ironic thing. I attend the school every day and the rumour about being locked in is rubbish as Mr Jonrs said. It's the workshops I was referring to earlier, they are some of the best in the county. HGSS STUDENT
  • Score: -19

5:43pm Sun 13 Jul 14

pmw1965 says...

Mr jones and the remaining staff are a liability, Mr Jones should be removed as head teacher as soon as possible , there needs to be an indipendant inquiry as to the conduct of this man , the recently departed staff need to be asked questions , and also some of the board of govenors who have resigned due to this mans supposed leadership, myself , my wife , three of my children and 3 generstions of my family attended this school and have always considered it to be a good school, all three of my children have had unresolved problems dealing with this man , he is an actor with no leadership qualities and very limited interest in anyone but himself , self image is key to this vain , underhand man
Mr jones and the remaining staff are a liability, Mr Jones should be removed as head teacher as soon as possible , there needs to be an indipendant inquiry as to the conduct of this man , the recently departed staff need to be asked questions , and also some of the board of govenors who have resigned due to this mans supposed leadership, myself , my wife , three of my children and 3 generstions of my family attended this school and have always considered it to be a good school, all three of my children have had unresolved problems dealing with this man , he is an actor with no leadership qualities and very limited interest in anyone but himself , self image is key to this vain , underhand man pmw1965
  • Score: 12

6:14pm Sun 13 Jul 14

Taxi Driver 10 says...

For the record, 18 teachers out of 54 will have left during the Summer Term (by the end of July). That equates to one third of teaching staff.
For the record, 18 teachers out of 54 will have left during the Summer Term (by the end of July). That equates to one third of teaching staff. Taxi Driver 10
  • Score: 17

6:27pm Sun 13 Jul 14

silent__witness says...

Sadly it is true that very little can be done to combat the difficulties occurring at the school, thanks to the poor leadership of Mike Jones. The only thing that can be done is for parents (lots of them) to contact the Department For Education.
As for the wonderful new Deputy Head, the Spotted Academy Westfield Watford page on facebook will shed a little light on her history.
"HGSS student" don't make me laugh, nothing screams desperation from SLT like this article and your comments.
Sadly it is true that very little can be done to combat the difficulties occurring at the school, thanks to the poor leadership of Mike Jones. The only thing that can be done is for parents (lots of them) to contact the Department For Education. As for the wonderful new Deputy Head, the Spotted Academy Westfield Watford page on facebook will shed a little light on her history. "HGSS student" don't make me laugh, nothing screams desperation from SLT like this article and your comments. silent__witness
  • Score: 10

7:00pm Sun 13 Jul 14

katew199 says...

In scenes reminiscent of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, the lunatics really do seem to have taken over the asylum at HGSS. More insidious is the fact that it appears to be the business manager who is yanking the Head teacher's strings - using a big school calculator to work out her next cost-saving, career destroying manoeuvre. As someone who taught at the school in the pre-Jones era, I am stunned by the accounts I have heard from the many friends who have been culled in the last few months. Three of the senior teachers who have been forced out of their job are the most loyal. talented and honourable women you could meet. Brilliant teachers whose only crime is their integrity and bravery in vocalising their concerns. Unfortunately, in despotic regimes it's the morally courageous who have to be removed. Where on earth has OFSTED been? I for one will be contacting them tomorrow.
In scenes reminiscent of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, the lunatics really do seem to have taken over the asylum at HGSS. More insidious is the fact that it appears to be the business manager who is yanking the Head teacher's strings - using a big school calculator to work out her next cost-saving, career destroying manoeuvre. As someone who taught at the school in the pre-Jones era, I am stunned by the accounts I have heard from the many friends who have been culled in the last few months. Three of the senior teachers who have been forced out of their job are the most loyal. talented and honourable women you could meet. Brilliant teachers whose only crime is their integrity and bravery in vocalising their concerns. Unfortunately, in despotic regimes it's the morally courageous who have to be removed. Where on earth has OFSTED been? I for one will be contacting them tomorrow. katew199
  • Score: 20

7:59pm Sun 13 Jul 14

lazydayz says...

HGSS STUDENT wrote:
I am so pleased that this article was written as it finally shows that the school is improving. It hasn't been an easy year, and I've been there as a student for the entire time. But I assure you the school is on the up, everyday a more positive atmosphere is felt. With a new build nearing completion, a great new deputy head and many positive changes due to/or occurring. 16 teachers have confirmed to be leaving, and those teachers all deserve credit for being amazing, of course it's a shame they're leaving however the new talent will ensure further the school is positive. HGSS have 103 staff, 16 is a small amount. The English department have been under pressure to increase results and turn the department around therefore it is not surprising they're leaving, other teachers are leaving for personal reasons and some with no doubt will be because of the changes. However outstanding teachers such as Mr Wooller, Miss Joynson and Miss Maguire remain giving th school an even larger posiive outlook. You may of noticed that the teachers leaving are mainly from English, other faculties have no teachers leaving such as Design and Technology which further proved that not all staff dislike the changes. The new build is fantastic and already had and will benefit the school. I want to end on the point that many schools in bucks such as Highcrest, Cressex and Misbourne have all suffered similarly to HGSS however they are now county known as being good schools, the same will come for HGSS.
HGSS student, as a student you should be, and, indeed, seem to be, unaware of the truth of what is happening at the school. This is a testament to the professionalism and integrity of all teaching staff, those that are staying and those that are leaving, who have managed to continue doing their best in very trying circumstances.

I am interested to know how you know so much detail about the running of the school, if you are as you say a student. How do you know why staff are leaving? Also how much do you really know about the other schools you mention? You are making some incredibly naive and generalised assumptions here, and if your education at HGSS has taught you anything, it should be not to do that.

You mention particularly the English department. I wonder how many of the new English teachers are those teachers from Canada mentioned in the article. Do they use Standard English or American English? If the latter, then their spelling, grammar and use of idiom will be far from the outstanding level required by the Head.

Good luck HGSS student. It isn't going to be the easy ride you seem to think it will.
[quote][p][bold]HGSS STUDENT[/bold] wrote: I am so pleased that this article was written as it finally shows that the school is improving. It hasn't been an easy year, and I've been there as a student for the entire time. But I assure you the school is on the up, everyday a more positive atmosphere is felt. With a new build nearing completion, a great new deputy head and many positive changes due to/or occurring. 16 teachers have confirmed to be leaving, and those teachers all deserve credit for being amazing, of course it's a shame they're leaving however the new talent will ensure further the school is positive. HGSS have 103 staff, 16 is a small amount. The English department have been under pressure to increase results and turn the department around therefore it is not surprising they're leaving, other teachers are leaving for personal reasons and some with no doubt will be because of the changes. However outstanding teachers such as Mr Wooller, Miss Joynson and Miss Maguire remain giving th school an even larger posiive outlook. You may of noticed that the teachers leaving are mainly from English, other faculties have no teachers leaving such as Design and Technology which further proved that not all staff dislike the changes. The new build is fantastic and already had and will benefit the school. I want to end on the point that many schools in bucks such as Highcrest, Cressex and Misbourne have all suffered similarly to HGSS however they are now county known as being good schools, the same will come for HGSS.[/p][/quote]HGSS student, as a student you should be, and, indeed, seem to be, unaware of the truth of what is happening at the school. This is a testament to the professionalism and integrity of all teaching staff, those that are staying and those that are leaving, who have managed to continue doing their best in very trying circumstances. I am interested to know how you know so much detail about the running of the school, if you are as you say a student. How do you know why staff are leaving? Also how much do you really know about the other schools you mention? You are making some incredibly naive and generalised assumptions here, and if your education at HGSS has taught you anything, it should be not to do that. You mention particularly the English department. I wonder how many of the new English teachers are those teachers from Canada mentioned in the article. Do they use Standard English or American English? If the latter, then their spelling, grammar and use of idiom will be far from the outstanding level required by the Head. Good luck HGSS student. It isn't going to be the easy ride you seem to think it will. lazydayz
  • Score: 14

8:26pm Sun 13 Jul 14

nonni says...

Please all be aware that there is a site called SPOTTED ACADEMY WESTFIELD, parents, teachers, EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW THE TRUTH ABOUT THE SCHOOL LEADERSHIP, AND HGSS STUDENT, PLEASE, WE KNOW YOU ARE NO STUDENT
Please all be aware that there is a site called SPOTTED ACADEMY WESTFIELD, parents, teachers, EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW THE TRUTH ABOUT THE SCHOOL LEADERSHIP, AND HGSS STUDENT, PLEASE, WE KNOW YOU ARE NO STUDENT nonni
  • Score: 16

8:28pm Sun 13 Jul 14

rubymoon says...

silent__witness wrote:
Sadly it is true that very little can be done to combat the difficulties occurring at the school, thanks to the poor leadership of Mike Jones. The only thing that can be done is for parents (lots of them) to contact the Department For Education.
As for the wonderful new Deputy Head, the Spotted Academy Westfield Watford page on facebook will shed a little light on her history.
"HGSS student" don't make me laugh, nothing screams desperation from SLT like this article and your comments.
I have just looked at this facebook page and I think everyone should look to. If Holmer Green have been using a consultant I would be interested to know her name. Equally it maybe would have been better if Mr Jones had maybe mentioned that he actually went to Canada to recruit these teachers. After seeing all this I am seriously worried for my old school. I think the governor's need to go and beg Mrs Tack and Mrs Lyndsay to come back and make everything right again. Because if anyone can they can.
[quote][p][bold]silent__witness[/bold] wrote: Sadly it is true that very little can be done to combat the difficulties occurring at the school, thanks to the poor leadership of Mike Jones. The only thing that can be done is for parents (lots of them) to contact the Department For Education. As for the wonderful new Deputy Head, the Spotted Academy Westfield Watford page on facebook will shed a little light on her history. "HGSS student" don't make me laugh, nothing screams desperation from SLT like this article and your comments.[/p][/quote]I have just looked at this facebook page and I think everyone should look to. If Holmer Green have been using a consultant I would be interested to know her name. Equally it maybe would have been better if Mr Jones had maybe mentioned that he actually went to Canada to recruit these teachers. After seeing all this I am seriously worried for my old school. I think the governor's need to go and beg Mrs Tack and Mrs Lyndsay to come back and make everything right again. Because if anyone can they can. rubymoon
  • Score: 12

8:46pm Sun 13 Jul 14

Kimberly2014 says...

is there not a thing called a 'vote of no confidence'? Where is Ofsted and are they aware that all this has been happening? Why has the national press not been told about this? I have looked at the FB page that silent witness mentioned and if all this is true then this is worse than anyone thought. Where are all the parents, this is their children's education? How many children have moved to new schools because of all this? I have also looked at the school website and it says that four vacancies are available in governor's, one of which is a staff vacancy. Why did the governors leave then? Also it says no job vacancies, so where did the school advertise for staff, before it went looking for staff abroad, I thought you had to advertise here first? Oh sorry I forgot, British teachers are not very good.
is there not a thing called a 'vote of no confidence'? Where is Ofsted and are they aware that all this has been happening? Why has the national press not been told about this? I have looked at the FB page that silent witness mentioned and if all this is true then this is worse than anyone thought. Where are all the parents, this is their children's education? How many children have moved to new schools because of all this? I have also looked at the school website and it says that four vacancies are available in governor's, one of which is a staff vacancy. Why did the governors leave then? Also it says no job vacancies, so where did the school advertise for staff, before it went looking for staff abroad, I thought you had to advertise here first? Oh sorry I forgot, British teachers are not very good. Kimberly2014
  • Score: 15

8:43am Mon 14 Jul 14

nonni says...

rubymoon wrote:
silent__witness wrote:
Sadly it is true that very little can be done to combat the difficulties occurring at the school, thanks to the poor leadership of Mike Jones. The only thing that can be done is for parents (lots of them) to contact the Department For Education.
As for the wonderful new Deputy Head, the Spotted Academy Westfield Watford page on facebook will shed a little light on her history.
"HGSS student" don't make me laugh, nothing screams desperation from SLT like this article and your comments.
I have just looked at this facebook page and I think everyone should look to. If Holmer Green have been using a consultant I would be interested to know her name. Equally it maybe would have been better if Mr Jones had maybe mentioned that he actually went to Canada to recruit these teachers. After seeing all this I am seriously worried for my old school. I think the governor's need to go and beg Mrs Tack and Mrs Lyndsay to come back and make everything right again. Because if anyone can they can.
HGSS is seeing changes at the school similar to what happened at westfield Academy watford under EMMA AYLESBURY/MERVA. After ofsted visit at HGSS who turns up at the school as a consultant none other than EMMA AYLESBURY/MERVA who herself is a Ofsted inspector with her husband Michael Merva. Through AYLES/MERVA Michelle Newman is bought in as deputy principal. Ayles/Merva and Newman both worked at Harris Bromley where when AYLES/MERVA broke the rules and Michelle Newman backed up her lies, when an investigation found Ayles/Merva to have been dishonest Michelle Newman was shipped out of Bromley to another Harris school. Watch out Michelle Newman will be head princapal soon. Ayles/Merva and the head Michael Jones go to Canada looking to recruit teachers, at westfield watford they went to Ireland to recruit. Whats the matter with british teachers??? Teachers resigning from HGSS or does the principal mean forced out, and when these teachers go they are gagged from talking about why they left. There seems to be a pattern developing between HGSS and Westfield and it has one senior teacher for each subject and others less qualified, on low pay. Emma Ayles/Merva was on a large amount of money at westfield as CEO of a multi-academy even though it was a single academy !!!!!!. Wake up HGSS, Ayles/Merva is on high wages as a consultant and will bring in teachers who will be whipped into shape with her way of thinking, if your not like that you will be next out the door. Locking gates so teachers cannot come and go during the day is another stepof using the big stick approach. FIGHT BACK NOW BEFORE ITS TO LATE, YOU CAN FIND VERY USEFUL INFO ON SPOTTED ACADEMY WESTFIELD, THEN THIS WILL ALL MAKE SENSE
[quote][p][bold]rubymoon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]silent__witness[/bold] wrote: Sadly it is true that very little can be done to combat the difficulties occurring at the school, thanks to the poor leadership of Mike Jones. The only thing that can be done is for parents (lots of them) to contact the Department For Education. As for the wonderful new Deputy Head, the Spotted Academy Westfield Watford page on facebook will shed a little light on her history. "HGSS student" don't make me laugh, nothing screams desperation from SLT like this article and your comments.[/p][/quote]I have just looked at this facebook page and I think everyone should look to. If Holmer Green have been using a consultant I would be interested to know her name. Equally it maybe would have been better if Mr Jones had maybe mentioned that he actually went to Canada to recruit these teachers. After seeing all this I am seriously worried for my old school. I think the governor's need to go and beg Mrs Tack and Mrs Lyndsay to come back and make everything right again. Because if anyone can they can.[/p][/quote]HGSS is seeing changes at the school similar to what happened at westfield Academy watford under EMMA AYLESBURY/MERVA. After ofsted visit at HGSS who turns up at the school as a consultant none other than EMMA AYLESBURY/MERVA who herself is a Ofsted inspector with her husband Michael Merva. Through AYLES/MERVA Michelle Newman is bought in as deputy principal. Ayles/Merva and Newman both worked at Harris Bromley where when AYLES/MERVA broke the rules and Michelle Newman backed up her lies, when an investigation found Ayles/Merva to have been dishonest Michelle Newman was shipped out of Bromley to another Harris school. Watch out Michelle Newman will be head princapal soon. Ayles/Merva and the head Michael Jones go to Canada looking to recruit teachers, at westfield watford they went to Ireland to recruit. Whats the matter with british teachers??? Teachers resigning from HGSS or does the principal mean forced out, and when these teachers go they are gagged from talking about why they left. There seems to be a pattern developing between HGSS and Westfield and it has one senior teacher for each subject and others less qualified, on low pay. Emma Ayles/Merva was on a large amount of money at westfield as CEO of a multi-academy even though it was a single academy !!!!!!. Wake up HGSS, Ayles/Merva is on high wages as a consultant and will bring in teachers who will be whipped into shape with her way of thinking, if your not like that you will be next out the door. Locking gates so teachers cannot come and go during the day is another stepof using the big stick approach. FIGHT BACK NOW BEFORE ITS TO LATE, YOU CAN FIND VERY USEFUL INFO ON SPOTTED ACADEMY WESTFIELD, THEN THIS WILL ALL MAKE SENSE nonni
  • Score: 16

9:28am Mon 14 Jul 14

Taxi Driver 10 says...

The following people might be interested in this situation. Your MP, the Department for Education, OFSTED, and the Chair of Governors.
The following people might be interested in this situation. Your MP, the Department for Education, OFSTED, and the Chair of Governors. Taxi Driver 10
  • Score: 9

9:40am Mon 14 Jul 14

nonni says...

Taxi Driver 10 wrote:
The following people might be interested in this situation. Your MP, the Department for Education, OFSTED, and the Chair of Governors.
I wouldnt bother with ofsted, the Mervas are ofsted inspectors, and the chair of governors will know exactly what is going on, this all happened at westfield and the governors are all in on it, but yes try your mp and maybe academy complaints unit
[quote][p][bold]Taxi Driver 10[/bold] wrote: The following people might be interested in this situation. Your MP, the Department for Education, OFSTED, and the Chair of Governors.[/p][/quote]I wouldnt bother with ofsted, the Mervas are ofsted inspectors, and the chair of governors will know exactly what is going on, this all happened at westfield and the governors are all in on it, but yes try your mp and maybe academy complaints unit nonni
  • Score: 9

12:01pm Mon 14 Jul 14

nonni says...

rubymoon wrote:
HGSS STUDENT wrote:
I am so pleased that this article was written as it finally shows that the school is improving. It hasn't been an easy year, and I've been there as a student for the entire time. But I assure you the school is on the up, everyday a more positive atmosphere is felt. With a new build nearing completion, a great new deputy head and many positive changes due to/or occurring. 16 teachers have confirmed to be leaving, and those teachers all deserve credit for being amazing, of course it's a shame they're leaving however the new talent will ensure further the school is positive. HGSS have 103 staff, 16 is a small amount. The English department have been under pressure to increase results and turn the department around therefore it is not surprising they're leaving, other teachers are leaving for personal reasons and some with no doubt will be because of the changes. However outstanding teachers such as Mr Wooller, Miss Joynson and Miss Maguire remain giving th school an even larger posiive outlook. You may of noticed that the teachers leaving are mainly from English, other faculties have no teachers leaving such as Design and Technology which further proved that not all staff dislike the changes. The new build is fantastic and already had and will benefit the school. I want to end on the point that many schools in bucks such as Highcrest, Cressex and Misbourne have all suffered similarly to HGSS however they are now county known as being good schools, the same will come for HGSS.
please please do not do this, you did it last time an article was written and you pretended to be a student. Do not insult our intelligence. WE HAVE VERY REAL CONCERNS HERE, WE ARE NOT PLAYING A GAME. Did you ask the permission of the teacher's you have named here, How could you dismiss the 16 that are going so flippantly. I am sure the staff love having to ask permission to leave the school at break or lunch, if they need to drive off anywhere. I am sure the teacher that collapsed with stress would agree with you that things are on the up at Holmer Green, I am sure the empty sixth form area that you seem so proud of will stay in pristine condition, due to its lack of use. Are you saying the English Department 'Cracked under pressure' I seriously doubt that. I am sure many staff are staying at Holmer Green, for differing reasons, Most will be staying and hoping that what ever body that is supposed to oversee and make sure a school is being run properly pulls their finger out and does just that. Holmer Green is NOT changing for the better. There is no positive atmosphere, The new deputy probably never knew what she was getting in to and if you are not who you say you are then I believe you are trying to salvage a bad situation. Save yourself the trouble, your to late.Mr Jones seems to have gone to far. Parents need to get involved now.
The new deputy knows exactly what she was getting into
[quote][p][bold]rubymoon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HGSS STUDENT[/bold] wrote: I am so pleased that this article was written as it finally shows that the school is improving. It hasn't been an easy year, and I've been there as a student for the entire time. But I assure you the school is on the up, everyday a more positive atmosphere is felt. With a new build nearing completion, a great new deputy head and many positive changes due to/or occurring. 16 teachers have confirmed to be leaving, and those teachers all deserve credit for being amazing, of course it's a shame they're leaving however the new talent will ensure further the school is positive. HGSS have 103 staff, 16 is a small amount. The English department have been under pressure to increase results and turn the department around therefore it is not surprising they're leaving, other teachers are leaving for personal reasons and some with no doubt will be because of the changes. However outstanding teachers such as Mr Wooller, Miss Joynson and Miss Maguire remain giving th school an even larger posiive outlook. You may of noticed that the teachers leaving are mainly from English, other faculties have no teachers leaving such as Design and Technology which further proved that not all staff dislike the changes. The new build is fantastic and already had and will benefit the school. I want to end on the point that many schools in bucks such as Highcrest, Cressex and Misbourne have all suffered similarly to HGSS however they are now county known as being good schools, the same will come for HGSS.[/p][/quote]please please do not do this, you did it last time an article was written and you pretended to be a student. Do not insult our intelligence. WE HAVE VERY REAL CONCERNS HERE, WE ARE NOT PLAYING A GAME. Did you ask the permission of the teacher's you have named here, How could you dismiss the 16 that are going so flippantly. I am sure the staff love having to ask permission to leave the school at break or lunch, if they need to drive off anywhere. I am sure the teacher that collapsed with stress would agree with you that things are on the up at Holmer Green, I am sure the empty sixth form area that you seem so proud of will stay in pristine condition, due to its lack of use. Are you saying the English Department 'Cracked under pressure' I seriously doubt that. I am sure many staff are staying at Holmer Green, for differing reasons, Most will be staying and hoping that what ever body that is supposed to oversee and make sure a school is being run properly pulls their finger out and does just that. Holmer Green is NOT changing for the better. There is no positive atmosphere, The new deputy probably never knew what she was getting in to and if you are not who you say you are then I believe you are trying to salvage a bad situation. Save yourself the trouble, your to late.Mr Jones seems to have gone to far. Parents need to get involved now.[/p][/quote]The new deputy knows exactly what she was getting into nonni
  • Score: 1

12:04pm Mon 14 Jul 14

nonni says...

You might also be interested to know that the schools consultant Ms Emma Ayles/merva went to canada with Michael Jones
You might also be interested to know that the schools consultant Ms Emma Ayles/merva went to canada with Michael Jones nonni
  • Score: 13

12:19pm Mon 14 Jul 14

beknarm says...

as an ex holmer green street & being there when mr jones was also there, he was an awesome teacher.! and tried to make the school do as good as possible.
it isnt the teachers fault, its the children who attend & their mind set. I was one of the naughty kids, but mr jones made sure I reached my full potential.
he was a wicked teacher & from when I was there, no kids would say a bad word about him.!
as an ex holmer green street & being there when mr jones was also there, he was an awesome teacher.! and tried to make the school do as good as possible. it isnt the teachers fault, its the children who attend & their mind set. I was one of the naughty kids, but mr jones made sure I reached my full potential. he was a wicked teacher & from when I was there, no kids would say a bad word about him.! beknarm
  • Score: -13

12:36pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Britabroad says...

This so called HGSS student is as much of a fraud as Mr Jones is!!!

Absolutely disgusting to see what is happening with little or no way to bring down this regime. To me it seems like a scam to make individuals money, not only robbing money from the funds needed to provide education to the students who need it but more importantly the great teachers the students previous had teaching them and educating them for the life ahead of them.

How can a man in Mr Jones position even compare experienced Teachers leaving to the young barely out of school CHEAP replacements.

How is this story not getting more coverage from the press as i believe it to be close to fraud, especially seeing how it's not the first time the consultants being used have come under scrutiny.

Mr Jones do everyone a favor and make yourself the 19th staff member to leave this summer
This so called HGSS student is as much of a fraud as Mr Jones is!!! Absolutely disgusting to see what is happening with little or no way to bring down this regime. To me it seems like a scam to make individuals money, not only robbing money from the funds needed to provide education to the students who need it but more importantly the great teachers the students previous had teaching them and educating them for the life ahead of them. How can a man in Mr Jones position even compare experienced Teachers leaving to the young barely out of school CHEAP replacements. How is this story not getting more coverage from the press as i believe it to be close to fraud, especially seeing how it's not the first time the consultants being used have come under scrutiny. Mr Jones do everyone a favor and make yourself the 19th staff member to leave this summer Britabroad
  • Score: 17

12:52pm Mon 14 Jul 14

fatbumum says...

I looked around HGSS at an open evening and morning in September last year, well before ofsted had been in, with a view for my daughter to start this September. I went with an open mind as I knew that the school was old, which to me is not a problem however I found it to be dirty, everywhere full of rubbish with evidence of bad behaviour, bullying and intimidation towards eachother and the staff.

I was informed by a year 11 boy who showed us around that there were separate areas for each year within the school playground as the years do not get on, separate girls toilets for year 7 and 8, so that they are not intimidated by the older girls and that there was a very high turnover off staff.

I am not nieve and am fully aware that bullying is in all schools but this felt different.

During the headmasters talk I felt that he was too relaxed, informal, jokey and probably felt that he didn't need to try, because the schools past reputation. I am very pleased that I saw the school for what it was, even more so now and I did not need ofsted to tell me that, luckily my daughter is not going there in September!
I looked around HGSS at an open evening and morning in September last year, well before ofsted had been in, with a view for my daughter to start this September. I went with an open mind as I knew that the school was old, which to me is not a problem however I found it to be dirty, everywhere full of rubbish with evidence of bad behaviour, bullying and intimidation towards eachother and the staff. I was informed by a year 11 boy who showed us around that there were separate areas for each year within the school playground as the years do not get on, separate girls toilets for year 7 and 8, so that they are not intimidated by the older girls and that there was a very high turnover off staff. I am not nieve and am fully aware that bullying is in all schools but this felt different. During the headmasters talk I felt that he was too relaxed, informal, jokey and probably felt that he didn't need to try, because the schools past reputation. I am very pleased that I saw the school for what it was, even more so now and I did not need ofsted to tell me that, luckily my daughter is not going there in September! fatbumum
  • Score: 13

1:40pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Faerbs says...

I'm sorry but the English department has fallen apart with Mr Jones trying to laugh it off. He has messed the current Yr 11 around so muh this year it's unreal he needs a reality check and get out of his bubble
I'm sorry but the English department has fallen apart with Mr Jones trying to laugh it off. He has messed the current Yr 11 around so muh this year it's unreal he needs a reality check and get out of his bubble Faerbs
  • Score: 17

1:46pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Walter W says...

Back in March Mr Jones made a statement that it was the Senior Leadership Team who were being restructured. At that time I defended his decision. I now feel utterly let down.

My children are still in your care Mr Jones and quite frankly I am very worried after reading all of the comments already made following your recent interview with the Bucks Free Press. My daughter has already had to say goodbye to one friend whose parents have decided enough is enough and have removed her to another school. If it is true that staff feel intimidated, stressed, gagged, unhappy, how can they possibly be expected to give our children the best education that they deserve?

Have you really locked your staff in? Personally I believe that our children should be kept safe whilst in your care, but surely you can understand why staff are upset that they are unable to leave their place of work in their free time when they want to? If you want to make the school safe what about the front gates and side alley that are completely open for anybody to walk through; I know because I have done it!

Please please call an emergency meeting for parents to explain what is going on. We are looking to you for leadership, not your Advisor or new Deputy.
Back in March Mr Jones made a statement that it was the Senior Leadership Team who were being restructured. At that time I defended his decision. I now feel utterly let down. My children are still in your care Mr Jones and quite frankly I am very worried after reading all of the comments already made following your recent interview with the Bucks Free Press. My daughter has already had to say goodbye to one friend whose parents have decided enough is enough and have removed her to another school. If it is true that staff feel intimidated, stressed, gagged, unhappy, how can they possibly be expected to give our children the best education that they deserve? Have you really locked your staff in? Personally I believe that our children should be kept safe whilst in your care, but surely you can understand why staff are upset that they are unable to leave their place of work in their free time when they want to? If you want to make the school safe what about the front gates and side alley that are completely open for anybody to walk through; I know because I have done it! Please please call an emergency meeting for parents to explain what is going on. We are looking to you for leadership, not your Advisor or new Deputy. Walter W
  • Score: 20

2:08pm Mon 14 Jul 14

HGSSFightback says...

HGSS STUDENT wrote:
I am so pleased that this article was written as it finally shows that the school is improving. It hasn't been an easy year, and I've been there as a student for the entire time. But I assure you the school is on the up, everyday a more positive atmosphere is felt. With a new build nearing completion, a great new deputy head and many positive changes due to/or occurring. 16 teachers have confirmed to be leaving, and those teachers all deserve credit for being amazing, of course it's a shame they're leaving however the new talent will ensure further the school is positive. HGSS have 103 staff, 16 is a small amount. The English department have been under pressure to increase results and turn the department around therefore it is not surprising they're leaving, other teachers are leaving for personal reasons and some with no doubt will be because of the changes. However outstanding teachers such as Mr Wooller, Miss Joynson and Miss Maguire remain giving th school an even larger posiive outlook. You may of noticed that the teachers leaving are mainly from English, other faculties have no teachers leaving such as Design and Technology which further proved that not all staff dislike the changes. The new build is fantastic and already had and will benefit the school. I want to end on the point that many schools in bucks such as Highcrest, Cressex and Misbourne have all suffered similarly to HGSS however they are now county known as being good schools, the same will come for HGSS.
Everyone knows that this isn't a real student but it's most definitely a member of staff (most likely to be Miss Jackson). Name me one student in this school that hasn't been negatively effected by the ludicrous changes Mr Jones is making, and as for the English department, well good luck Mr Jones without Mrs Dobbs and all the other amazing teachers. Me and my friends have all managed to obtain great GCSE's due to the outstanding teaching in the English department. P.S next time you pretend to be a student maybe don't include facts and figures, its slightly unconvincing.
[quote][p][bold]HGSS STUDENT[/bold] wrote: I am so pleased that this article was written as it finally shows that the school is improving. It hasn't been an easy year, and I've been there as a student for the entire time. But I assure you the school is on the up, everyday a more positive atmosphere is felt. With a new build nearing completion, a great new deputy head and many positive changes due to/or occurring. 16 teachers have confirmed to be leaving, and those teachers all deserve credit for being amazing, of course it's a shame they're leaving however the new talent will ensure further the school is positive. HGSS have 103 staff, 16 is a small amount. The English department have been under pressure to increase results and turn the department around therefore it is not surprising they're leaving, other teachers are leaving for personal reasons and some with no doubt will be because of the changes. However outstanding teachers such as Mr Wooller, Miss Joynson and Miss Maguire remain giving th school an even larger posiive outlook. You may of noticed that the teachers leaving are mainly from English, other faculties have no teachers leaving such as Design and Technology which further proved that not all staff dislike the changes. The new build is fantastic and already had and will benefit the school. I want to end on the point that many schools in bucks such as Highcrest, Cressex and Misbourne have all suffered similarly to HGSS however they are now county known as being good schools, the same will come for HGSS.[/p][/quote]Everyone knows that this isn't a real student but it's most definitely a member of staff (most likely to be Miss Jackson). Name me one student in this school that hasn't been negatively effected by the ludicrous changes Mr Jones is making, and as for the English department, well good luck Mr Jones without Mrs Dobbs and all the other amazing teachers. Me and my friends have all managed to obtain great GCSE's due to the outstanding teaching in the English department. P.S next time you pretend to be a student maybe don't include facts and figures, its slightly unconvincing. HGSSFightback
  • Score: 16

2:20pm Mon 14 Jul 14

MCarey says...

beknarm wrote:
as an ex holmer green street & being there when mr jones was also there, he was an awesome teacher.! and tried to make the school do as good as possible.
it isnt the teachers fault, its the children who attend & their mind set. I was one of the naughty kids, but mr jones made sure I reached my full potential.
he was a wicked teacher & from when I was there, no kids would say a bad word about him.!
what is holmer green street? you are clearly not an ex pupil
[quote][p][bold]beknarm[/bold] wrote: as an ex holmer green street & being there when mr jones was also there, he was an awesome teacher.! and tried to make the school do as good as possible. it isnt the teachers fault, its the children who attend & their mind set. I was one of the naughty kids, but mr jones made sure I reached my full potential. he was a wicked teacher & from when I was there, no kids would say a bad word about him.![/p][/quote]what is holmer green street? you are clearly not an ex pupil MCarey
  • Score: 7

4:31pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Kimberly2014 says...

There is a full governing body meeting at the school on 16th July at 7pm. Maybe it would be good if parent's turned up and demanded answers. It clearly says the meeting time and date on the website. maybe all members of the Senior Lead Team, finance officer and the consultant could be present.Let them all have the opportunity to discuss this in an open manner.
There is a full governing body meeting at the school on 16th July at 7pm. Maybe it would be good if parent's turned up and demanded answers. It clearly says the meeting time and date on the website. maybe all members of the Senior Lead Team, finance officer and the consultant could be present.Let them all have the opportunity to discuss this in an open manner. Kimberly2014
  • Score: 18

8:46pm Mon 14 Jul 14

VeryWorried says...

From a simple Google search, it appears that the majority of public domain information about some recent staff appointments are subject to a personal internet data protection request. If you then look at the aforementioned Facebook page, it alleges why this might be the case.

Mr. Jones, I'm concerned that by selling out your loyal staff in a fit of madness you inadvertently sold out to the devil. Unfortunately its likely you will be the next to be forcibly removed. Very suspect succession planning is already in place I'm sure.

To the good staff that remain and indeed you, Mr. Jones, if you can possibly come back from the dark side. Its not too late to whistleblow.

https://www.gov.uk/w
histleblowing/overvi
ew

To the governors:
Ofsted questioned your lack of intrinsic knowledge of school facts and figures. I sincerely hope you thoroughly researched what you might be hiring to 'sort' out the mess though as I gather It's getting like Hogwarts under the control of 'he who must not be named' at school.
How long until the Cruciatus Curse is practiced in the school hall from dawn 'til dusk? I gather the staff car park gates magically open as the sun goes down these days anyway so staff have no choice but to work 12 hour days. Perhaps it will help them to teach 'good or outstanding lessons'?? No Wait, the UK doesn't have any of those!

Please don't let this be Avada Kedavra to our beloved school.....

We the parents and colleagues will support the governors and indeed Mr. Jones to fix this mess but only if the bad mistakes made are reversed.

This is our school and we will fight for it.

I second the above post. I'm proposing an open call to speak with the governing body. 18:45 on Wednesday outside the school. Please register interest here and go tell your friends.
Unfortunately after posting this they'll probably change venue, maybe Canada? After all, It is on the long road to outstanding....but only the 'outstanding' teachers might know that! :-)
From a simple Google search, it appears that the majority of public domain information about some recent staff appointments are subject to a personal internet data protection request. If you then look at the aforementioned Facebook page, it alleges why this might be the case. Mr. Jones, I'm concerned that by selling out your loyal staff in a fit of madness you inadvertently sold out to the devil. Unfortunately its likely you will be the next to be forcibly removed. Very suspect succession planning is already in place I'm sure. To the good staff that remain and indeed you, Mr. Jones, if you can possibly come back from the dark side. Its not too late to whistleblow. https://www.gov.uk/w histleblowing/overvi ew To the governors: Ofsted questioned your lack of intrinsic knowledge of school facts and figures. I sincerely hope you thoroughly researched what you might be hiring to 'sort' out the mess though as I gather It's getting like Hogwarts under the control of 'he who must not be named' at school. How long until the Cruciatus Curse is practiced in the school hall from dawn 'til dusk? I gather the staff car park gates magically open as the sun goes down these days anyway so staff have no choice but to work 12 hour days. Perhaps it will help them to teach 'good or outstanding lessons'?? No Wait, the UK doesn't have any of those! Please don't let this be Avada Kedavra to our beloved school..... We the parents and colleagues will support the governors and indeed Mr. Jones to fix this mess but only if the bad mistakes made are reversed. This is our school and we will fight for it. I second the above post. I'm proposing an open call to speak with the governing body. 18:45 on Wednesday outside the school. Please register interest here and go tell your friends. Unfortunately after posting this they'll probably change venue, maybe Canada? After all, It is on the long road to outstanding....but only the 'outstanding' teachers might know that! :-) VeryWorried
  • Score: 19

10:04pm Mon 14 Jul 14

HGSS Parent says...

How disappointing this forum is when there are so many positive changes taking place to respond to Ofsted. How sad to see so many bitter staff posting in an effort to damage the school and cause distress to the students - how unprofessional.

The staff who are leaving have chosen to leave but since the Headteacher stated that over 40% of teachers were found to be 'Requires Improvement' then perhaps parents can feel positive about the staffing changes.

As for the derogatory comments about staff from Canada, my son was taught by a Canadian English teacher as HGSS previously who was excellent so if this is example of the high calibre staff in Canada then we have nothing to fear.

Would parents and students have preferred the school do nothing in response to Ofsted and allow the school to go into Special Measures - further disruption to our children. Like The Misbourne, HGSS will emerge stronger and those who stick with it will benefit from its renewal.
How disappointing this forum is when there are so many positive changes taking place to respond to Ofsted. How sad to see so many bitter staff posting in an effort to damage the school and cause distress to the students - how unprofessional. The staff who are leaving have chosen to leave but since the Headteacher stated that over 40% of teachers were found to be 'Requires Improvement' then perhaps parents can feel positive about the staffing changes. As for the derogatory comments about staff from Canada, my son was taught by a Canadian English teacher as HGSS previously who was excellent so if this is example of the high calibre staff in Canada then we have nothing to fear. Would parents and students have preferred the school do nothing in response to Ofsted and allow the school to go into Special Measures - further disruption to our children. Like The Misbourne, HGSS will emerge stronger and those who stick with it will benefit from its renewal. HGSS Parent
  • Score: -23

10:34pm Mon 14 Jul 14

rubymoon says...

HGSS Parent wrote:
How disappointing this forum is when there are so many positive changes taking place to respond to Ofsted. How sad to see so many bitter staff posting in an effort to damage the school and cause distress to the students - how unprofessional.

The staff who are leaving have chosen to leave but since the Headteacher stated that over 40% of teachers were found to be 'Requires Improvement' then perhaps parents can feel positive about the staffing changes.

As for the derogatory comments about staff from Canada, my son was taught by a Canadian English teacher as HGSS previously who was excellent so if this is example of the high calibre staff in Canada then we have nothing to fear.

Would parents and students have preferred the school do nothing in response to Ofsted and allow the school to go into Special Measures - further disruption to our children. Like The Misbourne, HGSS will emerge stronger and those who stick with it will benefit from its renewal.
you of course are entitled to your opinion, I totally respect that. But trust me on this, My year eleven daughter has been badly affected by the changes and lack of communication at HGSS, I can assure you that I am not a 'bitter staff member' I am a very concerned parent, an adult that has been asking questions for a long time now and been hit with untruths, side stepping and poor communication. I was entitled to the answers to my questions then and I am entitled to know now. Why would I allow my child to go to a sixth form in a school that could be being run by people that potentially could be being totally unprofessional themselves. If you work in a high level within a school and are responsible for the safety and well being of the students then i am sorry but you need to be whiter than white. If there is so much of a whiff of scandal or wrong doing surrounding you then you should not be in that role. I applaud the staff at HGSS for doing everything they could to support my daughter through a difficult time, brought on by the headmaster and the governor's. All i am asking is that all this that has been brought to light is investigated by the proper authorities.
[quote][p][bold]HGSS Parent[/bold] wrote: How disappointing this forum is when there are so many positive changes taking place to respond to Ofsted. How sad to see so many bitter staff posting in an effort to damage the school and cause distress to the students - how unprofessional. The staff who are leaving have chosen to leave but since the Headteacher stated that over 40% of teachers were found to be 'Requires Improvement' then perhaps parents can feel positive about the staffing changes. As for the derogatory comments about staff from Canada, my son was taught by a Canadian English teacher as HGSS previously who was excellent so if this is example of the high calibre staff in Canada then we have nothing to fear. Would parents and students have preferred the school do nothing in response to Ofsted and allow the school to go into Special Measures - further disruption to our children. Like The Misbourne, HGSS will emerge stronger and those who stick with it will benefit from its renewal.[/p][/quote]you of course are entitled to your opinion, I totally respect that. But trust me on this, My year eleven daughter has been badly affected by the changes and lack of communication at HGSS, I can assure you that I am not a 'bitter staff member' I am a very concerned parent, an adult that has been asking questions for a long time now and been hit with untruths, side stepping and poor communication. I was entitled to the answers to my questions then and I am entitled to know now. Why would I allow my child to go to a sixth form in a school that could be being run by people that potentially could be being totally unprofessional themselves. If you work in a high level within a school and are responsible for the safety and well being of the students then i am sorry but you need to be whiter than white. If there is so much of a whiff of scandal or wrong doing surrounding you then you should not be in that role. I applaud the staff at HGSS for doing everything they could to support my daughter through a difficult time, brought on by the headmaster and the governor's. All i am asking is that all this that has been brought to light is investigated by the proper authorities. rubymoon
  • Score: 17

10:42pm Mon 14 Jul 14

silent__witness says...

HGSS Parent wrote:
How disappointing this forum is when there are so many positive changes taking place to respond to Ofsted. How sad to see so many bitter staff posting in an effort to damage the school and cause distress to the students - how unprofessional.

The staff who are leaving have chosen to leave but since the Headteacher stated that over 40% of teachers were found to be 'Requires Improvement' then perhaps parents can feel positive about the staffing changes.

As for the derogatory comments about staff from Canada, my son was taught by a Canadian English teacher as HGSS previously who was excellent so if this is example of the high calibre staff in Canada then we have nothing to fear.

Would parents and students have preferred the school do nothing in response to Ofsted and allow the school to go into Special Measures - further disruption to our children. Like The Misbourne, HGSS will emerge stronger and those who stick with it will benefit from its renewal.
What makes you think staff are posting on this forum? Unlike comments on previous articles, nobody is claiming to be a teacher. You can't guarantee that the staff leaving are of that 40%, maybe all the staff leaving are good or outstanding, we just don't know.
I have heard that staff morale is at an all time low, other local schools in the same situation are just getting worse. With an unhappy staff comes a lack of motivation to teach the types of lessons our children deserve. We can only hope that the summer holidays allow the teachers of our children to come back positive and ready to put all of this behind them, as long as irreparable damage has not already been done.
[quote][p][bold]HGSS Parent[/bold] wrote: How disappointing this forum is when there are so many positive changes taking place to respond to Ofsted. How sad to see so many bitter staff posting in an effort to damage the school and cause distress to the students - how unprofessional. The staff who are leaving have chosen to leave but since the Headteacher stated that over 40% of teachers were found to be 'Requires Improvement' then perhaps parents can feel positive about the staffing changes. As for the derogatory comments about staff from Canada, my son was taught by a Canadian English teacher as HGSS previously who was excellent so if this is example of the high calibre staff in Canada then we have nothing to fear. Would parents and students have preferred the school do nothing in response to Ofsted and allow the school to go into Special Measures - further disruption to our children. Like The Misbourne, HGSS will emerge stronger and those who stick with it will benefit from its renewal.[/p][/quote]What makes you think staff are posting on this forum? Unlike comments on previous articles, nobody is claiming to be a teacher. You can't guarantee that the staff leaving are of that 40%, maybe all the staff leaving are good or outstanding, we just don't know. I have heard that staff morale is at an all time low, other local schools in the same situation are just getting worse. With an unhappy staff comes a lack of motivation to teach the types of lessons our children deserve. We can only hope that the summer holidays allow the teachers of our children to come back positive and ready to put all of this behind them, as long as irreparable damage has not already been done. silent__witness
  • Score: 15

11:03pm Mon 14 Jul 14

VeryWorried says...

I don't normally reply to negative, uninformed comments but please, please wake up and smell the bacon.
For your information, I'm not a member of staff at this school.
I initially thought that you probably were. Unfortunately, given that you clearly don't 'get' the irony and sarcasm (which are actually very similar but not quite the same - does this make me an 'outstanding' English teacher?) I use to try and numb some of the pain the parents are suffering, I sincerely hope you're not!
You're probably involved somewhere at the school. Lets get the PA to organise a 'Do' at the Winchester and we can wait for this to all blow over!

I say again....Please wake up and smell the bacon. I'm having to pull two devastated kids out of HGSS and we love this school!
I don't normally reply to negative, uninformed comments but please, please wake up and smell the bacon. For your information, I'm not a member of staff at this school. I initially thought that you probably were. Unfortunately, given that you clearly don't 'get' the irony and sarcasm (which are actually very similar but not quite the same - does this make me an 'outstanding' English teacher?) I use to try and numb some of the pain the parents are suffering, I sincerely hope you're not! You're probably involved somewhere at the school. Lets get the PA to organise a 'Do' at the Winchester and we can wait for this to all blow over! I say again....Please wake up and smell the bacon. I'm having to pull two devastated kids out of HGSS and we love this school! VeryWorried
  • Score: 10

11:17pm Mon 14 Jul 14

strangerthanfiction says...

HGSS Parent wrote:
How disappointing this forum is when there are so many positive changes taking place to respond to Ofsted. How sad to see so many bitter staff posting in an effort to damage the school and cause distress to the students - how unprofessional.

The staff who are leaving have chosen to leave but since the Headteacher stated that over 40% of teachers were found to be 'Requires Improvement' then perhaps parents can feel positive about the staffing changes.

As for the derogatory comments about staff from Canada, my son was taught by a Canadian English teacher as HGSS previously who was excellent so if this is example of the high calibre staff in Canada then we have nothing to fear.

Would parents and students have preferred the school do nothing in response to Ofsted and allow the school to go into Special Measures - further disruption to our children. Like The Misbourne, HGSS will emerge stronger and those who stick with it will benefit from its renewal.
HGSS Student has morphed into HGSS Parent. How original! Different name... same person and spouting the same old rubbish. Off you trundle and leave this forum to those with GENUINE CONCERNS about the SERIOUS AND GENUINE PROBLEMS at HGSS.
[quote][p][bold]HGSS Parent[/bold] wrote: How disappointing this forum is when there are so many positive changes taking place to respond to Ofsted. How sad to see so many bitter staff posting in an effort to damage the school and cause distress to the students - how unprofessional. The staff who are leaving have chosen to leave but since the Headteacher stated that over 40% of teachers were found to be 'Requires Improvement' then perhaps parents can feel positive about the staffing changes. As for the derogatory comments about staff from Canada, my son was taught by a Canadian English teacher as HGSS previously who was excellent so if this is example of the high calibre staff in Canada then we have nothing to fear. Would parents and students have preferred the school do nothing in response to Ofsted and allow the school to go into Special Measures - further disruption to our children. Like The Misbourne, HGSS will emerge stronger and those who stick with it will benefit from its renewal.[/p][/quote]HGSS Student has morphed into HGSS Parent. How original! Different name... same person and spouting the same old rubbish. Off you trundle and leave this forum to those with GENUINE CONCERNS about the SERIOUS AND GENUINE PROBLEMS at HGSS. strangerthanfiction
  • Score: 15

11:17pm Mon 14 Jul 14

HGSS Parent says...

rubymoon wrote:
HGSS Parent wrote:
How disappointing this forum is when there are so many positive changes taking place to respond to Ofsted. How sad to see so many bitter staff posting in an effort to damage the school and cause distress to the students - how unprofessional.

The staff who are leaving have chosen to leave but since the Headteacher stated that over 40% of teachers were found to be 'Requires Improvement' then perhaps parents can feel positive about the staffing changes.

As for the derogatory comments about staff from Canada, my son was taught by a Canadian English teacher as HGSS previously who was excellent so if this is example of the high calibre staff in Canada then we have nothing to fear.

Would parents and students have preferred the school do nothing in response to Ofsted and allow the school to go into Special Measures - further disruption to our children. Like The Misbourne, HGSS will emerge stronger and those who stick with it will benefit from its renewal.
you of course are entitled to your opinion, I totally respect that. But trust me on this, My year eleven daughter has been badly affected by the changes and lack of communication at HGSS, I can assure you that I am not a 'bitter staff member' I am a very concerned parent, an adult that has been asking questions for a long time now and been hit with untruths, side stepping and poor communication. I was entitled to the answers to my questions then and I am entitled to know now. Why would I allow my child to go to a sixth form in a school that could be being run by people that potentially could be being totally unprofessional themselves. If you work in a high level within a school and are responsible for the safety and well being of the students then i am sorry but you need to be whiter than white. If there is so much of a whiff of scandal or wrong doing surrounding you then you should not be in that role. I applaud the staff at HGSS for doing everything they could to support my daughter through a difficult time, brought on by the headmaster and the governor's. All i am asking is that all this that has been brought to light is investigated by the proper authorities.
The Ofsted Report said:

The sixth form requires improvement as
students are not making good progress in a
wide enough range of subjects.

I understand that the Sixth form is being totalled remodelled and with new leadership - there is no doubt that Ofsted have called for this change.
[quote][p][bold]rubymoon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HGSS Parent[/bold] wrote: How disappointing this forum is when there are so many positive changes taking place to respond to Ofsted. How sad to see so many bitter staff posting in an effort to damage the school and cause distress to the students - how unprofessional. The staff who are leaving have chosen to leave but since the Headteacher stated that over 40% of teachers were found to be 'Requires Improvement' then perhaps parents can feel positive about the staffing changes. As for the derogatory comments about staff from Canada, my son was taught by a Canadian English teacher as HGSS previously who was excellent so if this is example of the high calibre staff in Canada then we have nothing to fear. Would parents and students have preferred the school do nothing in response to Ofsted and allow the school to go into Special Measures - further disruption to our children. Like The Misbourne, HGSS will emerge stronger and those who stick with it will benefit from its renewal.[/p][/quote]you of course are entitled to your opinion, I totally respect that. But trust me on this, My year eleven daughter has been badly affected by the changes and lack of communication at HGSS, I can assure you that I am not a 'bitter staff member' I am a very concerned parent, an adult that has been asking questions for a long time now and been hit with untruths, side stepping and poor communication. I was entitled to the answers to my questions then and I am entitled to know now. Why would I allow my child to go to a sixth form in a school that could be being run by people that potentially could be being totally unprofessional themselves. If you work in a high level within a school and are responsible for the safety and well being of the students then i am sorry but you need to be whiter than white. If there is so much of a whiff of scandal or wrong doing surrounding you then you should not be in that role. I applaud the staff at HGSS for doing everything they could to support my daughter through a difficult time, brought on by the headmaster and the governor's. All i am asking is that all this that has been brought to light is investigated by the proper authorities.[/p][/quote]The Ofsted Report said: The sixth form requires improvement as students are not making good progress in a wide enough range of subjects. I understand that the Sixth form is being totalled remodelled and with new leadership - there is no doubt that Ofsted have called for this change. HGSS Parent
  • Score: -23

11:23pm Mon 14 Jul 14

VeryWorried says...

HGSS Parent wrote:
How disappointing this forum is when there are so many positive changes taking place to respond to Ofsted. How sad to see so many bitter staff posting in an effort to damage the school and cause distress to the students - how unprofessional.

The staff who are leaving have chosen to leave but since the Headteacher stated that over 40% of teachers were found to be 'Requires Improvement' then perhaps parents can feel positive about the staffing changes.

As for the derogatory comments about staff from Canada, my son was taught by a Canadian English teacher as HGSS previously who was excellent so if this is example of the high calibre staff in Canada then we have nothing to fear.

Would parents and students have preferred the school do nothing in response to Ofsted and allow the school to go into Special Measures - further disruption to our children. Like The Misbourne, HGSS will emerge stronger and those who stick with it will benefit from its renewal.
Clearly you didn't realise this post made earlier was a reply to you? Here you go.....
I don't normally reply to negative, uninformed comments but please, please wake up and smell the bacon.
For your information, I'm not a member of staff at this school.
I initially thought that you probably were. Unfortunately, given that you clearly don't 'get' the irony and sarcasm (which are actually very similar but not quite the same - does this make me an 'outstanding' English teacher?) I use to try and numb some of the pain the parents are suffering, I sincerely hope you're not!
You're probably involved somewhere at the school. Lets get the PA to organise a 'Do' at the Winchester and we can wait for this to all blow over!

I say again....Please wake up and smell the bacon. I'm having to pull two devastated kids out of HGSS and we love this school!
[quote][p][bold]HGSS Parent[/bold] wrote: How disappointing this forum is when there are so many positive changes taking place to respond to Ofsted. How sad to see so many bitter staff posting in an effort to damage the school and cause distress to the students - how unprofessional. The staff who are leaving have chosen to leave but since the Headteacher stated that over 40% of teachers were found to be 'Requires Improvement' then perhaps parents can feel positive about the staffing changes. As for the derogatory comments about staff from Canada, my son was taught by a Canadian English teacher as HGSS previously who was excellent so if this is example of the high calibre staff in Canada then we have nothing to fear. Would parents and students have preferred the school do nothing in response to Ofsted and allow the school to go into Special Measures - further disruption to our children. Like The Misbourne, HGSS will emerge stronger and those who stick with it will benefit from its renewal.[/p][/quote]Clearly you didn't realise this post made earlier was a reply to you? Here you go..... I don't normally reply to negative, uninformed comments but please, please wake up and smell the bacon. For your information, I'm not a member of staff at this school. I initially thought that you probably were. Unfortunately, given that you clearly don't 'get' the irony and sarcasm (which are actually very similar but not quite the same - does this make me an 'outstanding' English teacher?) I use to try and numb some of the pain the parents are suffering, I sincerely hope you're not! You're probably involved somewhere at the school. Lets get the PA to organise a 'Do' at the Winchester and we can wait for this to all blow over! I say again....Please wake up and smell the bacon. I'm having to pull two devastated kids out of HGSS and we love this school! VeryWorried
  • Score: 10

9:42am Tue 15 Jul 14

VeryWorried says...

Thousands will be rejoicing.
Mr. Gove and his ridiculous Academy ideals have gone!
Please will someone at Bucks CC look at HGSS and investigate the alleged abuse of teachers contractual terms and conditions afforded to heads and governing bodies under their academy status.We'll all be there to see the public stoning.
To the Governers and Kangaroo SLT, I hear a famous quote coming at you from high above.........
'He's not the Messiah, he's a very naughty boy'! ;-)
Thousands will be rejoicing. Mr. Gove and his ridiculous Academy ideals have gone! Please will someone at Bucks CC look at HGSS and investigate the alleged abuse of teachers contractual terms and conditions afforded to heads and governing bodies under their academy status.We'll all be there to see the public stoning. To the Governers and Kangaroo SLT, I hear a famous quote coming at you from high above......... 'He's not the Messiah, he's a very naughty boy'! ;-) VeryWorried
  • Score: 11

9:46am Tue 15 Jul 14

Marlow Mum says...

Taxi Driver 10 wrote:
For the record, 18 teachers out of 54 will have left during the Summer Term (by the end of July). That equates to one third of teaching staff.
Thanks for that clarification - I had guessed that the 103 total staff count also included non-teaching staff.
[quote][p][bold]Taxi Driver 10[/bold] wrote: For the record, 18 teachers out of 54 will have left during the Summer Term (by the end of July). That equates to one third of teaching staff.[/p][/quote]Thanks for that clarification - I had guessed that the 103 total staff count also included non-teaching staff. Marlow Mum
  • Score: 8

12:03pm Tue 15 Jul 14

nonni says...

VeryWorried wrote:
Thousands will be rejoicing.
Mr. Gove and his ridiculous Academy ideals have gone!
Please will someone at Bucks CC look at HGSS and investigate the alleged abuse of teachers contractual terms and conditions afforded to heads and governing bodies under their academy status.We'll all be there to see the public stoning.
To the Governers and Kangaroo SLT, I hear a famous quote coming at you from high above.........
'He's not the Messiah, he's a very naughty boy'! ;-)
you all need to get in touch with the Academy Complaints Unit, the longer you leave it the worse it becomes, mention the consultant, her name will ring a bell with them
[quote][p][bold]VeryWorried[/bold] wrote: Thousands will be rejoicing. Mr. Gove and his ridiculous Academy ideals have gone! Please will someone at Bucks CC look at HGSS and investigate the alleged abuse of teachers contractual terms and conditions afforded to heads and governing bodies under their academy status.We'll all be there to see the public stoning. To the Governers and Kangaroo SLT, I hear a famous quote coming at you from high above......... 'He's not the Messiah, he's a very naughty boy'! ;-)[/p][/quote]you all need to get in touch with the Academy Complaints Unit, the longer you leave it the worse it becomes, mention the consultant, her name will ring a bell with them nonni
  • Score: 9

12:07pm Tue 15 Jul 14

nonni says...

VeryWorried wrote:
Thousands will be rejoicing.
Mr. Gove and his ridiculous Academy ideals have gone!
Please will someone at Bucks CC look at HGSS and investigate the alleged abuse of teachers contractual terms and conditions afforded to heads and governing bodies under their academy status.We'll all be there to see the public stoning.
To the Governers and Kangaroo SLT, I hear a famous quote coming at you from high above.........
'He's not the Messiah, he's a very naughty boy'! ;-)
you must all keep going and fighting for your school, Academy complaints Unit is where to make your complaints, tell them the mess your consultant has made of your school, along with Newman and Jones and your governing body, tell them the consultants name, her name will ring a bell with them
[quote][p][bold]VeryWorried[/bold] wrote: Thousands will be rejoicing. Mr. Gove and his ridiculous Academy ideals have gone! Please will someone at Bucks CC look at HGSS and investigate the alleged abuse of teachers contractual terms and conditions afforded to heads and governing bodies under their academy status.We'll all be there to see the public stoning. To the Governers and Kangaroo SLT, I hear a famous quote coming at you from high above......... 'He's not the Messiah, he's a very naughty boy'! ;-)[/p][/quote]you must all keep going and fighting for your school, Academy complaints Unit is where to make your complaints, tell them the mess your consultant has made of your school, along with Newman and Jones and your governing body, tell them the consultants name, her name will ring a bell with them nonni
  • Score: 8

12:46pm Tue 15 Jul 14

nonni says...

An announcement of this artcle has gone on the SPOTTED ACADEMY WESTFIELD WATFORD SITE
An announcement of this artcle has gone on the SPOTTED ACADEMY WESTFIELD WATFORD SITE nonni
  • Score: 7

4:39pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Klp_x9 says...

Being a former HGSS student, to hear that the school has declined is awful. But blaming Mike Jones as being the main person that has contributed to this is wrong.
When I was at school Mr Jones was one of the ONLY teachers that took time out to make sure I succeeded in my GCSE'S being a naughty teenager. He helped me gain confidence in my ability which actually helped me get into university. When I was at that school the English Department were inadequate and the only good English teachers were Mrs Dobbs and Mrs Lindsey. The fact that they are keeping Mrs Dobbs just shows that they know what works and what doesn't and unfortunately obviously the English department weren't working.
Mr Jones may have been misled by 'business managers' that have guided him into making wrong decisions but to blame it all on him is terrible. A school is always based on the teaching and the teachers ability and that was obviously not up to par so changes had to be made.
He was quite possible the best teacher I have ever had which is including my lecturers at university, he takes pride in looking after his students.
I think he needs new people to 'guide' him as they are the ones that aren't helping the school achieve the best results, not just Mr Jones himself.
Being a former HGSS student, to hear that the school has declined is awful. But blaming Mike Jones as being the main person that has contributed to this is wrong. When I was at school Mr Jones was one of the ONLY teachers that took time out to make sure I succeeded in my GCSE'S being a naughty teenager. He helped me gain confidence in my ability which actually helped me get into university. When I was at that school the English Department were inadequate and the only good English teachers were Mrs Dobbs and Mrs Lindsey. The fact that they are keeping Mrs Dobbs just shows that they know what works and what doesn't and unfortunately obviously the English department weren't working. Mr Jones may have been misled by 'business managers' that have guided him into making wrong decisions but to blame it all on him is terrible. A school is always based on the teaching and the teachers ability and that was obviously not up to par so changes had to be made. He was quite possible the best teacher I have ever had which is including my lecturers at university, he takes pride in looking after his students. I think he needs new people to 'guide' him as they are the ones that aren't helping the school achieve the best results, not just Mr Jones himself. Klp_x9
  • Score: -17

5:00pm Tue 15 Jul 14

lazydayz says...

the arguments and counter-arguments, gossip and condemnation in these comments all point to one thing - a lack of real information. Somebody mentioned the number of teachers with a 'Requires Improvement' grading - Ofsted does not grade individual teachers, only the school as a whole, very often based on exam results and decided even before a visit has been made. Any individual grading from observations within the school is an entirely private matter, completely confidential, and therefore not for discussion in a public forum. Anyone who therefore thinks they know what teachers, whether leaving or staying, have been graded, is misinformed.
The only way to stop the gossip is to give some real answers, ones that the parents and students deserve in order to rebuild their confidence in the school.
the arguments and counter-arguments, gossip and condemnation in these comments all point to one thing - a lack of real information. Somebody mentioned the number of teachers with a 'Requires Improvement' grading - Ofsted does not grade individual teachers, only the school as a whole, very often based on exam results and decided even before a visit has been made. Any individual grading from observations within the school is an entirely private matter, completely confidential, and therefore not for discussion in a public forum. Anyone who therefore thinks they know what teachers, whether leaving or staying, have been graded, is misinformed. The only way to stop the gossip is to give some real answers, ones that the parents and students deserve in order to rebuild their confidence in the school. lazydayz
  • Score: 6

10:50pm Tue 15 Jul 14

VeryWorried says...

Oh really? I do believe you have exposed yourself as a member of the school staff and as such should be thoroughly ashamed of yourself.
You have also potentially committed libel.

I am however a parent and a male one at that, who is very concerned for the school. I have spent too much time worrying about injustice and attempting to make my kids happy again.

Enough now as this is ridiculous. If anyone wants to sort this out - HGSS tomorrow night.
I'll be contacting the local MP and any other bodies that wish to listen.
Confirm on here!

For your info, I do believe HGSS fightback was a student Facebook site?

Also, it is truly possible for someone other than the teacher you mentioned to study Psychology at degree level; even if YOU personally don't understand Freud or Piaget et al.

Get a life, a conscience and your P45!
Oh really? I do believe you have exposed yourself as a member of the school staff and as such should be thoroughly ashamed of yourself. You have also potentially committed libel. I am however a parent and a male one at that, who is very concerned for the school. I have spent too much time worrying about injustice and attempting to make my kids happy again. Enough now as this is ridiculous. If anyone wants to sort this out - HGSS tomorrow night. I'll be contacting the local MP and any other bodies that wish to listen. Confirm on here! For your info, I do believe HGSS fightback was a student Facebook site? Also, it is truly possible for someone other than the teacher you mentioned to study Psychology at degree level; even if YOU personally don't understand Freud or Piaget et al. Get a life, a conscience and your P45! VeryWorried
  • Score: 15

10:52pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Britabroad says...

Surely the Bucks Free Press are going to see the bigger story here? As journalists this would be a great story to break and dig deeper into. It's not just about a naive head master who has sold his soul to the devil and in return ruined the students chances of a good education (Mr Jones how do you sleep at night). What the real story is about how mismanaged and corrupt the academy system is. How can these people/consultants make money/take advantage of these situations?

Come on Bucks Free Press let's start digging deep on this one and expose the real story here.

For all the parents students and teachers present and past keep on making noise as the more protests and complaints made the more chance of making a change. Save a school that was once on of the best around and I know could be again!
Surely the Bucks Free Press are going to see the bigger story here? As journalists this would be a great story to break and dig deeper into. It's not just about a naive head master who has sold his soul to the devil and in return ruined the students chances of a good education (Mr Jones how do you sleep at night). What the real story is about how mismanaged and corrupt the academy system is. How can these people/consultants make money/take advantage of these situations? Come on Bucks Free Press let's start digging deep on this one and expose the real story here. For all the parents students and teachers present and past keep on making noise as the more protests and complaints made the more chance of making a change. Save a school that was once on of the best around and I know could be again! Britabroad
  • Score: 14

1:32am Wed 16 Jul 14

JustAnotherCanadianTeacher says...

lazydayz wrote:
HGSS STUDENT wrote:
I am so pleased that this article was written as it finally shows that the school is improving. It hasn't been an easy year, and I've been there as a student for the entire time. But I assure you the school is on the up, everyday a more positive atmosphere is felt. With a new build nearing completion, a great new deputy head and many positive changes due to/or occurring. 16 teachers have confirmed to be leaving, and those teachers all deserve credit for being amazing, of course it's a shame they're leaving however the new talent will ensure further the school is positive. HGSS have 103 staff, 16 is a small amount. The English department have been under pressure to increase results and turn the department around therefore it is not surprising they're leaving, other teachers are leaving for personal reasons and some with no doubt will be because of the changes. However outstanding teachers such as Mr Wooller, Miss Joynson and Miss Maguire remain giving th school an even larger posiive outlook. You may of noticed that the teachers leaving are mainly from English, other faculties have no teachers leaving such as Design and Technology which further proved that not all staff dislike the changes. The new build is fantastic and already had and will benefit the school. I want to end on the point that many schools in bucks such as Highcrest, Cressex and Misbourne have all suffered similarly to HGSS however they are now county known as being good schools, the same will come for HGSS.
HGSS student, as a student you should be, and, indeed, seem to be, unaware of the truth of what is happening at the school. This is a testament to the professionalism and integrity of all teaching staff, those that are staying and those that are leaving, who have managed to continue doing their best in very trying circumstances.

I am interested to know how you know so much detail about the running of the school, if you are as you say a student. How do you know why staff are leaving? Also how much do you really know about the other schools you mention? You are making some incredibly naive and generalised assumptions here, and if your education at HGSS has taught you anything, it should be not to do that.

You mention particularly the English department. I wonder how many of the new English teachers are those teachers from Canada mentioned in the article. Do they use Standard English or American English? If the latter, then their spelling, grammar and use of idiom will be far from the outstanding level required by the Head.

Good luck HGSS student. It isn't going to be the easy ride you seem to think it will.
As one of these Canadian teachers you mention, we use largely standard English. You bloody used to own us. The main difference is things in the automobile industry (ie tire vs tyre). There are another few nuances but we spell more words like you than Americans.

Three things:
1) Canadians are more than capable of teaching English in this country. It's all the Irish English teachers coming over you should worry about.
2) English teachers are difficult to recruit/employ especially in this area with such a high cost of living. (Not to mention the students can be tough)
3) Canada does have a glut of young teachers. Prepare yourself for the influx of Canadians and Irish teachers. We are desperate for jobs and experience.
[quote][p][bold]lazydayz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HGSS STUDENT[/bold] wrote: I am so pleased that this article was written as it finally shows that the school is improving. It hasn't been an easy year, and I've been there as a student for the entire time. But I assure you the school is on the up, everyday a more positive atmosphere is felt. With a new build nearing completion, a great new deputy head and many positive changes due to/or occurring. 16 teachers have confirmed to be leaving, and those teachers all deserve credit for being amazing, of course it's a shame they're leaving however the new talent will ensure further the school is positive. HGSS have 103 staff, 16 is a small amount. The English department have been under pressure to increase results and turn the department around therefore it is not surprising they're leaving, other teachers are leaving for personal reasons and some with no doubt will be because of the changes. However outstanding teachers such as Mr Wooller, Miss Joynson and Miss Maguire remain giving th school an even larger posiive outlook. You may of noticed that the teachers leaving are mainly from English, other faculties have no teachers leaving such as Design and Technology which further proved that not all staff dislike the changes. The new build is fantastic and already had and will benefit the school. I want to end on the point that many schools in bucks such as Highcrest, Cressex and Misbourne have all suffered similarly to HGSS however they are now county known as being good schools, the same will come for HGSS.[/p][/quote]HGSS student, as a student you should be, and, indeed, seem to be, unaware of the truth of what is happening at the school. This is a testament to the professionalism and integrity of all teaching staff, those that are staying and those that are leaving, who have managed to continue doing their best in very trying circumstances. I am interested to know how you know so much detail about the running of the school, if you are as you say a student. How do you know why staff are leaving? Also how much do you really know about the other schools you mention? You are making some incredibly naive and generalised assumptions here, and if your education at HGSS has taught you anything, it should be not to do that. You mention particularly the English department. I wonder how many of the new English teachers are those teachers from Canada mentioned in the article. Do they use Standard English or American English? If the latter, then their spelling, grammar and use of idiom will be far from the outstanding level required by the Head. Good luck HGSS student. It isn't going to be the easy ride you seem to think it will.[/p][/quote]As one of these Canadian teachers you mention, we use largely standard English. You bloody used to own us. The main difference is things in the automobile industry (ie tire vs tyre). There are another few nuances but we spell more words like you than Americans. Three things: 1) Canadians are more than capable of teaching English in this country. It's all the Irish English teachers coming over you should worry about. 2) English teachers are difficult to recruit/employ especially in this area with such a high cost of living. (Not to mention the students can be tough) 3) Canada does have a glut of young teachers. Prepare yourself for the influx of Canadians and Irish teachers. We are desperate for jobs and experience. JustAnotherCanadianTeacher
  • Score: 37

9:39am Wed 16 Jul 14

nonni says...

SPOTTED ACADEMY WESTFIELD WATFORD AND SUPPORTING HGSS,
A new post has gone on the site to give you an idea of what you are in for if you dont fight back now
SPOTTED ACADEMY WESTFIELD WATFORD AND SUPPORTING HGSS, A new post has gone on the site to give you an idea of what you are in for if you dont fight back now nonni
  • Score: 4

9:39am Wed 16 Jul 14

nonni says...

SPOTTED ACADEMY WESTFIELD WATFORD AND SUPPORTING HGSS,
A new post has gone on the site to give you an idea of what you are in for if you dont fight back now
SPOTTED ACADEMY WESTFIELD WATFORD AND SUPPORTING HGSS, A new post has gone on the site to give you an idea of what you are in for if you dont fight back now nonni
  • Score: 2

11:00am Wed 16 Jul 14

Escapee007 says...

Its absolutley incredible how two people can destroy a school in such a short time. Lets not put ALL the blame at Mike Jones' door as there's a cunning 'Business Manager' there too and believe me she pulls a lot of the strings! He's there in name only most of the time. There's been bullying, intimidation & other behaviour that is just not acceptable. Staff are in a shocking state and there's no undoing the wrongs now. Liz Tack was an excellent leader but too strong for the Business Manager. One had to go & it was going to be the sidekick now was it? I worked there for some time so I know what I'm talking about. I feel sorry for the kids & staff sticking it out because there's nowhere else to go. Grow a pair Mike and get out because it won't be too long before you too are on her hit list!
Its absolutley incredible how two people can destroy a school in such a short time. Lets not put ALL the blame at Mike Jones' door as there's a cunning 'Business Manager' there too and believe me she pulls a lot of the strings! He's there in name only most of the time. There's been bullying, intimidation & other behaviour that is just not acceptable. Staff are in a shocking state and there's no undoing the wrongs now. Liz Tack was an excellent leader but too strong for the Business Manager. One had to go & it was going to be the sidekick now was it? I worked there for some time so I know what I'm talking about. I feel sorry for the kids & staff sticking it out because there's nowhere else to go. Grow a pair Mike and get out because it won't be too long before you too are on her hit list! Escapee007
  • Score: 7

12:14pm Wed 16 Jul 14

red742 says...

I do not believe it is wise for Mr Jones to go at this stage. If the Ayles/Merva scheme - as described by the said facebook page - is true, then we have must not remove Mr Jones at this moment. The whole plan of the new deputy and Ayles/Merva is to lay ALL blame on the headmaster, make him unpopular so that he either resigns or be removed. Then the new deputy will take his place and there is nothing we can do about it. If no one has yet realised, there is only one deputy at HGSS. We normally have two but instead of recruiting a new assistant head or promoting another senior staff to that post, they demoted the only other deputy head to that position. That means one less opponent for Ayles/Merva to worry about. I know this may still be a rumor but never rule out rumours until you can fully prove they are fictitious. Otherwise there will still be a chance that it might come true.
I do not believe it is wise for Mr Jones to go at this stage. If the Ayles/Merva scheme - as described by the said facebook page - is true, then we have must not remove Mr Jones at this moment. The whole plan of the new deputy and Ayles/Merva is to lay ALL blame on the headmaster, make him unpopular so that he either resigns or be removed. Then the new deputy will take his place and there is nothing we can do about it. If no one has yet realised, there is only one deputy at HGSS. We normally have two but instead of recruiting a new assistant head or promoting another senior staff to that post, they demoted the only other deputy head to that position. That means one less opponent for Ayles/Merva to worry about. I know this may still be a rumor but never rule out rumours until you can fully prove they are fictitious. Otherwise there will still be a chance that it might come true. red742
  • Score: 6

12:27pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Escapee007 says...

I disagree with above. I find it ridiculous that with so much going wrong the powers that be don't look at the problems from the top . If a roof is leaking you don't remove the supporting walls you replace the roof. Too many of the best staff have already been lost. There are some fantastic teachers at HGSS and i feel so sad that people have been hurt in this crisis. Someone needs to do something and for goodness sake 'fix the roof'
I disagree with above. I find it ridiculous that with so much going wrong the powers that be don't look at the problems from the top . If a roof is leaking you don't remove the supporting walls you replace the roof. Too many of the best staff have already been lost. There are some fantastic teachers at HGSS and i feel so sad that people have been hurt in this crisis. Someone needs to do something and for goodness sake 'fix the roof' Escapee007
  • Score: 4

1:14pm Wed 16 Jul 14

red742 says...

Escapee007 wrote:
I disagree with above. I find it ridiculous that with so much going wrong the powers that be don't look at the problems from the top . If a roof is leaking you don't remove the supporting walls you replace the roof. Too many of the best staff have already been lost. There are some fantastic teachers at HGSS and i feel so sad that people have been hurt in this crisis. Someone needs to do something and for goodness sake 'fix the roof'
I agree with the above. The roof needs to be fixed but we also need to look into who should replace the roof. I am not saying Mr. Jones shouldn't go. I am concerned about who would replace him if he does leaves and at this moment in time, it is the new deputy. When we look at fixing a roof, we cannot just hire anyone to fix it. There are people out there who doesn't care about what we feel, but only on how full their pockets are. Can we trust these people to replace the roof? If the new deputy - with all these disturbing rumors surrounding her - is to replace Mr. Jones, can we trust her to be our new headmaster? Trust is important and at this moment in time, I do not trust her. If we want a more open and transparent school, we need to have a trustworthy headmaster and I believe neither Mr. Jones nor Mrs. Newman can be trusted.
[quote][p][bold]Escapee007[/bold] wrote: I disagree with above. I find it ridiculous that with so much going wrong the powers that be don't look at the problems from the top . If a roof is leaking you don't remove the supporting walls you replace the roof. Too many of the best staff have already been lost. There are some fantastic teachers at HGSS and i feel so sad that people have been hurt in this crisis. Someone needs to do something and for goodness sake 'fix the roof'[/p][/quote]I agree with the above. The roof needs to be fixed but we also need to look into who should replace the roof. I am not saying Mr. Jones shouldn't go. I am concerned about who would replace him if he does leaves and at this moment in time, it is the new deputy. When we look at fixing a roof, we cannot just hire anyone to fix it. There are people out there who doesn't care about what we feel, but only on how full their pockets are. Can we trust these people to replace the roof? If the new deputy - with all these disturbing rumors surrounding her - is to replace Mr. Jones, can we trust her to be our new headmaster? Trust is important and at this moment in time, I do not trust her. If we want a more open and transparent school, we need to have a trustworthy headmaster and I believe neither Mr. Jones nor Mrs. Newman can be trusted. red742
  • Score: 6

1:22pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Escapee007 says...

I agree but hope they take the BM & her 'hangers on' that she brought with her too. There are so many two faced people there within that circle. Absolute poison. One had a face to face confrontation with the former assistant head Rose Lyndsay on her last day. Talk about kick someone when they're down. Fortunately for Rose she's walked straight into another job and it's HG's loss. The 'clone' is still there.
I agree but hope they take the BM & her 'hangers on' that she brought with her too. There are so many two faced people there within that circle. Absolute poison. One had a face to face confrontation with the former assistant head Rose Lyndsay on her last day. Talk about kick someone when they're down. Fortunately for Rose she's walked straight into another job and it's HG's loss. The 'clone' is still there. Escapee007
  • Score: 7

2:28pm Wed 16 Jul 14

lazydayz says...

JustAnotherCanadianT
eacher
wrote:
lazydayz wrote:
HGSS STUDENT wrote:
I am so pleased that this article was written as it finally shows that the school is improving. It hasn't been an easy year, and I've been there as a student for the entire time. But I assure you the school is on the up, everyday a more positive atmosphere is felt. With a new build nearing completion, a great new deputy head and many positive changes due to/or occurring. 16 teachers have confirmed to be leaving, and those teachers all deserve credit for being amazing, of course it's a shame they're leaving however the new talent will ensure further the school is positive. HGSS have 103 staff, 16 is a small amount. The English department have been under pressure to increase results and turn the department around therefore it is not surprising they're leaving, other teachers are leaving for personal reasons and some with no doubt will be because of the changes. However outstanding teachers such as Mr Wooller, Miss Joynson and Miss Maguire remain giving th school an even larger posiive outlook. You may of noticed that the teachers leaving are mainly from English, other faculties have no teachers leaving such as Design and Technology which further proved that not all staff dislike the changes. The new build is fantastic and already had and will benefit the school. I want to end on the point that many schools in bucks such as Highcrest, Cressex and Misbourne have all suffered similarly to HGSS however they are now county known as being good schools, the same will come for HGSS.
HGSS student, as a student you should be, and, indeed, seem to be, unaware of the truth of what is happening at the school. This is a testament to the professionalism and integrity of all teaching staff, those that are staying and those that are leaving, who have managed to continue doing their best in very trying circumstances.

I am interested to know how you know so much detail about the running of the school, if you are as you say a student. How do you know why staff are leaving? Also how much do you really know about the other schools you mention? You are making some incredibly naive and generalised assumptions here, and if your education at HGSS has taught you anything, it should be not to do that.

You mention particularly the English department. I wonder how many of the new English teachers are those teachers from Canada mentioned in the article. Do they use Standard English or American English? If the latter, then their spelling, grammar and use of idiom will be far from the outstanding level required by the Head.

Good luck HGSS student. It isn't going to be the easy ride you seem to think it will.
As one of these Canadian teachers you mention, we use largely standard English. You bloody used to own us. The main difference is things in the automobile industry (ie tire vs tyre). There are another few nuances but we spell more words like you than Americans.

Three things:
1) Canadians are more than capable of teaching English in this country. It's all the Irish English teachers coming over you should worry about.
2) English teachers are difficult to recruit/employ especially in this area with such a high cost of living. (Not to mention the students can be tough)
3) Canada does have a glut of young teachers. Prepare yourself for the influx of Canadians and Irish teachers. We are desperate for jobs and experience.
Thank you for clarification JustAnotherCanadianT
eacher - the concerns about the differences in language were very real ones. However I take serious exception to two of your comments: 'You bloody used to own us.' No I did not, and I find your use of 'bloody' offensive. If you are starting teaching in this country with that chip on your shoulder, I suggest you lose it quickly. Secondly, all students 'can be tough' but from personal knowledge the kids at HGSS are fantastic, hard-working and personable individuals. Yes some of them may have difficulties - it's the same for all teenagers - but to brand them collectively before you've even started is not a good move. I wish you good luck in your move to the school, and hope you find it a positive experience.
[quote][p][bold]JustAnotherCanadianT eacher[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lazydayz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HGSS STUDENT[/bold] wrote: I am so pleased that this article was written as it finally shows that the school is improving. It hasn't been an easy year, and I've been there as a student for the entire time. But I assure you the school is on the up, everyday a more positive atmosphere is felt. With a new build nearing completion, a great new deputy head and many positive changes due to/or occurring. 16 teachers have confirmed to be leaving, and those teachers all deserve credit for being amazing, of course it's a shame they're leaving however the new talent will ensure further the school is positive. HGSS have 103 staff, 16 is a small amount. The English department have been under pressure to increase results and turn the department around therefore it is not surprising they're leaving, other teachers are leaving for personal reasons and some with no doubt will be because of the changes. However outstanding teachers such as Mr Wooller, Miss Joynson and Miss Maguire remain giving th school an even larger posiive outlook. You may of noticed that the teachers leaving are mainly from English, other faculties have no teachers leaving such as Design and Technology which further proved that not all staff dislike the changes. The new build is fantastic and already had and will benefit the school. I want to end on the point that many schools in bucks such as Highcrest, Cressex and Misbourne have all suffered similarly to HGSS however they are now county known as being good schools, the same will come for HGSS.[/p][/quote]HGSS student, as a student you should be, and, indeed, seem to be, unaware of the truth of what is happening at the school. This is a testament to the professionalism and integrity of all teaching staff, those that are staying and those that are leaving, who have managed to continue doing their best in very trying circumstances. I am interested to know how you know so much detail about the running of the school, if you are as you say a student. How do you know why staff are leaving? Also how much do you really know about the other schools you mention? You are making some incredibly naive and generalised assumptions here, and if your education at HGSS has taught you anything, it should be not to do that. You mention particularly the English department. I wonder how many of the new English teachers are those teachers from Canada mentioned in the article. Do they use Standard English or American English? If the latter, then their spelling, grammar and use of idiom will be far from the outstanding level required by the Head. Good luck HGSS student. It isn't going to be the easy ride you seem to think it will.[/p][/quote]As one of these Canadian teachers you mention, we use largely standard English. You bloody used to own us. The main difference is things in the automobile industry (ie tire vs tyre). There are another few nuances but we spell more words like you than Americans. Three things: 1) Canadians are more than capable of teaching English in this country. It's all the Irish English teachers coming over you should worry about. 2) English teachers are difficult to recruit/employ especially in this area with such a high cost of living. (Not to mention the students can be tough) 3) Canada does have a glut of young teachers. Prepare yourself for the influx of Canadians and Irish teachers. We are desperate for jobs and experience.[/p][/quote]Thank you for clarification JustAnotherCanadianT eacher - the concerns about the differences in language were very real ones. However I take serious exception to two of your comments: 'You bloody used to own us.' No I did not, and I find your use of 'bloody' offensive. If you are starting teaching in this country with that chip on your shoulder, I suggest you lose it quickly. Secondly, all students 'can be tough' but from personal knowledge the kids at HGSS are fantastic, hard-working and personable individuals. Yes some of them may have difficulties - it's the same for all teenagers - but to brand them collectively before you've even started is not a good move. I wish you good luck in your move to the school, and hope you find it a positive experience. lazydayz
  • Score: -31

3:44pm Wed 16 Jul 14

nonni says...

red742 wrote:
I do not believe it is wise for Mr Jones to go at this stage. If the Ayles/Merva scheme - as described by the said facebook page - is true, then we have must not remove Mr Jones at this moment. The whole plan of the new deputy and Ayles/Merva is to lay ALL blame on the headmaster, make him unpopular so that he either resigns or be removed. Then the new deputy will take his place and there is nothing we can do about it. If no one has yet realised, there is only one deputy at HGSS. We normally have two but instead of recruiting a new assistant head or promoting another senior staff to that post, they demoted the only other deputy head to that position. That means one less opponent for Ayles/Merva to worry about. I know this may still be a rumor but never rule out rumours until you can fully prove they are fictitious. Otherwise there will still be a chance that it might come true.
red742
Mr Jones will definately take the blame for all that is going on, and whilst i appreciate what you are saying, if he was a good head he would be standing by his staff not helping to destroy them, Ayles/Merva is the biggest bully you will ever come across but she can be brought down, we have done it, she has a very good friend Mr Rosen, westfields chair of governors, who is fuming with fb page as it has seen off AYLES/MERVA from westfield, all i can say if fight and i mean everyone, spotted academy westfield will help you all
[quote][p][bold]red742[/bold] wrote: I do not believe it is wise for Mr Jones to go at this stage. If the Ayles/Merva scheme - as described by the said facebook page - is true, then we have must not remove Mr Jones at this moment. The whole plan of the new deputy and Ayles/Merva is to lay ALL blame on the headmaster, make him unpopular so that he either resigns or be removed. Then the new deputy will take his place and there is nothing we can do about it. If no one has yet realised, there is only one deputy at HGSS. We normally have two but instead of recruiting a new assistant head or promoting another senior staff to that post, they demoted the only other deputy head to that position. That means one less opponent for Ayles/Merva to worry about. I know this may still be a rumor but never rule out rumours until you can fully prove they are fictitious. Otherwise there will still be a chance that it might come true.[/p][/quote]red742 Mr Jones will definately take the blame for all that is going on, and whilst i appreciate what you are saying, if he was a good head he would be standing by his staff not helping to destroy them, Ayles/Merva is the biggest bully you will ever come across but she can be brought down, we have done it, she has a very good friend Mr Rosen, westfields chair of governors, who is fuming with fb page as it has seen off AYLES/MERVA from westfield, all i can say if fight and i mean everyone, spotted academy westfield will help you all nonni
  • Score: 1

4:26pm Wed 16 Jul 14

JustAnotherCanadianTeacher says...

lazydayz wrote:
JustAnotherCanadianT

eacher
wrote:
lazydayz wrote:
HGSS STUDENT wrote:
I am so pleased that this article was written as it finally shows that the school is improving. It hasn't been an easy year, and I've been there as a student for the entire time. But I assure you the school is on the up, everyday a more positive atmosphere is felt. With a new build nearing completion, a great new deputy head and many positive changes due to/or occurring. 16 teachers have confirmed to be leaving, and those teachers all deserve credit for being amazing, of course it's a shame they're leaving however the new talent will ensure further the school is positive. HGSS have 103 staff, 16 is a small amount. The English department have been under pressure to increase results and turn the department around therefore it is not surprising they're leaving, other teachers are leaving for personal reasons and some with no doubt will be because of the changes. However outstanding teachers such as Mr Wooller, Miss Joynson and Miss Maguire remain giving th school an even larger posiive outlook. You may of noticed that the teachers leaving are mainly from English, other faculties have no teachers leaving such as Design and Technology which further proved that not all staff dislike the changes. The new build is fantastic and already had and will benefit the school. I want to end on the point that many schools in bucks such as Highcrest, Cressex and Misbourne have all suffered similarly to HGSS however they are now county known as being good schools, the same will come for HGSS.
HGSS student, as a student you should be, and, indeed, seem to be, unaware of the truth of what is happening at the school. This is a testament to the professionalism and integrity of all teaching staff, those that are staying and those that are leaving, who have managed to continue doing their best in very trying circumstances.

I am interested to know how you know so much detail about the running of the school, if you are as you say a student. How do you know why staff are leaving? Also how much do you really know about the other schools you mention? You are making some incredibly naive and generalised assumptions here, and if your education at HGSS has taught you anything, it should be not to do that.

You mention particularly the English department. I wonder how many of the new English teachers are those teachers from Canada mentioned in the article. Do they use Standard English or American English? If the latter, then their spelling, grammar and use of idiom will be far from the outstanding level required by the Head.

Good luck HGSS student. It isn't going to be the easy ride you seem to think it will.
As one of these Canadian teachers you mention, we use largely standard English. You bloody used to own us. The main difference is things in the automobile industry (ie tire vs tyre). There are another few nuances but we spell more words like you than Americans.

Three things:
1) Canadians are more than capable of teaching English in this country. It's all the Irish English teachers coming over you should worry about.
2) English teachers are difficult to recruit/employ especially in this area with such a high cost of living. (Not to mention the students can be tough)
3) Canada does have a glut of young teachers. Prepare yourself for the influx of Canadians and Irish teachers. We are desperate for jobs and experience.
Thank you for clarification JustAnotherCanadianT

eacher - the concerns about the differences in language were very real ones. However I take serious exception to two of your comments: 'You bloody used to own us.' No I did not, and I find your use of 'bloody' offensive. If you are starting teaching in this country with that chip on your shoulder, I suggest you lose it quickly. Secondly, all students 'can be tough' but from personal knowledge the kids at HGSS are fantastic, hard-working and personable individuals. Yes some of them may have difficulties - it's the same for all teenagers - but to brand them collectively before you've even started is not a good move. I wish you good luck in your move to the school, and hope you find it a positive experience.
lazydayz,
I am not one of the teachers going to HGSS. I have worked here in the UK for two years and have experiance with a wide variety of students, but I will admit not the "tremendous" students at HGSS, so maybe they are an exception to experiences I have had.

I didn't mean to offend you by using the word "bloody." I didn't realise that it was such a sensitive spot. My point was that Canada is still very influenced by the UK, especially linguistically. To be frank (hopefully this is not as offensive as bloody) if you can't find enough quality UK English teachers, Canadians are the second best choice.

To be fair, this Head teacher does seems clueless...

But I will reiterate that more and more Canadians teachers will be coming to fill your schools (and pubs).
[quote][p][bold]lazydayz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JustAnotherCanadianT eacher[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lazydayz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HGSS STUDENT[/bold] wrote: I am so pleased that this article was written as it finally shows that the school is improving. It hasn't been an easy year, and I've been there as a student for the entire time. But I assure you the school is on the up, everyday a more positive atmosphere is felt. With a new build nearing completion, a great new deputy head and many positive changes due to/or occurring. 16 teachers have confirmed to be leaving, and those teachers all deserve credit for being amazing, of course it's a shame they're leaving however the new talent will ensure further the school is positive. HGSS have 103 staff, 16 is a small amount. The English department have been under pressure to increase results and turn the department around therefore it is not surprising they're leaving, other teachers are leaving for personal reasons and some with no doubt will be because of the changes. However outstanding teachers such as Mr Wooller, Miss Joynson and Miss Maguire remain giving th school an even larger posiive outlook. You may of noticed that the teachers leaving are mainly from English, other faculties have no teachers leaving such as Design and Technology which further proved that not all staff dislike the changes. The new build is fantastic and already had and will benefit the school. I want to end on the point that many schools in bucks such as Highcrest, Cressex and Misbourne have all suffered similarly to HGSS however they are now county known as being good schools, the same will come for HGSS.[/p][/quote]HGSS student, as a student you should be, and, indeed, seem to be, unaware of the truth of what is happening at the school. This is a testament to the professionalism and integrity of all teaching staff, those that are staying and those that are leaving, who have managed to continue doing their best in very trying circumstances. I am interested to know how you know so much detail about the running of the school, if you are as you say a student. How do you know why staff are leaving? Also how much do you really know about the other schools you mention? You are making some incredibly naive and generalised assumptions here, and if your education at HGSS has taught you anything, it should be not to do that. You mention particularly the English department. I wonder how many of the new English teachers are those teachers from Canada mentioned in the article. Do they use Standard English or American English? If the latter, then their spelling, grammar and use of idiom will be far from the outstanding level required by the Head. Good luck HGSS student. It isn't going to be the easy ride you seem to think it will.[/p][/quote]As one of these Canadian teachers you mention, we use largely standard English. You bloody used to own us. The main difference is things in the automobile industry (ie tire vs tyre). There are another few nuances but we spell more words like you than Americans. Three things: 1) Canadians are more than capable of teaching English in this country. It's all the Irish English teachers coming over you should worry about. 2) English teachers are difficult to recruit/employ especially in this area with such a high cost of living. (Not to mention the students can be tough) 3) Canada does have a glut of young teachers. Prepare yourself for the influx of Canadians and Irish teachers. We are desperate for jobs and experience.[/p][/quote]Thank you for clarification JustAnotherCanadianT eacher - the concerns about the differences in language were very real ones. However I take serious exception to two of your comments: 'You bloody used to own us.' No I did not, and I find your use of 'bloody' offensive. If you are starting teaching in this country with that chip on your shoulder, I suggest you lose it quickly. Secondly, all students 'can be tough' but from personal knowledge the kids at HGSS are fantastic, hard-working and personable individuals. Yes some of them may have difficulties - it's the same for all teenagers - but to brand them collectively before you've even started is not a good move. I wish you good luck in your move to the school, and hope you find it a positive experience.[/p][/quote]lazydayz, I am not one of the teachers going to HGSS. I have worked here in the UK for two years and have experiance with a wide variety of students, but I will admit not the "tremendous" students at HGSS, so maybe they are an exception to experiences I have had. I didn't mean to offend you by using the word "bloody." I didn't realise that it was such a sensitive spot. My point was that Canada is still very influenced by the UK, especially linguistically. To be frank (hopefully this is not as offensive as bloody) if you can't find enough quality UK English teachers, Canadians are the second best choice. To be fair, this Head teacher does seems clueless... But I will reiterate that more and more Canadians teachers will be coming to fill your schools (and pubs). JustAnotherCanadianTeacher
  • Score: 40

4:32pm Wed 16 Jul 14

red742 says...

nonni wrote:
red742 wrote:
I do not believe it is wise for Mr Jones to go at this stage. If the Ayles/Merva scheme - as described by the said facebook page - is true, then we have must not remove Mr Jones at this moment. The whole plan of the new deputy and Ayles/Merva is to lay ALL blame on the headmaster, make him unpopular so that he either resigns or be removed. Then the new deputy will take his place and there is nothing we can do about it. If no one has yet realised, there is only one deputy at HGSS. We normally have two but instead of recruiting a new assistant head or promoting another senior staff to that post, they demoted the only other deputy head to that position. That means one less opponent for Ayles/Merva to worry about. I know this may still be a rumor but never rule out rumours until you can fully prove they are fictitious. Otherwise there will still be a chance that it might come true.
red742
Mr Jones will definately take the blame for all that is going on, and whilst i appreciate what you are saying, if he was a good head he would be standing by his staff not helping to destroy them, Ayles/Merva is the biggest bully you will ever come across but she can be brought down, we have done it, she has a very good friend Mr Rosen, westfields chair of governors, who is fuming with fb page as it has seen off AYLES/MERVA from westfield, all i can say if fight and i mean everyone, spotted academy westfield will help you all
I appreciate the comment and support and I agree that Mr. Jones is not the one who can lead us out of this. No one should forget that HE started this. If he had not made all these naive judgments, Ayles/Merva and Co. couldn't of exploited us. His awful handling of this situation is highlighted in the article itself. To say to the media that the UK has a 'shortage of outstanding teachers' is absolutely ludicrous. Having been in full time education for almost all my life, I struggle to believe that my past teachers – both in primary and secondary school - are as he might say it: 'short of outstanding'. However my concern is if we remove him now, can we prevent the new deputy from taking his place and introduce Ayles/Merva's schemes into the school? I hope that there can still be something that can return OUR school to the HGSS we all knew 5 years ago.
[quote][p][bold]nonni[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]red742[/bold] wrote: I do not believe it is wise for Mr Jones to go at this stage. If the Ayles/Merva scheme - as described by the said facebook page - is true, then we have must not remove Mr Jones at this moment. The whole plan of the new deputy and Ayles/Merva is to lay ALL blame on the headmaster, make him unpopular so that he either resigns or be removed. Then the new deputy will take his place and there is nothing we can do about it. If no one has yet realised, there is only one deputy at HGSS. We normally have two but instead of recruiting a new assistant head or promoting another senior staff to that post, they demoted the only other deputy head to that position. That means one less opponent for Ayles/Merva to worry about. I know this may still be a rumor but never rule out rumours until you can fully prove they are fictitious. Otherwise there will still be a chance that it might come true.[/p][/quote]red742 Mr Jones will definately take the blame for all that is going on, and whilst i appreciate what you are saying, if he was a good head he would be standing by his staff not helping to destroy them, Ayles/Merva is the biggest bully you will ever come across but she can be brought down, we have done it, she has a very good friend Mr Rosen, westfields chair of governors, who is fuming with fb page as it has seen off AYLES/MERVA from westfield, all i can say if fight and i mean everyone, spotted academy westfield will help you all[/p][/quote]I appreciate the comment and support and I agree that Mr. Jones is not the one who can lead us out of this. No one should forget that HE started this. If he had not made all these naive judgments, Ayles/Merva and Co. couldn't of exploited us. His awful handling of this situation is highlighted in the article itself. To say to the media that the UK has a 'shortage of outstanding teachers' is absolutely ludicrous. Having been in full time education for almost all my life, I struggle to believe that my past teachers – both in primary and secondary school - are as he might say it: 'short of outstanding'. However my concern is if we remove him now, can we prevent the new deputy from taking his place and introduce Ayles/Merva's schemes into the school? I hope that there can still be something that can return OUR school to the HGSS we all knew 5 years ago. red742
  • Score: 6

5:41pm Wed 16 Jul 14

rubymoon says...

JustAnotherCanadianT
eacher
wrote:
lazydayz wrote:
JustAnotherCanadianT


eacher
wrote:
lazydayz wrote:
HGSS STUDENT wrote:
I am so pleased that this article was written as it finally shows that the school is improving. It hasn't been an easy year, and I've been there as a student for the entire time. But I assure you the school is on the up, everyday a more positive atmosphere is felt. With a new build nearing completion, a great new deputy head and many positive changes due to/or occurring. 16 teachers have confirmed to be leaving, and those teachers all deserve credit for being amazing, of course it's a shame they're leaving however the new talent will ensure further the school is positive. HGSS have 103 staff, 16 is a small amount. The English department have been under pressure to increase results and turn the department around therefore it is not surprising they're leaving, other teachers are leaving for personal reasons and some with no doubt will be because of the changes. However outstanding teachers such as Mr Wooller, Miss Joynson and Miss Maguire remain giving th school an even larger posiive outlook. You may of noticed that the teachers leaving are mainly from English, other faculties have no teachers leaving such as Design and Technology which further proved that not all staff dislike the changes. The new build is fantastic and already had and will benefit the school. I want to end on the point that many schools in bucks such as Highcrest, Cressex and Misbourne have all suffered similarly to HGSS however they are now county known as being good schools, the same will come for HGSS.
HGSS student, as a student you should be, and, indeed, seem to be, unaware of the truth of what is happening at the school. This is a testament to the professionalism and integrity of all teaching staff, those that are staying and those that are leaving, who have managed to continue doing their best in very trying circumstances.

I am interested to know how you know so much detail about the running of the school, if you are as you say a student. How do you know why staff are leaving? Also how much do you really know about the other schools you mention? You are making some incredibly naive and generalised assumptions here, and if your education at HGSS has taught you anything, it should be not to do that.

You mention particularly the English department. I wonder how many of the new English teachers are those teachers from Canada mentioned in the article. Do they use Standard English or American English? If the latter, then their spelling, grammar and use of idiom will be far from the outstanding level required by the Head.

Good luck HGSS student. It isn't going to be the easy ride you seem to think it will.
As one of these Canadian teachers you mention, we use largely standard English. You bloody used to own us. The main difference is things in the automobile industry (ie tire vs tyre). There are another few nuances but we spell more words like you than Americans.

Three things:
1) Canadians are more than capable of teaching English in this country. It's all the Irish English teachers coming over you should worry about.
2) English teachers are difficult to recruit/employ especially in this area with such a high cost of living. (Not to mention the students can be tough)
3) Canada does have a glut of young teachers. Prepare yourself for the influx of Canadians and Irish teachers. We are desperate for jobs and experience.
Thank you for clarification JustAnotherCanadianT


eacher - the concerns about the differences in language were very real ones. However I take serious exception to two of your comments: 'You bloody used to own us.' No I did not, and I find your use of 'bloody' offensive. If you are starting teaching in this country with that chip on your shoulder, I suggest you lose it quickly. Secondly, all students 'can be tough' but from personal knowledge the kids at HGSS are fantastic, hard-working and personable individuals. Yes some of them may have difficulties - it's the same for all teenagers - but to brand them collectively before you've even started is not a good move. I wish you good luck in your move to the school, and hope you find it a positive experience.
lazydayz,
I am not one of the teachers going to HGSS. I have worked here in the UK for two years and have experiance with a wide variety of students, but I will admit not the "tremendous" students at HGSS, so maybe they are an exception to experiences I have had.

I didn't mean to offend you by using the word "bloody." I didn't realise that it was such a sensitive spot. My point was that Canada is still very influenced by the UK, especially linguistically. To be frank (hopefully this is not as offensive as bloody) if you can't find enough quality UK English teachers, Canadians are the second best choice.

To be fair, this Head teacher does seems clueless...

But I will reiterate that more and more Canadians teachers will be coming to fill your schools (and pubs).
And we would welcome them with open arms, But not this way, Not when our hardworking young English Teacher's never even got the chance to apply. I hope many parent's are going to turn up at the school tonight, as is their right to do so. I was told today that the governor's are accountable to the parent's. That they are directors of the company and answer to us. Well if that is the case, make it clear where the money has gone. make it clear if the sixth form buildings will be full of student's, make it clear who will be running the school and make it clear where all the advice has come from. The more you dig around searching for information the clearer the picture becomes. I would be very worried if I was in certain positions within the school. I also feel very sorry for the new teacher's about to walk into this dreadful mess, without a clue what is in store for them.
[quote][p][bold]JustAnotherCanadianT eacher[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lazydayz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JustAnotherCanadianT eacher[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lazydayz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HGSS STUDENT[/bold] wrote: I am so pleased that this article was written as it finally shows that the school is improving. It hasn't been an easy year, and I've been there as a student for the entire time. But I assure you the school is on the up, everyday a more positive atmosphere is felt. With a new build nearing completion, a great new deputy head and many positive changes due to/or occurring. 16 teachers have confirmed to be leaving, and those teachers all deserve credit for being amazing, of course it's a shame they're leaving however the new talent will ensure further the school is positive. HGSS have 103 staff, 16 is a small amount. The English department have been under pressure to increase results and turn the department around therefore it is not surprising they're leaving, other teachers are leaving for personal reasons and some with no doubt will be because of the changes. However outstanding teachers such as Mr Wooller, Miss Joynson and Miss Maguire remain giving th school an even larger posiive outlook. You may of noticed that the teachers leaving are mainly from English, other faculties have no teachers leaving such as Design and Technology which further proved that not all staff dislike the changes. The new build is fantastic and already had and will benefit the school. I want to end on the point that many schools in bucks such as Highcrest, Cressex and Misbourne have all suffered similarly to HGSS however they are now county known as being good schools, the same will come for HGSS.[/p][/quote]HGSS student, as a student you should be, and, indeed, seem to be, unaware of the truth of what is happening at the school. This is a testament to the professionalism and integrity of all teaching staff, those that are staying and those that are leaving, who have managed to continue doing their best in very trying circumstances. I am interested to know how you know so much detail about the running of the school, if you are as you say a student. How do you know why staff are leaving? Also how much do you really know about the other schools you mention? You are making some incredibly naive and generalised assumptions here, and if your education at HGSS has taught you anything, it should be not to do that. You mention particularly the English department. I wonder how many of the new English teachers are those teachers from Canada mentioned in the article. Do they use Standard English or American English? If the latter, then their spelling, grammar and use of idiom will be far from the outstanding level required by the Head. Good luck HGSS student. It isn't going to be the easy ride you seem to think it will.[/p][/quote]As one of these Canadian teachers you mention, we use largely standard English. You bloody used to own us. The main difference is things in the automobile industry (ie tire vs tyre). There are another few nuances but we spell more words like you than Americans. Three things: 1) Canadians are more than capable of teaching English in this country. It's all the Irish English teachers coming over you should worry about. 2) English teachers are difficult to recruit/employ especially in this area with such a high cost of living. (Not to mention the students can be tough) 3) Canada does have a glut of young teachers. Prepare yourself for the influx of Canadians and Irish teachers. We are desperate for jobs and experience.[/p][/quote]Thank you for clarification JustAnotherCanadianT eacher - the concerns about the differences in language were very real ones. However I take serious exception to two of your comments: 'You bloody used to own us.' No I did not, and I find your use of 'bloody' offensive. If you are starting teaching in this country with that chip on your shoulder, I suggest you lose it quickly. Secondly, all students 'can be tough' but from personal knowledge the kids at HGSS are fantastic, hard-working and personable individuals. Yes some of them may have difficulties - it's the same for all teenagers - but to brand them collectively before you've even started is not a good move. I wish you good luck in your move to the school, and hope you find it a positive experience.[/p][/quote]lazydayz, I am not one of the teachers going to HGSS. I have worked here in the UK for two years and have experiance with a wide variety of students, but I will admit not the "tremendous" students at HGSS, so maybe they are an exception to experiences I have had. I didn't mean to offend you by using the word "bloody." I didn't realise that it was such a sensitive spot. My point was that Canada is still very influenced by the UK, especially linguistically. To be frank (hopefully this is not as offensive as bloody) if you can't find enough quality UK English teachers, Canadians are the second best choice. To be fair, this Head teacher does seems clueless... But I will reiterate that more and more Canadians teachers will be coming to fill your schools (and pubs).[/p][/quote]And we would welcome them with open arms, But not this way, Not when our hardworking young English Teacher's never even got the chance to apply. I hope many parent's are going to turn up at the school tonight, as is their right to do so. I was told today that the governor's are accountable to the parent's. That they are directors of the company and answer to us. Well if that is the case, make it clear where the money has gone. make it clear if the sixth form buildings will be full of student's, make it clear who will be running the school and make it clear where all the advice[poor advice] has come from. The more you dig around searching for information the clearer the picture becomes. I would be very worried if I was in certain positions within the school. I also feel very sorry for the new teacher's about to walk into this dreadful mess, without a clue what is in store for them. rubymoon
  • Score: -24

6:17pm Wed 16 Jul 14

archdeacon says...

It is about time all this libellous talk is stopped, if as much effort had been given to teaching the children and improving their results over the last three years the school would not be in the position it is now.
Please divert these negative messages and actions in the school to positive ones and get the school in a position to move forward, the ofsted results of requires improvement appear to mean that a change is needed!
It is about time all this libellous talk is stopped, if as much effort had been given to teaching the children and improving their results over the last three years the school would not be in the position it is now. Please divert these negative messages and actions in the school to positive ones and get the school in a position to move forward, the ofsted results of requires improvement appear to mean that a change is needed! archdeacon
  • Score: -25

6:52pm Wed 16 Jul 14

nonni says...

archdeacon wrote:
It is about time all this libellous talk is stopped, if as much effort had been given to teaching the children and improving their results over the last three years the school would not be in the position it is now.
Please divert these negative messages and actions in the school to positive ones and get the school in a position to move forward, the ofsted results of requires improvement appear to mean that a change is needed!
Ive not seen anything libellous on here, only truths
[quote][p][bold]archdeacon[/bold] wrote: It is about time all this libellous talk is stopped, if as much effort had been given to teaching the children and improving their results over the last three years the school would not be in the position it is now. Please divert these negative messages and actions in the school to positive ones and get the school in a position to move forward, the ofsted results of requires improvement appear to mean that a change is needed![/p][/quote]Ive not seen anything libellous on here, only truths nonni
  • Score: 18

7:29pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Escapee007 says...

Archdeacon, like so many other religious artefacts, you're talking out your a.... Listen to the truth. It's staring you right in the face.
Archdeacon, like so many other religious artefacts, you're talking out your a.... Listen to the truth. It's staring you right in the face. Escapee007
  • Score: 16

9:36pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Fireyphukka says...

I am saddened to see so many negative damaging blogs on here, clearly most are from staff that currently are still at HGSS. Surely the main objectives are to get the school back on track and move forward? The pupils already in and those that are joining in September have a fundamental right to a good education, delivered by the teachers and support staff that are staying, This has got to be paramount for them in these already hard times that face each and everyone when they move out into the big wide world!!? Personally I have enjoyed a wide and varied career path throughout my working life and realised very early on that if I was not happy in my role I would reevaluate my position, if I was not happy then I would look on improving my situation and work with,not against my colleagues, or give notice and pursue another avenue or career path.. This is clearly what 15 or so members of staff have decided to do? Not one member of staff I doubt, this is my educated opinion, has been sacked/forced out of HGSS. If this is so why not produce the evidence that this has taken place and guide those towards the correct channels that will take up the individual cases. So if you are not happy in your role or job or career why don't you simply hand in your notice and find new employ elsewhere???? No one is forcing you to stay and no one is indispensable. So stop whining pick up the reigns and get on with it for pity's sake or GO NOW and let those new staff and more importantly new pupils coming in not to have to listen to all this negative damaging clap trap and make HGSS the educational establishment that staff and pupils can be proud of....
I am saddened to see so many negative damaging blogs on here, clearly most are from staff that currently are still at HGSS. Surely the main objectives are to get the school back on track and move forward? The pupils already in and those that are joining in September have a fundamental right to a good education, delivered by the teachers and support staff that are staying, This has got to be paramount for them in these already hard times that face each and everyone when they move out into the big wide world!!? Personally I have enjoyed a wide and varied career path throughout my working life and realised very early on that if I was not happy in my role I would reevaluate my position, if I was not happy then I would look on improving my situation and work with,not against my colleagues, or give notice and pursue another avenue or career path.. This is clearly what 15 or so members of staff have decided to do? Not one member of staff I doubt, this is my educated opinion, has been sacked/forced out of HGSS. If this is so why not produce the evidence that this has taken place and guide those towards the correct channels that will take up the individual cases. So if you are not happy in your role or job or career why don't you simply hand in your notice and find new employ elsewhere???? No one is forcing you to stay and no one is indispensable. So stop whining pick up the reigns and get on with it for pity's sake or GO NOW and let those new staff and more importantly new pupils coming in not to have to listen to all this negative damaging clap trap and make HGSS the educational establishment that staff and pupils can be proud of.... Fireyphukka
  • Score: -24

10:29pm Wed 16 Jul 14

strangerthanfiction says...

Fireyphukka wrote:
I am saddened to see so many negative damaging blogs on here, clearly most are from staff that currently are still at HGSS. Surely the main objectives are to get the school back on track and move forward? The pupils already in and those that are joining in September have a fundamental right to a good education, delivered by the teachers and support staff that are staying, This has got to be paramount for them in these already hard times that face each and everyone when they move out into the big wide world!!? Personally I have enjoyed a wide and varied career path throughout my working life and realised very early on that if I was not happy in my role I would reevaluate my position, if I was not happy then I would look on improving my situation and work with,not against my colleagues, or give notice and pursue another avenue or career path.. This is clearly what 15 or so members of staff have decided to do? Not one member of staff I doubt, this is my educated opinion, has been sacked/forced out of HGSS. If this is so why not produce the evidence that this has taken place and guide those towards the correct channels that will take up the individual cases. So if you are not happy in your role or job or career why don't you simply hand in your notice and find new employ elsewhere???? No one is forcing you to stay and no one is indispensable. So stop whining pick up the reigns and get on with it for pity's sake or GO NOW and let those new staff and more importantly new pupils coming in not to have to listen to all this negative damaging clap trap and make HGSS the educational establishment that staff and pupils can be proud of....
I too am desperately "saddened to see so many negative damaging blogs on here" as they reflect the desperately sad situation that many ex-staff, current staff, parents and students find themselves in.
[quote][p][bold]Fireyphukka[/bold] wrote: I am saddened to see so many negative damaging blogs on here, clearly most are from staff that currently are still at HGSS. Surely the main objectives are to get the school back on track and move forward? The pupils already in and those that are joining in September have a fundamental right to a good education, delivered by the teachers and support staff that are staying, This has got to be paramount for them in these already hard times that face each and everyone when they move out into the big wide world!!? Personally I have enjoyed a wide and varied career path throughout my working life and realised very early on that if I was not happy in my role I would reevaluate my position, if I was not happy then I would look on improving my situation and work with,not against my colleagues, or give notice and pursue another avenue or career path.. This is clearly what 15 or so members of staff have decided to do? Not one member of staff I doubt, this is my educated opinion, has been sacked/forced out of HGSS. If this is so why not produce the evidence that this has taken place and guide those towards the correct channels that will take up the individual cases. So if you are not happy in your role or job or career why don't you simply hand in your notice and find new employ elsewhere???? No one is forcing you to stay and no one is indispensable. So stop whining pick up the reigns and get on with it for pity's sake or GO NOW and let those new staff and more importantly new pupils coming in not to have to listen to all this negative damaging clap trap and make HGSS the educational establishment that staff and pupils can be proud of....[/p][/quote]I too am desperately "saddened to see so many negative damaging blogs on here" as they reflect the desperately sad situation that many ex-staff, current staff, parents and students find themselves in. strangerthanfiction
  • Score: 13

10:59pm Wed 16 Jul 14

red742 says...

I myself am also saddened to see so many negative and damaging comments. Who wouldn't? The fact is, people posting here has genuine concerns about the school. We as the community also want this school to move forward and get out from this sinkhole. However, I have read enough to consider that something bad is going on behind the scenes and we have the right to know more on what is happening to our school. Finding new employment is not a walk in the park nowadays so it is not that easy to just simply hand in a resignation. As an ex-student, I know the staff members who have been made redundant and it was extremely upsetting to see them in the state they were in. I understand your frustration and I am also finding it difficult to comprehend with what is happening. However, I must reiterate that we must not just ignore this. We need to know the truth and at this stage, the truth is the only solution that can solve this mess we are all in. I don't care if I get 500 comments condemning this post but I am still hopeful that HGSS can still recover.
I myself am also saddened to see so many negative and damaging comments. Who wouldn't? The fact is, people posting here has genuine concerns about the school. We as the community also want this school to move forward and get out from this sinkhole. However, I have read enough to consider that something bad is going on behind the scenes and we have the right to know more on what is happening to our school. Finding new employment is not a walk in the park nowadays so it is not that easy to just simply hand in a resignation. As an ex-student, I know the staff members who have been made redundant and it was extremely upsetting to see them in the state they were in. I understand your frustration and I am also finding it difficult to comprehend with what is happening. However, I must reiterate that we must not just ignore this. We need to know the truth and at this stage, the truth is the only solution that can solve this mess we are all in. I don't care if I get 500 comments condemning this post but I am still hopeful that HGSS can still recover. red742
  • Score: 4

11:05pm Wed 16 Jul 14

archdeacon says...

at last we are startiing to see the light.
at last we are startiing to see the light. archdeacon
  • Score: 0

11:20pm Wed 16 Jul 14

rubymoon says...

red742 wrote:
I myself am also saddened to see so many negative and damaging comments. Who wouldn't? The fact is, people posting here has genuine concerns about the school. We as the community also want this school to move forward and get out from this sinkhole. However, I have read enough to consider that something bad is going on behind the scenes and we have the right to know more on what is happening to our school. Finding new employment is not a walk in the park nowadays so it is not that easy to just simply hand in a resignation. As an ex-student, I know the staff members who have been made redundant and it was extremely upsetting to see them in the state they were in. I understand your frustration and I am also finding it difficult to comprehend with what is happening. However, I must reiterate that we must not just ignore this. We need to know the truth and at this stage, the truth is the only solution that can solve this mess we are all in. I don't care if I get 500 comments condemning this post but I am still hopeful that HGSS can still recover.
you are right.
[quote][p][bold]red742[/bold] wrote: I myself am also saddened to see so many negative and damaging comments. Who wouldn't? The fact is, people posting here has genuine concerns about the school. We as the community also want this school to move forward and get out from this sinkhole. However, I have read enough to consider that something bad is going on behind the scenes and we have the right to know more on what is happening to our school. Finding new employment is not a walk in the park nowadays so it is not that easy to just simply hand in a resignation. As an ex-student, I know the staff members who have been made redundant and it was extremely upsetting to see them in the state they were in. I understand your frustration and I am also finding it difficult to comprehend with what is happening. However, I must reiterate that we must not just ignore this. We need to know the truth and at this stage, the truth is the only solution that can solve this mess we are all in. I don't care if I get 500 comments condemning this post but I am still hopeful that HGSS can still recover.[/p][/quote]you are right. rubymoon
  • Score: 5

11:34pm Wed 16 Jul 14

red742 says...

rubymoon wrote:
red742 wrote:
I myself am also saddened to see so many negative and damaging comments. Who wouldn't? The fact is, people posting here has genuine concerns about the school. We as the community also want this school to move forward and get out from this sinkhole. However, I have read enough to consider that something bad is going on behind the scenes and we have the right to know more on what is happening to our school. Finding new employment is not a walk in the park nowadays so it is not that easy to just simply hand in a resignation. As an ex-student, I know the staff members who have been made redundant and it was extremely upsetting to see them in the state they were in. I understand your frustration and I am also finding it difficult to comprehend with what is happening. However, I must reiterate that we must not just ignore this. We need to know the truth and at this stage, the truth is the only solution that can solve this mess we are all in. I don't care if I get 500 comments condemning this post but I am still hopeful that HGSS can still recover.
you are right.
Thank you for understanding.
[quote][p][bold]rubymoon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]red742[/bold] wrote: I myself am also saddened to see so many negative and damaging comments. Who wouldn't? The fact is, people posting here has genuine concerns about the school. We as the community also want this school to move forward and get out from this sinkhole. However, I have read enough to consider that something bad is going on behind the scenes and we have the right to know more on what is happening to our school. Finding new employment is not a walk in the park nowadays so it is not that easy to just simply hand in a resignation. As an ex-student, I know the staff members who have been made redundant and it was extremely upsetting to see them in the state they were in. I understand your frustration and I am also finding it difficult to comprehend with what is happening. However, I must reiterate that we must not just ignore this. We need to know the truth and at this stage, the truth is the only solution that can solve this mess we are all in. I don't care if I get 500 comments condemning this post but I am still hopeful that HGSS can still recover.[/p][/quote]you are right.[/p][/quote]Thank you for understanding. red742
  • Score: 0

12:36am Thu 17 Jul 14

Georgeroy says...

Please read Mr. Jones's 'Value for Money' statement, dated the 11th December 2013.
It gives his positive comments on Maths and English results for 2013.
It was written about one month before the OFSTED inspection.
Go to www.hgss.co.uk.
Click on Governors.
Click on Academy Financial Statements.
Click on Value for Money statement.
Please read Mr. Jones's 'Value for Money' statement, dated the 11th December 2013. It gives his positive comments on Maths and English results for 2013. It was written about one month before the OFSTED inspection. Go to www.hgss.co.uk. Click on Governors. Click on Academy Financial Statements. Click on Value for Money statement. Georgeroy
  • Score: 17

9:14pm Thu 17 Jul 14

CurrentEnglishLitStudentFormerHGSSStudent says...

JustAnotherCanadianT
eacher
wrote:
lazydayz wrote:
JustAnotherCanadianT


eacher
wrote:
lazydayz wrote:
HGSS STUDENT wrote:
I am so pleased that this article was written as it finally shows that the school is improving. It hasn't been an easy year, and I've been there as a student for the entire time. But I assure you the school is on the up, everyday a more positive atmosphere is felt. With a new build nearing completion, a great new deputy head and many positive changes due to/or occurring. 16 teachers have confirmed to be leaving, and those teachers all deserve credit for being amazing, of course it's a shame they're leaving however the new talent will ensure further the school is positive. HGSS have 103 staff, 16 is a small amount. The English department have been under pressure to increase results and turn the department around therefore it is not surprising they're leaving, other teachers are leaving for personal reasons and some with no doubt will be because of the changes. However outstanding teachers such as Mr Wooller, Miss Joynson and Miss Maguire remain giving th school an even larger posiive outlook. You may of noticed that the teachers leaving are mainly from English, other faculties have no teachers leaving such as Design and Technology which further proved that not all staff dislike the changes. The new build is fantastic and already had and will benefit the school. I want to end on the point that many schools in bucks such as Highcrest, Cressex and Misbourne have all suffered similarly to HGSS however they are now county known as being good schools, the same will come for HGSS.
HGSS student, as a student you should be, and, indeed, seem to be, unaware of the truth of what is happening at the school. This is a testament to the professionalism and integrity of all teaching staff, those that are staying and those that are leaving, who have managed to continue doing their best in very trying circumstances.

I am interested to know how you know so much detail about the running of the school, if you are as you say a student. How do you know why staff are leaving? Also how much do you really know about the other schools you mention? You are making some incredibly naive and generalised assumptions here, and if your education at HGSS has taught you anything, it should be not to do that.

You mention particularly the English department. I wonder how many of the new English teachers are those teachers from Canada mentioned in the article. Do they use Standard English or American English? If the latter, then their spelling, grammar and use of idiom will be far from the outstanding level required by the Head.

Good luck HGSS student. It isn't going to be the easy ride you seem to think it will.
As one of these Canadian teachers you mention, we use largely standard English. You bloody used to own us. The main difference is things in the automobile industry (ie tire vs tyre). There are another few nuances but we spell more words like you than Americans.

Three things:
1) Canadians are more than capable of teaching English in this country. It's all the Irish English teachers coming over you should worry about.
2) English teachers are difficult to recruit/employ especially in this area with such a high cost of living. (Not to mention the students can be tough)
3) Canada does have a glut of young teachers. Prepare yourself for the influx of Canadians and Irish teachers. We are desperate for jobs and experience.
Thank you for clarification JustAnotherCanadianT


eacher - the concerns about the differences in language were very real ones. However I take serious exception to two of your comments: 'You bloody used to own us.' No I did not, and I find your use of 'bloody' offensive. If you are starting teaching in this country with that chip on your shoulder, I suggest you lose it quickly. Secondly, all students 'can be tough' but from personal knowledge the kids at HGSS are fantastic, hard-working and personable individuals. Yes some of them may have difficulties - it's the same for all teenagers - but to brand them collectively before you've even started is not a good move. I wish you good luck in your move to the school, and hope you find it a positive experience.
lazydayz,
I am not one of the teachers going to HGSS. I have worked here in the UK for two years and have experiance with a wide variety of students, but I will admit not the "tremendous" students at HGSS, so maybe they are an exception to experiences I have had.

I didn't mean to offend you by using the word "bloody." I didn't realise that it was such a sensitive spot. My point was that Canada is still very influenced by the UK, especially linguistically. To be frank (hopefully this is not as offensive as bloody) if you can't find enough quality UK English teachers, Canadians are the second best choice.

To be fair, this Head teacher does seems clueless...

But I will reiterate that more and more Canadians teachers will be coming to fill your schools (and pubs).
JustAnotherCanadianT
eacher, you claim to have been teaching in the UK for two years, yet you still can't spell experience correctly. Well Done.
[quote][p][bold]JustAnotherCanadianT eacher[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lazydayz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JustAnotherCanadianT eacher[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lazydayz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HGSS STUDENT[/bold] wrote: I am so pleased that this article was written as it finally shows that the school is improving. It hasn't been an easy year, and I've been there as a student for the entire time. But I assure you the school is on the up, everyday a more positive atmosphere is felt. With a new build nearing completion, a great new deputy head and many positive changes due to/or occurring. 16 teachers have confirmed to be leaving, and those teachers all deserve credit for being amazing, of course it's a shame they're leaving however the new talent will ensure further the school is positive. HGSS have 103 staff, 16 is a small amount. The English department have been under pressure to increase results and turn the department around therefore it is not surprising they're leaving, other teachers are leaving for personal reasons and some with no doubt will be because of the changes. However outstanding teachers such as Mr Wooller, Miss Joynson and Miss Maguire remain giving th school an even larger posiive outlook. You may of noticed that the teachers leaving are mainly from English, other faculties have no teachers leaving such as Design and Technology which further proved that not all staff dislike the changes. The new build is fantastic and already had and will benefit the school. I want to end on the point that many schools in bucks such as Highcrest, Cressex and Misbourne have all suffered similarly to HGSS however they are now county known as being good schools, the same will come for HGSS.[/p][/quote]HGSS student, as a student you should be, and, indeed, seem to be, unaware of the truth of what is happening at the school. This is a testament to the professionalism and integrity of all teaching staff, those that are staying and those that are leaving, who have managed to continue doing their best in very trying circumstances. I am interested to know how you know so much detail about the running of the school, if you are as you say a student. How do you know why staff are leaving? Also how much do you really know about the other schools you mention? You are making some incredibly naive and generalised assumptions here, and if your education at HGSS has taught you anything, it should be not to do that. You mention particularly the English department. I wonder how many of the new English teachers are those teachers from Canada mentioned in the article. Do they use Standard English or American English? If the latter, then their spelling, grammar and use of idiom will be far from the outstanding level required by the Head. Good luck HGSS student. It isn't going to be the easy ride you seem to think it will.[/p][/quote]As one of these Canadian teachers you mention, we use largely standard English. You bloody used to own us. The main difference is things in the automobile industry (ie tire vs tyre). There are another few nuances but we spell more words like you than Americans. Three things: 1) Canadians are more than capable of teaching English in this country. It's all the Irish English teachers coming over you should worry about. 2) English teachers are difficult to recruit/employ especially in this area with such a high cost of living. (Not to mention the students can be tough) 3) Canada does have a glut of young teachers. Prepare yourself for the influx of Canadians and Irish teachers. We are desperate for jobs and experience.[/p][/quote]Thank you for clarification JustAnotherCanadianT eacher - the concerns about the differences in language were very real ones. However I take serious exception to two of your comments: 'You bloody used to own us.' No I did not, and I find your use of 'bloody' offensive. If you are starting teaching in this country with that chip on your shoulder, I suggest you lose it quickly. Secondly, all students 'can be tough' but from personal knowledge the kids at HGSS are fantastic, hard-working and personable individuals. Yes some of them may have difficulties - it's the same for all teenagers - but to brand them collectively before you've even started is not a good move. I wish you good luck in your move to the school, and hope you find it a positive experience.[/p][/quote]lazydayz, I am not one of the teachers going to HGSS. I have worked here in the UK for two years and have experiance with a wide variety of students, but I will admit not the "tremendous" students at HGSS, so maybe they are an exception to experiences I have had. I didn't mean to offend you by using the word "bloody." I didn't realise that it was such a sensitive spot. My point was that Canada is still very influenced by the UK, especially linguistically. To be frank (hopefully this is not as offensive as bloody) if you can't find enough quality UK English teachers, Canadians are the second best choice. To be fair, this Head teacher does seems clueless... But I will reiterate that more and more Canadians teachers will be coming to fill your schools (and pubs).[/p][/quote]JustAnotherCanadianT eacher, you claim to have been teaching in the UK for two years, yet you still can't spell experience correctly. Well Done. CurrentEnglishLitStudentFormerHGSSStudent
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11:51am Fri 18 Jul 14

nonni says...

To all the staff that are 'towing' the line, dont think for one minute your safe, you will be used and then kicked out, the same as they done to staff at westfield, that includes Mr Jones, Newmans job is safe, thats cause she is as corrupt as AYLES/MERVA. it wont be long till she is the head principal.
To all the staff that are 'towing' the line, dont think for one minute your safe, you will be used and then kicked out, the same as they done to staff at westfield, that includes Mr Jones, Newmans job is safe, thats cause she is as corrupt as AYLES/MERVA. it wont be long till she is the head principal. nonni
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