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Michaela seems to have done quite well

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Doitforfree, Aug 22, 2019.

  1. Doitforfree

    Doitforfree Star commenter

    Now that the GCSE results are in, there is no denying that Michaela Community School has done well this year. I'm interested in people's thoughts as I have mixed feelings about the set up but am impressed by some of the methods used there. Of course it's impossible to know which of the many ideas have affected the results and which are a waste of time. I don't think I'd have done well there (I did well in my school) as I'm too much of a free spirit and a lazy beggar. I'd have hated the restrictions, and would have found it incredibly stressful, but it seems to have paid off in terms of exam results. How many children have been kicked out over the years?
  2. florian gassmann

    florian gassmann Star commenter

    They've done well, especially considering that many of the pupils come from disadvantaged backgrounds, but 18% Grade 9 compares with 35% or more at Grade 9 in many independent schools.
    sabrinakat and FormosaRed like this.
  3. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter

    Hardly surprising considering that anyone who is remotely difficult to teach isn't allowed to attend. We cold all get great results if we chose our pupils to such a degree.
    jubilee, Mrsmumbles, steely1 and 9 others like this.
  4. LondonCanary

    LondonCanary Star commenter

    Perhaps all schools should adopt their admissions policy for great results
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2019
  5. Aquamarina1234

    Aquamarina1234 Star commenter

    Anyone my age in a state school would have found the possibility of "free spirit" some fictional ideal.
    Shut up, get grafting and be grateful you're even here. Or cluck off and see how coal-mining or shelf-stacking suits you better.
  6. Doitforfree

    Doitforfree Star commenter

    What I meant was, the over strictness would have been difficult. I was a good girl but we had lots of freedom to do our own thing. If we did it wrong then tough, those results were ours. All that eyes to the front business would have creeped me out. We didn't need that level of strictness because we were already socialised.
    chelsea2 and smoothnewt like this.
  7. FormosaRed

    FormosaRed Occasional commenter

    They've been given the go ahead to set up another school in Hampshire. Their results were excellent. Katharine Birbalsingh is an educational giant.
  8. MrLW1

    MrLW1 New commenter

    I remember reading a lot about this school in the past and being given the impression of how good the behaviour was there.

    Which is why I was somewhat surprised when I saw a few years ago that they felt the need to advertise for a 'detention director'...'a sergeant major in the detention room to bring order'. Make of that what you will.

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  9. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter

    There are many ways of massaging cohorts. And that is happening here.
    Laphroig likes this.
  10. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter

  11. eleanorms

    eleanorms Occasional commenter

    My daughters' secondary school is great. I really rate the HT and form teachers. Curriculum is sensible, GCSEs are well managed, huge range of extra curricular activities. Communication is strong. Most importantly, they have challenged daughter no 1's strengths whilst supporting her needs. It's great. The one big deal, the one issue, the one great elephant in the room is behaviour. The behaviour of the few whose parents do not get that their child is less than perfect. And this is a nice school in a nice town in the Home Counties. Ms Birbalsingh might be a bit of a self promoter (understatement) but you can see why she has so many followers.
  12. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter

    All schools could just teach the easy pupils.

    But where would all the others go?

    It's making your own life easy at the expense of other professionals and children. In an ideal world, those doing it would be ashamed for it to be known. However, in 2019 UK, they trumpet it as a reflection of their wonderfulness and ability.
    Laphroig and vannie like this.
  13. LondonCanary

    LondonCanary Star commenter

    As the school is oversubscribed it is surprising there is no campaign in the local area to make them stop falsifying the admissions, if this is true. I guess you must be local yourself to have the inside information.
  14. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter

    Yo don't need to "falsify your admissions" to change your cohort.
  15. LondonCanary

    LondonCanary Star commenter

    Oh. Please spill the beans on how they are getting away with it.
  16. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter

    You are really unaware?
  17. LondonCanary

    LondonCanary Star commenter

    I am. So how did they do it.
    Having no white middle-class kids can't be the secret of their success, can it?
  18. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    I'll be interested to read the evidence based explanation too.
  19. Over_the_hill

    Over_the_hill Star commenter

  20. Doitforfree

    Doitforfree Star commenter

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