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Totally corrupt headteacher was described as "outstanding" by Ofsted

Discussion in 'Education news' started by baxterbasics, Jun 30, 2018.

  1. baxterbasics

    baxterbasics Senior commenter

    This is the Ofsted report from the school in 2014, when the now disgraced Headteacher was Catharine Jones was highly praised by Ofsted

    "The leadership and management are outstanding  The headteacher is passionate about getting the best for all pupils and is in the process of securing it. She pursues the view that tomorrow is not soon enough because the pupils deserve the best now! Her determination and excellent strategies to raise standards are having a marked impact on the pupils’ achievement and love of learning.  Together with senior leaders and governors, the headteacher shares a crystal clear picture of where the academy is going, what it needs to do to improve and exactly how to secure its current rapid improvement. Since the academy’s opening, the headteacher has gained the total confidence of all staff, pupils and parents. The view of one parent typifies those expressed by parents to inspectors, ‘I can’t praise the school enough. The headteacher has brought stability to the school after lots of disruption, given my child a love of school when he used to hate it and stopped me worrying about my child each day’.  The procedures for tracking and recording the progress of pupils are outstanding and underpin the very effective decisions made to raise achievement. Very high expectations are set for all pupils and staff work as team to achieve these. A very strong team of teaching assistants are effectively deployed to make sure any one falling behind receives high quality support to catch up. Their contribution to the rapid improvement in achievement is invaluable."

    You can read/ find the Ofsted report in the usual manner

    And all the while, the same HT:

    "kept stash of **** on her iPhone, stole £350 from a PTA collection box to go towards her mortgage and doctored SAT results"

    Read about it here (apologies as it is the Mail)


    Draw your own conclusions....

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  2. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    Sadly, if something or someone seems too good to be true, they often aren't.
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  3. baxterbasics

    baxterbasics Senior commenter

    Yeah, but I am noticing a very clear trend in Ofsted reports to big-up the HT's and to blame any failings in achievement and discipline etc on the teaching staff. To me, there is a clear agenda (steered by politicians pulling strings?) to send a message out that HT's need to be telling teachers to get off their backsides and put in more effort.

    We, in the non-politicised world know that reality is almost entirely the opposite, and that this message, and its repercussions, are adding the exodus of teachers on a truly Biblical scale.
  4. stonerose

    stonerose Occasional commenter


    For 'outstanding' read 'bullying'


    For 'offal' aka 'ofsted' read 'Price Waterhouse - accountants to all top companies!'
    " 'passionate' read 'stark raving mad'
    " 'stable' read 'hang on to hats'

    I've read more credible prose in an estate agent's window!:p
  5. David Getling

    David Getling Senior commenter

    When I was in living in New Zealand I saw the truth behind two headmistresses of girls schools who had been given awards by those in similar positions. One, at a state school, cared only about how good she looked, and had absolutely no time for any girl who wasn't outstanding enough to make "her" school shine. I remember the other, of a relatively small private girls school, being interviewed on the news after one of her older pupils died tragically. Yet, despite the small size of the school, it was abundantly clear that this caring headmistress didn't have a clue who the girl was.

    Awards recommended by the educational establishment are the equivalent of the knighthoods awarded to politicians for their toadying.
  6. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    My conclusion, based on the appalling wording of the report and girly phrasing such as ‘crystal clear’, is that Cath wrote her own OFSTED report. It’s so badly phrased and so obviously staged! Mates, perhaps?
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  7. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    I know! Teachers need to see how completely crud this joke ‘organisaion’ Is. Unfit for purpose joke outfit run by illiterate micromanaging bells.
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  8. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    Yes, but once you’ve shot Boxer and eaten all the profits made from his bones boiled down into glue, what’s a pig to do? What’s left to eat, blame or sidestep? The wolf is on his way....
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  9. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    Usually aren’t!
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  10. Marshall

    Marshall Lead commenter

    It all comes down to OFSTED not getting to know school enough - it's not just about data.
  11. george1963

    george1963 Occasional commenter

    Yep, three years ago did supply in a school that was graded requires improvement. new 'grizzly' head teacher took over and in her words 'got rid of the dead wood.' I saw teachers emotionally abused and chased out of the building. Three years later, the same headteacher slipped the school to Inadequate.

    She's still calling teachers dead wood and getting rid of them.

    Surely someone has to click the headteacher needs to change.......after three years if you go from requires improvement to inadequate as a headteacher...it is your fault. No one elses.

    Headteachers, Ofsted - stop blaming teachers!
  12. moscowbore

    moscowbore Senior commenter

    My last principal did not know any student names, not one. She literally never spoke to students. She was all about the flightpath/intervention/progress spreadsheet. And she applied great pressure on Heads of departments to cheat on coursework. She too got a glowing OFSTED.
  13. tonymars

    tonymars Occasional commenter

    And some of these superheads found guilty simply disappear. Anyone heard of what happened to Mark Keary or Sir Craig Tunstall?
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  14. Jolly_Roger15

    Jolly_Roger15 Star commenter

    After my school had 'gone academy', the SMT retreated to a swish new 'admin block', as far away from the school building as you could get. Entrance was by a key fob, which only the privileged had. When they deigned to come into the school, it was usually for a round of teacher bashing. None of them knew the names of the teaching staff, or recognised them when they saw them, let alone know any of the students. Most of the staff did not know each other either, as staff came and went through a revolving door.

    When one of the SMT was ticking the 'staff relations' box, interactions often went like this:

    "Ah! David. It is David, isn't it? Modern languages?"

    "Er..Roger, actually. Scie..."

    (Already walking away and talking over his shoulder). "French results were rather disappointing. Still, must dash."
  15. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    The head is crook who has rightly been banned for life and ought to be prosecuted as well IMV, but I don't get why this is supposed to reflect badly on OFSTED (other than the usual reason that OFSTED is always blamed from everything on TES forums). None of her misconduct was in things that Ofsted inspects.

    Ofsted inspects pupils' learning and outcomes. It isn't an all purpose school auditor. It doesn't audit school funds to see if the head is stealing the school money and doesn't inspect finances. It doesn't check whether the head has pornography on her phone. Ofsted doesn't inspect whether SATS have been properly conducted. Ofsted doesn't inspect the assets register to see if school laptops are missing.

    So why wouldn't Ofsted's 2014 report say the school was Good if the pupils' learning and progress was good? Why should Ofsted have known the PTA's £350 was no longer in the safe?

    Just asking.
  16. moscowbore

    moscowbore Senior commenter

    My own view is that the OFSTED agenda is set by the governmental need to academise. Staff turnover, a proper set of audited accounts, mandatory staff satisfaction survey which must include ALL staff, comparison of average teacher income as a percentage of the CEOs income all should be part of an inspection in my opinion.

    Personally, I am disturbed by the cheating I have personally witnessed which seems commonplace. I would like to see people go to jail for coursework cheating.

    I am now uncomfortably aware of several schools which were forced to join MATs due to safeguarding paperwork going missing. A cynic could infer that schools were set up. Hence my own personal hatred of all things OFSTED/league tables related.
  17. binaryhex

    binaryhex Lead commenter

    There really needs to be a public enquiry about this, or OFSTED will keep giving corrupt Heads ‘Outstanding’ but not understand why they are getting it so badly wrong. How can OFSTED learn lessons?
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  18. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    Ofsted don't give individuals Outstanding they give the school Outstanding, but leaving that aside what lesson is it you want Ofsted to learn? Have you any reason to think pupil outcomes weren't Good when Ofsted said they were in 2014?

    In what way did Ofsted get it badly wrong in this school? Ofsted inspect educational outcomes. That's it. Nothing else. They aren't a due diligence team investigating every aspect of a school's operations. Do you want them to become that? That the scope of their inspections should be greatly expanded?
  19. CheeseMongler

    CheeseMongler Senior commenter

    I do. They cheated on their SATs.
    It's an interesting point that it's out of OFSTED's remit to check that SATs have been properly conducted - who does check this? Surely OFTSED as a team of experienced educators (snigger) are the best placed to check the reliability - check results against samples of work etc. From the article there was also "The panel also heard that Ms Jones failed to put proper safeguarding practices, child protection..." which I thought was in OFSTED's inspection framework.
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  20. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    According to the full report there were serious incidents breaching safeguarding rules but they happened 2 years after the 2014 Ofsted inspection.

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