Education experts drafted in to restore standards at failing West Bank Primary School

Runcorn and Widnes World: West Bank Primary School West Bank Primary School

FEARS that a failing Widnes school could close have been dispelled by education chiefs.

A scathing Ofsted inspection slammed West Bank Primary School branding its leadership and management, quality of teaching, achievement, behaviour and safety of pupils as ‘inadequate’.

The school has been placed in special measures and experts drafted in by the Department of Education to restore standards.

Ofsted inspector Rebecca Lawton said: “Pupils make insufficient progress and do not reach high enough standards by the time they leave the school, particularly in writing. Results have dropped significantly below the national standard.

“Senior leaders are not ensuring that action plans and performance targets are focused on.”

Speaking exclusively to The World, Dr Harry Ziman, chairman of the newly-appointed Interim Executive Board (IEB) said: “The school is not closing.

“Our job is to strengthen leadership and respond to issues Ofsted has raised.

“We have a clear mandate to bring about change.

“The school has already improved but it is a long term thing. It won’t happen overnight.”

Pam Wright OBE, executive principal of Wade Deacon High School, and Steve Nyakatawa, head of school improvement at Halton Council, are working with experienced head teacher Paula Moreton, who turned a failing school around, and education consultant Margaret Cassin on the IEB.

Dr Ziman said: “This is the fourth school in special measures that I have helped. We have tried and tested strategies for school improvements.

“Staff are working really hard to improve the school. It is a team effort.

“Staff need the co-operation and support of parents.

“We are aware of the very strong local identity in this community. I have met with parents and we will tell them what is going on as and when we can.”

He said head teacher Martin Quinn is currently off sick but is still in post.

 

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2:58pm Wed 12 Feb 14

SAC_in_Warrington says...

It will rise again from the ashes Phoenix like I am sure but if the whole School Community do not pull together it won't. The support team that has been brought in are a group of very proficient ans some locally experienced.

I also wish and hope that head teacher Peter Quinn returns to full health and his vocation in teaching and school management.
It will rise again from the ashes Phoenix like I am sure but if the whole School Community do not pull together it won't. The support team that has been brought in are a group of very proficient ans some locally experienced. I also wish and hope that head teacher Peter Quinn returns to full health and his vocation in teaching and school management. SAC_in_Warrington
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5:35pm Wed 12 Feb 14

widnesgirl says...

hopefully they can turn this school around and fast children education has suffered including mine! I think the head Martin Quinn (not Peter) retires or resigns out of respect for the children, he has ignored signs that the school was failing!
hopefully they can turn this school around and fast children education has suffered including mine! I think the head Martin Quinn (not Peter) retires or resigns out of respect for the children, he has ignored signs that the school was failing! widnesgirl
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6:38pm Wed 12 Feb 14

SAC_in_Warrington says...

widnesgirl wrote:
hopefully they can turn this school around and fast children education has suffered including mine! I think the head Martin Quinn (not Peter) retires or resigns out of respect for the children, he has ignored signs that the school was failing!
You do Mr. Quinn a dis-service for his efforts to try and comply with all the requirements he was expected to meet so quickly. The process of change is not instant by any means. Mr. Quinn is a dedicated and experienced teacher in a school that is unique in many ways. The whole school community needs to change and all at the same time, and over a reasonable time period. If as you say that your children are/were suffering you will now be aware how their education at school will improve and their education at home is down to you and their close family.
[quote][p][bold]widnesgirl[/bold] wrote: hopefully they can turn this school around and fast children education has suffered including mine! I think the head Martin Quinn (not Peter) retires or resigns out of respect for the children, he has ignored signs that the school was failing![/p][/quote]You do Mr. Quinn a dis-service for his efforts to try and comply with all the requirements he was expected to meet so quickly. The process of change is not instant by any means. Mr. Quinn is a dedicated and experienced teacher in a school that is unique in many ways. The whole school community needs to change and all at the same time, and over a reasonable time period. If as you say that your children are/were suffering you will now be aware how their education at school will improve and their education at home is down to you and their close family. SAC_in_Warrington
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7:24pm Wed 12 Feb 14

widnesgirl says...

I am not doing a dis-service to Mr Quinn, I am fully aware the leadership and management deemed inadequate does not rest solely on his shoulders. if you care to do a little research previous Ofsted reports shown how the school was slipping in many areas. I beg to differ about Mr Quinn been dedicated but do agree he was a very good teacher, maybe he should just teach and not lead! My children are fully supported at home with their education and considering they have suffered through lack of adequate education at school confirmed in black and white) they relied on the support at home. but i'm afraid not all children are lucky enough to have support at home so do we just let them slip thru the education system?
I am not doing a dis-service to Mr Quinn, I am fully aware the leadership and management deemed inadequate does not rest solely on his shoulders. if you care to do a little research previous Ofsted reports shown how the school was slipping in many areas. I beg to differ about Mr Quinn been dedicated but do agree he was a very good teacher, maybe he should just teach and not lead! My children are fully supported at home with their education and considering they have suffered through lack of adequate education at school confirmed in black and white) they relied on the support at home. but i'm afraid not all children are lucky enough to have support at home so do we just let them slip thru the education system? widnesgirl
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7:56pm Wed 12 Feb 14

SAC_in_Warrington says...

widnesgirl wrote:
I am not doing a dis-service to Mr Quinn, I am fully aware the leadership and management deemed inadequate does not rest solely on his shoulders. if you care to do a little research previous Ofsted reports shown how the school was slipping in many areas. I beg to differ about Mr Quinn been dedicated but do agree he was a very good teacher, maybe he should just teach and not lead! My children are fully supported at home with their education and considering they have suffered through lack of adequate education at school confirmed in black and white) they relied on the support at home. but i'm afraid not all children are lucky enough to have support at home so do we just let them slip thru the education system?
I am aware of previous ofsted reports at this school and others in Halton Borough. From your lack of knowledge and experience of the teaching profession you have failed to recognise the extreme effort that Mr Quinn and all his staff have deployed in order to raise the standard at the school. There will be information that you will not have available to you to make such judgemental comments. You are clearly suggesting that your children have suffered by attending this school but you do not say how or why. Additionally you seem to have thought that the school was meeting your children's educational needs or you might have justifiably moved them to another and more successful school. Now come on as a concerned mother be honest, wouldn't you have moved them before now?
[quote][p][bold]widnesgirl[/bold] wrote: I am not doing a dis-service to Mr Quinn, I am fully aware the leadership and management deemed inadequate does not rest solely on his shoulders. if you care to do a little research previous Ofsted reports shown how the school was slipping in many areas. I beg to differ about Mr Quinn been dedicated but do agree he was a very good teacher, maybe he should just teach and not lead! My children are fully supported at home with their education and considering they have suffered through lack of adequate education at school confirmed in black and white) they relied on the support at home. but i'm afraid not all children are lucky enough to have support at home so do we just let them slip thru the education system?[/p][/quote]I am aware of previous ofsted reports at this school and others in Halton Borough. From your lack of knowledge and experience of the teaching profession you have failed to recognise the extreme effort that Mr Quinn and all his staff have deployed in order to raise the standard at the school. There will be information that you will not have available to you to make such judgemental comments. You are clearly suggesting that your children have suffered by attending this school but you do not say how or why. Additionally you seem to have thought that the school was meeting your children's educational needs or you might have justifiably moved them to another and more successful school. Now come on as a concerned mother be honest, wouldn't you have moved them before now? SAC_in_Warrington
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9:15pm Wed 12 Feb 14

widnesgirl says...

When u live in this local community you would realise that moving them is sometimes near impossible, for example commitments to employment, childcare maybe some parents have no means of transport. If you lived in the community you would understand.Why should we move our children from OUR local school when it is nor them or the parents that have failed. The Ofsted report came out in May and another inspection report was released in Sept/Oct which stated that there was some improvement but was not enough for them time scale involved so does this not mean anything? I'm not saying the staff or management did not try but maybe it was to little to late? Parents voiced concerns long before the report was released. My children suffered by lack of stability in the classroom etc, I'm sure if u read the report again it explains where the children have suffered!
When u live in this local community you would realise that moving them is sometimes near impossible, for example commitments to employment, childcare maybe some parents have no means of transport. If you lived in the community you would understand.Why should we move our children from OUR local school when it is nor them or the parents that have failed. The Ofsted report came out in May and another inspection report was released in Sept/Oct which stated that there was some improvement but was not enough for them time scale involved so does this not mean anything? I'm not saying the staff or management did not try but maybe it was to little to late? Parents voiced concerns long before the report was released. My children suffered by lack of stability in the classroom etc, I'm sure if u read the report again it explains where the children have suffered! widnesgirl
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9:38pm Wed 12 Feb 14

SAC_in_Warrington says...

widnesgirl wrote:
When u live in this local community you would realise that moving them is sometimes near impossible, for example commitments to employment, childcare maybe some parents have no means of transport. If you lived in the community you would understand.Why should we move our children from OUR local school when it is nor them or the parents that have failed. The Ofsted report came out in May and another inspection report was released in Sept/Oct which stated that there was some improvement but was not enough for them time scale involved so does this not mean anything? I'm not saying the staff or management did not try but maybe it was to little to late? Parents voiced concerns long before the report was released. My children suffered by lack of stability in the classroom etc, I'm sure if u read the report again it explains where the children have suffered!
From what I am aware of there is nothing that can't be corrected with time. The report does not suggest specifically what or why your children were suffering, that is nearly your opinion and some assumptions not facts. I am very aware of the tight knit community in fact the Robinsons are relatives of mine. I am aware that the community are somewhat isolated from the rest of Widnes both geographically and emotionally and traditionally. Nevertheless If I thought that my children were suffering in some way i would be proactive in making changes. Again you seem content with the school and thought the "suffering " was manageable or they really weren't suffering in the first place. Did you never contact anyone outside of the school community? I guess not but perhaps you did and you didn't take it further. Perhaps on reflection suffering wasn't the correct word for you to have used.
[quote][p][bold]widnesgirl[/bold] wrote: When u live in this local community you would realise that moving them is sometimes near impossible, for example commitments to employment, childcare maybe some parents have no means of transport. If you lived in the community you would understand.Why should we move our children from OUR local school when it is nor them or the parents that have failed. The Ofsted report came out in May and another inspection report was released in Sept/Oct which stated that there was some improvement but was not enough for them time scale involved so does this not mean anything? I'm not saying the staff or management did not try but maybe it was to little to late? Parents voiced concerns long before the report was released. My children suffered by lack of stability in the classroom etc, I'm sure if u read the report again it explains where the children have suffered![/p][/quote]From what I am aware of there is nothing that can't be corrected with time. The report does not suggest specifically what or why your children were suffering, that is nearly your opinion and some assumptions not facts. I am very aware of the tight knit community in fact the Robinsons are relatives of mine. I am aware that the community are somewhat isolated from the rest of Widnes both geographically and emotionally and traditionally. Nevertheless If I thought that my children were suffering in some way i would be proactive in making changes. Again you seem content with the school and thought the "suffering " was manageable or they really weren't suffering in the first place. Did you never contact anyone outside of the school community? I guess not but perhaps you did and you didn't take it further. Perhaps on reflection suffering wasn't the correct word for you to have used. SAC_in_Warrington
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9:47pm Wed 12 Feb 14

widnesgirl says...

Maybe suffering was the wrong word maybe lack of education that children are entitled to?. The report did state writing, mathematics where in fact poor and attainment gaps were not being met! Some parents could not afford to move their children regardless of school situtuation. I'm sure in time the school will become a good school again with the help of the interim governing body. Yes parents did complain to local authority I was one that did, I also have tried to support the school but you got doors shut in your face.
Maybe suffering was the wrong word maybe lack of education that children are entitled to?. The report did state writing, mathematics where in fact poor and attainment gaps were not being met! Some parents could not afford to move their children regardless of school situtuation. I'm sure in time the school will become a good school again with the help of the interim governing body. Yes parents did complain to local authority I was one that did, I also have tried to support the school but you got doors shut in your face. widnesgirl
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10:15pm Wed 12 Feb 14

SAC_in_Warrington says...

widnesgirl wrote:
Maybe suffering was the wrong word maybe lack of education that children are entitled to?. The report did state writing, mathematics where in fact poor and attainment gaps were not being met! Some parents could not afford to move their children regardless of school situtuation. I'm sure in time the school will become a good school again with the help of the interim governing body. Yes parents did complain to local authority I was one that did, I also have tried to support the school but you got doors shut in your face.
I think a new school for West Bank would be the best solution to the issues with the current school. They have done this in other places and a vast improvement was seen fairly quickly. The doors will open eventually but I expect that the staff feel as if they are in a metaphorical siege situation at the moment.

Here is an organisation that might be able to help:

"The Advisory Centre for Education (ACE) is a national charity that provides independent advice for parents and carers of children aged 5-16 in state-funded education. ACE aims to provide the information, support and high-quality advice that parents need to help their children at school, particulalry where there are problems. We were founded in 1960 by Michael Young, Lord Young of Dartington."

REF: http://www.ace-ed.or
g.uk/advisory-centre
-for-education-ace

I wish you well in your campaign to raise the standards in your school and community.
[quote][p][bold]widnesgirl[/bold] wrote: Maybe suffering was the wrong word maybe lack of education that children are entitled to?. The report did state writing, mathematics where in fact poor and attainment gaps were not being met! Some parents could not afford to move their children regardless of school situtuation. I'm sure in time the school will become a good school again with the help of the interim governing body. Yes parents did complain to local authority I was one that did, I also have tried to support the school but you got doors shut in your face.[/p][/quote]I think a new school for West Bank would be the best solution to the issues with the current school. They have done this in other places and a vast improvement was seen fairly quickly. The doors will open eventually but I expect that the staff feel as if they are in a metaphorical siege situation at the moment. Here is an organisation that might be able to help: "The Advisory Centre for Education (ACE) is a national charity that provides independent advice for parents and carers of children aged 5-16 in state-funded education. ACE aims to provide the information, support and high-quality advice that parents need to help their children at school, particulalry where there are problems. We were founded in 1960 by Michael Young, Lord Young of Dartington." REF: http://www.ace-ed.or g.uk/advisory-centre -for-education-ace I wish you well in your campaign to raise the standards in your school and community. SAC_in_Warrington
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10:31pm Wed 12 Feb 14

widnesgirl says...

Thank you for the advice
Thank you for the advice widnesgirl
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10:55pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Concerned_Mum says...

SAC_in_Warrington wrote:
widnesgirl wrote:
Maybe suffering was the wrong word maybe lack of education that children are entitled to?. The report did state writing, mathematics where in fact poor and attainment gaps were not being met! Some parents could not afford to move their children regardless of school situtuation. I'm sure in time the school will become a good school again with the help of the interim governing body. Yes parents did complain to local authority I was one that did, I also have tried to support the school but you got doors shut in your face.
I think a new school for West Bank would be the best solution to the issues with the current school. They have done this in other places and a vast improvement was seen fairly quickly. The doors will open eventually but I expect that the staff feel as if they are in a metaphorical siege situation at the moment.

Here is an organisation that might be able to help:

"The Advisory Centre for Education (ACE) is a national charity that provides independent advice for parents and carers of children aged 5-16 in state-funded education. ACE aims to provide the information, support and high-quality advice that parents need to help their children at school, particulalry where there are problems. We were founded in 1960 by Michael Young, Lord Young of Dartington."

REF: http://www.ace-ed.or

g.uk/advisory-centre

-for-education-ace

I wish you well in your campaign to raise the standards in your school and community.
A new school with new approachable leadership would be fantastic for the school a fresh start and help restore confidence within parent's .

I personally felt that time was running out for my children and had no option but to move them to a new school( before the ofsted report) after repeatedly voicing my concern's but to no avail,sadly the school in it's demise has not only lost quite a few pupils it's also lost some fantastic but sadly unsupported teachers .

I am sure the parent's and carers of the children of West Bank school will back the new school 100% and will fully support it in anyway they can .
GOOD LUCK
[quote][p][bold]SAC_in_Warrington[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]widnesgirl[/bold] wrote: Maybe suffering was the wrong word maybe lack of education that children are entitled to?. The report did state writing, mathematics where in fact poor and attainment gaps were not being met! Some parents could not afford to move their children regardless of school situtuation. I'm sure in time the school will become a good school again with the help of the interim governing body. Yes parents did complain to local authority I was one that did, I also have tried to support the school but you got doors shut in your face.[/p][/quote]I think a new school for West Bank would be the best solution to the issues with the current school. They have done this in other places and a vast improvement was seen fairly quickly. The doors will open eventually but I expect that the staff feel as if they are in a metaphorical siege situation at the moment. Here is an organisation that might be able to help: "The Advisory Centre for Education (ACE) is a national charity that provides independent advice for parents and carers of children aged 5-16 in state-funded education. ACE aims to provide the information, support and high-quality advice that parents need to help their children at school, particulalry where there are problems. We were founded in 1960 by Michael Young, Lord Young of Dartington." REF: http://www.ace-ed.or g.uk/advisory-centre -for-education-ace I wish you well in your campaign to raise the standards in your school and community.[/p][/quote]A new school with new approachable leadership would be fantastic for the school a fresh start and help restore confidence within parent's . I personally felt that time was running out for my children and had no option but to move them to a new school( before the ofsted report) after repeatedly voicing my concern's but to no avail,sadly the school in it's demise has not only lost quite a few pupils it's also lost some fantastic but sadly unsupported teachers . I am sure the parent's and carers of the children of West Bank school will back the new school 100% and will fully support it in anyway they can . GOOD LUCK Concerned_Mum
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