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New Head Brought In To Run Failing School

Tuesday December 17 2013


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A NEW headteacher has been brought in to run a failing school after its former head stepped down.

Judith Hirst has been appointed as interim executive headteacher at The Edmunds Primary.

It follows the departure of former head Sharon Mapplebeck, who stepped down earlier this month after 11 years.

She left just days after the school received a damning report by Oftsed which saw it nosedive from 'good' in 2011 to 'inadequate' and requiring special measures.

Inspectors were critical of the achievement of pupils and the quality of teaching as well as the school's leadership and management.

They also said the behaviour and safety of pupils 'requires improvement'.

Barnsley Council's education spokesman, Tim Cheetham, has welcomed the appointment of a new head.

He said: "Judith is a local leader of education and also the substantive headteacher at Sandhill Primary School.

"We look forward to working in partnership with Judith and staff at The Edmunds to bring about rapid improvement to remove the school from its Ofsted category of special measures as soon as possible."

The report, published on November 29, said pupils' achievement is inadequate because too many are not making the progress they are capable of.

Attainment in reading, writing and mathematics is also 'too low' in key stage one and two. Teaching was branded 'inadequate' with the report saying teachers do not have high enough expectation of what pupils can achieve.

It also blasted governors for not holding school leaders to account.

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Reply Posted by jen on Tuesday December 17 2013 at 10:47
There's too many schools on barnsley area that r failing n all the best schools r full up to the rafters but yet the education department dnt seem to be doing anything to improve the situation. They r failing the children n there future n education if they dnt sort this problem out now I mean whos gonna send there child to a failing school if there's another down road that as excellent report. This is a problem the good schools full and the failing schools empty and failing there pupils. Sort it out now education department now !!!!

Reply Posted by chris on Wednesday December 18 2013 at 15:07
ts not the schools its the kids they would rather get pissed up pregnant or fly round streets on there motorbikes... if they wanted to learn that bad this would not be an issue

Reply Posted by sumbodylocal on Wednesday December 18 2013 at 23:02
@Chris, that might be the case for some schools but this particular school is a primary school! kids are aged between 4 and 10

Reply Posted by anon on Wednesday December 18 2013 at 15:13
Does that go for primary school children as well Chris ???? The reason why so many schools are failing this time is because Ofsted have changed the goal posts so schools are being assessed differently this time, but they don't tell you this leaving the Great British public mystified !!

Reply Posted by Tracey on Wednesday December 18 2013 at 15:49
Mmmm and people forget to mention education also happens at home.Lots of parents are also failing their children as they choose not to continue what they are learning at school.People are too quick to blame the headteacher or teachers

Reply Posted by A mum on Wednesday December 18 2013 at 15:53
Chris its a junior school and the kids av been let down by the teachers that r learning them and its offstead report thats picked up on it all .

Reply Posted by my opinion on Wednesday December 18 2013 at 16:31
Education HAS to be a partnership between parents , the school and the children....parents HAVE to take an active interest in their children's education to get the best out of it.At my school too many parents moaning about kids getting homework....suppose it means they miss emmerdale or coronation street......

Reply Posted by mr tee on Saturday December 21 2013 at 10:11
ofsted are full of shit.some of them teachers work very hard in that school putting in loads of hours after school coz they dont get ppa time. mr ofsted ur a wanker dont let me see u around town

Reply Posted by mr tee on Saturday December 21 2013 at 10:21
there last head let them down big style.she deserved the bullet. sat on big wages for doin fuckall for many years now the teachers have too pay for her mistakes

Reply Posted by Johnnie boy on Saturday December 21 2013 at 10:51
Reading WAB comments, on any topic including education, is a sad indictment of Barnsley's education for generations. How are parents, who were not properly educated by the same system that is failing their children, expected to do what the professionals are failing to do?

Reply Posted by Miss.N on Monday December 23 2013 at 08:37
Children get their attitudes from their parents. If a parent doesn't care about education the child is likely to not care too.

Another issue though is that we don't address the fact that different people learn in different ways - of course you won't engage a child who is a kinesthetic learner through books.

We need to look at these things if we are ever going to improve.