Snaresbrook not to be sponsored academy

The DfE has announced that it will not force Snaresbrook primary school in Redbridge to become a sponsored academy.

Snaresbrook was judged by Ofsted to be failing in June this year and the DfE indicated that their preference was for the school to be taken over as a sponsored academy.  Parents, governors, councillors, the local council and other local stakeholders immediately mounted  a campaign against this and said that significant improvements were being made.

On 29 October the DfE announced that they would not intervene and force the school to become an academy, saying:

Snaresbrook Primary School does not have a history of underperformance and has made significant progress after being judged to require special measures by Ofsted in June.

Harris cutting SEN support and adjusting grades?

Parents at the Harris primary academy in Kenley – formerly Roke Primary School – are up in arms over the school’s withdrawal of all one-to-one help that had always been provided for pupils with special education needs – or SEN.

Many parents suspect that this is a ploy by Harris to force parents with SEN children to remove them from the school, and thereby “improve” the school’s league table ratings.

Parents are also suspicious that the school is manipulating pupil attainment data by adjusting  their children’s reported grades –  making out attainment levels are now lower than had previously been assessed and thus exaggerating the ‘progress’ the child is predicted to make.

A parents’ spokesperson said:  “We predict that results will now show remarkable improvement during the first year of the Harris academy and be used as a false benchmark of their success in turning our school around.”

See Inside Croydon for more.

Harris fails English test

The problem the Harris Federation seems to have with spelling (see previous post ) is not restricted to ‘the school formerly known as Camden’,

Children at the Harris Primary Academy in Kenley were given a spelling test titled ‘Spelling, Punctuation and Grammer‘.

And there is more …. see story in the Guardian.

This is all the more embarrassing as Harris prides itself on its ability to improve standards in English and literacy in the schools it takes over.

The Harris Primary Academy in Kenley was formerly Roke Primary, which was taken over by the Harris Federation in face of strong parent opposition in September 2013.

Camden History Project

The Camden History Project has been established to preserve and celebrate the history and heritage of the Camden Road schools in Carshalton, Surrey.

The  history and heritage of Camden Junior School, and its place in the local community, was an important issue for many parents and local residents in the debate about the school becoming a sponsored academy.

Go to the Camden History Project website to find out more.

Their There!

Given that the ‘school formerly known as Camden Juniors’ should be focussed on improving its English teaching, it is a pity that Harris cannot ensure correct spelling in the school newsletter .

In newsletter dated 1 October 2013, under the heading ‘parent class representatives’,  we are told that ‘class parent representatives’ will ‘meet the Principle‘.

In the newsletter dated 8 October 2013, in a story entitled ‘crazy critters’ it says ‘We will be printing there names in the next newsletter.’.

Harris clearly need to start by giving themselves some lessons in English – as well as in geography, see previous post.

Sulivan opts to become an academy

Governors of Sulivan School are proposing that their school becomes an academy to protect its future and prevent it being closed by Hammersmith and Fulham Council so they can use the land for a new ‘free’ school.

The school would become an academy as part of the London Diocesan Board for Schools Academies Trust.

They say that becoming an academy will mean that they:

  • retain the school’s ethos
  • can still be Sulivan Primary School
  • can remain on their unique site
  • continue to be a school serving the whole community with 100% open admissions
  • will have financial stability an the opportunity to apply for capital funding
  • can expand provision and grow to become a two form entry school

There is a consultation document available.