New headteacher vows to make troubled school ‘outstanding’

Gazette: New headteacher vows to make troubled school ‘outstanding’ New headteacher vows to make troubled school ‘outstanding’

THE new headteacher of Colchester’s largest secondary school has vowed to elevate its Ofsted rating to “outstanding”.

Catherine Hutley, 34, beat 20 competitors to become Philip Morant’s £100,000 head of school.

Miss Hutley, currently deputy headteacher at the Colne Community School and College, Brightlingsea, has spent the last nine months working two days a week at Philip Morant, to help drive up standards.

The 1,600-pupil school was told by inspectors last year it “required improvement”.

Miss Hutley, 34, said: “It is a fresh start, which is exactly what this school needs, but it is not an unknown teacher coming into a blank canvas.

“I have had nine months’ induction, which gives us the footing to move incredibly quickly to Outstanding.”

Miss Hutley said she wanted the school given the top rating – two grades higher than its current one – by 2018 at the latest.

Miss Hutley also admitted tackling bullying would be a “huge priority” when she starts the job this September.

See Thursday's Gazette

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10:45am Thu 22 May 14

Mark Goacher says...

I wish the new headteacher well in her aim to make the school outstanding. One place for any new head to start would be to ensure that issues of homophobic bullying, and other forms of bullying as well, are taken seriously and dealt with. All schools need to avoid sweeping such issues under the carpet as not only does this wreck lives but it also shows adults abdicating from their responsibilities.
I wish the new headteacher well in her aim to make the school outstanding. One place for any new head to start would be to ensure that issues of homophobic bullying, and other forms of bullying as well, are taken seriously and dealt with. All schools need to avoid sweeping such issues under the carpet as not only does this wreck lives but it also shows adults abdicating from their responsibilities. Mark Goacher
  • Score: 9

10:55am Thu 22 May 14

Cllr Martin Hunt says...

I totally agree with Mr Goacher. And stopping the children hanging around on street corners after school smoking like chimneys would help too.
I totally agree with Mr Goacher. And stopping the children hanging around on street corners after school smoking like chimneys would help too. Cllr Martin Hunt
  • Score: 4

10:59am Thu 22 May 14

The-Professionals says...

Mark Goacher wrote:
I wish the new headteacher well in her aim to make the school outstanding. One place for any new head to start would be to ensure that issues of homophobic bullying, and other forms of bullying as well, are taken seriously and dealt with. All schools need to avoid sweeping such issues under the carpet as not only does this wreck lives but it also shows adults abdicating from their responsibilities.
34 years old ! What life experiences has one achieved in 10 years of teaching?
Pretty face oh well wait and see?

All schools need to avoid sweeping such issues under the carpet as not only does this wreck lives but it also shows adults abdicating from their responsibilities.
As for Marks comments above quote: You would know you are a teacher in the area. Why wont your colleagues listen to to you, in the profession?
Telling OFSTED one thing and doing another>
[quote][p][bold]Mark Goacher[/bold] wrote: I wish the new headteacher well in her aim to make the school outstanding. One place for any new head to start would be to ensure that issues of homophobic bullying, and other forms of bullying as well, are taken seriously and dealt with. All schools need to avoid sweeping such issues under the carpet as not only does this wreck lives but it also shows adults abdicating from their responsibilities.[/p][/quote]34 years old ! What life experiences has one achieved in 10 years of teaching? Pretty face oh well wait and see? All schools need to avoid sweeping such issues under the carpet as not only does this wreck lives but it also shows adults abdicating from their responsibilities. As for Marks comments above quote: You would know you are a teacher in the area. Why wont your colleagues listen to to you, in the profession? Telling OFSTED one thing and doing another> The-Professionals
  • Score: -6

1:19pm Thu 22 May 14

Shaneblackdarkknight says...

Best of luck young lady .
Best of luck young lady . Shaneblackdarkknight
  • Score: 5

1:22pm Thu 22 May 14

Shaneblackdarkknight says...

The-Professionals wrote:
Mark Goacher wrote:
I wish the new headteacher well in her aim to make the school outstanding. One place for any new head to start would be to ensure that issues of homophobic bullying, and other forms of bullying as well, are taken seriously and dealt with. All schools need to avoid sweeping such issues under the carpet as not only does this wreck lives but it also shows adults abdicating from their responsibilities.
34 years old ! What life experiences has one achieved in 10 years of teaching?
Pretty face oh well wait and see?

All schools need to avoid sweeping such issues under the carpet as not only does this wreck lives but it also shows adults abdicating from their responsibilities.
As for Marks comments above quote: You would know you are a teacher in the area. Why wont your colleagues listen to to you, in the profession?
Telling OFSTED one thing and doing another>
Ageism is not a good thing I'm sure she is qualified or she would not have been given the job ,, and sexism ? Pretty face u perv .
[quote][p][bold]The-Professionals[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mark Goacher[/bold] wrote: I wish the new headteacher well in her aim to make the school outstanding. One place for any new head to start would be to ensure that issues of homophobic bullying, and other forms of bullying as well, are taken seriously and dealt with. All schools need to avoid sweeping such issues under the carpet as not only does this wreck lives but it also shows adults abdicating from their responsibilities.[/p][/quote]34 years old ! What life experiences has one achieved in 10 years of teaching? Pretty face oh well wait and see? All schools need to avoid sweeping such issues under the carpet as not only does this wreck lives but it also shows adults abdicating from their responsibilities. As for Marks comments above quote: You would know you are a teacher in the area. Why wont your colleagues listen to to you, in the profession? Telling OFSTED one thing and doing another>[/p][/quote]Ageism is not a good thing I'm sure she is qualified or she would not have been given the job ,, and sexism ? Pretty face u perv . Shaneblackdarkknight
  • Score: 5

1:29pm Thu 22 May 14

wearebeingwatched says...

Cllr Martin Hunt wrote:
I totally agree with Mr Goacher. And stopping the children hanging around on street corners after school smoking like chimneys would help too.
So Schools are now responsible for out of school actions, out of school hours?!

What next you are going to say, that schools should stop children hanging out at the weekend?!

Surely this is the responsibility of the parents. That is the problem no-one wants to take responsibility for their own kids and expects it be done by everyone else.
[quote][p][bold]Cllr Martin Hunt[/bold] wrote: I totally agree with Mr Goacher. And stopping the children hanging around on street corners after school smoking like chimneys would help too.[/p][/quote]So Schools are now responsible for out of school actions, out of school hours?! What next you are going to say, that schools should stop children hanging out at the weekend?! Surely this is the responsibility of the parents. That is the problem no-one wants to take responsibility for their own kids and expects it be done by everyone else. wearebeingwatched
  • Score: 12

1:34pm Thu 22 May 14

Scoot says...

At 34 she will know how to handle ofsted and all the education speak and spin that changes about as often as a Tottenham manager. She won't have got to where she is without being able to do this so good luck to her.. However one person alone cannot change things in a school, it requires the staff, pupils and parents to all work together to make a school successful. As to bullying, regretably it goes on everywhere from the lowest of the low to the top private schools in the area (even though they would tell you they have a great anti-bullying policy - ask yourself why they have to promote this). Schools will try and stop it and should come down hard on those that do, but the parents need to support the school with whatever punishment it recommends when a bully is found rather than spouting off about human rights etc.
At 34 she will know how to handle ofsted and all the education speak and spin that changes about as often as a Tottenham manager. She won't have got to where she is without being able to do this so good luck to her.. However one person alone cannot change things in a school, it requires the staff, pupils and parents to all work together to make a school successful. As to bullying, regretably it goes on everywhere from the lowest of the low to the top private schools in the area (even though they would tell you they have a great anti-bullying policy - ask yourself why they have to promote this). Schools will try and stop it and should come down hard on those that do, but the parents need to support the school with whatever punishment it recommends when a bully is found rather than spouting off about human rights etc. Scoot
  • Score: 5

3:46pm Thu 22 May 14

Cllr Martin Hunt says...

wearebeingwatched wrote:
Cllr Martin Hunt wrote: I totally agree with Mr Goacher. And stopping the children hanging around on street corners after school smoking like chimneys would help too.
So Schools are now responsible for out of school actions, out of school hours?! What next you are going to say, that schools should stop children hanging out at the weekend?! Surely this is the responsibility of the parents. That is the problem no-one wants to take responsibility for their own kids and expects it be done by everyone else.
Schools used to be proud aboiut school uniform and what children did when wearing it. In civvies out of school they can do want they want, but in schiool uniform they should show respect to their school by behaving. That's all. Are you seriously telling me young teenagers should smoke at all, let alone in public?
[quote][p][bold]wearebeingwatched[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cllr Martin Hunt[/bold] wrote: I totally agree with Mr Goacher. And stopping the children hanging around on street corners after school smoking like chimneys would help too.[/p][/quote]So Schools are now responsible for out of school actions, out of school hours?! What next you are going to say, that schools should stop children hanging out at the weekend?! Surely this is the responsibility of the parents. That is the problem no-one wants to take responsibility for their own kids and expects it be done by everyone else.[/p][/quote]Schools used to be proud aboiut school uniform and what children did when wearing it. In civvies out of school they can do want they want, but in schiool uniform they should show respect to their school by behaving. That's all. Are you seriously telling me young teenagers should smoke at all, let alone in public? Cllr Martin Hunt
  • Score: -1

5:48pm Thu 22 May 14

Angry of Lexden says...

I would like to make couple of points on the dialogue to date on this matter:

(1.) I agree with Scoot, bullying is a fact of life in all schools. In my personal opinion Philip Morrant staff were unfairly treated following a recent tragic episode. The individual concerned had a reputation for not being an angel. Also, as one would expect, the distraught relatives blamed the school entirely. Whereas perhaps a significant portion of blame might be found a little nearer home. It is unlikely there were no clear signs of the individuals torment at home. Following the press hype, the school lost a sound and experience head and entered a period of uncertainty.

(2.) Yes, I agree with Mr. Hunt's comment regarding young people smoking outside the school premises - it is disgusting. But I don't really understand what the school can do to change pupils behaviour outside school boundaries. I suggest the parents have a greater responsibility on this point. One of my sons started to smoke in his early teens - we have done our best to gently get him off the habit but have failed to date, and we certainly don't blame the school.

(3.) The new head would be wise to ensure she is not associated with any comment or implication that the school community, it's management and staff have been weak in recent times. I understand her appointment has been made at a reduced salary. This happened at Philip Morrant some ten years ago and it is well known that the head concerned was a disaster - pay peanuts get.....

(4.) I genuinely hope the new head succeeds in her tasks for the whole school community. I have a vested interest in the school which will hopefully will eventually span just over thirty years.
I would like to make couple of points on the dialogue to date on this matter: (1.) I agree with Scoot, bullying is a fact of life in all schools. In my personal opinion Philip Morrant staff were unfairly treated following a recent tragic episode. The individual concerned had a reputation for not being an angel. Also, as one would expect, the distraught relatives blamed the school entirely. Whereas perhaps a significant portion of blame might be found a little nearer home. It is unlikely there were no clear signs of the individuals torment at home. Following the press hype, the school lost a sound and experience head and entered a period of uncertainty. (2.) Yes, I agree with Mr. Hunt's comment regarding young people smoking outside the school premises - it is disgusting. But I don't really understand what the school can do to change pupils behaviour outside school boundaries. I suggest the parents have a greater responsibility on this point. One of my sons started to smoke in his early teens - we have done our best to gently get him off the habit but have failed to date, and we certainly don't blame the school. (3.) The new head would be wise to ensure she is not associated with any comment or implication that the school community, it's management and staff have been weak in recent times. I understand her appointment has been made at a reduced salary. This happened at Philip Morrant some ten years ago and it is well known that the head concerned was a disaster - pay peanuts get..... (4.) I genuinely hope the new head succeeds in her tasks for the whole school community. I have a vested interest in the school which will hopefully will eventually span just over thirty years. Angry of Lexden
  • Score: -2

6:38pm Thu 22 May 14

Jasmine1234 says...

Just read the full article in the paper. If she did the business at the Colne school and got it to Outstanding we should be supporting her all the way.
All schools should aim for the top. Glad we have someone who is willing to step forward and say how it will be. I don't care about the salary others earn loads more. Investing in our kids has got to be priceless.
Hope paper continues to support the school and the new Headteacher.
Just read the full article in the paper. If she did the business at the Colne school and got it to Outstanding we should be supporting her all the way. All schools should aim for the top. Glad we have someone who is willing to step forward and say how it will be. I don't care about the salary others earn loads more. Investing in our kids has got to be priceless. Hope paper continues to support the school and the new Headteacher. Jasmine1234
  • Score: 1

7:37pm Thu 22 May 14

colchester300yrs says...

Speaking as an ex-pupil of this school, albeit 20 years ago (and older than this new head), I think that she has one hell of an upward struggle to prevent bullying at this school. Bullying was an everyday part of the school day there in those days, and NONE of the teachers could have cared less.
At this school, they think they are some select grammar school and those pupils who do not fit that mould are fundamentally ignored. I can remember a certain teacher, who gave evidence in a certain tribunal a few years ago that he would not ever shout at a child, as deputy head, being the biggest bully there was, shouting, screaming and swearing at pupils, and once told my father "I'm a teacher - I have better things to do developing the students that matter in this school than dealing with the trouble your nobody son causes - he'll not go anywhere in life". - The "nobody" went on to gain a PhD in engineering.
On another occasion, an MP visited, and the classes were all changed around so he met only the "right" students.
Now you tell me that that culture amongst the staff (some of whom are still there now) has changed - not a cats chance in hell, and this new head will have all of her good ideas bogged down by the desire to present the right "image" and hide the reality.
Speaking as an ex-pupil of this school, albeit 20 years ago (and older than this new head), I think that she has one hell of an upward struggle to prevent bullying at this school. Bullying was an everyday part of the school day there in those days, and NONE of the teachers could have cared less. At this school, they think they are some select grammar school and those pupils who do not fit that mould are fundamentally ignored. I can remember a certain teacher, who gave evidence in a certain tribunal a few years ago that he would not ever shout at a child, as deputy head, being the biggest bully there was, shouting, screaming and swearing at pupils, and once told my father "I'm a teacher - I have better things to do developing the students that matter in this school than dealing with the trouble your nobody son causes - he'll not go anywhere in life". - The "nobody" went on to gain a PhD in engineering. On another occasion, an MP visited, and the classes were all changed around so he met only the "right" students. Now you tell me that that culture amongst the staff (some of whom are still there now) has changed - not a cats chance in hell, and this new head will have all of her good ideas bogged down by the desire to present the right "image" and hide the reality. colchester300yrs
  • Score: -1

8:19pm Thu 22 May 14

Mark Goacher says...

"Angry of Lexden says...

I would like to make couple of points on the dialogue to date on this matter:

(1.) I agree with Scoot, bullying is a fact of life in all schools. In my personal opinion Philip Morrant staff were unfairly treated following a recent tragic episode. The individual concerned had a reputation for not being an angel. Also, as one would expect, the distraught relatives blamed the school entirely. Whereas perhaps a significant portion of blame might be found a little nearer home. It is unlikely there were no clear signs of the individuals torment at home. Following the press hype, the school lost a sound and experience head and entered a period of uncertainty."

For various reasons I'm not going to comment on the specifics of the case which you mention. However in general schools need to treat the issue of bullying, including homophobic bullying, as a main priority. Too often the bullied pupil is treated as the problem not the perpetrators. Too often timid staff cave in to the parents of the perpetrators. Dismissing the bullied pupil as 'hardly an angel' or 'needing to man up' or similar such guff occurs in schools. It all adds up to one thing ie an irresponsible culture of denial.
"Angry of Lexden says... I would like to make couple of points on the dialogue to date on this matter: (1.) I agree with Scoot, bullying is a fact of life in all schools. In my personal opinion Philip Morrant staff were unfairly treated following a recent tragic episode. The individual concerned had a reputation for not being an angel. Also, as one would expect, the distraught relatives blamed the school entirely. Whereas perhaps a significant portion of blame might be found a little nearer home. It is unlikely there were no clear signs of the individuals torment at home. Following the press hype, the school lost a sound and experience head and entered a period of uncertainty." For various reasons I'm not going to comment on the specifics of the case which you mention. However in general schools need to treat the issue of bullying, including homophobic bullying, as a main priority. Too often the bullied pupil is treated as the problem not the perpetrators. Too often timid staff cave in to the parents of the perpetrators. Dismissing the bullied pupil as 'hardly an angel' or 'needing to man up' or similar such guff occurs in schools. It all adds up to one thing ie an irresponsible culture of denial. Mark Goacher
  • Score: -2

9:28pm Thu 22 May 14

Rhinestone Cowboy* says...

Shaneblackdarkknight wrote:
The-Professionals wrote:
Mark Goacher wrote:
I wish the new headteacher well in her aim to make the school outstanding. One place for any new head to start would be to ensure that issues of homophobic bullying, and other forms of bullying as well, are taken seriously and dealt with. All schools need to avoid sweeping such issues under the carpet as not only does this wreck lives but it also shows adults abdicating from their responsibilities.
34 years old ! What life experiences has one achieved in 10 years of teaching?
Pretty face oh well wait and see?

All schools need to avoid sweeping such issues under the carpet as not only does this wreck lives but it also shows adults abdicating from their responsibilities.
As for Marks comments above quote: You would know you are a teacher in the area. Why wont your colleagues listen to to you, in the profession?
Telling OFSTED one thing and doing another>
Ageism is not a good thing I'm sure she is qualified or she would not have been given the job ,, and sexism ? Pretty face u perv .
Shaneblackdarkknight says...]Ageism is not a good thing I'm sure she is qualified or she would not have been given the job ,, and sexism ? Pretty face u perv .

SHANE BLACK DARK KNIGHT and your calling people a perv?...Man
Very funny maybe you could do with my size 12's stirrup riders knight up your A*s???
[quote][p][bold]Shaneblackdarkknight[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The-Professionals[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mark Goacher[/bold] wrote: I wish the new headteacher well in her aim to make the school outstanding. One place for any new head to start would be to ensure that issues of homophobic bullying, and other forms of bullying as well, are taken seriously and dealt with. All schools need to avoid sweeping such issues under the carpet as not only does this wreck lives but it also shows adults abdicating from their responsibilities.[/p][/quote]34 years old ! What life experiences has one achieved in 10 years of teaching? Pretty face oh well wait and see? All schools need to avoid sweeping such issues under the carpet as not only does this wreck lives but it also shows adults abdicating from their responsibilities. As for Marks comments above quote: You would know you are a teacher in the area. Why wont your colleagues listen to to you, in the profession? Telling OFSTED one thing and doing another>[/p][/quote]Ageism is not a good thing I'm sure she is qualified or she would not have been given the job ,, and sexism ? Pretty face u perv .[/p][/quote]Shaneblackdarkknight says...]Ageism is not a good thing I'm sure she is qualified or she would not have been given the job ,, and sexism ? Pretty face u perv . SHANE BLACK DARK KNIGHT and your calling people a perv?...Man Very funny maybe you could do with my size 12's stirrup riders knight up your A*s??? Rhinestone Cowboy*
  • Score: -3

9:58pm Thu 22 May 14

Angry of Lexden says...

Mark Goacher wrote:
"Angry of Lexden says...

I would like to make couple of points on the dialogue to date on this matter:

(1.) I agree with Scoot, bullying is a fact of life in all schools. In my personal opinion Philip Morrant staff were unfairly treated following a recent tragic episode. The individual concerned had a reputation for not being an angel. Also, as one would expect, the distraught relatives blamed the school entirely. Whereas perhaps a significant portion of blame might be found a little nearer home. It is unlikely there were no clear signs of the individuals torment at home. Following the press hype, the school lost a sound and experience head and entered a period of uncertainty."

For various reasons I'm not going to comment on the specifics of the case which you mention. However in general schools need to treat the issue of bullying, including homophobic bullying, as a main priority. Too often the bullied pupil is treated as the problem not the perpetrators. Too often timid staff cave in to the parents of the perpetrators. Dismissing the bullied pupil as 'hardly an angel' or 'needing to man up' or similar such guff occurs in schools. It all adds up to one thing ie an irresponsible culture of denial.
Hi Mark,
We seem to have different opinions and experiences on bullying in school.
In my personal experience bullying happens in all schools, perhaps it's the nature of developing children. They will often pick on the weakest, and any child that's "different" - size, appearance, behaviour.
Three of my children were bullied at school at different times. Two experienced it at Philip Morrant and one at a feeder school. I must admit the reaction of staff at PM to the first incident some years ago was to say it was not the school's responsibility as some of it happened by text. I spoke with the police service and PM then got involved and sorted the problem. Some years later when another of our children was bullied, PM dealt with it immediately. Likewise, the feeder school dealt with the bullying of another child immediately.
It is my belief that the recent tragic incident at PM evolved beyond beyond the actual facts into a something which has unfairly damaged the school community at all levels.
[quote][p][bold]Mark Goacher[/bold] wrote: "Angry of Lexden says... I would like to make couple of points on the dialogue to date on this matter: (1.) I agree with Scoot, bullying is a fact of life in all schools. In my personal opinion Philip Morrant staff were unfairly treated following a recent tragic episode. The individual concerned had a reputation for not being an angel. Also, as one would expect, the distraught relatives blamed the school entirely. Whereas perhaps a significant portion of blame might be found a little nearer home. It is unlikely there were no clear signs of the individuals torment at home. Following the press hype, the school lost a sound and experience head and entered a period of uncertainty." For various reasons I'm not going to comment on the specifics of the case which you mention. However in general schools need to treat the issue of bullying, including homophobic bullying, as a main priority. Too often the bullied pupil is treated as the problem not the perpetrators. Too often timid staff cave in to the parents of the perpetrators. Dismissing the bullied pupil as 'hardly an angel' or 'needing to man up' or similar such guff occurs in schools. It all adds up to one thing ie an irresponsible culture of denial.[/p][/quote]Hi Mark, We seem to have different opinions and experiences on bullying in school. In my personal experience bullying happens in all schools, perhaps it's the nature of developing children. They will often pick on the weakest, and any child that's "different" - size, appearance, behaviour. Three of my children were bullied at school at different times. Two experienced it at Philip Morrant and one at a feeder school. I must admit the reaction of staff at PM to the first incident some years ago was to say it was not the school's responsibility as some of it happened by text. I spoke with the police service and PM then got involved and sorted the problem. Some years later when another of our children was bullied, PM dealt with it immediately. Likewise, the feeder school dealt with the bullying of another child immediately. It is my belief that the recent tragic incident at PM evolved beyond beyond the actual facts into a something which has unfairly damaged the school community at all levels. Angry of Lexden
  • Score: 0

7:00am Fri 23 May 14

MaryPoppins87 says...

wearebeingwatched wrote:
Cllr Martin Hunt wrote:
I totally agree with Mr Goacher. And stopping the children hanging around on street corners after school smoking like chimneys would help too.
So Schools are now responsible for out of school actions, out of school hours?!

What next you are going to say, that schools should stop children hanging out at the weekend?!

Surely this is the responsibility of the parents. That is the problem no-one wants to take responsibility for their own kids and expects it be done by everyone else.
I agree! It's bad enough that parents use schools as a baby sitter, expecting them to teach their children sex education and morals, feed them lunch, get them to exercise etc ... Now people are expecting them to police the children once they've left the school grounds?! Can I ask, at what point do the actual parents step in and start taking responsibility for their offspring? Half the parents I see these days are children themselves! Bloody useless bunch , smoking around their kids. No wonder children end up smoking themselves.
As long as it's not on school grounds then it's the parents problem, not the teachers.
I wish her all the best, let's hope she can make a change, even if it's a small one
[quote][p][bold]wearebeingwatched[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cllr Martin Hunt[/bold] wrote: I totally agree with Mr Goacher. And stopping the children hanging around on street corners after school smoking like chimneys would help too.[/p][/quote]So Schools are now responsible for out of school actions, out of school hours?! What next you are going to say, that schools should stop children hanging out at the weekend?! Surely this is the responsibility of the parents. That is the problem no-one wants to take responsibility for their own kids and expects it be done by everyone else.[/p][/quote]I agree! It's bad enough that parents use schools as a baby sitter, expecting them to teach their children sex education and morals, feed them lunch, get them to exercise etc ... Now people are expecting them to police the children once they've left the school grounds?! Can I ask, at what point do the actual parents step in and start taking responsibility for their offspring? Half the parents I see these days are children themselves! Bloody useless bunch , smoking around their kids. No wonder children end up smoking themselves. As long as it's not on school grounds then it's the parents problem, not the teachers. I wish her all the best, let's hope she can make a change, even if it's a small one MaryPoppins87
  • Score: 5

8:37am Fri 23 May 14

ecc tax payer says...

It doesn't seem that long ago that ago Philip Morant was the school of choice, and places were hard to come by. Whatever went wrong there?
It doesn't seem that long ago that ago Philip Morant was the school of choice, and places were hard to come by. Whatever went wrong there? ecc tax payer
  • Score: 0

11:12am Fri 23 May 14

Shaneblackdarkknight says...

Rhinestone Cowboy* wrote:
Shaneblackdarkknight wrote:
The-Professionals wrote:
Mark Goacher wrote:
I wish the new headteacher well in her aim to make the school outstanding. One place for any new head to start would be to ensure that issues of homophobic bullying, and other forms of bullying as well, are taken seriously and dealt with. All schools need to avoid sweeping such issues under the carpet as not only does this wreck lives but it also shows adults abdicating from their responsibilities.
34 years old ! What life experiences has one achieved in 10 years of teaching?
Pretty face oh well wait and see?

All schools need to avoid sweeping such issues under the carpet as not only does this wreck lives but it also shows adults abdicating from their responsibilities.
As for Marks comments above quote: You would know you are a teacher in the area. Why wont your colleagues listen to to you, in the profession?
Telling OFSTED one thing and doing another>
Ageism is not a good thing I'm sure she is qualified or she would not have been given the job ,, and sexism ? Pretty face u perv .
Shaneblackdarkknight says...]Ageism is not a good thing I'm sure she is qualified or she would not have been given the job ,, and sexism ? Pretty face u perv .

SHANE BLACK DARK KNIGHT and your calling people a perv?...Man
Very funny maybe you could do with my size 12's stirrup riders knight up your A*s???
Your welcome to try little big man or should I say perv ,, herehaaaaaaaaaaa cowboy !
[quote][p][bold]Rhinestone Cowboy*[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shaneblackdarkknight[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The-Professionals[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mark Goacher[/bold] wrote: I wish the new headteacher well in her aim to make the school outstanding. One place for any new head to start would be to ensure that issues of homophobic bullying, and other forms of bullying as well, are taken seriously and dealt with. All schools need to avoid sweeping such issues under the carpet as not only does this wreck lives but it also shows adults abdicating from their responsibilities.[/p][/quote]34 years old ! What life experiences has one achieved in 10 years of teaching? Pretty face oh well wait and see? All schools need to avoid sweeping such issues under the carpet as not only does this wreck lives but it also shows adults abdicating from their responsibilities. As for Marks comments above quote: You would know you are a teacher in the area. Why wont your colleagues listen to to you, in the profession? Telling OFSTED one thing and doing another>[/p][/quote]Ageism is not a good thing I'm sure she is qualified or she would not have been given the job ,, and sexism ? Pretty face u perv .[/p][/quote]Shaneblackdarkknight says...]Ageism is not a good thing I'm sure she is qualified or she would not have been given the job ,, and sexism ? Pretty face u perv . SHANE BLACK DARK KNIGHT and your calling people a perv?...Man Very funny maybe you could do with my size 12's stirrup riders knight up your A*s???[/p][/quote]Your welcome to try little big man or should I say perv ,, herehaaaaaaaaaaa cowboy ! Shaneblackdarkknight
  • Score: 0

11:14am Fri 23 May 14

Mark Goacher says...

Angry of Lexden wrote:
Mark Goacher wrote:
"Angry of Lexden says...

I would like to make couple of points on the dialogue to date on this matter:

(1.) I agree with Scoot, bullying is a fact of life in all schools. In my personal opinion Philip Morrant staff were unfairly treated following a recent tragic episode. The individual concerned had a reputation for not being an angel. Also, as one would expect, the distraught relatives blamed the school entirely. Whereas perhaps a significant portion of blame might be found a little nearer home. It is unlikely there were no clear signs of the individuals torment at home. Following the press hype, the school lost a sound and experience head and entered a period of uncertainty."

For various reasons I'm not going to comment on the specifics of the case which you mention. However in general schools need to treat the issue of bullying, including homophobic bullying, as a main priority. Too often the bullied pupil is treated as the problem not the perpetrators. Too often timid staff cave in to the parents of the perpetrators. Dismissing the bullied pupil as 'hardly an angel' or 'needing to man up' or similar such guff occurs in schools. It all adds up to one thing ie an irresponsible culture of denial.
Hi Mark,
We seem to have different opinions and experiences on bullying in school.
In my personal experience bullying happens in all schools, perhaps it's the nature of developing children. They will often pick on the weakest, and any child that's "different" - size, appearance, behaviour.
Three of my children were bullied at school at different times. Two experienced it at Philip Morrant and one at a feeder school. I must admit the reaction of staff at PM to the first incident some years ago was to say it was not the school's responsibility as some of it happened by text. I spoke with the police service and PM then got involved and sorted the problem. Some years later when another of our children was bullied, PM dealt with it immediately. Likewise, the feeder school dealt with the bullying of another child immediately.
It is my belief that the recent tragic incident at PM evolved beyond beyond the actual facts into a something which has unfairly damaged the school community at all levels.
Again, I'm not going to comment on the specifics of this case, and I'd agree that bullying happens in all schools for the reasons that you state. However there is a big difference in how institutions react to it and deal with it. Regarding homophobic bullying, I work with LGBT students aged 16+ and every year they almost universally tell me that there is a huge problem in secondary schools with how the matter is dealt with. This includes weak staff backing down in the face of whinging from the bullies' parents, no attempt whatsoever to address LGBT discrimination in assemblies, tutorials or Sex Ed and comments being made by staff along the lines of 'your sort bring it on yourselves'. I stress however that this is not specific to any one particular school. The situation seems to be much better with regard to racially motivated bullying.
[quote][p][bold]Angry of Lexden[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mark Goacher[/bold] wrote: "Angry of Lexden says... I would like to make couple of points on the dialogue to date on this matter: (1.) I agree with Scoot, bullying is a fact of life in all schools. In my personal opinion Philip Morrant staff were unfairly treated following a recent tragic episode. The individual concerned had a reputation for not being an angel. Also, as one would expect, the distraught relatives blamed the school entirely. Whereas perhaps a significant portion of blame might be found a little nearer home. It is unlikely there were no clear signs of the individuals torment at home. Following the press hype, the school lost a sound and experience head and entered a period of uncertainty." For various reasons I'm not going to comment on the specifics of the case which you mention. However in general schools need to treat the issue of bullying, including homophobic bullying, as a main priority. Too often the bullied pupil is treated as the problem not the perpetrators. Too often timid staff cave in to the parents of the perpetrators. Dismissing the bullied pupil as 'hardly an angel' or 'needing to man up' or similar such guff occurs in schools. It all adds up to one thing ie an irresponsible culture of denial.[/p][/quote]Hi Mark, We seem to have different opinions and experiences on bullying in school. In my personal experience bullying happens in all schools, perhaps it's the nature of developing children. They will often pick on the weakest, and any child that's "different" - size, appearance, behaviour. Three of my children were bullied at school at different times. Two experienced it at Philip Morrant and one at a feeder school. I must admit the reaction of staff at PM to the first incident some years ago was to say it was not the school's responsibility as some of it happened by text. I spoke with the police service and PM then got involved and sorted the problem. Some years later when another of our children was bullied, PM dealt with it immediately. Likewise, the feeder school dealt with the bullying of another child immediately. It is my belief that the recent tragic incident at PM evolved beyond beyond the actual facts into a something which has unfairly damaged the school community at all levels.[/p][/quote]Again, I'm not going to comment on the specifics of this case, and I'd agree that bullying happens in all schools for the reasons that you state. However there is a big difference in how institutions react to it and deal with it. Regarding homophobic bullying, I work with LGBT students aged 16+ and every year they almost universally tell me that there is a huge problem in secondary schools with how the matter is dealt with. This includes weak staff backing down in the face of whinging from the bullies' parents, no attempt whatsoever to address LGBT discrimination in assemblies, tutorials or Sex Ed and comments being made by staff along the lines of 'your sort bring it on yourselves'. I stress however that this is not specific to any one particular school. The situation seems to be much better with regard to racially motivated bullying. Mark Goacher
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1:55pm Fri 23 May 14

jammin says...

ecc tax payer wrote:
It doesn't seem that long ago that ago Philip Morant was the school of choice, and places were hard to come by. Whatever went wrong there?
I know! I finished there in the 94 and it was the best comprehensive school in Essex at the time. David Jones clearly did a good job (aka penfold, I'm still young at heart!)
[quote][p][bold]ecc tax payer[/bold] wrote: It doesn't seem that long ago that ago Philip Morant was the school of choice, and places were hard to come by. Whatever went wrong there?[/p][/quote]I know! I finished there in the 94 and it was the best comprehensive school in Essex at the time. David Jones clearly did a good job (aka penfold, I'm still young at heart!) jammin
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3:10pm Fri 23 May 14

Taj says...

colchester300yrs wrote:
Speaking as an ex-pupil of this school, albeit 20 years ago (and older than this new head), I think that she has one hell of an upward struggle to prevent bullying at this school. Bullying was an everyday part of the school day there in those days, and NONE of the teachers could have cared less.
At this school, they think they are some select grammar school and those pupils who do not fit that mould are fundamentally ignored. I can remember a certain teacher, who gave evidence in a certain tribunal a few years ago that he would not ever shout at a child, as deputy head, being the biggest bully there was, shouting, screaming and swearing at pupils, and once told my father "I'm a teacher - I have better things to do developing the students that matter in this school than dealing with the trouble your nobody son causes - he'll not go anywhere in life". - The "nobody" went on to gain a PhD in engineering.
On another occasion, an MP visited, and the classes were all changed around so he met only the "right" students.
Now you tell me that that culture amongst the staff (some of whom are still there now) has changed - not a cats chance in hell, and this new head will have all of her good ideas bogged down by the desire to present the right "image" and hide the reality.
I agree completely with this person ,that particular teacher all but destroyed the confidence of a number of children over the years and no-one from the staff or governors did anything about it.
I know of one youngster who was told he would never be any good and for a long time believed it .It was only many years later that his confidence was rebuilt to the point where he can now hold a job and start to enjoy life.
[quote][p][bold]colchester300yrs[/bold] wrote: Speaking as an ex-pupil of this school, albeit 20 years ago (and older than this new head), I think that she has one hell of an upward struggle to prevent bullying at this school. Bullying was an everyday part of the school day there in those days, and NONE of the teachers could have cared less. At this school, they think they are some select grammar school and those pupils who do not fit that mould are fundamentally ignored. I can remember a certain teacher, who gave evidence in a certain tribunal a few years ago that he would not ever shout at a child, as deputy head, being the biggest bully there was, shouting, screaming and swearing at pupils, and once told my father "I'm a teacher - I have better things to do developing the students that matter in this school than dealing with the trouble your nobody son causes - he'll not go anywhere in life". - The "nobody" went on to gain a PhD in engineering. On another occasion, an MP visited, and the classes were all changed around so he met only the "right" students. Now you tell me that that culture amongst the staff (some of whom are still there now) has changed - not a cats chance in hell, and this new head will have all of her good ideas bogged down by the desire to present the right "image" and hide the reality.[/p][/quote]I agree completely with this person ,that particular teacher all but destroyed the confidence of a number of children over the years and no-one from the staff or governors did anything about it. I know of one youngster who was told he would never be any good and for a long time believed it .It was only many years later that his confidence was rebuilt to the point where he can now hold a job and start to enjoy life. Taj
  • Score: -1

3:28pm Fri 23 May 14

TheBrotherhoodOfTheBell says...

Morant was linked with Moon and the Computers, things were never that great there, they had the knack like all of them in the town of showing to OFSTED when they needed to...If someone is going to talk about issues there was complaints of a 2 tier regime going on at the school ie the haves and the have nots...
Then there was the link between the stabbing and the teenager being murdered that made matters worse.
Morant was linked with Moon and the Computers, things were never that great there, they had the knack like all of them in the town of showing to OFSTED when they needed to...If someone is going to talk about issues there was complaints of a 2 tier regime going on at the school ie the haves and the have nots... Then there was the link between the stabbing and the teenager being murdered that made matters worse. TheBrotherhoodOfTheBell
  • Score: 4

3:33pm Fri 23 May 14

Angry of Lexden says...

TheBrotherhoodOfTheB
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wrote:
Morant was linked with Moon and the Computers, things were never that great there, they had the knack like all of them in the town of showing to OFSTED when they needed to...If someone is going to talk about issues there was complaints of a 2 tier regime going on at the school ie the haves and the have nots... Then there was the link between the stabbing and the teenager being murdered that made matters worse.
Which stabbing please?
[quote][p][bold]TheBrotherhoodOfTheB ell[/bold] wrote: Morant was linked with Moon and the Computers, things were never that great there, they had the knack like all of them in the town of showing to OFSTED when they needed to...If someone is going to talk about issues there was complaints of a 2 tier regime going on at the school ie the haves and the have nots... Then there was the link between the stabbing and the teenager being murdered that made matters worse.[/p][/quote]Which stabbing please? Angry of Lexden
  • Score: -2

5:54pm Fri 23 May 14

mike... says...

Am i missing the point?

She'll get it sorted by 2018 at the latest.

So if you're there now…tough.

Handy for all the kids just starting primary school though, by the time they get there it'll be ok…

Not many jobs where you can set your goals 4 years ahead and get away with it - perhaps they ought to put a bit of emphasis on getting their backsides into gear.
Am i missing the point? She'll get it sorted by 2018 at the latest. So if you're there now…tough. Handy for all the kids just starting primary school though, by the time they get there it'll be ok… Not many jobs where you can set your goals 4 years ahead and get away with it - perhaps they ought to put a bit of emphasis on getting their backsides into gear. mike...
  • Score: -2

8:39pm Fri 23 May 14

The Truth Hurts* says...

Shaneblackdarkknight wrote:
The-Professionals wrote:
Mark Goacher wrote:
I wish the new headteacher well in her aim to make the school outstanding. One place for any new head to start would be to ensure that issues of homophobic bullying, and other forms of bullying as well, are taken seriously and dealt with. All schools need to avoid sweeping such issues under the carpet as not only does this wreck lives but it also shows adults abdicating from their responsibilities.
34 years old ! What life experiences has one achieved in 10 years of teaching?
Pretty face oh well wait and see?

All schools need to avoid sweeping such issues under the carpet as not only does this wreck lives but it also shows adults abdicating from their responsibilities.
As for Marks comments above quote: You would know you are a teacher in the area. Why wont your colleagues listen to to you, in the profession?
Telling OFSTED one thing and doing another>
Ageism is not a good thing I'm sure she is qualified or she would not have been given the job ,, and sexism ? Pretty face u perv .
You're a fine one to talk black dark knight? The only pervert so far as education articles are concerned, was a former head teacher in the area, who was asked to leave on the QT. I wont tell you what they were doing on the school premises after hours, the person got a plum job as an OFSTED Inspection Team Leader, if your really going to start talking about pervies you want to watch your mouth Shane? That will give the gazette something to talk about.
[quote][p][bold]Shaneblackdarkknight[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The-Professionals[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mark Goacher[/bold] wrote: I wish the new headteacher well in her aim to make the school outstanding. One place for any new head to start would be to ensure that issues of homophobic bullying, and other forms of bullying as well, are taken seriously and dealt with. All schools need to avoid sweeping such issues under the carpet as not only does this wreck lives but it also shows adults abdicating from their responsibilities.[/p][/quote]34 years old ! What life experiences has one achieved in 10 years of teaching? Pretty face oh well wait and see? All schools need to avoid sweeping such issues under the carpet as not only does this wreck lives but it also shows adults abdicating from their responsibilities. As for Marks comments above quote: You would know you are a teacher in the area. Why wont your colleagues listen to to you, in the profession? Telling OFSTED one thing and doing another>[/p][/quote]Ageism is not a good thing I'm sure she is qualified or she would not have been given the job ,, and sexism ? Pretty face u perv .[/p][/quote]You're a fine one to talk black dark knight? The only pervert so far as education articles are concerned, was a former head teacher in the area, who was asked to leave on the QT. I wont tell you what they were doing on the school premises after hours, the person got a plum job as an OFSTED Inspection Team Leader, if your really going to start talking about pervies you want to watch your mouth Shane? That will give the gazette something to talk about. The Truth Hurts*
  • Score: -1

8:57pm Fri 23 May 14

Jasmine1234 says...

Some crazy readers. Glad there's a Headteachet willing to give morant a go.
If you could make the school great in a day we'd have the best education system in the world. And we'd be stuck with that Mr Gove whose polices come when he's having a bath!

Stop all that ageist and sexist nonsense. Sad the Gaz lets it happen!
Some crazy readers. Glad there's a Headteachet willing to give morant a go. If you could make the school great in a day we'd have the best education system in the world. And we'd be stuck with that Mr Gove whose polices come when he's having a bath! Stop all that ageist and sexist nonsense. Sad the Gaz lets it happen! Jasmine1234
  • Score: 3

11:37pm Fri 23 May 14

strictmum says...

Bullying in the school is endemic, they have been bullying teachers for years and you only have to look at the turnover of staff, no-one wants to work there. The management have bullied staff for years and it has finally caught up with them, why do you think they are jumping ship they have now been found out.
Bullying in the school is endemic, they have been bullying teachers for years and you only have to look at the turnover of staff, no-one wants to work there. The management have bullied staff for years and it has finally caught up with them, why do you think they are jumping ship they have now been found out. strictmum
  • Score: -3

7:03am Sat 24 May 14

Shaneblackdarkknight says...

The Truth Hurts* wrote:
Shaneblackdarkknight wrote:
The-Professionals wrote:
Mark Goacher wrote:
I wish the new headteacher well in her aim to make the school outstanding. One place for any new head to start would be to ensure that issues of homophobic bullying, and other forms of bullying as well, are taken seriously and dealt with. All schools need to avoid sweeping such issues under the carpet as not only does this wreck lives but it also shows adults abdicating from their responsibilities.
34 years old ! What life experiences has one achieved in 10 years of teaching?
Pretty face oh well wait and see?

All schools need to avoid sweeping such issues under the carpet as not only does this wreck lives but it also shows adults abdicating from their responsibilities.
As for Marks comments above quote: You would know you are a teacher in the area. Why wont your colleagues listen to to you, in the profession?
Telling OFSTED one thing and doing another>
Ageism is not a good thing I'm sure she is qualified or she would not have been given the job ,, and sexism ? Pretty face u perv .
You're a fine one to talk black dark knight? The only pervert so far as education articles are concerned, was a former head teacher in the area, who was asked to leave on the QT. I wont tell you what they were doing on the school premises after hours, the person got a plum job as an OFSTED Inspection Team Leader, if your really going to start talking about pervies you want to watch your mouth Shane? That will give the gazette something to talk about.
I was stating that the idiot stated she had a pretty face and did not look behind that ,, so yer a perv like most dirty old men ,, the truth hurts my **** lol !
[quote][p][bold]The Truth Hurts*[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shaneblackdarkknight[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The-Professionals[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mark Goacher[/bold] wrote: I wish the new headteacher well in her aim to make the school outstanding. One place for any new head to start would be to ensure that issues of homophobic bullying, and other forms of bullying as well, are taken seriously and dealt with. All schools need to avoid sweeping such issues under the carpet as not only does this wreck lives but it also shows adults abdicating from their responsibilities.[/p][/quote]34 years old ! What life experiences has one achieved in 10 years of teaching? Pretty face oh well wait and see? All schools need to avoid sweeping such issues under the carpet as not only does this wreck lives but it also shows adults abdicating from their responsibilities. As for Marks comments above quote: You would know you are a teacher in the area. Why wont your colleagues listen to to you, in the profession? Telling OFSTED one thing and doing another>[/p][/quote]Ageism is not a good thing I'm sure she is qualified or she would not have been given the job ,, and sexism ? Pretty face u perv .[/p][/quote]You're a fine one to talk black dark knight? The only pervert so far as education articles are concerned, was a former head teacher in the area, who was asked to leave on the QT. I wont tell you what they were doing on the school premises after hours, the person got a plum job as an OFSTED Inspection Team Leader, if your really going to start talking about pervies you want to watch your mouth Shane? That will give the gazette something to talk about.[/p][/quote]I was stating that the idiot stated she had a pretty face and did not look behind that ,, so yer a perv like most dirty old men ,, the truth hurts my **** lol ! Shaneblackdarkknight
  • Score: -3

12:04pm Sun 25 May 14

Misty4 says...

Shaneblackdarkknight wrote:
The-Professionals wrote:
Mark Goacher wrote:
I wish the new headteacher well in her aim to make the school outstanding. One place for any new head to start would be to ensure that issues of homophobic bullying, and other forms of bullying as well, are taken seriously and dealt with. All schools need to avoid sweeping such issues under the carpet as not only does this wreck lives but it also shows adults abdicating from their responsibilities.
34 years old ! What life experiences has one achieved in 10 years of teaching?
Pretty face oh well wait and see?

All schools need to avoid sweeping such issues under the carpet as not only does this wreck lives but it also shows adults abdicating from their responsibilities.
As for Marks comments above quote: You would know you are a teacher in the area. Why wont your colleagues listen to to you, in the profession?
Telling OFSTED one thing and doing another>
Ageism is not a good thing I'm sure she is qualified or she would not have been given the job ,, and sexism ? Pretty face u perv .
There is a serious point here. I do wonder how someone (anyone) can have the experience required for this role at the age of 34.
[quote][p][bold]Shaneblackdarkknight[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The-Professionals[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mark Goacher[/bold] wrote: I wish the new headteacher well in her aim to make the school outstanding. One place for any new head to start would be to ensure that issues of homophobic bullying, and other forms of bullying as well, are taken seriously and dealt with. All schools need to avoid sweeping such issues under the carpet as not only does this wreck lives but it also shows adults abdicating from their responsibilities.[/p][/quote]34 years old ! What life experiences has one achieved in 10 years of teaching? Pretty face oh well wait and see? All schools need to avoid sweeping such issues under the carpet as not only does this wreck lives but it also shows adults abdicating from their responsibilities. As for Marks comments above quote: You would know you are a teacher in the area. Why wont your colleagues listen to to you, in the profession? Telling OFSTED one thing and doing another>[/p][/quote]Ageism is not a good thing I'm sure she is qualified or she would not have been given the job ,, and sexism ? Pretty face u perv .[/p][/quote]There is a serious point here. I do wonder how someone (anyone) can have the experience required for this role at the age of 34. Misty4
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