Joy for pupils and staff as Newlands Primary moves out of special measures

Salisbury Journal: DOING GREAT: Head teacher Lou Stapleton celebrates with pupils.               Echo picture by Malcolm Nethersole. Order no: 8912099 DOING GREAT: Head teacher Lou Stapleton celebrates with pupils. Echo picture by Malcolm Nethersole. Order no: 8912099

THESE schoolchildren have a big reason to celebrate – their primary is out of special measures.

Newlands Primary School in Millbrook has recorded a turnaround in performance just a year after it was described as failing by Ofsted inspectors and put into special measures, meaning it was subject to more frequent inspections.

New head teacher Lou Stapleton and deputy Lucy Jones have now taken over after Shirley Warren Primary’s head teacher Lynne Sproson was temporarily at the helm.

She stepped in after previous head teacher Carole Bird left suddenly following a damning Ofsted report criticising the school’s leadership, management and educational standards.

But now inspectors have described the 319-pupil school as “improving” and praised the new head teacher, deputy head teacher and chairman of governors for their “strong and determined leadership.”

While the school is no longer in special measures, inspectors have called for significant improvement to be made in reading, writing, maths and science.

However, inspectors said the new leadership team had already bought sustained improvement and rising standards.

Children were found to find their lessons “more challenging, purposeful and enjoyable” and attendance levels have also improved.

Ms Stapleton said: “I am very proud of all that the staff and pupils have achieved.

“They have worked incredibly hard to get us to where we are today and I’d like to commend their dedication and commitment.

“However, we are not complacent and realise that while this is a genuine step forward, there is still room for improvement, and we are committed to continuing to work with the Local Authority to ensure this happens.”

The school recorded its best Key Stage 2 results this year and much-improved results in tests for seven-year-olds.

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8:02am Wed 22 Jul 09

Big Boy says...

Seems like the previous head 'Carol Bird' wasn't up to much. Anyone know what she is up to now? Not a head again somewhere else surely!
Seems like the previous head 'Carol Bird' wasn't up to much. Anyone know what she is up to now? Not a head again somewhere else surely! Big Boy
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8:21am Wed 22 Jul 09

bumblysaint says...

You knew they'd be all right, they'd been promised a curry.
You knew they'd be all right, they'd been promised a curry. bumblysaint
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9:03am Wed 22 Jul 09

freemantlegirl2 says...

Big Boy wrote:
Seems like the previous head 'Carol Bird' wasn't up to much. Anyone know what she is up to now? Not a head again somewhere else surely!
As this school has been in a severely deprived area, and had problems for over 15 years (including a change of name to get rid of negative publicity) before Ms Bird took over, I doubt it was her fault. She inherited a difficult situation I should imagine anyway. Keeping staff at that school has been a major problem because of it's poor reputation. It's true though that a good leadership can change situations, look at Bellemoor and how that improved.

For a school to go into special measures is a drastic but in many ways a positive thing, they get money pumped into the school and a lot of help to improve it. Until they are in special measures this help is scant to say the least! A good move to bring another school head of experience was a positive idea. Let's hope that the school continues to thrive and shed it's past once and for all.

However, parents have a part to play in keeping their children at school and ensuring that they behave well and have a productive school life. Teachers can not be solely responsible for certain pupils who are out of control!
[quote][p][bold]Big Boy[/bold] wrote: Seems like the previous head 'Carol Bird' wasn't up to much. Anyone know what she is up to now? Not a head again somewhere else surely![/p][/quote]As this school has been in a severely deprived area, and had problems for over 15 years (including a change of name to get rid of negative publicity) before Ms Bird took over, I doubt it was her fault. She inherited a difficult situation I should imagine anyway. Keeping staff at that school has been a major problem because of it's poor reputation. It's true though that a good leadership can change situations, look at Bellemoor and how that improved. For a school to go into special measures is a drastic but in many ways a positive thing, they get money pumped into the school and a lot of help to improve it. Until they are in special measures this help is scant to say the least! A good move to bring another school head of experience was a positive idea. Let's hope that the school continues to thrive and shed it's past once and for all. However, parents have a part to play in keeping their children at school and ensuring that they behave well and have a productive school life. Teachers can not be solely responsible for certain pupils who are out of control! freemantlegirl2
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10:35am Wed 22 Jul 09

AnnieP says...

freemantlegirl2 wrote:
Big Boy wrote: Seems like the previous head 'Carol Bird' wasn't up to much. Anyone know what she is up to now? Not a head again somewhere else surely!
As this school has been in a severely deprived area, and had problems for over 15 years (including a change of name to get rid of negative publicity) before Ms Bird took over, I doubt it was her fault. She inherited a difficult situation I should imagine anyway. Keeping staff at that school has been a major problem because of it's poor reputation. It's true though that a good leadership can change situations, look at Bellemoor and how that improved. For a school to go into special measures is a drastic but in many ways a positive thing, they get money pumped into the school and a lot of help to improve it. Until they are in special measures this help is scant to say the least! A good move to bring another school head of experience was a positive idea. Let's hope that the school continues to thrive and shed it's past once and for all. However, parents have a part to play in keeping their children at school and ensuring that they behave well and have a productive school life. Teachers can not be solely responsible for certain pupils who are out of control!
And therein lies the problem.

I know it's a generalisation but unfortunately a lot of the parents of these school children don't set their kids rules and boundaries at home.

The children don't know any better as they themselves have rarely been treated with the love and respect that all kids should be entitled to from their parents.

Schools and teachers take all the flak for bad results, unruly kids etc, when perhaps the onus should be on the people who are breeding the little monsters!
[quote][p][bold]freemantlegirl2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Big Boy[/bold] wrote: Seems like the previous head 'Carol Bird' wasn't up to much. Anyone know what she is up to now? Not a head again somewhere else surely![/p][/quote]As this school has been in a severely deprived area, and had problems for over 15 years (including a change of name to get rid of negative publicity) before Ms Bird took over, I doubt it was her fault. She inherited a difficult situation I should imagine anyway. Keeping staff at that school has been a major problem because of it's poor reputation. It's true though that a good leadership can change situations, look at Bellemoor and how that improved. For a school to go into special measures is a drastic but in many ways a positive thing, they get money pumped into the school and a lot of help to improve it. Until they are in special measures this help is scant to say the least! A good move to bring another school head of experience was a positive idea. Let's hope that the school continues to thrive and shed it's past once and for all. However, parents have a part to play in keeping their children at school and ensuring that they behave well and have a productive school life. Teachers can not be solely responsible for certain pupils who are out of control! [/p][/quote]And therein lies the problem. I know it's a generalisation but unfortunately a lot of the parents of these school children don't set their kids rules and boundaries at home. The children don't know any better as they themselves have rarely been treated with the love and respect that all kids should be entitled to from their parents. Schools and teachers take all the flak for bad results, unruly kids etc, when perhaps the onus should be on the people who are breeding the little monsters! AnnieP
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1:28pm Wed 22 Jul 09

Condor Man says...

Listening to the report yesterday about social mobility or the lack of it, it seems impossible for kids from deprived areas to get anywhere in life. That's why teaching at such schools is so hard. If a child can't read or write by the age of 6 the odds are they never will. Poor literacy and numeracy plague schools on sink estates and drag down the others who are trying to succeed.
Listening to the report yesterday about social mobility or the lack of it, it seems impossible for kids from deprived areas to get anywhere in life. That's why teaching at such schools is so hard. If a child can't read or write by the age of 6 the odds are they never will. Poor literacy and numeracy plague schools on sink estates and drag down the others who are trying to succeed. Condor Man
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6:26pm Wed 22 Jul 09

Redback says...

AnnieP wrote:
freemantlegirl2 wrote:
Big Boy wrote: Seems like the previous head 'Carol Bird' wasn't up to much. Anyone know what she is up to now? Not a head again somewhere else surely!
As this school has been in a severely deprived area, and had problems for over 15 years (including a change of name to get rid of negative publicity) before Ms Bird took over, I doubt it was her fault. She inherited a difficult situation I should imagine anyway. Keeping staff at that school has been a major problem because of it's poor reputation. It's true though that a good leadership can change situations, look at Bellemoor and how that improved. For a school to go into special measures is a drastic but in many ways a positive thing, they get money pumped into the school and a lot of help to improve it. Until they are in special measures this help is scant to say the least! A good move to bring another school head of experience was a positive idea. Let's hope that the school continues to thrive and shed it's past once and for all. However, parents have a part to play in keeping their children at school and ensuring that they behave well and have a productive school life. Teachers can not be solely responsible for certain pupils who are out of control!
And therein lies the problem.

I know it's a generalisation but unfortunately a lot of the parents of these school children don't set their kids rules and boundaries at home.

The children don't know any better as they themselves have rarely been treated with the love and respect that all kids should be entitled to from their parents.

Schools and teachers take all the flak for bad results, unruly kids etc, when perhaps the onus should be on the people who are breeding the little monsters!
Maybe they need a curry.
[quote][p][bold]AnnieP[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]freemantlegirl2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Big Boy[/bold] wrote: Seems like the previous head 'Carol Bird' wasn't up to much. Anyone know what she is up to now? Not a head again somewhere else surely![/p][/quote]As this school has been in a severely deprived area, and had problems for over 15 years (including a change of name to get rid of negative publicity) before Ms Bird took over, I doubt it was her fault. She inherited a difficult situation I should imagine anyway. Keeping staff at that school has been a major problem because of it's poor reputation. It's true though that a good leadership can change situations, look at Bellemoor and how that improved. For a school to go into special measures is a drastic but in many ways a positive thing, they get money pumped into the school and a lot of help to improve it. Until they are in special measures this help is scant to say the least! A good move to bring another school head of experience was a positive idea. Let's hope that the school continues to thrive and shed it's past once and for all. However, parents have a part to play in keeping their children at school and ensuring that they behave well and have a productive school life. Teachers can not be solely responsible for certain pupils who are out of control! [/p][/quote]And therein lies the problem. I know it's a generalisation but unfortunately a lot of the parents of these school children don't set their kids rules and boundaries at home. The children don't know any better as they themselves have rarely been treated with the love and respect that all kids should be entitled to from their parents. Schools and teachers take all the flak for bad results, unruly kids etc, when perhaps the onus should be on the people who are breeding the little monsters![/p][/quote]Maybe they need a curry. Redback
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