Ofsted brands Eaton Primary in Norwich “inadequate”; one third of parents would not recommend it to others; school “deeply disappointed”

Eaton Primary School. Picture: Denise Bradley Eaton Primary School. Picture: Denise Bradley

Monday, December 9, 2013
9:00 AM

A primary school has been put in special measures after a damning Ofsted report said its leaders were not tackling “inadequate” teaching quickly enough, and teachers’ expectations of pupils were too low.

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Steve Portas, headteacher at Eaton Primary.Steve Portas, headteacher at Eaton Primary.

The report into Eaton Primary School, Norwich, followed an inspector on November 6-7, and was published on the school’s website on Friday, ahead of its expected release by Ofsted today.

In a letter to parents, headteacher Steve Portas said he, staff and governors were “deeply disappointed” by the judgment, but said they viewed the outcome as a “catalyst for root and branch change”.

The report represents a fall in fortunes for the 380-pupil school, which was rated “satisfactory” when last inspected in March last year.

The inspectors, led by Christopher Moodie, wrote: “Current school assessment data show that pupils’ underachievement is set to continue. With few exceptions, pupils across the school are working at only average levels for their age in reading, writing and mathematics. This is simply not good enough for these children.”

It said pupils’ presentation and handwriting were poor, pupils with special educational needs underachieved, more-able pupils did not reach their potential, and teachers’ subject knowledge was a barrier to pupils’ achievement in some classes

The inspectors said almost one third of parents would not recommend the school to other parents, although many others were positive and “praised the care and attention their children received”.

It also said pupils were polite and welcoming, and felt safe at school, and that relationships between staff and pupils were positive.

The report said a new approach to teaching reading was beginning to have a positive impact in some classes.

In his letter, Mr Portas outlined a series of actions the school was taking to address Ofsted’s concerns, including looking at forming a partnership with another organisation, a “full external and internal review” of the school’s teaching and learning policy, more training to improve subject knowledge, a new handwriting scheme, and termly meetings for parents and carers.

See our interactive map of 2013 Norfolk Ofsted reports here

Does your child go to Eaton Primary? Email martin.george@archant.co.uk

41 comments

  • I wasn't going to join in with this, but felt I could hold back no more & need to say Morris yes you're right & the vast majority of parents support the school & want what we all do as parents, to send our children into a supportive, caring environment where they will learn & flourish. My children certainly are learning well & developing into well adjusted happy people. Ideally I'd like our school to have an 'outstanding' label attached to it, but it doesn't at the moment, it has been good in the past & hopefully will be again very soon. Meanwhile the road to recovery requires the support of parents. So when help & opinion is asked for, those moany old lot (you know who you are) Why not get involved & show you care. Being part of something positive could be just what you need in your lives.

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    Howdidtheworldfunctionbeforeofsted

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

  • Anybody, not only parents of the school, can submit as many comments to Ofsted's Parent View as they like. Not "one third of parents would not recommend it to others", rather "one third of surveys submitted declared they would not recommend it to others". Basing findings in an Ofsted report on these results is rather questionable.

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    Annabell

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • My child goes to the school - I read the report and wept as it confirmed what we thought was happening all along - that the school is failing our children. Eaton has a catchment that is full of middle class families yet the SATs results are putting it in the bottom 25% of schools nationally. The Ofsted report confirms why – there are failings from the senior management downwards. Our experience is of poor teaching, teachers unable to control unruly children in the classroom, teachers spending much of their time away from children leaving classroom assistants to control 30+ children. It is not a good learning environment. Playground supervision was poor or non-existent leading to injuries, on parents’ evening the class teacher did not know what they could and could not do. We asked about things where we thought they were going wrong and were met with assurances that things would get better. We read the report and highlighted areas where we had raised issues – it was a long list - but they were ignored by the Head Teacher. The summary point “Leaders judge the school to be better than it is. This prevents them from tackling the most serious weaknesses with urgency” rings so many bells. People say the assessment is politically motivated and that Ofsted are out to get Norfolk schools. Well if you look at the schools inspected in Norfolk in the last month 10 were rated Good, 7 requiring improvement and 8 Inadequate. There might be a political will to turn Norfolk schools into academies but the proof is in the eating – a third of parents would not recommend the school and the results (nothing to do with Ofsted) are in the BOTTOM QUARTER of ALL schools, including big city schools were they have to deal with major social issues – none of these occur at Eaton so they should be in the top quarter, or near it. There is a vocal minority of parents who support the school make it very difficult for anyone to speak out against the school and to try to make positive suggestions. I don’t know if they have read the report in full – it makes damning reading – and they should be very concerned. Parents in the playground have said ‘My child is happy so it must be a good school’ and that it is the fault of parentsgovernors who have spoken out that the school has gone into special measures. The inspectors got it right – in their report they say the majority of pupils are happy (and generally they are) but they also go on to say how they are being failed in so many ways. By burying their heads in the sand, some parents have totally dismissed the experiences that other parents have had and that is extremely hurtful and makes it difficult to raise any issues without the fear of being jumped on or ostracised in the playground. Our child refused to go to school because they were treated so badly. The parent body is so badly split that there is an uncomfortable atmosphere on the playground and it is very difficult to envisage just how the school is going to bring these groups together in a positive way to bring about the change that is so badly needed. Without the management, teachers and parent body recognising and facing up to these problems, the school is not going to improve. The best thing is for the school probably is to become an academy, the senior leadership moved on and new leadership take the school forward.

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    Yoda

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • I didn't particularly 'complain' about the fact that they changed the uniform (merely pointing out that the school has maybe been distracted from the job in hand) but I do object to a 6 year old child not been able to add single digits together when they have been attending an apparently good primary school for over 2 years?! Now, that is something to complain about!!

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    Sticky49

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

  • Well sticky, guess what's the first thing that will change when we become an academy? That's right, the uniform! Another 4 years of complaining for you to take part in, no doubt. It's not the head that's obsessed with it, it's the moody parents!

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    WeNeedNewParentGovernor

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

  • My child goes to the school - I read the report and wept as it confirmed what we thought was happening all - we stand no chance when our parent governor attends a public Ofsted parent forum and slags off the school. When a minority of parents who are still moaning years later about a change in uniform won't give the head a chance. Well guess what guys, now we will become an academy. There will be a new uniform. There might be another new head. I'm guessing that's the outcome you wanted from all this? Maybe parents that hate it so much should actually pull their fingers out and try working with the School? Join the PTA? You know, make an effort and all that? Or you know, move their kids to private school...

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    WeNeedNewParentGovernor

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • I agree Whitestuff - all the forums & discussions in the world will never bring about an entirely satisfied group of parents. Everybody has their own experiences & opinions. However as parents, we need to come together & offer our input, show our support (for our children's education) & work WITH the school, governors & education authority, to make Eaton Primary good again.

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    Howdidtheworldfunctionbeforeofsted

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

  • What no one seems to foresee is that our sch will now become an academy....perhaps the threat of this and the subsequent loss of local accountability etc will unite the parents...as long as de Souza doesn't come in and fiddle the exam books as she did down the rd anything is ok!!

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    Sportswagon

    Wednesday, December 11, 2013

  • I didn't say to ignore the 30% but I disagreed that this is the majority.I am definitely not one of the parents that are vocally speaking in support for the school in the playground. I know the school can improve but my point is that I do not feel it has gone backwards in 2 years which is what Ofsted are saying!! I agree that we should be supporting the school and I feel that your points were not doing this. As I say I would not normally speak out but your comments about the playground did not ring true from my point of view but it just shows that one parents view is not the same as anothers. I do not feel changing a large proportion of staff will change the school from special measures. Having the support of the LEA and money to be able to improve the school will enable them to get better. They have already started to make changes with the governors and most of the teachers just need more support and guidance. NOT the threat of being sacked.

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    Tigger

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • My daughter is at this school. Yoda, Thank you for your long and well reasoned post. Like you I cried when I read the report on Saturday. I have been worried about how little my daughter seems to have learnt this school year in particular and this report just confirmed everything I feared but it’s just so much worse that I had expected. Have to say that luckily I don’t share your experience of a bad atmosphere in the playground but I know there is a group who will say that the school is great no matter what. Having read the report I don’t know how they can still support the school as it stands. It seems to be failing at almost every level. I know several parents who have had issues that have not been properly addressed by the head and they feel that they are ignored and not taken seriously. Tigger, There are definitely serious problems at this school and whilst a lot of parents may be happy and think everything is great there are a sizeable number (30%?) who feel otherwise. That is too big a group to ignore. By claiming Yoda is “someone with an axe to grind” you seem to be making her point quite well. i.e. that anyone who speaks out is shouted down. I don’t know what to do – my daughter is happy at the school and has lots of friends so I don't want to remove her but I am very worried about her education. I hope change comes soon but after seeing the school apparently go backwards since the last inspection it needs serious reform. The report says failings at all levels from governors down to teachers. It seems like we need new governors, a new head and a major shake up of the teachers I do hope it happens and I also hope it works quickly.

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    Sad Mum

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • Yoda - If your view of the school is that bad then why have you not taken them out of the school? Or have you done so and have an axe to grind? I have 2 children at the school and do not recognise the school that you are describing, especially the playground and parents. Yes some of us may have varying opinions but I do not think that it has left an uncomfortable feeling. Well, certainly not in the infant playground! The figures quoted do not point to it being a vocal minority that support the school and is definitely not my experience. In the years that I have been a parent at the school I have seen great improvements happening and feel I am more aware of how my child is doing and I have never felt that I could not approach any of the members of staff for help. I can not comment on the quality of the teaching as I have never observed a whole lesson at the school but I do know that both my children have been flourishing over the last 2 years. Problems I encountered earlier in my eldest schooling has been improved since the last Ofsted and I feel the head is trying hard to make improvements. I have not heard any rumours about parent governors being blamed but the Ofsted report also mentioned about the responsibility being with the governors as well as the senior leaders so in part parent governors are part of this. On going to a meeting at the school a couple of weeks ago, where there was a parent governor there, it was obvious that he was not supportive at all. Even if there is problems on the Governors this should not be shown in front of a parents meeting. I can't believe that they have been put into special measures and I am sure they will become a good school in the near future.

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    Tigger

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • I'm a parent of a child there and I'm afraid I agree almost entirely with Yoda. It made for horrible reading. I'm also uncomfortable about talking about how I feel about the school openly as I think there is a vocal minority that support the school loudly - despite the evidence to the contrary. Not sure what we are going to do with ours there. Really don't want to have a child at a school in special measures.

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    Artdeco

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • Yes indeed and now is the time for the huge silent majority to stand up and state that despite some failings our school does really well in many areas. The noisy, vociferous minority have shouted too long and too loudly led by the aforementioned parent governor who has destroyed our school. Come on please everybody show your support here!

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    Sportswagon

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

  • From reading these comments and having nothing to do with the school, I can see that its not only the teachers who have low expectations of the children.

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    AA

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • Maybe Martin George needs more tuition. Surely the report followed an inspection , not an inspector. Must do better.

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    Abraham

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • Well sticky, guess what's the first thing that will change when we become an academy? That's right, the uniform! Another 4 years of complaining for you to take part in, no doubt. It's not the head that's obsessed with it, it's the moody parents!

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    WeNeedNewParentGovernor

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

  • I didn't say to ignore the 30% but I disagreed that this is the majority.I am definitely not one of the parents that are vocally speaking in support for the school in the playground. I know the school can improve but my point is that I do not feel it has gone backwards in 2 years which is what Ofsted are saying!! I agree that we should be supporting the school and I feel that your points were not doing this. As I say I would not normally speak out but your comments about the playground did not ring true from my point of view but it just shows that one parents view is not the same as anothers. I do not feel changing a large proportion of staff will change the school from special measures. Having the support of the LEA and money to be able to improve the school will enable them to get better. They have already started to make changes with the governors and most of the teachers just need more support and guidance. NOT the threat of being sacked.

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    Tigger

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • I agree Whitestuff - all the forums & discussions in the world will never bring about an entirely satisfied group of parents. Everybody has their own experiences & opinions. However as parents, we need to come together & offer our input, show our support (for our children's education) & work WITH the school, governors & education authority, to make Eaton Primary good again.

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    Howdidtheworldfunctionbeforeofsted

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

  • ....."and the Head should always have the support of the Governors publicly"......Is that a rule in the governors code of practice?

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    Fly Tipper

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

  • So will Norwich City Council sack the governors and then force Eaton Primary into becoming an academy just like they're doing with Cavell? I suspect not.....

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    nobbly1

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • This whole disgusting process of hammering ALL public servants for the failing of a few will eventually destroy all state funded services but maybe that is what the country wants. This constant belittling by al political parties, Ofsted, medical authorities etc is driving good quality people away and we will rue the day. This just doesn't happen in the private sector where I work...dirty washing is sorted in private: in public we have to present a happy, successful face or we go bankrupt. I thought the current move in public services was to make them more like the private sector but this suggests they are nothing like it. High morale gets high results inspite of what the moronic Wilshaw would have you believe. So get Eaton sorted behind closed doors and get our children the best there is available and NOT by becoming an academy or there really will be trouble.

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    Sportswagon

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

  • I don't normally comment on news articles, however, as a parent of children at Eaton Primary I felt compelled to comment after reading the nonsense spouted by “Yoda” and “V”. Vs comment is just offensive and uninformed. And Yoda? Well whiners shout the loudest- I’m just surprised he hasn’t done it all in capitals!!! So, dear readers, I’m afraid Yoda has crossed over to the dark side and we must use the power of positive thought to kick his negativity away from Eaton Primary School! You see, as a parent of a schoolchild you have several choices open to you. You can either :- a) Sit back and let the school do their business, making sure you raise concerns about your child’s education whenever the need arises and continue the dialogue with the teacher or indeed Mr Portas if necessary b) If you don’t like the school, the teachers, the Headmaster, or even the dashingly handsome author of this comment then you have the choice to move your blessed little ones to another school (Yoda’s trying a Sith mind trick when he claims schools are full) c) Get involved and become part of the school process. Being part of change is a wonderful process because you can play your part to help the school move forward, have a voice to ensure your views are heard. (FYI – I’m not involved, and I chose not to. I’ll buy a ticket for the tombola, but that’s about it…) d) This last one hardly needs saying, but as there are definitely some parents out there doing so (possibly on this comment thread) …… don’t meddle in the schools’ affairs if your child has left, or is leaving – your opinion is not valid at the school –move on! Yes, sometimes it may feel you are not being listened to and it can be frustrating, but the Head and his team can’t pamper to everyone’s desire. As Abraham Lincoln once said, “You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time.” So, the Head and his team must make their decision and we must respect it. That’s life people. At the end of the day, decisions have to be made and that’s the role of the Head and the Governors – and the Head should always have the support of the Governors publicly. Sadly not the case during a recent meeting, but on the plus side the school has new governors and the parent governor who hindered Mr Portas has left. Rejoice! Artdeco - you say you “don’t want a child at a school in special measures” –well the point of special measures is the school should now improve, and the majority (yes, JK, the silent one) know that the Ofsted score is deliberately lower than the school deserves because they have an agenda to force schools towards academy status. Last time around it got a satisfactory score. In the past few years the school has definitely made improvements. Yes, they can do better. We all can – and we as parents should’ve given Mr Portas and his team more support. Especially now we know the Parent Governors weren’t very helpful! Sad Mum – I’ve referred to Yoda as “he” throughout my comment. Yet you refer to him as “her”. Is there something you know and we don’t! Either Yoda is a shape-shifter, he’s had a sex-change, you know himher or you and Yoda are the same person! Yep, seems like the latter……. Finally, getting back to the positive note I wanted to sound in this comment, I’m pleased that other parents who don’t normally come forward have made positive comments about the school. Right, now that I’ve broke my duck on commenting on articles, I’ll give that social media stuff a go. Let's see if I can find out how to turn Yoda back from the darkside! :-)

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    F-Ofsted

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • It says in the code of conduct that a governor should support the head. I think cutting him down in a parent forum and slagging him off in public is pretty clearly a breach of that. It's also unprofessional and frankly bizarre. It's the governors' responsibility if the school is not performing so it's really unclear what his motivation was or what outcome he wanted. I feel the same about the moaning parents. What outcome do you actually want? Another new head? Another new uniform? Or just to start up your own free school? You could you know? Go on...

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    WeNeedNewParentGovernor

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

  • No sign of sacking the useless teachers then ?

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    "V"

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • Artdeco

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • I also have a child at the school, but approaching the end of their time there. They are happy with their friends, and doing OK, so we won't be switching schools. Also aware that my opinion isn't really that relevant any longer, since my involvement with the school is winding down. However, here goes anyway. Since my child goes into school independently and I hardly ever set foot on the playground any more, I had heard nothing about all this stuff to do with the allegedly stroppy parent governer. (I would also like to know what the "whole school issue" referred to in the Ofsted report, which sparked off the inspection, actually was.) However, when I do chat occasionally with the small cross-section of parents I come into contact with, I have been taken aback by how many seem to have had issues with the school, to the extent of raising complaints etc. Seems to me that 30% is a reasonable estimate of the level dissatisfaction. I'd also have to agree with many of the points made by Sticky49, Yoda, Sad Mum, ArtDeco below. There is no denying that the children leave the school distinctly average - even though the school clearly has a less-than-average level of disadvantage, FSMs, SEN, as well as better than average attendance. This comes directly from looking at how the school compares at a national level (Eaton's dashboard on the Ofsted site). Parents who insist on ignoring this are burying their heads in the sand. Surely it is the heart of the problem (more so than one difficult parent governor). Whilst Eaton has good and great teachers, it also has a few mediocre ones. It's the luck of the draw whether your child gets one of the great ones year on year. As Sticky49 points out, there's been a lot of time and effort spent on tweaking at other stuff (communication, uniforms, colours, branding etc), whilst not focusing on the central issue that actually matters: teaching quality. This is something that can only be dealt with by strong management going forward. That said, I guess most kids will pick up again once they get to a decent high school and with support from home. I have heard that some parents are already taking matters into their own hands and arranging little bits of private tuition - still comes in cheaper than private school - although it clearly shouldn't have to come to that.

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    C3PO

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

  • well a straw poll of the posts on here looks like a roughly 50:50 split of happy vs unhappy with the school. We have children at the school, there are definitely some problems, it is no good repeating "no there arent" and "support the school" over and over, that isnt going to change anything. Making people feel like they are just moaners doesnt help either, to me it seems like the comments are reasonable and thought through.

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    whitestuff

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

  • well a straw poll of the posts on here looks like a roughly 50:50 split of happy vs unhappy with the school. We have children at the school, there are definitely some problems, it is no good repeating "no there arent" and "support the school" over and over, that isnt going to change anything. Making people feel like they are just moaners doesnt help either, to me it seems like the comments are reasonable and thought through.

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    whitestuff

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

  • Thanks WeNeedNewParentGovernor. It was rather good for a first go at this commenting stuff. Well said Annabell. And who are most likely to fill in Ofsted surveys? Yep, you've guessed it - people who want to complain. People who are happy or are generally ok with things don't feel as compelled to fill in surveys. I bet if every parent at the school had to fill one in then the statistics would be much more favourable. Quick update for everyone who read me previous comment - you'll be pleased to read I'm making progress on the "Twitters" to find a way to bring Yoda back to the good side. There have been several suggestions of "heshe needs a good hug" or variations of this theme. G'night folks! Tomorrow (ok, today) is another day - lets all make it a good one!

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    F-Ofsted

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

  • "..No sign of sacking the useless teachers then ?...". And replace them with you John ? You seem to know everything.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • F-Ofsted : well said.

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    WeNeedNewParentGovernor

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • I have children here. It was a great school, hence our choice to move and attend the school. Very sad to see this decline. The majority of parents have had positive experiences with the school, but many, including myself have had negative ones which have not been suitably addressed or corrected by the leaders of the school. I agree that the children start the school above average and after receiving an excellent early years foundation, they slip at year 1 and continue to slip until standards are risen to achieve an average level upon leaving, which is completely unacceptable. Children attending this school deserve better. Most of the teachers are great, some are amazing and together they are capable of great things so I feel for them. Sometimes it feels as if the leaders have priorities on other things, such as uniform colour and have forgotten their primary function. Come on Eaton, sort it out!

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    Sticky49

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • Having read the OFSTED report it doesn't relate to my experience of the school at all. This isn't me burying my head in the sand as some might suggest, it's an honest view as a parent with a child at the school. The children at the school are generally courteous, confident and happy - this does not suggest it's inadequate. Yes the results could and should be better, but it is performing on a par with the national average, which again suggests it's not inadequate. Parts of the OFSTED report I found ridiculous, in particular it highlights that children were noisy when tidying up and at the end of an assembly. CHILDREN ARE NOISY SHOCKER. I suppose this doesn't adhere to Michael Gove's view that children should be seen and not heard in his educational dystopia which is cramming their minds with facts but not giving them the opportunity to think for themselves. The attempts to destabilise the school internally has now played into the hands of OFSTED and the Government as they attempt to force more primaries to become academies. But those blindly heading towards academyland, be warned, the views of the parents will become even less important when commercial interests take over. This school can and should be doing better but to label it as inadequate smacks of another agenda at play here. I've no doubt if the leadership team, the teachers and the parents pull together it will improve and become the school everyone involved should want it to be.

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    Buzz Lightyear

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

  • As a parent at Eaton I can tell you that it is a satisfactory sch but one that could do better. It has struggled for years and Mr Portas has tried hard. The inside news is that a particularly rude, aggressive and objectionable parent governor has made life hell for the head and governors and stirred up a lot of trouble amongst a small group of parents. He was due to be sacked as a governor but then Ofsted arrived!! Sure there wereare issues at the school but nothing like this report reads which in many ways seems alien to the school our 3 children are at. I can guess who Yoda is but believe me she doesn't represent the majority by any stretch of the imagination. The 13 of parents (Parentview 28% of 170 contributors) quoted here is a real distortion since as other posters state this is based on those complainers which totals 45 parents out of a total parent body of 370 ....thus only 16% feel this way or feel it strongly enough to put it in a survey. Come parents in the majority who support the sch...PLEASE prove me right or your silence will suggest that this 16% is accurate which I just don't see. Part of me also thinks that Ofsted is on a mission to beat up Norfolk but then do we ever believe what they say anyway.

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    Sportswagon

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

  • Sometimes V quite able teachers struggle to perform well because of the yokes put around their necks by senior staff.The selection of inappropriate reading schemes for instance, or even the dire handwriting schemes advocated by or which appeared along with the national curriculum. Even the practice of writing a sentence in an infant's book and letting them copy it unsupervised is a recipe for bad handwriting. I learned with Marion Richardson, my kids with Nelson-both schemes emphasised the correct way to form letters so as to be able to progress to a " joined up"hand and the importance of holding a pen correctly between thumb and first finger , pen resting on second finger- Look at anyone thirty and you will be lucky to find one holding a pen so they can see the point and manipulate it correctly-an ape could make a better claw of it. If heads appoint those who do not have academic qualifications in the subject they are being asked to teach then it is a recipe for disaster, although I would be pretty ashamed if I could not master most subjects offered at primary level to teach to the required standard. I have had reservations about the intelligence and ability of some infant school staff who enter the profession via very weak Early years degrees and "training on the job" schemes.Some infant schools I have known are just a bit too prone to cosiness and narrow horizons.

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    Daisy Roots

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • Tigger - we don't have an axe to grind. What we do have is a child who has huge gaps in their education - to really see what we were dealing with we asked for an assessment by a tutor who is a qualified primary teacher. Within an hour she had identified major gaps and these were things that should have been taught but were not - the tutor particularly noted poor handwriting, lack of ability to form letters and an inability to spell even basic words. This was in total contrast to the reading age which was 2 years ahead. You ask why we don't move our child - we have tried but local schools are full. Taking a child away from a place with lots of friends is also not something we do lightly. What we really want is for the school we originally chose for our child to improve and we as parents will support the school in any way to bring about that improvement.

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    Yoda

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • Popeye - do you slate your work colleagues in public right in front of them? Do you heckle them while they are trying to do their job? I should hope not. The governors are there to work with the Headmaster for the good of the school. In meetings they can argue all they like to get a consensus. But making unhelpful and snide remarks (like a certain former parent governor did) when he's answering parents really isn't good - anyone witnessing this will be of the opinion that they don't work as a team - no wonder the school had difficulties.

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    F-Ofsted

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

  • This all makes heartbreaking reading. Keep looking, there are primary schools within a reasonable distance of Eaton, who are still accepting children.

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    Carol Bolton

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • I agree with many of the points in the Ofsted report but I do not feel that the school has got worse since the last inspection. I have seen some vast improvements. I also do not comment and am not vocal in the school environment but I felt that Yoda was not right about the feeling I get in the playground. Maybe it is in the year group your children are in!! In my experiences people who are normally disgruntled about something are quicker to shout than those that are happy!! This was definitely the feeling I got from the meeting I went to!

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    Tigger

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • In praise of excellent comments from Howdidtheworldfunctionbeforeofsted, WeNeedNewParentGovernor, and Morris. The school is a better place for having supportive parents like you around. :o)

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    F-Ofsted

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

  • I didn't say to ignore the 30% but I disagreed that this is the majority.I am definitely not one of the parents that are vocally speaking in support for the school in the playground. I know the school can improve but my point is that I do not feel it has gone backwards in 2 years which is what Ofsted are saying!! I agree that we should be supporting the school and I feel that your points were not doing this. As I say I would not normally speak out but your comments about the playground did not ring true from my point of view but it just shows that one parents view is not the same as anothers. I do not feel changing a large proportion of staff will change the school from special measures. Having the support of the LEA and money to be able to improve the school will enable them to get better. They have already started to make changes with the governors and most of the teachers just need more support and guidance. NOT the threat of being sacked.

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    Tigger

    Monday, December 9, 2013

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