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Padgate High School - Improve or Close !


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Padgate High School has been included in the list of schools that the Government say must IMPROVE or CLOSE !! :shock:

 

After WBC approved the closure of Wooston High School :roll: earlier this year all Woolston?s feeder Primary schools are now partnered with Padgate High School.

 

Perhaps Woolston should stay open for a few more years just incase :shock:

 

Another Warrington school on the list is William Beamont

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Exactly Paul! Its just a way of fulfilling the Government's target to convert all secondary schools to academies to pull in private finance.

Destroying the NHS and destroying state education. I thought we had a Labour government?!

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But when central government talks of closing a school because of poor performance, doesn't it then reopen it as an Academy School which is outside of the direct control of the Local Education Authority.

Yep :roll: sell it off to rid yourself of a liability :roll:

 

Unfortunately Academy Schools are proving not to be quite the 'wonderful learning environment' they were expected to be.

 

I find it hard to understand HOW Padgate High has suddenly appeared on the list of schools that are failing and could close especially as the LEA / WBC has recently conducted an indepth consultation process and evaluation of the facts/figures which led to their decision to approve the closure of Woolston and retention of Padgate.

 

Perhaps Cllr Woodyatt and cronies would like to explain to everyone again.... :roll:

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The decision to close Padgate now illustrates how bad Woolston must have been.

 

Eagle no decision has been made! The school has been told to pull its socks up or face the possibility of closure. :roll:

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The decision to close Padgate now illustrates how bad Woolston must have been.

but Woolston isn't on the list of schools which are below average so therefore it must be performing better :wink:

 

As gary says Padgate will only face closure if it doesn't pull it's socks up, get better results and improve.....

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I did point this out to the Exec committee during the consultation period and they chose to ignore this benchmark in favour of cva's which as they are now realising is not a recognised benchmark. Typical that unlike those of us who researched the guidelines, they instead listened to the 'officers' advice, which, surprise surprise was flawed yet again.

 

So as Gary says - no decision has yet been made... They have a full 50 days to formulate a plan to save a school that has NEVER achieved this benchmark.

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So as Gary says - no decision has yet been made... They have a full 50 days to formulate a plan to save a school that has NEVER achieved this benchmark.

 

Maybe the transfer of some staff and pupils from Woolston to Padgate may help improve the averages. Of course, the one major flaw with this is that parents who would have sent their kids to Woolston seem to be looking at sending their kids to Birchwood instead :shock:

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Well, having dumbed down the standard of examinations, created a variety of micky mouse degree subjects in order to get folk into Uni for the sake of it - they seem to be missing one crucial factor - you can't grow knowledge in infertile ground. :shock: If kids (and families and peers) don't realise the value of education; if they're content to engage in disruptive behaviour in an enviroment devoid of any semblance of dicipline or respect - you've got a problem. :roll: So no amount of targets or massaging stats will solve the problem. :wink:

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30% is a very low target indeed - is this what Ian Marks calls it's 4 star service, just imagine if they slipped to 3 or worse. :oops: I wonder what his Lib/Dem cohort Councillors of Poulton North have to say on the issue afterall they voted to close Woolston and now the children of their Borough have potentially very few options left?

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Gary can no doubt enlighten us as to where he derived the headline "Schools threatened with closure".

 

The DCFS explains the National Strategy thus:

http://www.dfes.gov.uk/publications/nationalchallenge/

 

The National Challenge: Raising standards, supporting schools

 

The National Challenge, launched on 10 June 2008, will support schools with the lowest GCSE results, so that by 2011 at least 30 per cent of pupils in every secondary school will leave with five or more good GCSEs, including English and mathematics.

 

The National Challenge will focus greater attention, help and resources on schools that are currently below this benchmark, with funding of ?400 million.

 

The plans, as outlined in this publication, include the appointment of National Challenge advisers, who will work with National Challenge schools as enhanced School Improvement Partners. There are also proposals to use more radical solutions, including the creation of more academies, targeted at schools that face the biggest challenges.

 

The National Challenge toolkit for schools and local authorities is published alongside Promoting Excellence for All, a School Improvement Strategy, which aims to secure improvement in all our schools, but our first and most urgent commitment is to raise standards in schools with a long history of low attainment.

 

And the press release (1300 words) has just one reference to school closures: http://www.dfes.gov.uk/pns/DisplayPN.cgi?pn_id=2008_0109

 

As well as Academies, where a school is completely unable to raise their exam results, the Government will encourage local authorities to close the school and replace it with a National Challenge Trust, providing that they forge new improvement partnerships led by a successful school and a business or university partner. The aim would be to give the school and the community a fresh beginning and a break with previous underachievement;

 

So how come all the press coverage nationwide is in terms of "threats" rather than "improvement"? Who's been spinning?

 

Even some of the "case studies" of improving schools on the DCFS website are well short of the 30% target. See also: "Can one school be both good and bad?" '>http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/7453051.stm

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Secondary School Performance 2007

 

the percentage of pupils gaining five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C including English and maths

 

Birchwood Community High School 51%

Bridgewater High School 68%

Cardinal Newman Catholic High School 53%

Culcheth High School 60%

Golborne High School 26%

Great Sankey High School 54%

Lowton High School 45%

Padgate Community High School 28%

Penketh High School 48%

Sir Thomas Boteler Church of England High School 31%

St Gregory's Catholic High School 69%

William Beamont Community High School 23%

Woolston Community High School 35%

 

Hopefully we will see an increase pass rate for this year's cohort.

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Gary can no doubt enlighten us as to where he derived the headline "Schools threatened with closure".

 

And the press release (1300 words) has just one reference to school closures: http://www.dfes.gov.uk/pns/DisplayPN.cgi?pn_id=2008_0109

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How many references do you want? :?

 

Are you admitting that, in a story about putting in money to improve schools, the "last resort" of closure should be a journalist's lead on the item? Sounds like spin to me! I'd assumed there had been some "press notes" or an interview with a minister which had set the hare running. It's not unimportant: stories like this re a primary school could become self-fulfilling.

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