750,000 children received their GCSE results yesterday - what do we think of our Western Wards / Locks Heath schools?

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By KayD2009 | Wednesday, August 25, 2010, 13:23

I won't say which school my children attend for

obvious reasons but I thought I'd ask others' opinion on our local schools here

in Western Wards - and ask what people think of the system.

Having primary school aged children, my husband and I

chose this area to settle in based on the reputation of the local primary

schools. Although not originally from this area as far as we could ascertain

from looking at the Ofsted reports all the local schools were at least

good. Some – Hook with Warsash for example, had an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted Report

for overall effectiveness of the school at the time we were looking. I notice

that the latest report done in March this year is now ‘Good’. Both Sarisbury

Infants and Juniors are Outstanding, Park Gate Primary is Good, and both Locks Heath

Juniors and Infants are now Outstanding. These are just examples – how much

emphasis should one place on these reports?

I see the league tables are now on the website here.

Hook with Warsash is at the top – it does have an excellent reputation

results-wise. Where are the Sarisbury Schools on the league table however?

Are separate Infants/Junior Schools better – or

Primary, where the Infants and Juniors are together? I went to an Infants then

a Junior school on the same grounds, similar to the Locks Heath schools. I like

the idea that the children are separated into age groups but don’t know if

there are any teaching advantages to this?

Are Church schools better? We really didn’t know what

to think about this. Not being religious it wasn’t a priority, but we wondered

if a Church school would give our children a better ground morally. Hook with

Warsash C of E is at the top of the league table and St John the Baptist C of E

is at the bottom!

We’re very happy with our choice of school and both

our children are doing well. What do others think of their children’s schools?

In reply to Tina’s comments in her Brookfield

school GCSE results story, I’d say we are far too exam obsessed these days.

What about teaching our children initiative, problem-solving, and team-working

skills – things that young people need for higher education, work and their

future lives?



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    My son went through Sarisbury Infants and Juniors and, at that time (he is now a monosyllabic 13 year old), the infants was what the then government called a "beacon school" - which meant it was outstanding in terms of the Ofsted reports. The juniors didn't have as good a reputation but was still comparatively good for the area.

    The one thing that stood out to me about a child being placed in such excellent schools was the expected level of achievement. If, like many many kids, yours isn't showing above average academic skills, it can be a terrible pressure both on the kid and the parents. Good results equals better funding for schools and while I try not to be cynical, it is a sad fact that kids are pushed to the max in better-performing schools in order to maintain that flow of funding.

    There's the old adage that if your kid is bright or excels at some non-academic subject, then he or she will do so regardless of the school they attend. And I have to say - having schooled my son in Sarisbury, Stoke, France and now back in Fareham - I am inclined to agree with. With age and experience comes a much more laid back parent.

    By PaulaWoodwark at 21:18 on 30/08/10

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    The primary schools in the area are excellent, I would feel comfortable sending my children to any of them. One of my children had the most excellent priimary education before coming to Locks Heath, but what I found with all primaries here, was remarkable.

    However, that said, be very careful of secondary.

    Ofsted's latest report of Brookfield gave the school a 3, citing management problems and lack of communication with parents, this is evident. There is little communication with parents at all, there are draconian measures applied to education and the there are discipline problems because the Head is ineffective, choosing not education but a belief that uniform discipline trump viable education paths. One can't be in contact with Governors and decisions are made without consultation of parents. There is no place for students to sit at lunch, toilets are often locked, cover teachers for GCSE subjects in place of informed trained teachers are needed. The sad reality is, despite what numbers are published to meet targets, this is a poorly performing institution for the needs of the youth in our area. Spirit is as low as it can possibly get at the school, parents spend a good deal of their time trying to get through to the head and fighting issues of uniform and other mundane old fashioned educational techniques that education becomes secondary.

    This is evident in the school web site. If one takes the time to look at other schools in our area, you will find easy to navigate sites, loaded with information. Brookfield offers up a front page with what seems like information, dig deeper and you find nothing useful, except what shoes are appropriate. That isn't education. There is no information on individual departments, what they are achieving, who the staff is, what programs are in place. If a newcomer to the area wanted to know anything about Brookfield, they would have a hard time getting the essence of this school and what exactly is on offer for their child. That is a disgrace.

    With a new government in place changing policies, the parents of this community deserve to know from the head and governors exactly what plans are in place to go forward. There are many students choosing career paths in years 9, 10 & 11,, yet the rules for them may change in the next six months, there is no statement forthcoming from Brookfield as to where they stand on curriculum, diplomas or a decision on Academy status, which I do not believe Brookfield would qualify for anyway, but it is frightening to think that the way Brookfield works behind the scenes, parents would not be told. I put this on the head and governors of the school, they are being irresponsible to the youth of our community, Brookfield could be an excellent establishment with a modern, progressive curriculum and an institution working hand in hand with parents and carers. This is not the case with Brookfield. Ofsted, who I don't always agree with happened to be 100% correct in there assessment, which is years old now and very little has changed.

    There are some very good teachers and staff, that give their all, however, for the most part, this is a low performing school that needs improving in so many areas, not just target passes.

    By jilblue at 10:13 on 30/08/10

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    While I agree with the writer, that problem solving and team working skills are very imoportant in children's learning, I also feel that there has to be some form of assessment and have not yet seen a reliable alternative to exams. I know that many children, and adults, find exams very stressful, but it could be argued that learning to handle the pressure of exams is part of the learning itself.

    By nmh123 at 12:11 on 27/08/10

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