Headteacher resigns from struggling John Bunyan Junior School in Braintree

Braintree and Witham Times: Headteacher quits struggling junior school Headteacher quits struggling junior school

A headteacher has quit a struggling school after its improvement plan was condemned as “not fit for purpose” by inspectors.

John Bunyan Junior School, in Lancaster Way, Braintree, was rated inadequate by Ofsted in October.

An inspector carried out a follow-up visit this month, but ruled the school is not doing enough to resolve its problems.

Headteacher Amanda Woolmer has decided to leave the school, with her responsibilities taken on by Deborah Bailey, who leads the neighbouring infant school.

In a letter to Mrs Woolmer earlier this month, Ofsted inspector Michelle Winter said: “The school’s own action plan is too short term to provide the clear direction the school needs to address all of the areas of improvement.

“It is not clear from the plan how specific weaknesses in teaching will be addressed."

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1:28pm Sat 4 Jan 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

Let's hope that the parents now throw their weight behind supporting the new incumbent and show some enthusiastic interest in how the school is run.

I say this with the comments of peterh42 published last November in mind.

He said at that time:

“When the school had the meeting a couple of weeks ago, there was 20 parents and governors who turned up. This shows how much the 90% of the parent value the school and their children's education. Most of them were standing outside waiting to pick their children up after school”.

Successful schooling must involve the active interest and support of the parents. It’s not just up to the staff alone.
Let's hope that the parents now throw their weight behind supporting the new incumbent and show some enthusiastic interest in how the school is run. I say this with the comments of peterh42 published last November in mind. He said at that time: “When the school had the meeting a couple of weeks ago, there was 20 parents and governors who turned up. This shows how much the 90% of the parent value the school and their children's education. Most of them were standing outside waiting to pick their children up after school”. Successful schooling must involve the active interest and support of the parents. It’s not just up to the staff alone. OMPITA [Intl]

9:26am Sun 5 Jan 14

Bes1000 says...

I completely agree!

Unfortunately it seems that Mrs Woolmer has been made a scape goat here. The article states that the plans the school had put in place to resolve its issues were too short term, yet it is the joint responsibility of the local authority, governors and the head teacher to prepare this plan. If it has been demded as too short term and not addressing the teaching issues, surely the blame for the schools failings can not lie with just the head teacher alone! The local authority and the schools governors all had the power to address these failings long before ofsted arrived and yet nothing was ever done. I believe the blame lies more with the schools governors who Mrs Moolmer is ultimalty answerable too than anyone else. If she was failing as a head teacher they should have deal with the problem, as that is the whole point of a governing body!
There have be countless messages of support for Mrs Woolmer on the schools Facebook page. She was a good head teacher who cared a great deal about the school and it's pupils. It's just seems she was extremely unsupported by the governing body and the local authority and until this issue is resolved any future head will face the same problem.

Maybe the local paper could start to support the school instead of continually running it down, further damaging the school and it's pupils alike!
I completely agree! Unfortunately it seems that Mrs Woolmer has been made a scape goat here. The article states that the plans the school had put in place to resolve its issues were too short term, yet it is the joint responsibility of the local authority, governors and the head teacher to prepare this plan. If it has been demded as too short term and not addressing the teaching issues, surely the blame for the schools failings can not lie with just the head teacher alone! The local authority and the schools governors all had the power to address these failings long before ofsted arrived and yet nothing was ever done. I believe the blame lies more with the schools governors who Mrs Moolmer is ultimalty answerable too than anyone else. If she was failing as a head teacher they should have deal with the problem, as that is the whole point of a governing body! There have be countless messages of support for Mrs Woolmer on the schools Facebook page. She was a good head teacher who cared a great deal about the school and it's pupils. It's just seems she was extremely unsupported by the governing body and the local authority and until this issue is resolved any future head will face the same problem. Maybe the local paper could start to support the school instead of continually running it down, further damaging the school and it's pupils alike! Bes1000

6:35pm Sun 5 Jan 14

Top lass says...

I totally agree with Bes1000, if you read the Ofsted reports it's so obvious the governors are equally to blame, but you don't see them resigning do you. Such a shame the school has lost a really good and caring head teacher
I totally agree with Bes1000, if you read the Ofsted reports it's so obvious the governors are equally to blame, but you don't see them resigning do you. Such a shame the school has lost a really good and caring head teacher Top lass

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