With regards to Mr Woods’ letter about the Gleed School in last Tuesday’s edition of the newspaper, I have to both agree with and dispute some issues raised.
I agree that the children cannot help that they go there – I agree that not everyone can be brainy enough to go to the High or Grammar School. However, I do think the public’s issues with the school not only are with intelligence, league tables and exam results but also with the behaviour and quality of teaching.
A report published by Ofsted in 2013 states that “Sir John Gleed is lacking in the achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, behaviour, safety of pupils and leadership and management.
“Behaviour at the school is very poor, many lessons are disrupted and intimidatory behaviour is commonplace at break times” which confirms that the problems are more than just exam results and these behavioural issues are ones that can be improved upon by students – it is not impossible to behave.
Yes, I think that the Gleed are getting copious amounts of negative press at this present time and are being fixated upon more than any other school in the area.
I understand that it is impossible to change a school from “special measures” to “outstanding” immediately, although the Gleed have improved, according to Ofsted, in several areas in the last few months, but I would like to reiterate that it is not specifically the intelligence of the pupils that is the main cause for concern.
There are other areas too which both teachers and pupils need to work on together in order to improve so you cannot pinpoint the negativity solely on intelligence.
With work to a wider range of areas, I’m sure the school could once again revive its positive status seen before in the early 2000s.