Rainford High making good progress

St Helens Star: Rainford head teacher Ian Young Rainford head teacher Ian Young

INSPECTORS have found that a secondary school has a clear plan in place to increase standards and is making progress – but improvements still have to be made in the way it engages with pupils.

Ofsted made the comments following a monitoring visit to Rainford Technology College, the first since an initial inspection in February which ruled the school required improvement.

The main criticism in the earlier report was the mixed quality of teaching and that it was not doing enough to “ensure rapid progress for all students”.

Following last month’s visit inspector Patrick Geraghty highlighted three specific issues in which the school could improve.

These were:

  • To promote ways to encourage students to take part in a “strong aspirational and improvement culture”.
  • To develop extra activities such as debating, reading groups and extra groups to challenge students.
  • To ensure that sixth form students are supported and challenged to achieve the highest levels.

But there was praise too, with Mr Geraghty saying that the head teacher Ian Young has produced an improvement plan that tackles key recommendations from the February inspection.

He added: “The school’s tracking and monitoring systems are now better focused on charting the progress made by students supported by the pupil premium and identifying where interventions are required to enable better student progress.

“Intervention to promote improvement is quicker and better focused.”

He added there is a clearer focus by senior leaders at the school to ensure the quality of teaching is high and consistent across all subjects.

Mr Geraghty also praised Rainford’s governors saying that they have a “good understanding of what needs to be done to improve the progress that all students make”.

St Helens Council has vowed that “coasting will not be in option” in any schools and has developed a policy that will see it intervene where standards are not high enough.

This will be led by a St Helens School Commissioner and School Improvement Board.

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6:00pm Sat 21 Jun 14

jumperr says...

There as we know a very serious problem with our education system and has been for a very long time isn't it about time that we stop giving good salaries out and instead a flat rate with a make up to what they get now according to results , include councillors and MPs
There as we know a very serious problem with our education system and has been for a very long time isn't it about time that we stop giving good salaries out and instead a flat rate with a make up to what they get now according to results , include councillors and MPs jumperr
  • Score: 1

3:03am Sun 22 Jun 14

Cuthbert Pennington says...

jumperr wrote:
There as we know a very serious problem with our education system and has been for a very long time isn't it about time that we stop giving good salaries out and instead a flat rate with a make up to what they get now according to results , include councillors and MPs
Yes it's all about cutting salaries and lack of punctuation!
[quote][p][bold]jumperr[/bold] wrote: There as we know a very serious problem with our education system and has been for a very long time isn't it about time that we stop giving good salaries out and instead a flat rate with a make up to what they get now according to results , include councillors and MPs[/p][/quote]Yes it's all about cutting salaries and lack of punctuation! Cuthbert Pennington
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8:10am Sun 22 Jun 14

jumperr says...

Have they cut wages
Have they cut wages jumperr
  • Score: 0

5:24pm Sun 22 Jun 14

peterxu says...

Rainford High is a very good school.
Rainford High is a very good school. peterxu
  • Score: 2

8:53am Mon 23 Jun 14

mattmxl says...

peterxu wrote:
Rainford High is a very good school.
Rainford High is a school which requires improvement!
[quote][p][bold]peterxu[/bold] wrote: Rainford High is a very good school.[/p][/quote]Rainford High is a school which requires improvement! mattmxl
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10:23am Mon 23 Jun 14

jumperr says...

Ofsted has got it wrong, if we don't see the problems, never get an answer,typical
Ofsted has got it wrong, if we don't see the problems, never get an answer,typical jumperr
  • Score: 2

6:38am Wed 25 Jun 14

Bill Bradbury says...

I have no confidence in Ofsted reports. many are focused on results and an excuse to force them down an Academy road, which is the relentless march to privatise all schools and move them out of Local Authority control. With central financing coming from the DfE they will be eventually at the mercy of this being restricted and schools , who are being now asked to make a profit, charging parents and selection by cost such as charging £480 for school uniform at their required retailer.

Interesting to read that this years results will not be published now fiddling by multiple sittings and coursework has been banned. I wonder why?
Pupils in future will be assessed by "number crunching" and double counting of English and Maths choosing the best 8 subjects (Called Progress 8 and Attainment 8)
As the TV game says "Points mean prizes". You will be a 0.10 (or better/worse ) of a pupil. No more A* A-C's.
I just wonder what education is coming to!! Shades of Orwell's1984-I am just a number!
I am pleased Rainford is keeping out of the Academy snatch-well until the Tories return to power- then all schools will become one, like it or not.
I have no confidence in Ofsted reports. many are focused on results and an excuse to force them down an Academy road, which is the relentless march to privatise all schools and move them out of Local Authority control. With central financing coming from the DfE they will be eventually at the mercy of this being restricted and schools , who are being now asked to make a profit, charging parents and selection by cost such as charging £480 for school uniform at their required retailer. Interesting to read that this years results will not be published now fiddling by multiple sittings and coursework has been banned. I wonder why? Pupils in future will be assessed by "number crunching" and double counting of English and Maths choosing the best 8 subjects (Called Progress 8 and Attainment 8) As the TV game says "Points mean prizes". You will be a 0.10 (or better/worse ) of a pupil. No more A* A-C's. I just wonder what education is coming to!! Shades of Orwell's1984-I am just a number! I am pleased Rainford is keeping out of the Academy snatch-well until the Tories return to power- then all schools will become one, like it or not. Bill Bradbury
  • Score: 0

11:49am Wed 25 Jun 14

peterxu says...

Ofsted got it wrong. We shouldn't judge a school on academic performance. The students need more creative, not just study machine!
Ofsted got it wrong. We shouldn't judge a school on academic performance. The students need more creative, not just study machine! peterxu
  • Score: 2

6:04pm Thu 26 Jun 14

keepitreel says...

Bill Bradbury wrote:
I have no confidence in Ofsted reports. many are focused on results and an excuse to force them down an Academy road, which is the relentless march to privatise all schools and move them out of Local Authority control. With central financing coming from the DfE they will be eventually at the mercy of this being restricted and schools , who are being now asked to make a profit, charging parents and selection by cost such as charging £480 for school uniform at their required retailer.

Interesting to read that this years results will not be published now fiddling by multiple sittings and coursework has been banned. I wonder why?
Pupils in future will be assessed by "number crunching" and double counting of English and Maths choosing the best 8 subjects (Called Progress 8 and Attainment 8)
As the TV game says "Points mean prizes". You will be a 0.10 (or better/worse ) of a pupil. No more A* A-C's.
I just wonder what education is coming to!! Shades of Orwell's1984-I am just a number!
I am pleased Rainford is keeping out of the Academy snatch-well until the Tories return to power- then all schools will become one, like it or not.
BILL i remember having to get my school uniform from TYRERS, and my p.e kit that had to be school colours,nothing changes and cant see a problem.
This school USED to be a good school but has had problems for years if the reports in the papers are correct.
Who is telling the truth the last lot of head teachers given their golden handshake and shown the door,or OFSTED who seem to be the only ones making a statement.
Is there drugs problems and bullying going on,are the teachers second best and not giving the pupils the best start,you seem to know so tell us.
[quote][p][bold]Bill Bradbury[/bold] wrote: I have no confidence in Ofsted reports. many are focused on results and an excuse to force them down an Academy road, which is the relentless march to privatise all schools and move them out of Local Authority control. With central financing coming from the DfE they will be eventually at the mercy of this being restricted and schools , who are being now asked to make a profit, charging parents and selection by cost such as charging £480 for school uniform at their required retailer. Interesting to read that this years results will not be published now fiddling by multiple sittings and coursework has been banned. I wonder why? Pupils in future will be assessed by "number crunching" and double counting of English and Maths choosing the best 8 subjects (Called Progress 8 and Attainment 8) As the TV game says "Points mean prizes". You will be a 0.10 (or better/worse ) of a pupil. No more A* A-C's. I just wonder what education is coming to!! Shades of Orwell's1984-I am just a number! I am pleased Rainford is keeping out of the Academy snatch-well until the Tories return to power- then all schools will become one, like it or not.[/p][/quote]BILL i remember having to get my school uniform from TYRERS, and my p.e kit that had to be school colours,nothing changes and cant see a problem. This school USED to be a good school but has had problems for years if the reports in the papers are correct. Who is telling the truth the last lot of head teachers given their golden handshake and shown the door,or OFSTED who seem to be the only ones making a statement. Is there drugs problems and bullying going on,are the teachers second best and not giving the pupils the best start,you seem to know so tell us. keepitreel
  • Score: 0

12:28am Fri 27 Jun 14

Bill Bradbury says...

I cannot comment on bullying and drugs but I hope the school is addressing this and if happening Ofsted has not commented or picked up on this. I suspect its problems on this are no different than all high schools. Ofsted is the Arm of Government whatever Wilshaw says.

I am concerned that many Governors are totally unaware of the National Agenda to remove schools from Local Authority control and if the Tories get back into power next year ALL schools will be privatised.

Governors (and heads) can be dismissed not only by the S of S. but by any "Directorship" of around 5 people set up by a MAT (Multi Academy Trust) who are unelected and self appointing.. The local Authority has no clue about this and think that the Academies in St.Helens are the same that Gove wants to set up owned by carpet people such as Harris..
I was told tonight of an appointment in Sefton to a Free School some "Knighted" person. Jobs for the boys who get paid.

The LA is sleepwalking into this desperately trying to hold on but I see with very little success. When all high school Governors have yet not been told of the "number crunching" of the new exam system where pupils will have to pick their best eight, divide by ten which will produce a "success???" rate what is education coming to? Your child will be rated 0.5 whatever that may be!!
It is also interesting to note that this year, and probably next, exam results will not be published. I wonder why with the "fiddling" of multiple sittings now gone?? Education is a political minefield and the sooner Governors and the public wake up to this the better. Your children deserve better.

And information given to me this week almost 50% of Newly Qualified Teachers pack in within 5 years with recruitment down. Why do you think the Government and Gove this week is asking retired people to come in and teach maths and Science? Because teachers are bailing out as fast as they can with the last 5 years only a 1% pay rise and being forced to teach until 68. A novel saving of pensions--they will be dead or sacked as incompetent. Too tired to teach. And people vote for this lot!!

I despair and why I am ranting. Was proved right over 10 years of objecting to PFI as Rainford now knows and will be proved right in this.
I cannot comment on bullying and drugs but I hope the school is addressing this and if happening Ofsted has not commented or picked up on this. I suspect its problems on this are no different than all high schools. Ofsted is the Arm of Government whatever Wilshaw says. I am concerned that many Governors are totally unaware of the National Agenda to remove schools from Local Authority control and if the Tories get back into power next year ALL schools will be privatised. Governors (and heads) can be dismissed not only by the S of S. but by any "Directorship" of around 5 people set up by a MAT (Multi Academy Trust) who are unelected and self appointing.. The local Authority has no clue about this and think that the Academies in St.Helens are the same that Gove wants to set up owned by carpet people such as Harris.. I was told tonight of an appointment in Sefton to a Free School some "Knighted" person. Jobs for the boys who get paid. The LA is sleepwalking into this desperately trying to hold on but I see with very little success. When all high school Governors have yet not been told of the "number crunching" of the new exam system where pupils will have to pick their best eight, divide by ten which will produce a "success???" rate what is education coming to? Your child will be rated 0.5 whatever that may be!! It is also interesting to note that this year, and probably next, exam results will not be published. I wonder why with the "fiddling" of multiple sittings now gone?? Education is a political minefield and the sooner Governors and the public wake up to this the better. Your children deserve better. And information given to me this week almost 50% of Newly Qualified Teachers pack in within 5 years with recruitment down. Why do you think the Government and Gove this week is asking retired people to come in and teach maths and Science? Because teachers are bailing out as fast as they can with the last 5 years only a 1% pay rise and being forced to teach until 68. A novel saving of pensions--they will be dead or sacked as incompetent. Too tired to teach. And people vote for this lot!! I despair and why I am ranting. Was proved right over 10 years of objecting to PFI as Rainford now knows and will be proved right in this. Bill Bradbury
  • Score: 1

8:18am Fri 27 Jun 14

jumperr says...

The educators of not really painted theirselves in glory over a good number of yrs, I would say a considerable number have just collected and never bothered about what happens around (chalkboard )
The educators of not really painted theirselves in glory over a good number of yrs, I would say a considerable number have just collected and never bothered about what happens around (chalkboard ) jumperr
  • Score: -1

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