Haberdashers’ Aske’s Knights Academy, Downham, criticised by Ofsted inspectors

Haberdashers’ Aske’s Knights Academy

Haberdashers’ Aske’s Knights Academy

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A Downham academy has been branded inadequate by inspectors, who highlighted "serious weaknesses" and problems with a "significant minority of pupils".

Haberdashers’ Aske’s Knights Academy in Launcelot Road was visited by inspectors in November and Ofsted has just published the critical report.

Inspectors wrote: "The behaviour of a significant minority of pupils disrupts teaching and slows down or prevents others from learning." Some pupils were seen to be "disrespectful and argumentative", it said.

When bullying occurred it included "verbal and physical intimidation" with the casual use of hurtful and homophobic language. Some pupils felt nervous about reporting bullying, despite a strict policy at the school.

Last year, News Shopper reported how a 14-year-old student at the school claimed to have been attacked so viciously by bullies she suffered memory loss.

Ofsted inspectors concluded the quality of teaching, pupil achievement and leadership all required improvement, while pupil behaviour and safety was inadequate.

The report is a step down for the 1,529-student all-through school, which was previously given a 'Good' rating by Ofsted.

However, the school - which has a high number of children from disadvantaged families - was also praised for its work in improving pupil achievement and principal Tesca Bennett  is said to have taken "decisive action to drive improvement in achievement" since her appointment in September 2012.

Dr Bennett said: "We are of course disappointed with the grading that Ofsted has given the school and will be taking this very seriously to ensure the necessary further improvements are brought about.

"We are pleased, however, that Ofsted was so positive about the work we are doing and the transformation in the school since it opened in 2006."

She said the school had launched a "quiet room" for lunchtime work, support had been provided from other schools in Haberdasher's Federation and that staff had received training on how to respond to pupils through an anti-bullying policy.

And she said: "In addition we have clarified to all pupils the academy's policy on the unacceptable use of discriminatory and derogatory homophobic language."

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1:24am Fri 28 Mar 14

Hyper-Deactive says...

I hate going anywhere near that school at kicking out time, the streets are full of little wannabe gangstas who abuse everybody they see.
I hate going anywhere near that school at kicking out time, the streets are full of little wannabe gangstas who abuse everybody they see. Hyper-Deactive
  • Score: 13

2:20pm Fri 28 Mar 14

sarfflondonbird says...

It isn't only this school that seem to be full of wanna be gangsta s, most of the schools in that area are the same.
It isn't only this school that seem to be full of wanna be gangsta s, most of the schools in that area are the same. sarfflondonbird
  • Score: 12

2:58pm Fri 28 Mar 14

the wall says...

sarfflondonbird wrote:
It isn't only this school that seem to be full of wanna be gangsta s, most of the schools in that area are the same.
The only way you would know this is by hanging about outside schools.....Weirdo!
[quote][p][bold]sarfflondonbird[/bold] wrote: It isn't only this school that seem to be full of wanna be gangsta s, most of the schools in that area are the same.[/p][/quote]The only way you would know this is by hanging about outside schools.....Weirdo! the wall
  • Score: -25

4:28pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Hyper-Deactive says...

the wall wrote:
sarfflondonbird wrote:
It isn't only this school that seem to be full of wanna be gangsta s, most of the schools in that area are the same.
The only way you would know this is by hanging about outside schools.....Weirdo!
maybe you have no idea what these schools are like at going home time because you're NOT allowed near them.
[quote][p][bold]the wall[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sarfflondonbird[/bold] wrote: It isn't only this school that seem to be full of wanna be gangsta s, most of the schools in that area are the same.[/p][/quote]The only way you would know this is by hanging about outside schools.....Weirdo![/p][/quote]maybe you have no idea what these schools are like at going home time because you're NOT allowed near them. Hyper-Deactive
  • Score: 16

5:50am Sat 29 Mar 14

sarfflondonbird says...

the wall wrote:
sarfflondonbird wrote:
It isn't only this school that seem to be full of wanna be gangsta s, most of the schools in that area are the same.
The only way you would know this is by hanging about outside schools.....Weirdo!
Don't need to hang about schools luvvy, there's one right on the end of my street to experience the behaviour Hyper-Deactive is talking about, not to mention the fact that these gangs/groups decend on the high street (used by the public in general I believe, which includes myself)in intimidating manner before, (especially) during, and after school hours. They are a nightmare. But then, if you knew me, you would knoe that fact. Idiot.
[quote][p][bold]the wall[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sarfflondonbird[/bold] wrote: It isn't only this school that seem to be full of wanna be gangsta s, most of the schools in that area are the same.[/p][/quote]The only way you would know this is by hanging about outside schools.....Weirdo![/p][/quote]Don't need to hang about schools luvvy, there's one right on the end of my street to experience the behaviour Hyper-Deactive is talking about, not to mention the fact that these gangs/groups decend on the high street (used by the public in general I believe, which includes myself)in intimidating manner before, (especially) during, and after school hours. They are a nightmare. But then, if you knew me, you would knoe that fact. Idiot. sarfflondonbird
  • Score: 23

7:00pm Mon 31 Mar 14

lollie,erith says...

my friend's son was refused entry to haberdashers in crayford even though the school was named on his statement. they tried to state they could not meet his needs but it became obvious they only wanted children who would just sit there and not need a lot of input. in the end after legal intervention they decided to allow him into the school but their transition plan was so full of discrimination his parents had to refusethe place. but they allow bullies into the school!!!
my friend's son was refused entry to haberdashers in crayford even though the school was named on his statement. they tried to state they could not meet his needs but it became obvious they only wanted children who would just sit there and not need a lot of input. in the end after legal intervention they decided to allow him into the school but their transition plan was so full of discrimination his parents had to refusethe place. but they allow bullies into the school!!! lollie,erith
  • Score: 3

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