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It has been suggested to me that the web site forum should provide an opportunity for local people to contribute to a discussion that can be used to improve the service that local schools provide. I have added both St Laurence and Ralph Allen schools as categories on the forum as being the nearest schools and these two schoools are only available to parents who reside in either Wiltshire or B&NES. If you reside in Wiltshire your child can only go to St Laurence, and if you reside in B&NES your child may only go to Ralph Allen school. There is no choice, whatever the government has said.  

All three major political parties support more determination by parents in the way that their local schools are managed.  My view is that (as a retired teacher with a research degree in educational development) unless central government can overule decisions that are made locally, we could have to endure decisions that are not based on the best advice available. Politicians, ministers, are appointed, but have little knowledge usually of their area of responsiblity. They depend on their advisors.   Of course, if a school fails (deteriorates), then responsibility can be placed at a local government level rather than a national level. Whether the government has placed adequate controls or not is a matter for further debate - they might have - but if they have it is not evident. There is OFSTED but any improvements called for are likely to take years to implement. St laurence for example was criticised for failing to manage Assessment and Recording of pupil's progress in both the most recent report and the previous report! How long has a school got to take approriate action? If your children go to the school that has not got a good OFSTED report then you have no alternative, if you want what is best for your children,  but to sell your house and move elsewhere.

St Laurence has not a "Good" report but a "Satisfactory" report. Do parents  really believe that "Satisfactory" is acceptible? The option to discuss how these schools and other local schools are managed is open. Your complaint to a school may now be read by anyone who accesses the Internet.

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St Laurence School Failing its Pupils Mr Colquhoun?

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 I have heard from a reliable source that pupils of St Laurence School Bradford on Avon have not been set homework (on a regular basis) for over two months. Whilst pupils may think this is great (at least while they do not realise what they are being denied) parents should be alarmed.

St Laurence school was one of the best schools in Wiltshire. This was when it was a grammar school, but then when a school can select its pupils it is much easier to get good results. Yet as a comprehensive school the school does have a primary intake that is generally above average in attainment. It is a pity that children are being deprived of the opportunity to do their very best, whatever the social class of their parents.

From BBC School League Tables  2007 Deteriorating A levels 7th from bottom in Wiltshire. Relatively good GCSE levels 2nd state school in Wiltshire. But set these results against a background of very low levels of pupils with special educational needs then the results should be better. The children could do a lot better, and are capable of doing so, but are being held back by undemanding  teachers.

The most recent OFSTED report assessed the school as being satisfactory, when bearing in mind the attainment of its primary intake it should be doing much better. It would seem that OFSTED is also failing parents. Maybe OFSTED were prepared to assess the school as being "not satisfactory" but decided to give the school another chance.

Well, if the teachers of St Laurence School Bradford On Avon are not prepared to make the effort to set homework on a regular basis, and in this case two months! they should all be sacked for incompetence or  neglect of duty. Or is it  the head-teacher who is impotent to ensure that his staff carry out their duties. Or perhaps it is not part of the statutory duties of a teacher to set homework regularly?

Mr James Colquhoun the present head-teacher should take the necessary steps before OFSTED are called in (prematurely) to reassess this school.

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