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.