Education – High School


                                                                             ..and the truth is, High Schools are too big.

After Parents’ evening at the High School last night I knew what my word of the week would be. With a week of revision ahead of us from a school undergoing changes. A ‘not very good’ OFSTED and meeting a Teacher who actually needed a picture of the class in front of her, I yearned for the days when schools were smaller.

So our family will be focussing on this, my word of the week…………..


My son is in year 10. When he started this School it was rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted but I think they have become complacent and teaching has slipped and grades fallen.  Luckily the School has an excellent anti-bullying programme, the children are happy and they love their School. This has been its saving grace.

So an action plan is in place. This week is ‘mocks’  for year 11, but all of the children will be having assessments. The new regime is to have assessments at the end of each term to assess how every child is coping and provide intervention and extra support where needed.

Let’s hope, the only way is up!

What do you think of High Schools?




  1. Carol Cameleon
    February 19, 2015 / 19:10

    Well, it sounds like a very good regime to me. Although it may be a bit much for the younger ones. But then, there’s nothing wrong with starting as you mean to go on. That said, by the time you get to High School, I do think that if a child doesn’t want to make much effort, and the parent doesn’t encourage much, then it’s a bit of a ripple effect, and not in a good way. But the teachers do need to make the effort too, of course.

  2. January 21, 2015 / 21:33

    I really worry about the population explosion (I think that’s one reason why I was so fascinated by the fictional TV series Utopia albeit the solution provided was never going to work!). I can see things just getting worse with the stress put on the infrastructure – traffic getting worse, more road accidents, less green spaces, and of course bigger and bigger classes in schools which means each child gets that bit less personal tutoring and attention. If the teacher can’t even remember the names of the class… mmm. Not great. I’ve got all this to come and can’t really comment on high schools (used to be ‘Secondary Schools in my day?) as my eldest has only just started infant school but I can imagine in six years time it will only be worse… Thanks so much for adding this post to #thetruthabout X

    • January 21, 2015 / 22:56

      It might be better in 6 years, I think they may make schools smaller. I went to a small grammar school so the schools now shock me.

  3. January 20, 2015 / 15:18

    Woah – the teacher needed a picture of the class in front of her? Things certainly have changed… I remember my old headteacher knowing the names of practically every girl in our entire secondary school. There were 900 students in our school, not including the sixth-formers.

    It is a shame and a worry that standards have slipped. I guess you have to do what you can from your end and hope that your son takes your good example. It is amazing to hear that they’ve got a great anti-bullying system in place. There should be no room for intimidation in any walks of life, particularly in school. Good luck to your son – will let you know what we think of secondary schools in a few years – my elder son is only 3! (o:


    • January 20, 2015 / 21:17

      The classes have been made smaller, my Son said this was a new Science Teacher taking over half the class, so not as bad as we thought. You’ve got a great time at Primary ahead of you, it’s such great fun.

      • January 20, 2015 / 21:46

        Ha! I can’t tell if you’re being sarcastic or not, but I take your word for it either way! x

  4. January 17, 2015 / 15:36

    Awww good luck with the revision and hopefully everything will work out fine. #wotw

  5. January 17, 2015 / 07:53

    Oh no, that sounds grim. How awful that the teacher still doesn’t know her students, a full term in? I hope it improves soon. Thanks for joining in and sharing with #WotW

    • January 17, 2015 / 23:27

      Actually I think she may have just taken over part of the class, Son said they are in smaller classes now.Which is good news.

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