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Maintaining the culture

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Maintaining the culture

The year began strong for the deified school and sixth form, receiving a ‘good ‘grade on the highly anticipated Ofsted assessment. With the long looming terror of judgment finally alleviated off the shoulders of the school, head teacher, and torchbearer of change, Scott Ratheram spoke out about what his thoughts on the report and where he wants to take the school.

To start with, he was extraordinarily proud with the way the Ofsted report described his school saying ‘my favourite part of the report is it says it’s a friendly and happy place ‘, humbly claiming the change was down “A lot of hard work from students, by staff, by supportive parents, governors” instead of his frequently hard hours of labour. And for the most apart this feeling of pride has been restored in the students with one saying that “ I’ve been here for 5 years now and this is defiantly the safest and happiest I’ve seen the students of this school “. School isn’t always the most fun of time but staying safe, feeling secure, and been in a happy, friendly environment are key ingredients for a good school. And clearly Ofsted picked up on the hard work he and his team has put in to create this atmosphere.

‘Maintaining the culture’ the key point Scott reinforced to us, even directing us to board in which he had the quotation pinned up on. This reflects the nature of a large quantity of the policies he has passed so far. His new and improved behaviour system I feel to be a perfect example of this attitude. The new system retains some of the oldest, and most engrained, features of the old policy (like shadow timetable and isolation) while introducing a new wave of reform in order to expand upon and significantly improve it. Under Scott, these old methods of dealing with behaviour are now last resorts as opposed to the norm and instead students go through a process of warning, punishment, moving them then shadow timetable. And while it’s still new and has a few issues- especially in standardization across the whole school- it’s drastically improved the behaviour of students. As a system I love it because it keeps trouble makers in a classroom for as long as possible, giving them the chance to learn, while still offering a clear cut system of punishment for misbehaviour. But it is new and susceptible to faults the in reality can only be ironed out by time. Yes, standardizing it across every classroom is proving to be a challenge but it’s much better than the departmentally issued system of old where students would have a completely different method to behaviour in each lesson creating profound confusion as to what was right, what was wrong and how it was to be punished. This was something Scott wanted to prove on saying he wanted “Calm classrooms and where students can learn and students to know where the boundaries are “which for the most part he has improved.

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