About Medway Council the Report comments: "The local authority rightly increased levels of support following the first monitoring inspection but too much was initially short term. For example, a teaching and learning consultant provided good coaching for two newly qualified teachers but this was for only two sessions. I am pleased this helpful support is due to be extended. Similarly the focused support for inexperienced staff from a specialist leader of education is working well but is limited to a short period of time. The local authority appreciates the need to increase these opportunities". Once again Medway Council has proved INADEQUATE in its support for a struggling school. But all will be well because it appreciates the need to increase opportunities it has failed to deliver before!
Back to Warren Wood. I have been aware of the problems of this school for years, as I both have handled a number of appeals for grammar schools from parents, despairing of their children's life chances so severely damaged by the school, and also giving advice to parents who simply want their children out of this dreadful school. It is self-evident that Medway Council has failed miserably to support the school properly, although it has belatedly acted to try and rectify matters: "The governing body was disbanded by the local authority because of its failure to meet its responsibilities in holding senior leaders to account. Consequently, an interim executive board has been set up to ensure the school is held to account. Governors were unable to understand data and how it compared to similar institutions. Their knowledge of the school’s ability to raise achievement and progress was limited. As a result, they were unable to challenge leaders about the inadequate achievement, teaching and behaviour in the school. There was no evidence of training attended by governors, nor was there evidence that they understood their responsibilities in the process of performance management or safeguarding. Pupil premium funding was not allocated effectively enough to impact positively on the progress of those pupils who qualify for it. As a result, the ineffectiveness of the governing body led to the school’s current inadequate judgement". The Governing Body here are the fall guys, but it looks as if Medway Council has only acted AFTER the school, for which it is ultimately responsible, achieved the third worst SAT results in the Authority (down from fifth worst). Surely, given the comment from the Report that: "Leadership and management are inadequate because, over time, they have not tackled the low standards and lack of progress quickly enough. As a result of poor teaching, which was not checked by school leaders until very recently, pupils do not perform at national levels and too many of them leave the school without the skills appropriate to their next stage in education", the Council must have noticed the problems prior to this, especially given the history of the school.