On 22 Dec 2009 at 11:05am ex parent wrote:
I hear St Pancras School has been taken into 'Special Measures.' Not surprised, it's really gone down hill.
On 22 Dec 2009 at 12:31pm spongebob wrote:
As an ex parent myself, this has come as no surprise. The teachers are leaving in their droves, they've at last appointed a deputy head after almost 3 years and the only decent teacher (john Jones) left and since then, the school as gone down the pan.
On 22 Dec 2009 at 1:04pm Parent 1 wrote:
News to me... my son goes there and it's fine. One teacher is going on maternity leave and that is it as far as I know.
On 22 Dec 2009 at 4:01pm Parent Governor wrote:
St. Pancras has NOT been taken in 'Special Measures'. The School has been working hard to listen to parents and improve on things like communication between parents and the school. We have a new assistant head starting in the New Year who will take over from one of the temporary teachers but apart from that there are no movements. I may be bias but I would say that all our teachers are great and both my boys love the school. Rather than going downhill I would say the opposite and I have seen great improvements this year.
All schools have problems; the most important thing is that parents make them known so the school can take action. If parents have issues they want to discuss make sure they bring them to the governors, teachers or head rather than air them on line. Remember any school can change and the problems ex parents had do not necessarily exist anymore.
On 22 Dec 2009 at 5:40pm frankiesgirl wrote:
My child goes there and really loves it, I am more than happy with the school, the teachers are great. It seems to be working well and hard, from what I have seen the reason eveyone raves about Mr Jones was not only due to his teaching. I get so angry when people are negative about the school without really knowing what the school is like now and what it is doing to improve and also without taking into consideration what the other schools in town are like, all of the schools will have parents that are happy and those that are unhappy.
On 22 Dec 2009 at 6:35pm Dancing Queen wrote:
My children go there as well and love it. We aren't Catholic but everyone is welcome and we don't have any complaints.Go on the Ofsted website and you will see that ex-parent has made it all up!! It's lucky the school don't know who you are because they could sue you for libel!!!
On 22 Dec 2009 at 6:58pm Parent 1 wrote:
What do people get out of spreading muck and rumours about certain schools? Totally and utterly stupid. Some sort of political reason I'm sure.
PS. St Pancras received a load of flak on here a few months ago due to it not having a 'good website'. I can report that it now has an all-singing all-dancing site, which we hardly ever use. I imagine it's more work for the teachers too.
On 23 Dec 2009 at 9:00am ex parent wrote:
I think I have every right to say what I like on here regarding the (previous) education of my child, who happened to go through a really bad experience there because of slack pastoral care. I said nothing libellous, just reflecting what is the talk of the town at the moment. Now if I had said the school is crap and the head is useless, then yes, I would be out of order. And from previous personal experience, parent governors are a waste of time. Oh, and before you get down off your high horse, just bear in mind that and very biased towards the school, not the parents. And for your information, I was one of the parents on the PTA which made a huge difference to the funding of the garden so yes, I have every right to moan if I think all our previous blood, sweat, toil, sleepless nights, fate organising, raffle prize scrounging, personally donating, cake making, washing up and clearing up after events, giving up hours, yes hours of family time to fund raise, maintain smooth running of the PTA and all the other responsibilities which were taken on board, has all been for nothing so get down off your high horse and stop being so bloody pretentious.
On 23 Dec 2009 at 10:20am Parent 99 wrote:
I'm interested in how you think your efforts have been wasted? There's a lovely garden next to an award-winning new annex, brand new disabled facilities, toilet block, new entrance. The school's been widely re-furbished. The Christmas Fair was lovely. The PTA seems to be doing a great job, though I'll admit I don't know that from personal experience, only from attending events.
Personally I've found all the people there friendly and helpful.
My kids love the place and have made great leaps in their education there. It's a small school tucked away, but i say that makes it a hidden gem rather than a community that ought to be attacked by anonymous posters with out-of-date agendas.
On 23 Dec 2009 at 2:27pm frankiesgirl wrote:
Ex parent exactly how has it all been for nothing?? Im on the PTA and yes it is a time consuming and sometimes thankless task. The pastoral care at the school is second to none in my opinion. I think the st pancras bashing that goes on here is disgusting and due to ignorance. And its hardly the talk of the town as this is only place you hear this nonsense.
On 23 Dec 2009 at 3:13pm ex parent wrote:
Second to none? Pah! Is that why my son felt isolated for his last 3 years there due to bullying which the school failed to deal with and he therefore, developed problems in friendship groups and learning difficulties into secondary school and still carries bad memories even though he is now 18? Is that why he was ignored by the first aider when he came home with a split lip cos someone had deliberately, full on punched him in the face and took the head 3 days to have it dealt with, despite the first aider telling him he was making a mountain out of a molehill and dismissing the incident? And is that why my son still has a huge scar on his knee (he's 18 now) cos the first aider put a plaster on his knee when he should have had stitches? She should have phoned me to take him up the A & E but she put a plaster on it (one which was too small and adhered to the wound).
But it's good to know that it's all ok there now.
On 23 Dec 2009 at 3:21pm Parent 1 wrote:
Aah, there you go. Your youngster was bullied and now you seem to be enjoying spreading rumours about the school being in difficulties; and you did loads of volunteer work there and are having trouble adjusting to not doing it any more and not receiving much thanks for a pretty thankless task.
Why don't you let others get on with their lives and stop interfering?
On 23 Dec 2009 at 3:21pm frankiesgirl wrote:
As you have said twice in your post your son is 18 so this was obviously at least 6 years ago so you cant really know what its like there now. I do and its great. Im sorry your son had such a bad time but you cant blame the current staff and PTA. Please stop using your past to taint the present.
On 23 Dec 2009 at 3:38pm Parent 1 wrote:
A pleasant message for the holiday season, I'm bored of all the bickering that goes on in these forums:
Ex Parent, can I take this opportunity to thank you for your hard work and time spent organising and fun raising things for the school? Those are very generous and kind things to do, and I'm sure the school would be worse if your child/ren had never attended the place and had such a great parent/s helping out.
On 23 Dec 2009 at 4:46pm ex parent wrote:
Point taken about the time gone by. It's good to hear things have improved so forgive me if I have offended anyone, I was just enquiring about something I heard but as for parent 1, I really hope that if your child ever encounters bullying, then you will remember your arrogant comment on this forum and eat your words. It will really makes their life, and yours, miserable.