Head teacher Tim Brookes quits as Hanson School put into 'special measures'

Hanson School

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A Bradford head teacher has resigned ahead of the publication of a damning inspection report of standards at his secondary school.

Tim Brookes has walked away from Hanson School in Swain House, after two and a half years in the job as education watchdog Ofsted put the school in the failing ‘special measures’ category.

Governors have re-appointed the school’s former deputy head teacher Alan Davis as executive head teacher from January.

The move follows extensive criticism by Ofsted of the school’s leaders and managers, including its governing body. Leaders at all levels lacked a clear vision for the school or a coherent plan to bring about improvement, the inspection report states.

Sue Williamson, the school’s chairman of governors, said: “After serving at Hanson School for more than nine years, two and a half of those as head teacher, Mr Brookes has decided to step down from his post.”

In the Ofsted report, which was published yesterday following a two-day visit to the school last month, inspectors said Hanson was struggling to meet targets, even in its specialism of maths, science and technology. Overall attainment continued to be well below average and achievement was inadequate, especially in English and maths, and boys from a white British heritage made the least progress.

The overall quality of teaching was not meeting the needs of the students and lacked the capacity to eradicate the legacy of underachievement. A lack of challenge, the slow pace, and poor behaviour that disrupts too many lessons, prevented the majority of students, who want to succeed, from making good progress.

In February, the Telegraph & Argus exclusively reported how a boy aged 12 and two aged 13 were arrested at the school after they armed themselves with weapons, while in June Mr Brookes and Carlton Bolling College head teacher Chris Robinson issued a joint statement to the T&A saying the schools were working together to identify students involved in fights outside of school.

Yesterday, Derek Needham, the school’s senior deputy head teacher, said: “We are working very hard to tackle the issues raised by the inspection team in the report. We have already brought about improvements at the school and we acknowledge more rapid improvements need to take place. We are hoping that the move to the new school will provide a fresh start for Hanson.”

The school is moving to new buildings as part of the £236 million second phase of Bradford Council’s Building Schools for the Future.

Lesley Hart, director of school improvement at school support services firm Education Bradford, said: “We have been working closely with the governing body for some time to secure a strong improvement plan for the school.”

The returning Mr Davis worked at the school in the early 1990s. He went on to be the executive head teacher of a federation of schools in Kirklees and is now a National Challenge Advisor.

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10:59am Thu 16 Dec 10

Johsay says...

Such a shame, was one of the best schools in Bradford for many a year from the mid 90's. Sadly they had a ton of great teachers who created the 'brain drain' as they moved elsewhere for promotions - to be replaced by a poorer standard of teacher.

Plus it's what happens when you move excellent teachers like Needham to management roles and replace them with poorer leaders, only a matter of time before the whole thing goes.
Such a shame, was one of the best schools in Bradford for many a year from the mid 90's. Sadly they had a ton of great teachers who created the 'brain drain' as they moved elsewhere for promotions - to be replaced by a poorer standard of teacher. Plus it's what happens when you move excellent teachers like Needham to management roles and replace them with poorer leaders, only a matter of time before the whole thing goes. Johsay
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11:24am Thu 16 Dec 10

Brent_Meister says...

Next to go: Elaine Shoesmith?
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(see other article)
Next to go: Elaine Shoesmith? . (see other article) Brent_Meister
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11:28am Thu 16 Dec 10

Apollo says...

Indeed - during the late 70s and early 80s Hanson was on a par with the another good school in Bradford that was Rhodesway.

How the mighty have fallen.
Indeed - during the late 70s and early 80s Hanson was on a par with the another good school in Bradford that was Rhodesway. How the mighty have fallen. Apollo
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11:54am Thu 16 Dec 10

Johsay says...

That said the 6th form comes out with a relative crumb of comfort that they were ranked satisfactory as the rest of the school plummets to unsatisfactory and special measures.

The report is damning as it could be about a lack of IT provision, teacher absence, boring lessons and pupil misbehaviour.

The IT thing is similar to when I was there, rooms of computers but something wrong with each one of them, broken mouse, knackered, monitor broken, intermittent shut downs. Nothing was ever done about it.

PE does well and is mentioned positively but there's a lot of work to do for sure, especially when Technology, Maths, English and Science are all criticised - three core subjects and the school is a technology specialist.

There is nothing more startling about the demise of a once great school than the failure in 4 key subjects.
That said the 6th form comes out with a relative crumb of comfort that they were ranked satisfactory as the rest of the school plummets to unsatisfactory and special measures. The report is damning as it could be about a lack of IT provision, teacher absence, boring lessons and pupil misbehaviour. The IT thing is similar to when I was there, rooms of computers but something wrong with each one of them, broken mouse, knackered, monitor broken, intermittent shut downs. Nothing was ever done about it. PE does well and is mentioned positively but there's a lot of work to do for sure, especially when Technology, Maths, English and Science are all criticised - three core subjects and the school is a technology specialist. There is nothing more startling about the demise of a once great school than the failure in 4 key subjects. Johsay
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3:21pm Thu 16 Dec 10

bradred says...

You only have to drive round Swain House/Kings Road on a night to see the gangs of young scroats gathering on street corners anf throwing beer cans etc around.

Is it any wonder???
You only have to drive round Swain House/Kings Road on a night to see the gangs of young scroats gathering on street corners anf throwing beer cans etc around. Is it any wonder??? bradred
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5:58pm Thu 16 Dec 10

Freddy Elliot says...

bradred wrote:
You only have to drive round Swain House/Kings Road on a night to see the gangs of young scroats gathering on street corners anf throwing beer cans etc around. Is it any wonder???
The retards get/acquire footballs from the Goals Centre nearby and boot them at cars driving on Kings Road on a night. Scrats.
[quote][p][bold]bradred[/bold] wrote: You only have to drive round Swain House/Kings Road on a night to see the gangs of young scroats gathering on street corners anf throwing beer cans etc around. Is it any wonder???[/p][/quote]The retards get/acquire footballs from the Goals Centre nearby and boot them at cars driving on Kings Road on a night. Scrats. Freddy Elliot
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6:33pm Thu 16 Dec 10

Steph200 says...

Know your facts Johsay- the leadership team of the Sixth Form are competent, committed and hard working. That's why it is the only bit of the school that is successful.
Know your facts Johsay- the leadership team of the Sixth Form are competent, committed and hard working. That's why it is the only bit of the school that is successful. Steph200
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8:42pm Thu 16 Dec 10

goodluke.06 says...

If Hanson school is so bad then why did 65% of students get 5 or more A* to C's this year and how come GCSE results are up by 10%. Also Hanson Schools sixth form A-Level results were in the UK top 20 best results. When Ofsted visited Hanson they went round looking for all the problems and didn't even visit half of the subject areas. Can I also add that Hanson is currently going through a major re-build with students having to cope with closed technology rooms, history classrooms with scaffolding inside them and nowhere to stand at break and lunch time because the school grounds are like a building site. Are you suprised that Hanson may not be doing as well as last time Ofsted visited in 2008, before all the building work started.
If Hanson school is so bad then why did 65% of students get 5 or more A* to C's this year and how come GCSE results are up by 10%. Also Hanson Schools sixth form A-Level results were in the UK top 20 best results. When Ofsted visited Hanson they went round looking for all the problems and didn't even visit half of the subject areas. Can I also add that Hanson is currently going through a major re-build with students having to cope with closed technology rooms, history classrooms with scaffolding inside them and nowhere to stand at break and lunch time because the school grounds are like a building site. Are you suprised that Hanson may not be doing as well as last time Ofsted visited in 2008, before all the building work started. goodluke.06
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9:42pm Thu 16 Dec 10

doctor feelgood says...

goodluke.06 wrote:
If Hanson school is so bad then why did 65% of students get 5 or more A* to C's this year and how come GCSE results are up by 10%. Also Hanson Schools sixth form A-Level results were in the UK top 20 best results. When Ofsted visited Hanson they went round looking for all the problems and didn't even visit half of the subject areas. Can I also add that Hanson is currently going through a major re-build with students having to cope with closed technology rooms, history classrooms with scaffolding inside them and nowhere to stand at break and lunch time because the school grounds are like a building site. Are you suprised that Hanson may not be doing as well as last time Ofsted visited in 2008, before all the building work started.
Which year were Hanson's A level results in the top 20? Not this year; according to the tables published yesterday only 2 Bradford district schools in the top 200 (Ilkley and Beckfoot)
[quote][p][bold]goodluke.06[/bold] wrote: If Hanson school is so bad then why did 65% of students get 5 or more A* to C's this year and how come GCSE results are up by 10%. Also Hanson Schools sixth form A-Level results were in the UK top 20 best results. When Ofsted visited Hanson they went round looking for all the problems and didn't even visit half of the subject areas. Can I also add that Hanson is currently going through a major re-build with students having to cope with closed technology rooms, history classrooms with scaffolding inside them and nowhere to stand at break and lunch time because the school grounds are like a building site. Are you suprised that Hanson may not be doing as well as last time Ofsted visited in 2008, before all the building work started.[/p][/quote]Which year were Hanson's A level results in the top 20? Not this year; according to the tables published yesterday only 2 Bradford district schools in the top 200 (Ilkley and Beckfoot) doctor feelgood
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9:46pm Thu 16 Dec 10

Collos says...

Because a monkey could pass the exams they have been set,Exam results used to mean something but not nowadays.
Because a monkey could pass the exams they have been set,Exam results used to mean something but not nowadays. Collos
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10:00pm Thu 16 Dec 10

doctor feelgood says...

goodluke.06 wrote:
If Hanson school is so bad then why did 65% of students get 5 or more A* to C's this year and how come GCSE results are up by 10%. Also Hanson Schools sixth form A-Level results were in the UK top 20 best results. When Ofsted visited Hanson they went round looking for all the problems and didn't even visit half of the subject areas. Can I also add that Hanson is currently going through a major re-build with students having to cope with closed technology rooms, history classrooms with scaffolding inside them and nowhere to stand at break and lunch time because the school grounds are like a building site. Are you suprised that Hanson may not be doing as well as last time Ofsted visited in 2008, before all the building work started.
According to the official tables for 2009 (this year's are published next January) GCSEs only 35% A-C, not 65%......
[quote][p][bold]goodluke.06[/bold] wrote: If Hanson school is so bad then why did 65% of students get 5 or more A* to C's this year and how come GCSE results are up by 10%. Also Hanson Schools sixth form A-Level results were in the UK top 20 best results. When Ofsted visited Hanson they went round looking for all the problems and didn't even visit half of the subject areas. Can I also add that Hanson is currently going through a major re-build with students having to cope with closed technology rooms, history classrooms with scaffolding inside them and nowhere to stand at break and lunch time because the school grounds are like a building site. Are you suprised that Hanson may not be doing as well as last time Ofsted visited in 2008, before all the building work started.[/p][/quote]According to the official tables for 2009 (this year's are published next January) GCSEs only 35% A-C, not 65%...... doctor feelgood
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10:15pm Thu 16 Dec 10

jaylee1993 says...

Not every student at Hanson school stands on street corners drinking.

Its not Tim Brookes fault that the school is literally a building site and pupils have no space to blow of any steam. The new school build which we will be moving in to early next year will be a big boost to the student and the teachers that have literally been walked over by lies. Tim brookes and the resxt of the teachers put there all into the school and i have to say i haven't met a headteacher more involved and hard working in my school life at hanson. He was for the school moving forward.

If we as a school were failing as much as the ofsted report states, WHY did we have one of the best GCSE results in 2010 and one of the best A level results in the whole of Britain?
Not every student at Hanson school stands on street corners drinking. Its not Tim Brookes fault that the school is literally a building site and pupils have no space to blow of any steam. The new school build which we will be moving in to early next year will be a big boost to the student and the teachers that have literally been walked over by lies. Tim brookes and the resxt of the teachers put there all into the school and i have to say i haven't met a headteacher more involved and hard working in my school life at hanson. He was for the school moving forward. If we as a school were failing as much as the ofsted report states, WHY did we have one of the best GCSE results in 2010 and one of the best A level results in the whole of Britain? jaylee1993
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10:30pm Thu 16 Dec 10

Johsay says...

So Ofsted are wrong then presumably? It's a crying shame that things have got so bad but the report points the finger at the leadership team and also they point to the fact that no improvements have been made since 2008 (last inspection) and in some respects the school has gone the other way...

The reporting and inspection process is failsafe due to the amount of information that they go through, meeting after each night to discuss findings and surveys, interviews with parents and observations - don't give me the 'they didnt go to the good parts of the school' speil, how can it be anything more than inadequate if half of the school is indeed poor and the inspection found that?

Let's be fair as well, I don't doubt people have worked hard and knowing Tim personally it's a shame for him as he is an absolutely lovely bloke but it's the whole effectiveness argument, we can all do 85 hours a week but if nothing is achieved / focus is on the wrong areas then it's a futile exercise and the proof of the pudding is in the inspections. If it's as good as jaylee1993 states then why has Tim Brookes tendered his resignation to be replaced by a very experienced headteacher in Alan Davis?

In terms of the building work, I am sure that it has an impact but inspectors viewed poor behaviour in the classroom, is that really anything to do with the building work? Christ if the kids are misbehaving when an inspector is sat there (its drilled to the kids to behave more than usual) then there is really no hope. Explaining away poor behaviour, standards, attainment and the like due to some building work smacks of excuse making. The inspector mentions the building work as disruptive but it's for the greater good and are you telling me that's single handedly responsible for a previously fantastic school sliding into special measures?

Funny that OFSTED are slated and accused of all kinds when the report is negative, I don't recall such derision of the inspection process when the school was record good reports?
So Ofsted are wrong then presumably? It's a crying shame that things have got so bad but the report points the finger at the leadership team and also they point to the fact that no improvements have been made since 2008 (last inspection) and in some respects the school has gone the other way... The reporting and inspection process is failsafe due to the amount of information that they go through, meeting after each night to discuss findings and surveys, interviews with parents and observations - don't give me the 'they didnt go to the good parts of the school' speil, how can it be anything more than inadequate if half of the school is indeed poor and the inspection found that? Let's be fair as well, I don't doubt people have worked hard and knowing Tim personally it's a shame for him as he is an absolutely lovely bloke but it's the whole effectiveness argument, we can all do 85 hours a week but if nothing is achieved / focus is on the wrong areas then it's a futile exercise and the proof of the pudding is in the inspections. If it's as good as jaylee1993 states then why has Tim Brookes tendered his resignation to be replaced by a very experienced headteacher in Alan Davis? In terms of the building work, I am sure that it has an impact but inspectors viewed poor behaviour in the classroom, is that really anything to do with the building work? Christ if the kids are misbehaving when an inspector is sat there (its drilled to the kids to behave more than usual) then there is really no hope. Explaining away poor behaviour, standards, attainment and the like due to some building work smacks of excuse making. The inspector mentions the building work as disruptive but it's for the greater good and are you telling me that's single handedly responsible for a previously fantastic school sliding into special measures? Funny that OFSTED are slated and accused of all kinds when the report is negative, I don't recall such derision of the inspection process when the school was record good reports? Johsay
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10:39pm Thu 16 Dec 10

Johsay says...

Steph200 wrote:
Know your facts Johsay- the leadership team of the Sixth Form are competent, committed and hard working. That's why it is the only bit of the school that is successful.
God, not more pro 6th propaganda - I'm hard working and competent but my profits are down in the last 3 months, I'm not having any building work done though.

The 6th form is rated satisfactory which is a credit to them considering the woeful report the rest of the school gets. I did put this above but you can continue to pick out what you want.

Perhaps a reason that the school has fallen into such a state with this fighting for credit in what is a poor report for all, not ok for some - the school is inadequate - win as one, lose as one.
[quote][p][bold]Steph200[/bold] wrote: Know your facts Johsay- the leadership team of the Sixth Form are competent, committed and hard working. That's why it is the only bit of the school that is successful.[/p][/quote]God, not more pro 6th propaganda - I'm hard working and competent but my profits are down in the last 3 months, I'm not having any building work done though. The 6th form is rated satisfactory which is a credit to them considering the woeful report the rest of the school gets. I did put this above but you can continue to pick out what you want. Perhaps a reason that the school has fallen into such a state with this fighting for credit in what is a poor report for all, not ok for some - the school is inadequate - win as one, lose as one. Johsay
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10:19pm Fri 17 Dec 10

nathan1990 says...

"God, not more pro 6th propaganda "

Not 'propaganda' mate, just respect to those staff who deserve it. And those people are the very ones who would never 'fight for credit'. They just get on with job - and do it well.
"God, not more pro 6th propaganda " Not 'propaganda' mate, just respect to those staff who deserve it. And those people are the very ones who would never 'fight for credit'. They just get on with job - and do it well. nathan1990
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10:42pm Sat 18 Dec 10

LittleMiss92 says...

May I just say, as the report has been published it should be referenced as the Science Faculty also received a consistent report and unlike Maths and English has not demised in any way. The sixth form has continued to thrive year on year, read previous reports please! The majority of staff at the school all continued to try and initiate a good level of learning yet behavioural issues have had a large influence over the current report.
I will welcome Alan Davies and any legislation he brings into the school, lets hope he can try and reinstall some discipline and reject a few of the minor points that students are criticised of instead of ignoring the wider picture.
I also believe the changing of the catchment areas and the "applying to secondary school process" has had some influence over the current student’s attainment and behaviour as the majority of Hanson’s current students come from the local "estates" or underprivileged backgrounds. Surely this must have some effect?
Yes Johsay we pupils are fighting for credit because we know what the day to day running of the school is like.
May I just say, as the report has been published it should be referenced as the Science Faculty also received a consistent report and unlike Maths and English has not demised in any way. The sixth form has continued to thrive year on year, read previous reports please! The majority of staff at the school all continued to try and initiate a good level of learning yet behavioural issues have had a large influence over the current report. I will welcome Alan Davies and any legislation he brings into the school, lets hope he can try and reinstall some discipline and reject a few of the minor points that students are criticised of instead of ignoring the wider picture. I also believe the changing of the catchment areas and the "applying to secondary school process" has had some influence over the current student’s attainment and behaviour as the majority of Hanson’s current students come from the local "estates" or underprivileged backgrounds. Surely this must have some effect? Yes Johsay we pupils are fighting for credit because we know what the day to day running of the school is like. LittleMiss92
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8:14pm Tue 21 Dec 10

Johsay says...

I'm an ex pupil and loved the school but it was on the slide when I left.

It's a credit that existing students are fighting for the credit that they deserve and I think that's fantastic but OFSTED uncovered serious failings and that's the primary concern.

Most kids in Bradford are classed as being from under privileged backgrounds, are there bad kids or just bad teachers? Bad schools or bad teachers?
I'm an ex pupil and loved the school but it was on the slide when I left. It's a credit that existing students are fighting for the credit that they deserve and I think that's fantastic but OFSTED uncovered serious failings and that's the primary concern. Most kids in Bradford are classed as being from under privileged backgrounds, are there bad kids or just bad teachers? Bad schools or bad teachers? Johsay
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8:56pm Wed 22 Dec 10

goodluke.06 says...

jaylee1993 wrote:
Not every student at Hanson school stands on street corners drinking. Its not Tim Brookes fault that the school is literally a building site and pupils have no space to blow of any steam. The new school build which we will be moving in to early next year will be a big boost to the student and the teachers that have literally been walked over by lies. Tim brookes and the resxt of the teachers put there all into the school and i have to say i haven't met a headteacher more involved and hard working in my school life at hanson. He was for the school moving forward. If we as a school were failing as much as the ofsted report states, WHY did we have one of the best GCSE results in 2010 and one of the best A level results in the whole of Britain?
exactly
[quote][p][bold]jaylee1993[/bold] wrote: Not every student at Hanson school stands on street corners drinking. Its not Tim Brookes fault that the school is literally a building site and pupils have no space to blow of any steam. The new school build which we will be moving in to early next year will be a big boost to the student and the teachers that have literally been walked over by lies. Tim brookes and the resxt of the teachers put there all into the school and i have to say i haven't met a headteacher more involved and hard working in my school life at hanson. He was for the school moving forward. If we as a school were failing as much as the ofsted report states, WHY did we have one of the best GCSE results in 2010 and one of the best A level results in the whole of Britain?[/p][/quote]exactly goodluke.06
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8:58pm Wed 22 Dec 10

goodluke.06 says...

doctor feelgood wrote:
goodluke.06 wrote: If Hanson school is so bad then why did 65% of students get 5 or more A* to C's this year and how come GCSE results are up by 10%. Also Hanson Schools sixth form A-Level results were in the UK top 20 best results. When Ofsted visited Hanson they went round looking for all the problems and didn't even visit half of the subject areas. Can I also add that Hanson is currently going through a major re-build with students having to cope with closed technology rooms, history classrooms with scaffolding inside them and nowhere to stand at break and lunch time because the school grounds are like a building site. Are you suprised that Hanson may not be doing as well as last time Ofsted visited in 2008, before all the building work started.
According to the official tables for 2009 (this year's are published next January) GCSEs only 35% A-C, not 65%......
I go to the school and have the results on paper. It was 65%
[quote][p][bold]doctor feelgood[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]goodluke.06[/bold] wrote: If Hanson school is so bad then why did 65% of students get 5 or more A* to C's this year and how come GCSE results are up by 10%. Also Hanson Schools sixth form A-Level results were in the UK top 20 best results. When Ofsted visited Hanson they went round looking for all the problems and didn't even visit half of the subject areas. Can I also add that Hanson is currently going through a major re-build with students having to cope with closed technology rooms, history classrooms with scaffolding inside them and nowhere to stand at break and lunch time because the school grounds are like a building site. Are you suprised that Hanson may not be doing as well as last time Ofsted visited in 2008, before all the building work started.[/p][/quote]According to the official tables for 2009 (this year's are published next January) GCSEs only 35% A-C, not 65%......[/p][/quote]I go to the school and have the results on paper. It was 65% goodluke.06
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