December 8 2013 Latest news:
Story by: ROB SETCHELL, Reporter
Friday, June 15, 2012
PARENTS have rallied in support of principal Jason Wing as he strives to haul failing Neale-Wade Community College out of special measures.
March’s Ofsted inspection found Fenland’s largest secondary school to be inadequate - but its new principal was hailed as a “breath of fresh air”.
Parents have now taken to the school’s blog to show their support for Mr Wing, who has implemented a raft of changes since taking over from Tim Hitch in September.
One Internet poster, Clare Hale, wrote: “Now’s the time for all parents, students & staff to get behind and support Mr Wing & his team.
“Help them make the right changes to enable EVERYBODY to get the very best from the school. DON’T blame Mr Wing for past performances, it’s the future we have to concentrate on!!!”
Another poster, Fiona Davis, said Mr Wing had her “unreserved and wholehearted support”.
She wrote: “I can’t think of a better, or more determined, person to rise to the challenge of making Neale-Wade a community college to be proud of.”
The damning Ofsted report revealed serious problems with students’ achievement and behaviour as well as unsatisfactory teaching and management.
Neale-Wade will hold a meeting on Wednesday, from 6.30-8pm, for parents to discuss the findings. Proposals will be outlined to address the issues, with governors and Cambridgeshire County Council officers also present.
Mr Wing said that, since taking over, he has made 33 changes at Neale-Wade.
These changes include issuing under-performing teachers with “capability proceedings”, monitoring children’s books to ensure frequent marking and implementing a new behaviour system.
He has also scrapped “vertical form periods” which saw older students in the same form group as much younger pupils.
Another blog poster, writing under the name “Yr7 & Yr9 Parent”, said: “Mr Wing is far more visible and approachable to the students around the college, both encouraging them and showing an interest in their achievements and lives.
“Thank you Mr Wing for taking on Neale-Wade. I’m sure you will use the Ofsted report to your advantage, enabling you to bring in measures for improvement more rapidly so all of the students at Neale-Wade reach their full potential.”
Neale-Wade’s progress will be regularly monitored by Ofsted over the next two years.