Basingstoke secondary school set to "significantly improve" according to education watchdog

Mark Kingswood with pupils at The Vyne Community School

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A BASINGSTOKE secondary school, which was the worst-performing in the borough in last year’s GCSE results, is set to “significantly” improve, according to an education watchdog.

The Vyne School was visited by Ofsted in January, and in their report, inspectors graded it as “requires improvement” overall.

However, headteacher Mark Kingswood said the judgement is a reflection of the “historical achievement levels” – and the Ofsted team rated The Vyne as “good” in all areas other than achievement.

Last year, just 34 per cent of pupils achieved five GCSEs between A* and C, including English and maths, which was six per cent below the Government benchmark, and a fall of 10 per cent on the school’s results in 2012.

However, Ofsted inspectors acknowledged: “Information provided by the school demonstrates that achievement is rising at a rapid rate for all groups of learners, and forecasts for 2014 and 2015 indicate that the school will achieve standards significantly above the Government’s floor targets in each of these years.”

The school has been through a turbulent few years after being put in special measures in 2010 and graded as “inadequate”.

The Vyne came out of special measures in April 2012.

The latest report said: “The quality of teaching is now good, and there are examples of outstanding teaching. This is largely due to the determination of school leaders to appoint highly capable teachers to replace the significant number who left the school since the last inspection.”

Inspectors added that pupil behaviour has “improved dramatically during recent years, and most notably since the appointment of the current headteacher.”

The report described Mr Kingswood as “a strong and resilient leader whose passion and commitment to the school are shared by staff, students and governors.”

Mr Kingswood said: “I am so proud of our school, and I was looking forward to our inspection. We felt sure that Ofsted would validate the transformation over the past 18 months, and so it has proved. This is a significant step on our journey to outstanding.”

He added: “I am also extremely pleased at the views expressed by parents, 97 per cent of whom said their child felt safe at the school and 93 per cent of whom said they would recommend it to another parent.

“Past issues are behind us and parents recognise us as a welcoming and open and honest school, where children respect each other and their teachers, and which takes both the teaching and pastoral care of its students very seriously.”

The Vyne Community School report for publication_WF14677425.pdf

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3:14pm Sun 9 Mar 14

Marina Morris says...

Presumably the headline writer went to The Vyne?
Presumably the headline writer went to The Vyne? Marina Morris
  • Score: -22

3:15pm Sun 9 Mar 14

Marina Morris says...

Presumably the Gazette headline writer was educated at The Vyne?
Presumably the Gazette headline writer was educated at The Vyne? Marina Morris
  • Score: -20

9:03am Mon 10 Mar 14

JJ38JJ says...

It does say a lot for the quality of a local newspaper when even a 'chief reporter' can't spell the name of the town! As career gaffs go this has to rate pretty highly.
It does say a lot for the quality of a local newspaper when even a 'chief reporter' can't spell the name of the town! As career gaffs go this has to rate pretty highly. JJ38JJ
  • Score: -15

10:16am Mon 10 Mar 14

Hiliter says...

What mean spirited and sarcastic comments from Marina Morris and JJ38JJ.
The Vyne is a School with a bright future full of committed Teachers and most of all pupils who are happy in their education environment. Nearly without exception all schools go through difficult times because by the very nature of Education which deals with people, not some production unit the results from Exams vary from year to year.
The Vyne is to be commended, in my view, for quickly reacting to the challenge it had after being put into special measures and this has been recognised by Ofsted.
It is a unique School with a clear commitment to its local community and needs encouragement and support to improve further over the years ahead so that young people have the best education available within the state sector. Basingstoke would be a poorer place without the Vyne.
p.s. No I don't work there and I am sure you will check my spelling.
What's it like looking down from those lofty heights in your perfect world.
What mean spirited and sarcastic comments from Marina Morris and JJ38JJ. The Vyne is a School with a bright future full of committed Teachers and most of all pupils who are happy in their education environment. Nearly without exception all schools go through difficult times because by the very nature of Education which deals with people, not some production unit the results from Exams vary from year to year. The Vyne is to be commended, in my view, for quickly reacting to the challenge it had after being put into special measures and this has been recognised by Ofsted. It is a unique School with a clear commitment to its local community and needs encouragement and support to improve further over the years ahead so that young people have the best education available within the state sector. Basingstoke would be a poorer place without the Vyne. p.s. No I don't work there and I am sure you will check my spelling. What's it like looking down from those lofty heights in your perfect world. Hiliter
  • Score: 15

8:41pm Mon 10 Mar 14

jonone says...

Hiliter wrote:
What mean spirited and sarcastic comments from Marina Morris and JJ38JJ.
The Vyne is a School with a bright future full of committed Teachers and most of all pupils who are happy in their education environment. Nearly without exception all schools go through difficult times because by the very nature of Education which deals with people, not some production unit the results from Exams vary from year to year.
The Vyne is to be commended, in my view, for quickly reacting to the challenge it had after being put into special measures and this has been recognised by Ofsted.
It is a unique School with a clear commitment to its local community and needs encouragement and support to improve further over the years ahead so that young people have the best education available within the state sector. Basingstoke would be a poorer place without the Vyne.
p.s. No I don't work there and I am sure you will check my spelling.
What's it like looking down from those lofty heights in your perfect world.
Some people do have such little of importance going on in their lives that spotting spelling mistakes is the pinnacle of achievement.
[quote][p][bold]Hiliter[/bold] wrote: What mean spirited and sarcastic comments from Marina Morris and JJ38JJ. The Vyne is a School with a bright future full of committed Teachers and most of all pupils who are happy in their education environment. Nearly without exception all schools go through difficult times because by the very nature of Education which deals with people, not some production unit the results from Exams vary from year to year. The Vyne is to be commended, in my view, for quickly reacting to the challenge it had after being put into special measures and this has been recognised by Ofsted. It is a unique School with a clear commitment to its local community and needs encouragement and support to improve further over the years ahead so that young people have the best education available within the state sector. Basingstoke would be a poorer place without the Vyne. p.s. No I don't work there and I am sure you will check my spelling. What's it like looking down from those lofty heights in your perfect world.[/p][/quote]Some people do have such little of importance going on in their lives that spotting spelling mistakes is the pinnacle of achievement. jonone
  • Score: 16

9:48pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Marina Morris says...

Ha ha ha! You two really are too sensitive to be true! Luckily I had removed my tongue from my cheek when I read your responses otherwise I may well have choked to death! Have a sit down and a nice cup of tea!
Ha ha ha! You two really are too sensitive to be true! Luckily I had removed my tongue from my cheek when I read your responses otherwise I may well have choked to death! Have a sit down and a nice cup of tea! Marina Morris
  • Score: -22

10:56pm Mon 10 Mar 14

RgPostcode says...

Considering "The Vyne" is technically the old Queen Mary's Grammar, It's quite important to the towns history, so anything that keeps it from falling so low it has to close is all good. (If they rebuilt the school buildings, then it would lose it's worth)
Considering "The Vyne" is technically the old Queen Mary's Grammar, It's quite important to the towns history, so anything that keeps it from falling so low it has to close is all good. (If they rebuilt the school buildings, then it would lose it's worth) RgPostcode
  • Score: 3

8:48am Tue 11 Mar 14

JJ38JJ says...

Hiliter wrote:
What mean spirited and sarcastic comments from Marina Morris and JJ38JJ.
The Vyne is a School with a bright future full of committed Teachers and most of all pupils who are happy in their education environment. Nearly without exception all schools go through difficult times because by the very nature of Education which deals with people, not some production unit the results from Exams vary from year to year.
The Vyne is to be commended, in my view, for quickly reacting to the challenge it had after being put into special measures and this has been recognised by Ofsted.
It is a unique School with a clear commitment to its local community and needs encouragement and support to improve further over the years ahead so that young people have the best education available within the state sector. Basingstoke would be a poorer place without the Vyne.
p.s. No I don't work there and I am sure you will check my spelling.
What's it like looking down from those lofty heights in your perfect world.
Actually I didn't mention The Vyne in my comments - just the quality of the Gazette reporting. Perhaps you should read comments before criticising. I won't wait for an apology.
[quote][p][bold]Hiliter[/bold] wrote: What mean spirited and sarcastic comments from Marina Morris and JJ38JJ. The Vyne is a School with a bright future full of committed Teachers and most of all pupils who are happy in their education environment. Nearly without exception all schools go through difficult times because by the very nature of Education which deals with people, not some production unit the results from Exams vary from year to year. The Vyne is to be commended, in my view, for quickly reacting to the challenge it had after being put into special measures and this has been recognised by Ofsted. It is a unique School with a clear commitment to its local community and needs encouragement and support to improve further over the years ahead so that young people have the best education available within the state sector. Basingstoke would be a poorer place without the Vyne. p.s. No I don't work there and I am sure you will check my spelling. What's it like looking down from those lofty heights in your perfect world.[/p][/quote]Actually I didn't mention The Vyne in my comments - just the quality of the Gazette reporting. Perhaps you should read comments before criticising. I won't wait for an apology. JJ38JJ
  • Score: -19

9:37am Tue 11 Mar 14

Folkestone Saint says...

JJ38JJ wrote:
Hiliter wrote:
What mean spirited and sarcastic comments from Marina Morris and JJ38JJ.
The Vyne is a School with a bright future full of committed Teachers and most of all pupils who are happy in their education environment. Nearly without exception all schools go through difficult times because by the very nature of Education which deals with people, not some production unit the results from Exams vary from year to year.
The Vyne is to be commended, in my view, for quickly reacting to the challenge it had after being put into special measures and this has been recognised by Ofsted.
It is a unique School with a clear commitment to its local community and needs encouragement and support to improve further over the years ahead so that young people have the best education available within the state sector. Basingstoke would be a poorer place without the Vyne.
p.s. No I don't work there and I am sure you will check my spelling.
What's it like looking down from those lofty heights in your perfect world.
Actually I didn't mention The Vyne in my comments - just the quality of the Gazette reporting. Perhaps you should read comments before criticising. I won't wait for an apology.
Whilst you have only "proof read" the head line you may have missed the fact that the story is about the Vyne, so no apology required just a large slice of humble pie for you to consume. As fo mm, you need some sugar in "your" tea it MAY make you less bitter, but I wont hold out much hope for you on that score.

Good to see a failing school make a positive change, but I think it is unfair to judge a school on pupils who don't care about thier futures and never put any effort into their education as well as those who do make an effort, they will be paying for them whilst they have a life on "job seekers" so why should they have to pay with the baggage that they come from a bad school due to these non-acheivers.
[quote][p][bold]JJ38JJ[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hiliter[/bold] wrote: What mean spirited and sarcastic comments from Marina Morris and JJ38JJ. The Vyne is a School with a bright future full of committed Teachers and most of all pupils who are happy in their education environment. Nearly without exception all schools go through difficult times because by the very nature of Education which deals with people, not some production unit the results from Exams vary from year to year. The Vyne is to be commended, in my view, for quickly reacting to the challenge it had after being put into special measures and this has been recognised by Ofsted. It is a unique School with a clear commitment to its local community and needs encouragement and support to improve further over the years ahead so that young people have the best education available within the state sector. Basingstoke would be a poorer place without the Vyne. p.s. No I don't work there and I am sure you will check my spelling. What's it like looking down from those lofty heights in your perfect world.[/p][/quote]Actually I didn't mention The Vyne in my comments - just the quality of the Gazette reporting. Perhaps you should read comments before criticising. I won't wait for an apology.[/p][/quote]Whilst you have only "proof read" the head line you may have missed the fact that the story is about the Vyne, so no apology required just a large slice of humble pie for you to consume. As fo mm, you need some sugar in "your" tea it MAY make you less bitter, but I wont hold out much hope for you on that score. Good to see a failing school make a positive change, but I think it is unfair to judge a school on pupils who don't care about thier futures and never put any effort into their education as well as those who do make an effort, they will be paying for them whilst they have a life on "job seekers" so why should they have to pay with the baggage that they come from a bad school due to these non-acheivers. Folkestone Saint
  • Score: 2

12:44pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Marina Morris says...

Ooh! Here's another one over-reacting to a cheeky comment who then goes on to castigate kids at The Vyne for being disinterested and workshy! And you say I'm bitter!
Ooh! Here's another one over-reacting to a cheeky comment who then goes on to castigate kids at The Vyne for being disinterested and workshy! And you say I'm bitter! Marina Morris
  • Score: -22

1:49pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Sam_Walker123456 says...

JJ38JJ wrote:
It does say a lot for the quality of a local newspaper when even a 'chief reporter' can't spell the name of the town! As career gaffs go this has to rate pretty highly.
There are gaps in all our knowledge and your knowledge of the workings of this newspaper are obviously limited. As has been pointed out previously in these pages, the journalists do not write their own headlines. This function is carried out by a team, in Southampton for The Gazette I think, who put the paper together. Their task is to entice people into reading the article, so often the headlines can be provocative or ambiguous. The journalists' job is to accurately report the facts, inform opinion, show the other sides of a story, etc. in an interesting way.
It does say a lot for the quality of a local newspaper when even a 'seasoned critic' can only find a small typo to comment about. You are scraping the bottom of the barrell if you rate this as a career gaff high. Now if the article content was untrue, one-sided or in any other way factually inaccurate, then I would support you in criticizing it, but to claim a mistake in a headline says a lot about the quality of a newspaper is utter drivel. Even The Times regularly makes slips of this type and The Grauniad is famous for its spelling mistakes.
[quote][p][bold]JJ38JJ[/bold] wrote: It does say a lot for the quality of a local newspaper when even a 'chief reporter' can't spell the name of the town! As career gaffs go this has to rate pretty highly.[/p][/quote]There are gaps in all our knowledge and your knowledge of the workings of this newspaper are obviously limited. As has been pointed out previously in these pages, the journalists do not write their own headlines. This function is carried out by a team, in Southampton for The Gazette I think, who put the paper together. Their task is to entice people into reading the article, so often the headlines can be provocative or ambiguous. The journalists' job is to accurately report the facts, inform opinion, show the other sides of a story, etc. in an interesting way. It does say a lot for the quality of a local newspaper when even a 'seasoned critic' can only find a small typo to comment about. You are scraping the bottom of the barrell if you rate this as a career gaff high. Now if the article content was untrue, one-sided or in any other way factually inaccurate, then I would support you in criticizing it, but to claim a mistake in a headline says a lot about the quality of a newspaper is utter drivel. Even The Times regularly makes slips of this type and The Grauniad is famous for its spelling mistakes. Sam_Walker123456
  • Score: 14

3:43pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Marina Morris says...

This is brilliant! Which member of the team's mum are you Sam? Personally I blame the typist (are they still called typists?) for the spelling mistake: perhaps a member of their family could come on and explain why it happened?
This is brilliant! Which member of the team's mum are you Sam? Personally I blame the typist (are they still called typists?) for the spelling mistake: perhaps a member of their family could come on and explain why it happened? Marina Morris
  • Score: -23

3:51pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Folkestone Saint says...

Marina Morris wrote:
Ooh! Here's another one over-reacting to a cheeky comment who then goes on to castigate kids at The Vyne for being disinterested and workshy! And you say I'm bitter!
Firstly this is a comments page relating to the story of wich you have not contributed to, as is the norm for you if I remember correctly, also you did cast the first stone in deriding the Vyne by implying thick people go there, whereas I was in support of those who contribute to the positive side within the school as well as life after, yet again you "tried" to twist that into a negative and only comment on those who offer and do nothing, well done you and your cheeky comments
[quote][p][bold]Marina Morris[/bold] wrote: Ooh! Here's another one over-reacting to a cheeky comment who then goes on to castigate kids at The Vyne for being disinterested and workshy! And you say I'm bitter![/p][/quote]Firstly this is a comments page relating to the story of wich you have not contributed to, as is the norm for you if I remember correctly, also you did cast the first stone in deriding the Vyne by implying thick people go there, whereas I was in support of those who contribute to the positive side within the school as well as life after, yet again you "tried" to twist that into a negative and only comment on those who offer and do nothing, well done you and your cheeky comments Folkestone Saint
  • Score: 16

5:07pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Sam_Walker123456 says...

Marina Morris wrote:
This is brilliant! Which member of the team's mum are you Sam? Personally I blame the typist (are they still called typists?) for the spelling mistake: perhaps a member of their family could come on and explain why it happened?
That would certainly explain the schoolboy spelling mistake - if I'd had a schoolgirl pregancy then my child would still be at school today......unless they were work shy and bunked off that is!
Many of the above comments are about typing mistakes so I think it only fair to point out one of your own howlers:
'Which member of the team's mum are you Sam?' I think you meant to ask, 'To which member of the team are you mum, Sam?' What you have said is that the team has one mum and you have asked which member I am of this group of one mum. Now that would be some feat to be mother of all the team. I know what you meant to say but you have failed dismally. I blame the typist.
I like to finish on a positive and I see by your first comments that you at least realise that papers use headline writers.
[quote][p][bold]Marina Morris[/bold] wrote: This is brilliant! Which member of the team's mum are you Sam? Personally I blame the typist (are they still called typists?) for the spelling mistake: perhaps a member of their family could come on and explain why it happened?[/p][/quote]That would certainly explain the schoolboy spelling mistake - if I'd had a schoolgirl pregancy then my child would still be at school today......unless they were work shy and bunked off that is! Many of the above comments are about typing mistakes so I think it only fair to point out one of your own howlers: 'Which member of the team's mum are you Sam?' I think you meant to ask, 'To which member of the team are you mum, Sam?' What you have said is that the team has one mum and you have asked which member I am of this group of one mum. Now that would be some feat to be mother of all the team. I know what you meant to say but you have failed dismally. I blame the typist. I like to finish on a positive and I see by your first comments that you at least realise that papers use headline writers. Sam_Walker123456
  • Score: 17

5:32pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Folkestone Saint says...

Sam_Walker123456 wrote:
Marina Morris wrote:
This is brilliant! Which member of the team's mum are you Sam? Personally I blame the typist (are they still called typists?) for the spelling mistake: perhaps a member of their family could come on and explain why it happened?
That would certainly explain the schoolboy spelling mistake - if I'd had a schoolgirl pregancy then my child would still be at school today......unless they were work shy and bunked off that is!
Many of the above comments are about typing mistakes so I think it only fair to point out one of your own howlers:
'Which member of the team's mum are you Sam?' I think you meant to ask, 'To which member of the team are you mum, Sam?' What you have said is that the team has one mum and you have asked which member I am of this group of one mum. Now that would be some feat to be mother of all the team. I know what you meant to say but you have failed dismally. I blame the typist.
I like to finish on a positive and I see by your first comments that you at least realise that papers use headline writers.
Carlseberg don't do put downs, but S W does, quality post Sam
[quote][p][bold]Sam_Walker123456[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Marina Morris[/bold] wrote: This is brilliant! Which member of the team's mum are you Sam? Personally I blame the typist (are they still called typists?) for the spelling mistake: perhaps a member of their family could come on and explain why it happened?[/p][/quote]That would certainly explain the schoolboy spelling mistake - if I'd had a schoolgirl pregancy then my child would still be at school today......unless they were work shy and bunked off that is! Many of the above comments are about typing mistakes so I think it only fair to point out one of your own howlers: 'Which member of the team's mum are you Sam?' I think you meant to ask, 'To which member of the team are you mum, Sam?' What you have said is that the team has one mum and you have asked which member I am of this group of one mum. Now that would be some feat to be mother of all the team. I know what you meant to say but you have failed dismally. I blame the typist. I like to finish on a positive and I see by your first comments that you at least realise that papers use headline writers.[/p][/quote]Carlseberg don't do put downs, but S W does, quality post Sam Folkestone Saint
  • Score: 7

6:32pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Former-Student says...

Mr Kingswood is a fantastic headteacher and I have no doubt that the Vyne will become one of the best schools in Basingstoke if he stays. I wish he'd been there for the full 5 years I was there rather than just the last two.
Mr Kingswood is a fantastic headteacher and I have no doubt that the Vyne will become one of the best schools in Basingstoke if he stays. I wish he'd been there for the full 5 years I was there rather than just the last two. Former-Student
  • Score: 17

6:26pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Marina Morris says...

Great stuff Saint and Sam. I hang my head in shame. We're lucky to have you. Only lighten up a little ...
Great stuff Saint and Sam. I hang my head in shame. We're lucky to have you. Only lighten up a little ... Marina Morris
  • Score: -9

8:36am Fri 14 Mar 14

jonone says...

Marina Morris wrote:
This is brilliant! Which member of the team's mum are you Sam? Personally I blame the typist (are they still called typists?) for the spelling mistake: perhaps a member of their family could come on and explain why it happened?
Perhaps you should not be criticising when you managed to post your comment twice....
[quote][p][bold]Marina Morris[/bold] wrote: This is brilliant! Which member of the team's mum are you Sam? Personally I blame the typist (are they still called typists?) for the spelling mistake: perhaps a member of their family could come on and explain why it happened?[/p][/quote]Perhaps you should not be criticising when you managed to post your comment twice.... jonone
  • Score: 3

9:17am Fri 14 Mar 14

Folkestone Saint says...

Marina Morris wrote:
Great stuff Saint and Sam. I hang my head in shame. We're lucky to have you. Only lighten up a little ...
Says the person who has NOTHING positive just negative to say, you need to start looking for the good in people as your negativity is a true reflection of yourself.
[quote][p][bold]Marina Morris[/bold] wrote: Great stuff Saint and Sam. I hang my head in shame. We're lucky to have you. Only lighten up a little ...[/p][/quote]Says the person who has NOTHING positive just negative to say, you need to start looking for the good in people as your negativity is a true reflection of yourself. Folkestone Saint
  • Score: 3

1:21pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Marina Morris says...

; - )
; - ) Marina Morris
  • Score: -6

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