Primary schools bromley highfield infants(4 Posts)
hello, I am new at this but feel the need to share my, and other's experience about one of the schools in bromley, highfield infants. This school at first and for few years now, has been proud to be outstanding and the reason why most houses around it became really expensive.
I speak as a dad of pretty average kids and now after few years at the school I realised that it is unfair to new parents to present this school as an outstanding one. The school does not push students to become better, the school just accepts good or bad and works to a minimum.
The school, and maybe like many other state schools counts with limited resources however the school has now become very pretentious and claims to be better than what they are. To give an example, and this is the reason why I am writing this post, I came to the school to accompany a friend of mine as a new parent when I saw a student (I guess he would have been either 6 or 7 years old) sitting outside the offices doing nothing but sitting there, my friend asked me if he was waiting for something and to be honest I didn't know what to answer so I asked and the response was that because the teacher said this kid was being naughty he was sent to seat outside the headteachers' office. I was almost in disbelief to hear that as there was no adult there, to a point that we managed to have at least a 5 minute conversation with the child who surprised us by saying that this is a regular tactic and that sitting outside this office is a regular thing for her/him. Apologies for being vague but I have kids at the school and the way it works, I have now became very aprehensive about speaking out. The headteacher was nowhere to be seen, not for us neither for the child. It took me back to the 70's when tactis like that were regular. Another parent known to my wife claims to have issues with teachers discouraging children by highlighting their bad writing and drafting to other parents, it is almost like a public humilliation to both children and parents. There was no need in those years and even less now when education has become so accessible and improving that it is almost unreasonable for the headteacher to accept these behaviour from her staff. I am hoping that the headteacher is not aware of this and if she is, shame on her. I really hope that an ofsted visit comes to the school soon as this school needs a bit of a shake. Students doing better than average in juniors are not being encouraged to continue to do great and those below average are not getting the right approach, the teachers need training, the headteacher needs to update her style of education in a more coherent way to 2016! I am sorry to say that although my children and my relatives' children have attended this school, it is not what it used to be and new parents need more information and maybe the opportunity to share experiences with current parents to be able to make the right choice. Someone recently said to me that this school is ok for stright line children and I now wonder where are those children, straight line children do not exist, each child has his/her own personality behaviour and way of growing therefore a school only good for children who are described as straight line children cannot be good either. I hope the school has access to this post and instead of ignoring the current issues by claiming to be so good, work harder on going back to being a good or at least an average good school in bromley. thanks.
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