Headteacher of Watford Grammar School for Boys, Martin Post, said he enjoyed every day

Watford Observer: Headteacher of Watford Grammar School for Boys, Martin Post, said he enjoyed every day Headteacher of Watford Grammar School for Boys, Martin Post, said he enjoyed every day

Headteacher of Watford Grammar School for Boys, Martin Post, leaves on Friday after 20 years at the school.

Under his management the school has had successive outstanding Ofsted inspections and has consistently appeared in the Financial Times Top 100 Schools.

Mr Post, a former student and headboy at the school during the 70s, said he has enjoyed every single day.

He said: "It's been an absolute joy to come into a school with fantastic teachers, committed students - it hasn't seemed like work at all.

"The school always was outstanding, but it was good to have that recognised in the inspections.

"It has been great to be involved in the major site developments here, such as The Clarendon Muse, the award-winning home of our music department.

"I am always proud of the success of our students. I think our achievements are the achievements of lots of people working together."

Mr Post will be taking up a position as one of eight Regional Schools Commissioners (RSCs) by the Department for Education with responsibility for overseeing the growth of academies in North West London and South Central region and will monitor their performance.

He said the constantly changing educational environment has presented the biggest challenge of his years in teaching, but added this had always presented opportunities.

He said: "Every job has it's struggles, you learn to deal with them.

"We have also had to be increasingly inventive with our finances over time.

"If you do your job properly, the best years of the school are in front of it."

About the educational landscape of Watford, Mr Post said the town's schools are the envy of the country.

He said: "It is hard to find another part of the country with such tremendous schools.

"They are supportive  of each other, they have great school leaders - it's really impressive."

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4:55am Thu 17 Jul 14

bishopofwatford says...

Well i am sure he did enjoy playing the role of a "minor public school head" . I spent all my secondary schooling at the school , not under
Martin's stewardship, and i can say that whilst the standard of teaching was varied to say the least , the ethos was definitely one of superiority compared with other local educational establishments. They used a system based on the 11 plus as selection criteria together with interview.
In those days i would say no more than 5% of the pupils came from outside the locality. I am sure that figure is nowhere near that today.why does a watford school educate so many from Harrow area? I thought they had at least one quite reasonable school there!
I am glad he enjoyed every day there and hope he has a long contract at his next position because if it relies on the tories being either in power or coalition then he will have rather a rude awakening next June !
Well i am sure he did enjoy playing the role of a "minor public school head" . I spent all my secondary schooling at the school , not under Martin's stewardship, and i can say that whilst the standard of teaching was varied to say the least , the ethos was definitely one of superiority compared with other local educational establishments. They used a system based on the 11 plus as selection criteria together with interview. In those days i would say no more than 5% of the pupils came from outside the locality. I am sure that figure is nowhere near that today.why does a watford school educate so many from Harrow area? I thought they had at least one quite reasonable school there! I am glad he enjoyed every day there and hope he has a long contract at his next position because if it relies on the tories being either in power or coalition then he will have rather a rude awakening next June ! bishopofwatford
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9:41am Fri 18 Jul 14

andyhorn says...

bishopofwatford wrote:
Well i am sure he did enjoy playing the role of a "minor public school head" . I spent all my secondary schooling at the school , not under
Martin's stewardship, and i can say that whilst the standard of teaching was varied to say the least , the ethos was definitely one of superiority compared with other local educational establishments. They used a system based on the 11 plus as selection criteria together with interview.
In those days i would say no more than 5% of the pupils came from outside the locality. I am sure that figure is nowhere near that today.why does a watford school educate so many from Harrow area? I thought they had at least one quite reasonable school there!
I am glad he enjoyed every day there and hope he has a long contract at his next position because if it relies on the tories being either in power or coalition then he will have rather a rude awakening next June !
jealous much?
[quote][p][bold]bishopofwatford[/bold] wrote: Well i am sure he did enjoy playing the role of a "minor public school head" . I spent all my secondary schooling at the school , not under Martin's stewardship, and i can say that whilst the standard of teaching was varied to say the least , the ethos was definitely one of superiority compared with other local educational establishments. They used a system based on the 11 plus as selection criteria together with interview. In those days i would say no more than 5% of the pupils came from outside the locality. I am sure that figure is nowhere near that today.why does a watford school educate so many from Harrow area? I thought they had at least one quite reasonable school there! I am glad he enjoyed every day there and hope he has a long contract at his next position because if it relies on the tories being either in power or coalition then he will have rather a rude awakening next June ![/p][/quote]jealous much? andyhorn
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11:50am Fri 18 Jul 14

bishopofwatford says...

andyhorn wrote:
bishopofwatford wrote:
Well i am sure he did enjoy playing the role of a "minor public school head" . I spent all my secondary schooling at the school , not under
Martin's stewardship, and i can say that whilst the standard of teaching was varied to say the least , the ethos was definitely one of superiority compared with other local educational establishments. They used a system based on the 11 plus as selection criteria together with interview.
In those days i would say no more than 5% of the pupils came from outside the locality. I am sure that figure is nowhere near that today.why does a watford school educate so many from Harrow area? I thought they had at least one quite reasonable school there!
I am glad he enjoyed every day there and hope he has a long contract at his next position because if it relies on the tories being either in power or coalition then he will have rather a rude awakening next June !
jealous much?
What jealous of working for a quango .....no chance , I wish him well and that the school goes back to educating watford pupils not allcomers!
[quote][p][bold]andyhorn[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bishopofwatford[/bold] wrote: Well i am sure he did enjoy playing the role of a "minor public school head" . I spent all my secondary schooling at the school , not under Martin's stewardship, and i can say that whilst the standard of teaching was varied to say the least , the ethos was definitely one of superiority compared with other local educational establishments. They used a system based on the 11 plus as selection criteria together with interview. In those days i would say no more than 5% of the pupils came from outside the locality. I am sure that figure is nowhere near that today.why does a watford school educate so many from Harrow area? I thought they had at least one quite reasonable school there! I am glad he enjoyed every day there and hope he has a long contract at his next position because if it relies on the tories being either in power or coalition then he will have rather a rude awakening next June ![/p][/quote]jealous much?[/p][/quote]What jealous of working for a quango .....no chance , I wish him well and that the school goes back to educating watford pupils not allcomers! bishopofwatford
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10:42pm Mon 21 Jul 14

DanielRose says...

I was at the shchool between the years of 2004-2011 and yeah he was great... Unless you were sort of smart and sort of got in trouble like me. Middle grade students were just left to fester under his management. It's a shame, I wanted to go in and speak with him about the self esteem issues that school and mainly his management of it gave me. Oh well just another "middle grade" human made by an "outstanding" school. I remember when a teacher named Mr. Corbridge sent me out of a lesson for challenging him on why he wouldn't teach us about homosexuality (I later found out that this was due to his religious beliefs) and Mr. Post had the audacity to stand by him. As if there wasn't already an odd attitude towards homosexuality within an all boys school he decided to stand by an intolerable level of intolerance. As I say, if you were great, he loved you and if you were a really troublesome student he spent time on you (until he pushes you out after you've flunked your GCSE's) but I felt like a ghost in the eyes of that school and it all came down to him. Either way, yay, he's leaving. Hopefully the reign he left behind will be picked up and changed by one of the truly fantastic teachers in the school who doesn't just care about getting their school into the Financial Times year after year.
I was at the shchool between the years of 2004-2011 and yeah he was great... Unless you were sort of smart and sort of got in trouble like me. Middle grade students were just left to fester under his management. It's a shame, I wanted to go in and speak with him about the self esteem issues that school and mainly his management of it gave me. Oh well just another "middle grade" human made by an "outstanding" school. I remember when a teacher named Mr. Corbridge sent me out of a lesson for challenging him on why he wouldn't teach us about homosexuality (I later found out that this was due to his religious beliefs) and Mr. Post had the audacity to stand by him. As if there wasn't already an odd attitude towards homosexuality within an all boys school he decided to stand by an intolerable level of intolerance. As I say, if you were great, he loved you and if you were a really troublesome student he spent time on you (until he pushes you out after you've flunked your GCSE's) but I felt like a ghost in the eyes of that school and it all came down to him. Either way, yay, he's leaving. Hopefully the reign he left behind will be picked up and changed by one of the truly fantastic teachers in the school who doesn't just care about getting their school into the Financial Times year after year. DanielRose
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11:37pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Playa says...

I went to this school but am ashamed to say that this school is no longer fit for purpose as it no loner meets the needs of Watford residents. It meets the needs of those in Harrow or surrounding areas, those just moved into Watford and those fraudsters who pretend to live at certain addresses. The school knows this but doesn't care as it wants grades, grades, grades.

This school has always discriminated against people from West Watford but it would rather take in every single Indian from wherever it can.
I went to this school but am ashamed to say that this school is no longer fit for purpose as it no loner meets the needs of Watford residents. It meets the needs of those in Harrow or surrounding areas, those just moved into Watford and those fraudsters who pretend to live at certain addresses. The school knows this but doesn't care as it wants grades, grades, grades. This school has always discriminated against people from West Watford but it would rather take in every single Indian from wherever it can. Playa
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12:47am Tue 22 Jul 14

bishopofwatford says...

Playa wrote:
I went to this school but am ashamed to say that this school is no longer fit for purpose as it no loner meets the needs of Watford residents. It meets the needs of those in Harrow or surrounding areas, those just moved into Watford and those fraudsters who pretend to live at certain addresses. The school knows this but doesn't care as it wants grades, grades, grades.

This school has always discriminated against people from West Watford but it would rather take in every single Indian from wherever it can.
Very illuminating to hear from two more recent old boys than myself.it really doesnt seem to have changed much.we are blessed with having two boys both thankfully passed thro secondary and tertiary education . We looked,and went to about six open days,at all the schools when choosing a secondary educator.

The WBGS experience was truly memorable , we were given an intro two by a new first year and a sixthformer. Whist waiting outside one classroom we were astounded when a bald ,leather waist coated man stormed out of the classroom in a complete state of utter fury shouting something about what the &&&&& have you done. ,that was 2 hours work
ruined. Apparently our younger guide had accidentally leant on a button that cut the power to the room and hence equipment contained within.the teacher stormed off cursing, leaving the eleven year old close to tears and the sixth former to apologise for the teachers behaviour.

Later on in the hall we were chatting with the then head (not post), when blow me down the peace was shattered by some shouting fire,fire! Yes ,you have guessed it ....the same bald panicker this time somehow his waste paper basket had caught fire.you could not make this up!

Needless to say we decided quite rightly that the atmosphere portrayed on that visit reinforced my views that WBGS was most definitely NOT for our boys!

They both attended Rickmansworth School , a fr more civilised and civilising experienced education.COYH.
[quote][p][bold]Playa[/bold] wrote: I went to this school but am ashamed to say that this school is no longer fit for purpose as it no loner meets the needs of Watford residents. It meets the needs of those in Harrow or surrounding areas, those just moved into Watford and those fraudsters who pretend to live at certain addresses. The school knows this but doesn't care as it wants grades, grades, grades. This school has always discriminated against people from West Watford but it would rather take in every single Indian from wherever it can.[/p][/quote]Very illuminating to hear from two more recent old boys than myself.it really doesnt seem to have changed much.we are blessed with having two boys both thankfully passed thro secondary and tertiary education . We looked,and went to about six open days,at all the schools when choosing a secondary educator. The WBGS experience was truly memorable , we were given an intro two by a new first year and a sixthformer. Whist waiting outside one classroom we were astounded when a bald ,leather waist coated man stormed out of the classroom in a complete state of utter fury shouting something about what the &&&&& have you done. ,that was 2 hours work ruined. Apparently our younger guide had accidentally leant on a button that cut the power to the room and hence equipment contained within.the teacher stormed off cursing, leaving the eleven year old close to tears and the sixth former to apologise for the teachers behaviour. Later on in the hall we were chatting with the then head (not post), when blow me down the peace was shattered by some shouting fire,fire! Yes ,you have guessed it ....the same bald panicker this time somehow his waste paper basket had caught fire.you could not make this up! Needless to say we decided quite rightly that the atmosphere portrayed on that visit reinforced my views that WBGS was most definitely NOT for our boys! They both attended Rickmansworth School , a fr more civilised and civilising experienced education.COYH. bishopofwatford
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