Harris Primary Academy Chafford Hundred rated good by Ofsted
Harris Primary Academy Chafford Hundred has been rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted.
The school, which opened as an Academy in 2012, was judged to be a Good school overall and in every individual category inspected: achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of pupils, and leadership and management.
It was previously inspected by Ofsted during its first term as an Academy in late 2012 – when inspectors rated the school as ‘Requires Improvement’ or grade 3. This was the same result the predecessor school had received two years earlier (known as ‘Satisfactory’ under the old Ofsted framework).
Inspectors, who spent two days at Harris Primary Academy Chafford Hundred earlier this month, said in their report:
“A significant proportion” of teaching is outstanding.
“The behaviour of pupils is good. Pupils display positive attitudes, particularly when work is challenging, and their enthusiasm for learning contributes strongly to their good progress.”
“Disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs are supported well and make progress that compares favourably with other schools. The school constantly reviews provision to ensure that these pupils learn rapidly.”
The school’s leadership was also praised by inspectors, who said “although current leaders are relatively new, they have already had a significant positive impact on teaching and achievement, and know what needs to be done to secure further improvements”.
The report recognised the Harris Federation which it said “has taken decisive action, as necessary, in order to secure improvements. It has provided extensive professional support and current leaders are able to draw upon an array of expertise in order to secure improvements”.
Executive Principal Matt Britt, who was described by inspectors as having “brought energy, resilience and a strong track record to the role”, said:
“We are delighted that Ofsted has recognised these improvements and are now busy planning to further improve the Academy so that we become outstanding.
“I want to thank parents and the Chafford community for believing in us, and in particular my staff and pupils. They are motivated, hardworking and share a love of learning. I am proud to be responsible for such a wonderful Academy and look forward to sharing many more successes with you in future."
Sir Dan Moynihan, Chief Executive of the Harris Federation, said:
“Congratulations to Mr Britt, pupils and staff on what is a very encouraging report. I know that everyone at the Academy is keen to improve further and that, along with the new Harris Primary Academy Mayflower which opens in Chafford later this year, it will offer an excellent education to many future generations of local families.”Read More