Harris Primary Academy highly praised by Ofsted

Harris Chafford

STAFF and pupils at Harris Primary Academy Chafford Hundred are celebrating after receiving the outcome of a short Ofsted inspection. Ofsted’s report recognises the progress made by the academy since its last inspection and suggests that it is ‘improving towards becoming Outstanding’.

Under the new Ofsted inspection format, academies which were judged ‘Good’ at their last inspection receive a one day short inspection. Whilst a school cannot move from its ‘Good’ grade following a short inspection, inspectors can indicate whether or not an academy is moving towards an ‘Outstanding’ grade. Ofsted recommended a revisit to the primary academy for a full inspection within two years because of the positive improvements they found.

Inspectors praised the high quality learning and teaching that they saw during their day at the academy and remarked that ‘areas of improvement from the previous inspection have been effectively tackled’. The academy’s broad curriculum was seen as a strength, as was the quality of its leadership, its safeguarding measures and pupils’ behaviour and wellbeing.

The report found that:

‘Teaching and the curriculum are delivered to a consistently high standard’;
‘The highly stimulating learning environment supports a broad and exciting curriculum’;
‘Pupils have very positive attitudes towards learning. Their eagerness to learn and ask questions begins in the early years and continues as they progress through the school’;
‘Children learn in well-resourced classes and are interested in their learning because they are provided with interesting and stimulating activities that are well matched to their needs’;
‘Pupils said they feel safe at school and that there are adults who listen to them and support them if required.’

Matt Britt, Executive Principal of Harris Primary Academy Chafford Hundred, said:

“I am proud to lead this academy. We have great governors, senior leaders, a dedicated and hard-working staff team and above all fantastic pupils. We are so pleased that our pupils’ achievements and behaviour were recognised as being exceptional.

“Ofsted’s recommendation that we should be re-inspected because the quality of our education was felt to be moving towards ‘Outstanding’ is really fantastic.”

Rachel Rai, Vice Principal of Harris Primary Academy Chafford Hundred, said:

“I am particularly pleased as this Ofsted report came in the same fortnight that Harris Primary Academy Chafford Hundred also received an award from SSAT as our results for pupils at Key Stage 2 placed us in the top 10% of schools nationally in 2017. We are delighted that our academy is going from strength to strength.”

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