‘THRILLED’ staff at Harris Academy have celebrated the positive findings of a recent Ofsted monitoring visit.
Inspectors reported: “Leaders and those responsible for governance are taking effective action in order for the school to become a good school.”
They also highlighted the school’s ‘strong emphasis on developing staff’s expertise’, focused on ‘the planning and delivering of an effective curriculum’.
Other areas for praise included the Maths department and the school’s reading programme which includes teachers reading ‘well-chosen texts to pupils twice a week’ in form time.
The use of in-class and more formal assessment was also praised, highlighting when and where students were stuck and shaping lesson design and delivery and remarking that ‘leaders use this information well’.
Although a monitoring visit cannot result in a regrading for the school, which is currently ranked as ‘requires improvement’, Headteacher Roberta Harrison said she was ‘thrilled’ with the findings.
She said: “I look forward to Ofsted returning for a full inspection, when the progress that the school has made since 2018 can be formally recognised with a regrading.”