Thurrock primary school gets thumbs up from Ofsted

Thurrock primary school gets thumbs up from Ofsted

Thurrock primary school gets thumbs up from Ofsted

First published in News Thurrock Gazette: Matt Abbott by , Chief Reporter

THE Harris Primary Academy has been judged "good" by Ofsted...just under two years after it opened.

The primary school, which neighbours the "outstanding" Harris Academy Chafford Hundred secondary school in Mayflower Road, was visited by inspectors at the start of May.

Just weeks after opening in late 2012, the school was deemed to "require improvement" - or "satisfactory" under Ofsted's old framework.

But inspectors now say that a "significant proportion of the teaching is outstanding", though some teachers still "require improvement".

Among their key findings were:

*Pupils make increasingly good progress.

*Pupils enjoy school, are enthusiastic about learning and feel very safe.

*Behaviour and attitudes to learning are good.

*School leaders are supported well by the academy federation, Harris, a not-for-profit charity that looks after 27 primary and secondary academies in London and the South East.

The report also found that the 25 per cent of pupils who speak English as an additional language as the school make "good progress in extending their understanding".

Inspectors also noted, however, that pupils do not study subjects other than English and Maths thoroughly enough.

Matt Britt, the school's executive principal - described by Ofsted 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."

 

 

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8:08am Thu 29 May 14

E.C.M. says...

“Inspectors also noted, however, that pupils do not study subjects other than English and Maths thoroughly enough”.

Why on earth do they need to? SATs only focus on these two subjects and the Exam Factory next door will be rubbing its hands together with relish, in expectation that indoctrinated robotic clones are on the conveyor belt, primed to add to the 5 A*-C GCSE league tables in years to come!

It’s scandalous, schools have five eights of nothing to do with ‘education’ today!
“Inspectors also noted, however, that pupils do not study subjects other than English and Maths thoroughly enough”. Why on earth do they need to? SATs only focus on these two subjects and the Exam Factory next door will be rubbing its hands together with relish, in expectation that indoctrinated robotic clones are on the conveyor belt, primed to add to the 5 A*-C GCSE league tables in years to come! It’s scandalous, schools have five eights of nothing to do with ‘education’ today! E.C.M.
  • Score: -2

8:42am Thu 29 May 14

d_2da_ougle says...

5 a's sound good to me
5 a's sound good to me d_2da_ougle
  • Score: 4

9:59am Thu 29 May 14

E.C.M. says...

d_2da_ougle wrote:
5 a's sound good to me
‘Qualifications’ alone are no guarantee of future success!
[quote][p][bold]d_2da_ougle[/bold] wrote: 5 a's sound good to me[/p][/quote]‘Qualifications’ alone are no guarantee of future success! E.C.M.
  • Score: -3

10:03am Thu 29 May 14

Xcxccvc says...

ECM.... They are damned if they do and damned if they don't!
The report shows that for the first time in a long period this is now a Good school. You surely can find it in you to acknowledge the huge amount of good in the report and yet you only quote the area for improvement?!

If all Thurrock schools can achieve a good grading and deliver the key basics effectively like this for our children then we could all I am sure, live with a common development need to develop a broader primary curriculum.
ECM.... They are damned if they do and damned if they don't! The report shows that for the first time in a long period this is now a Good school. You surely can find it in you to acknowledge the huge amount of good in the report and yet you only quote the area for improvement?! If all Thurrock schools can achieve a good grading and deliver the key basics effectively like this for our children then we could all I am sure, live with a common development need to develop a broader primary curriculum. Xcxccvc
  • Score: 5

10:43am Thu 29 May 14

Jack222 says...

Who believes OFTSED anyway? It's a lottery, not least as they dont see all teachers teaching.

Save zillions - abolish OFSTED. All it cares about is whether the school has filled in all its zillions of OFSTED forms. You can even make up the evidence and they cant tell!
Who believes OFTSED anyway? It's a lottery, not least as they dont see all teachers teaching. Save zillions - abolish OFSTED. All it cares about is whether the school has filled in all its zillions of OFSTED forms. You can even make up the evidence and they cant tell! Jack222
  • Score: 2

10:54am Thu 29 May 14

E.C.M. says...

Xcxccvc wrote:
ECM.... They are damned if they do and damned if they don't! The report shows that for the first time in a long period this is now a Good school. You surely can find it in you to acknowledge the huge amount of good in the report and yet you only quote the area for improvement?! If all Thurrock schools can achieve a good grading and deliver the key basics effectively like this for our children then we could all I am sure, live with a common development need to develop a broader primary curriculum.
A 'Good' school? What is a 'Good' school?

What is the point of school?

"Deliver the key basics effectively"...what are these then my friend?
[quote][p][bold]Xcxccvc[/bold] wrote: ECM.... They are damned if they do and damned if they don't! The report shows that for the first time in a long period this is now a Good school. You surely can find it in you to acknowledge the huge amount of good in the report and yet you only quote the area for improvement?! If all Thurrock schools can achieve a good grading and deliver the key basics effectively like this for our children then we could all I am sure, live with a common development need to develop a broader primary curriculum.[/p][/quote]A 'Good' school? What is a 'Good' school? What is the point of school? "Deliver the key basics effectively"...what are these then my friend? E.C.M.
  • Score: -3

5:04pm Thu 29 May 14

Xcxccvc says...

Good is clearly defined in this report.
As a parent I believe it means my kids have fun, learn to grow, read and write whilst also staying safe.
Good is clearly defined in this report. As a parent I believe it means my kids have fun, learn to grow, read and write whilst also staying safe. Xcxccvc
  • Score: 2

6:17pm Thu 29 May 14

E.C.M. says...

Xcxccvc wrote:
Good is clearly defined in this report. As a parent I believe it means my kids have fun, learn to grow, read and write whilst also staying safe.
Ofsted's 'Good' is very different from the definition of the majority of parents or carers!

The features you describe are all admirable and should be the prerequisite of any school.

Alas, if data doesn’t reveal any academic progress and SATs or GCSE performance is deemed unsatisfactory, irrespective of the contextual variables, the ‘necessities’ you describe (with which I totally agree), sadly, will become obsolete, along with Sports Days, extra-curricular activities and school trips etc.

Education, education, education, has scandalously been replaced by qualifications, qualifications, qualifications! The criteria that used to make good schools is invariably surplus to requirements today, unless of course they make a direct impact on ‘results’!
[quote][p][bold]Xcxccvc[/bold] wrote: Good is clearly defined in this report. As a parent I believe it means my kids have fun, learn to grow, read and write whilst also staying safe.[/p][/quote]Ofsted's 'Good' is very different from the definition of the majority of parents or carers! The features you describe are all admirable and should be the prerequisite of any school. Alas, if data doesn’t reveal any academic progress and SATs or GCSE performance is deemed unsatisfactory, irrespective of the contextual variables, the ‘necessities’ you describe (with which I totally agree), sadly, will become obsolete, along with Sports Days, extra-curricular activities and school trips etc. Education, education, education, has scandalously been replaced by qualifications, qualifications, qualifications! The criteria that used to make good schools is invariably surplus to requirements today, unless of course they make a direct impact on ‘results’! E.C.M.
  • Score: -1

12:56am Fri 30 May 14

d_2da_ougle says...

5 gcses sound good to me the best you can get no need to knock the kids for learning lots of posotives to be had well done school
5 gcses sound good to me the best you can get no need to knock the kids for learning lots of posotives to be had well done school d_2da_ougle
  • Score: 1

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