Harwell School Ofsted Report April 2013
17th May 2013
The Ofsted inspection report has now been published.
The report has concluded that, for the areas of school activity with which Ofsted is concerned, the school falls into the ‘requires improvement’ category (formerly known as satisfactory).
Before looking at the areas for improvement, we should take a moment to consider the positive aspects of the school the inspectors found. These include how effectively we promote a love of reading throughout the school, how well we look after our pupils and the fact that they leave the school as confident young people.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those parents who spoke so positively to the inspectors about the school. They were impressed and told me that they had never had such a positive response. I would also like to praise our children for the very positive way in which they always conduct themselves.
However, the report does highlight areas which Ofsted would like improved. I want to reassure parents and carers that we are taking the recommendations of the report seriously. The Governing Body have seen the report and are considering it in detail and we have started work with to address the points raised. An action plan is being developed with the Local Authority and our local partner schools and we will communicate developments to you as they arise. Some actions have already been taken to address issues concerning maths and we are working with an advisory teacher to improve our practice in this area and implementing our calculation policy, which was in draft form when the inspectors came. We have also looked closely at our marking protocol and have made some changes to this. In the meantime if you have questions or would like more information please do speak to a member of the Governing Body or myself.
We will also ensure that we don’t lose sight of the quality and breadth of experience we offer pupils at Harwell Community School and the fantastic things which our pupils and staff do – many of which are not measured by Ofsted. All the staff will continue to give children the best education we can and to maintain the happy environment which makes our children want to be here.