In 2012 Ofsted launched a new School Data Dashboard which will provide a snapshot of school performance at Key Stages 1 and 2 and can be used by parents, school governors and by members of the public to check the performance of the school in which they are interested.
The Dashboard complements the Ofsted school Inspection Report by providing an analysis of school performance over a three-year period.
The School Data Dashboard is available from Ofsted via —
Harwell School Ofsted Report May 2017
Letter to parents/carers 26th June 2017
Dear Parents and Carers,
Publication of Ofsted inspection report
As you will know, on May 23rd and 24th we were subject to an Ofsted inspection. We’d like to thank the many parents who passed us messages of support – both during and following the inspection.
We can now share with you the report produced by Ofsted. Ofsted have judged the school as ‘Good‘ – both overall and in all areas:
|Effectiveness of leadership and management||Good|
|Quality of teaching, learning and assessment||Good|
|Personal development, behaviour and welfare||Good|
|Outcomes for pupils||Good|
|Early years provision||Good|
As you might imagine, we are pleased with the inspection outcome. Ofsted inspectors identified significant and rapid improvements since our last inspection and their report highlights so many positive aspects to our school. There is clearly much for staff, pupils, governors, parents and all others involved with the school community to be proud of.
In particular we’re pleased that Ofsted noted the commitment of the leadership team (which includes the Governors, Head and Senior Leadership Team) to a ‘shared ambition that all pupils receive a high quality education’. They also recognised the hard work that the staff and governors have undertaken to improve the educational outcomes for all children so that:
- pupils are making at least good progress from their starting points;
- most pupils, including disadvantaged pupils, make rapid progress in reading from their starting points;
- pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities are supported effectively. Skilled staff ensure that this group of pupils achieve well.
Ofsted also recognised the strong ethos that we work hard to foster within the school. ‘Pupils behave and cooperate with each other well. This reflects the school’s strong values and the inclusive ethos that underpins pupils’ good spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.’
Obviously we will keep challenging ourselves and pupils to make even greater progress. Within the context of their ‘Good’ judgement Ofsted have helpfully identified some areas on which to focus:
- ensuring we always intervene where pupils may have not understood, and
- ensuring the same high expectations for the quality of work produced by our pupils in English, mathematics and science are reflected in other cross-curricular work.
Governors will be working closely with staff to ensure these recommendations are included within the strategic plans for the school. The report identified leaders’ strategic planning as a strength which has secured rapid improvement; therefore you will not be surprised to know that the leadership team are already pushing forward with plans for governors to discuss further at their next meeting in July.
I’m sure you will join us in congratulating all the staff of the school on the inspection outcome and thanking them for their ongoing commitment to ensuring we provide the best education we can for all our pupils.
Bryn Gibson Liz Waters
Headteacher Chair of Governors