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School celebrates after glowing Ofsted report
10:00am Thursday 19th September 2013 in News
JUST as students, teachers, staff and governors at Andover’s Harrow Way Community School are all celebrating a recordbreaking academic year, news comes in that they excelled during their most recent Ofsted inspection.
Following the two-day visit in July, the school achieved ‘good’ in all areas with the behaviour and safety of students, their achievements, the quality of teaching and the school’s leadership and management praised by the inspectors.
Head teacher Mike Serridge said: “I am delighted that we have been validated as a good school under the extremely challenging new Ofsted framework, which was only introduced in September 2012.
“I felt the inspector clearly identified our many strong points along with the commitment of our staff and governors.
“This report is testament to the hard work of the students and staff, combined with the support we receive from parents and carers.”
The report praised Mr Serridge’s leadership, indicating ‘the head teacher has high expectations of the school which are shared with staff, students and parents.
“His aspirations for students permeate the school, and are shared by senior and middle leaders who support his commitment and vision.
These factors contribute considerably to the school’s strong capacity for further improvement.’ Under the rigorous new framework, the s c hool ’ s teaching was rated ‘good and improving with an incr easing proportion of lessons that are outstanding.’ Student behaviour was also singled out for praise with the inspector reporting ‘students behave well and their attitudes to learning are positive. They are courteous, polite and respectful to each other as well as to teachers and to visitors.’ The report also noted how very safe students feel at school, commenting: “Students say that bullying is rare and any incidents are dealt with quickly and effectively by staff.
“Relationships across the school are harmonious and supportive.”
Mike Serridge added: “This Ofsted inspection came at the end of an academic year which saw Harrow Way achieve its best-ever GCSE results.
“The report acknowledged that we are secure in understanding the school’s strengths and weaknesses to put in place well-focused plans for improvement.
“Like the inspectors I am confident that these plans will see Harrow Way continue to make significant progress and student experience and achievement.”
Harrow Way will be hosting an open evening on Tuesday, 24 September 2013, 6.30pm to 9.00pm for prospective families wishing to learn more about the school.
Open mornings will also be held on Wednesday 25 and Thursday, 26 September 9.15am to 10.30am.
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