Ofsted praise for Harris School after being placed in special measures

Harris School, Harris Drive, Rugby - ( Head Teacher) Martyn Rice.
Harris School, Harris Drive, Rugby - ( Head Teacher) Martyn Rice.

A school that was put into special measures by education inspectors has been praised in an Ofsted report.

It has found that teaching staff at Harris School have taken positive steps since its weaknesses were highlighted earlier this year.

The problems were flagged up after an inspection at the Harris Drive school in March.

Headteacher Steve Dobson stepped down in April.

The first report said the achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, leadership and management were all inadequate.

The only area of the school that wasn’t classed as inadequate was the behaviour and safety of pupils.

Associate headteacher Martyn Rice said behaviour and work ethic has been improved.

“We are already seeing improvements in a number of areas,” said Mr Rice.

“Staff are hard-working, children very friendly and polite. There is a good sense of belonging here, which is nice.”

He added pupils are positive and enthusiastic.

“You’ll always get the exception,” he said.

“We are now fully staffed. We are giving extra time to maths, English and science.”

Exam results are also on the up.

Mr Rice added: “We are pleased with the positive changes and the work is ongoing.”

St Oswald’s Primary School has been told more needs to be done to improve on their last Ofsted inspection.

The Addison Road school was judged as requiring improvement following a report in May.

Inspectors visited the school on September 9 to monitor progress.

Headteacher Hilary Lorimer said the inspectors noted that “senior leaders and governors are taking incisive and urgent action to tackle areas requiring improvement”.

She added: “We are working very hard this term to ensure that all teachers receive and implement training that will directly impact on children making progress in the core areas of reading, writing and maths.

“Our governing body has undergone significant change with several new governors being appointed. The governors take an active role monitoring our progress and challenging our thinking, whilst providing substantial support. We look forward to welcoming their return visit in December when we will be able to show progress in the children’s learning.”