Harris Academy Battersea

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About Harris Academy Battersea

Name Harris Academy Battersea
Website http://www.harrisbattersea.org.uk/
Ofsted Inspections
Mr Peter Groves
Address 401 Battersea Park Road, London, SW11 5AP
Phone Number 02076220026
Phase Academy
Type Academy sponsor led
Age Range 11-19
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1031
Local Authority Wandsworth
Highlights from Latest Inspection


Harris Academy Battersea continues to be an outstanding school.

The head of this school is Charlie Comerford.

This school is part of the Harris Federation, which means other people in the trust also have responsibility for running the school. The trust is run by the chief executive officer, Daniel Moynihan, and overseen by a board of trustees, chaired by Lord Harris of Peckham. There is also an executive principal, Peter Groves, who is responsible for this school and one other.

What is it like to attend this school?

Leaders ensure that all pupils in the school can excel by providing an exceptionally high quality of education. This includes excellent support for pupils with... special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). This ensures all pupils achieve very highly.

Pupils work hard during lessons and contribute positively to the school community. They are articulate, kind and enthusiastic to learn. Leaders support pupils to have high aspirations for themselves.

Behaviour in the school is very strong. Pupils have extremely positive attitudes to learning during lessons. They contribute to a calm and purposeful atmosphere around the school site.

Staff know the pupils extremely well. This ensures all pupils are safe and happy in school.

Leaders make sure that pupils have regular and high-quality enrichment experiences.

Pupils can choose from a range of activities, including sports and music clubs, sewing and The Duke of Edinburgh's Award. Pupils can develop leadership skills by taking part in the school council and student working parties. In the sixth form, students are trained to be reading mentors for younger pupils.

Year 13 students also take the role of 'big brother or sister' for new students when they start Year 12.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

Leaders have developed a highly ambitious curriculum for all pupils. It is designed to build on knowledge over time progressively.

For example, in Year 8 history, pupils gain an understanding of the monarchy, parliament and democracy. In Year 9, pupils build on this understanding, learning about civil rights and how people had to strive for democratic rights.

Teachers consistently demonstrate strong subject knowledge.

They present information clearly during lessons. Leaders ensure all staff are highly skilled at making adaptions so that all pupils, including pupils with SEND, can access the curriculum successfully. Teachers are highly skilled at checking for, and addressing, misconceptions.

They assess pupils' understanding regularly and intervene swiftly if they require further support.

Teachers have high expectations of the work that pupils produce. Pupils meet these expectations with consistently high-quality work.

They can clearly articulate what they are learning and use subject-specific vocabulary confidently. Pupils are prepared well for the next stage of their education and move on to aspirational and well-suited destinations.

Staff swiftly identify pupils who may struggle to read.

They identify pupils' individual needs and put in place bespoke support quickly. This ensures pupils make rapid improvements in their fluency and confidence in reading. All pupils in the school read a range of fiction and non-fiction texts every day.

Authors make visits to the school and there are a range of strategies, competitions and rewards schemes to promote a love of reading. Leaders ensure that pupils with SEND receive strong support in their reading.

Systems to manage pupils' behaviour are clear and consistently applied.

The rewards system is extremely popular with pupils, who strive to be awarded positive points. Leaders make sure that pupils' attendance is high. They have robust procedures in place to enable pupils to attend regularly.

Leaders have planned a comprehensive personal development programme. They have carefully considered the pupils' needs in the school when designing the curriculum. This ensures pupils learn how to stay safe and healthy.

Leaders assess and closely monitor pupils' understanding of topics covered. They identify pupils who require extra support and have links with a wide range of external agencies to provide personalised support.

All pupils can attend a range of trips each year to develop their cultural experiences.

These include trips to the theatre, museums and a poetry competition. Leaders make sure that pupils with SEND are fully included in wider opportunities.

Pupils all access high-quality careers advice and guidance.

Leaders have built links with a range of employers to provide opportunities for pupils. A variety of external speakers come to the school to discuss future careers options. These include lawyers, civil servants and journalists.

Students in the sixth form receive bespoke guidance to support their future education and employment.

Leaders look after the health and welfare of staff. They are conscious of the pressures of workload and explore strategies to minimise this where possible.

The trust provides very strong support for leaders and staff to ensure that standards remain high.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.


When we have judged a school to be outstanding, we will then normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm that the school remains outstanding.

This is called an ungraded inspection, and it is carried out under section 8 of the Education Act 2005. We do not give graded judgements on an ungraded inspection. However, if we find evidence that a school would now receive a higher or lower grade, then the next inspection will be a graded inspection, which is carried out under section 5 of the Act.

Usually this is within one to two years of the date of the ungraded inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will deem the ungraded inspection a graded inspection immediately.

This is the first ungraded inspection since we judged the school to be outstanding in February 2018.

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