|Name||Harris Primary Academy Haling Park|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Inspection Date||07 June 2017|
|Address||50-58 Haling Road, Croydon, Surrey, CR2 6HS|
|Number of Pupils||323 (47% boys 53% girls)|
|Academy Sponsor||Harris Federation|
|Percentage Free School Meals||29.1%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||10.6%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
The school opened in September 2014 in new, purpose-built premises. It has been building up year by year since it opened and at present is smaller than the average-sized primary school. There are currently three year groups, from Reception to Year 2, each with two classes. The school is a sponsor-led academy, and part of the Harris Federation. The school’s governing body is managed by the federation’s board of trustees. There is no provision for two- or three-year-olds. Children in the Reception classes attend full time. The proportion of pupils who are eligible for pupil premium funding is lower than average. Most pupils are from a wide range of minority ethnic heritages. An independent company runs the breakfast club and after-school care provision, and these are inspected separately. The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. The school complies with Department for Education guidance on what academies should publish.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an outstanding school Leaders and governors work in highly effective partnership with the Harris Federation to develop this growing school successfully. The school has got off to a confident and assured start because leaders are experienced and know what excellence looks like. Leaders promote outstanding teaching. Leaders at all levels check the quality of the teaching carefully and provide valuable advice and career guidance. Leaders and governors have an excellent impact on pupils’ outcomes, ensuring that no group falls behind and that all pupils learn and progress extremely well. The curriculum offers an inviting programme of activities for pupils, both in the classroom and in the wide range of stimulating clubs, trips and visits. Leaders and teachers plan the curriculum extremely well. Pupils are excited about what they are learning and quickly gain a wide range of skills. The quality of teaching is outstanding. Adults have the highest expectations of what pupils can achieve. They provide challenging tasks and activities. Pupils rise to the challenge and do their best. Adults set thought-provoking tasks for pupils, with a strong appeal to their imagination. Pupils learn reading, writing and mathematics to a high standard. However, even when pupils write sophisticated sentences, their spelling skills are not as well developed. Adults have not devised robust enough strategies to help pupils to spell correctly. Pupils’ behaviour in lessons and when moving around the school is exemplary. Pupils respect those of all faiths and heritages. Pupils are considerate towards others and get on extremely well together. The school keeps pupils safe and teaches them how to stay safe when in school and when out and about. In this safe and nurturing environment, pupils make excellent progress in their learning. Outcomes are outstanding. Children leaving the Reception classes do much better than is typical for their age. Year 1 pupils do better in the phonics screening check than pupils nationally. There are no differences in the attainment of different groups. Children in the Reception classes develop strong language, number and social skills in a supportive and exciting environment.