This is an outstanding school The executive principal, leaders and governors have ensured that pupils make rapid, sustained progress as a result of effective teaching in the first stage of development of this growing school. The youngest children rapidly learn to make the most of the excellent provision in the early years. They develop exemplary attitudes to learning and are well prepared for the high expectations the school has of them in Year 1.
Teachers provide skilful and lively explanations of new learning which most pupils of all abilities find easy to understand. They challenge the thinking of the most able pupils by asking effective questions. On occasion, some... teachers do not pick up swiftly on the misconceptions of a few less able pupils.
Pupils demonstrate exemplary behaviour in and out of lessons. They make outstanding progress in developing the values of cooperation and respect for one another's opinions. Leaders ensure that additional funding for disadvantaged pupils is sharply focused on ensuring equality of opportunity for all.
As a result, these pupils make sustained and substantial progress. The curriculum has been developed thoughtfully to ensure that pupils are well prepared for their future lives. Pupils' progress across a wide range of subjects is excellent.
Safeguarding is effective. Leaders and governors make robust checks to ensure that all staff understand statutory guidance and the school's policies. Governors and the federation of which the school is a member challenge leaders rigorously from a very well-informed position.
They ensure that leaders maintain a long-term strategy for sustaining the excellent start the school has made.
Information about this school
Harris Primary Academy Shortlands opened in 2014. It moved to new purpose-built accommodation in September 2016.
There are currently two classes in each year group up to Year 2. Pupils attend the two Reception Year classes on a full-time basis. The school is much smaller than the average-sized primary school.
The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is higher than average. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is much lower than average. The proportion of pupils entitled to the pupil premium is also much lower than average.
The local governing body is managed by the Harris Federation. 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.