Harris Primary School

Name Harris Primary School
Website http://www.harris.lancs.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 10 January 2012
Address Wychnor, Fulwood, Preston, Lancashire, PR2 7EE
Phone Number 01772864135
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 216 (55% boys 45% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 24.2
Local Authority Lancashire
Percentage Free School Meals 6.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 13%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE

Information about the school

Harris Primary is smaller than the average sized primary school. Most pupils are from White British heritage. The number of pupils from minority ethnic groups is low as is the proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is below average. The percentage of pupils with a disability and special educational needs and supported at School Action is low, while the percentage of those supported at School Action Plus and with a statement of special educational needs is below average. Awards received include Healthy Schools and Basic Skills Quality Mark. The school meets the government’s current floor standards. The headteacher was associate headteacher at a neighbouring school from November 2010 to July 2011. At the time of the inspection the deputy headteacher was on long-term sickness absence and two teachers were covering this role; two teachers were new to their year groups and a new teacher joined the school in January 2012. There is a before- and after-school club which is not managed by the governing body and is subject to a separate inspection. Inspection grades: 1 is outstanding, 2 is good, 3 is satisfactory and 4 is inadequate Please turn to the glossary for a description of the grades and inspection terms

Key Findings

This is a good school. Almost all parents feel that their children are safe and looked after well. Pupils are happy to come to school because they enjoy the activities and experiences it provides. Attendance is high. Staff and governors are proud of Harris and have high ambitions to further improve provision. The well-organised, attractive and welcoming atmosphere supports a calm, cohesive community in which pupils work and play together cheerfully. Pupils’ achievement is good because teachers use assessment information to plan relevant activities that meet the needs of most pupils. Regular marking affirms pupils’ efforts and praises their successes. In some instances teachers give pupils clear guidance on the next steps they need to take to improve their work and an opportunity to respond to the comments they have made which further challenges pupils’ thinking. However, this practice is not consistent throughout the school. Most pupils say that they feel safe, that behaviour is good in school and in lessons. On the rare occasions that bullying occurs most pupils say it is dealt with very well. Excellent relationships with adults in school enable pupils to confidently seek help if they have any concerns. Over the time pupils are at the school they develop qualities that will support them as they move on to their next stage of education and prepare them to become good citizens. Pupils know right from wrong and consider that they ‘look out for one another’. The headteacher, ably assisted by the two acting deputy headteachers, knows the strengths of the school and has identified areas which need to be developed. There is a wealth of information on the achievement of pupils and this is used to check their progress. However, this information is not used sharply enough to identify the precise next steps necessary for pupils to make more rapid and sustained progress.