Harrold Primary Academy

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About Harrold Primary Academy

Name Harrold Primary Academy
Website http://www.harrold.beds.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspections
Head Teacher Ms Debonair Brown
Address The Green, Harrold, Bedford, MK43 7DB
Phone Number 01234720346
Phase Academy
Type Academy converter
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 116
Local Authority Bedford
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Most pupils are happy and say they feel safe at Harrold Primary Academy. They are polite and build positive relationships with each other and with staff. Pupils know that staff will help them with any of their worries or issues.

The school has high expectations of pupils' behaviour. Staff communicate these clearly. Established routines help pupils to settle quickly.

For example, pupils enter school happily, discussing the day ahead.

Pupils are expected to work hard, and they do. They enjoy learning and strive to show 'we are ready' in lessons.

Pupils achieve well in most subjects, including mathematics and reading. However, the curriculum is new and ...still being fully established. The school know there is further work on a few areas of the curriculum to ensure pupils achieve consistently as well as they should.

Pupils demonstrate the school values of being respectful, responsible, ready and resilient. They benefit from a wide range of extra opportunities. Additional educational visits help to bring their learning alive.

Pupils enjoy opportunities to nurture their talents, such as learning to play the drums. Extra-curricular clubs, including computing, cooking and reading, are well attended.

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

The school has carefully managed a recent period of staff turbulence.

Trust leaders have supported leaders and new staff to ensure that pupils' learning and safety were prioritised and maintained during this time.

The school have an accurate understanding of strengths and areas for development. The curriculum is currently in a transition phase where some areas are more effective than others.

Leaders are in the process of implementing a curriculum that is fit for the school. They have enjoyed early success, grouping and teaching pupils new ideas in a logical order. However, in a few areas, staff are still being trained to teach and assess the curriculum as well as they do in subjects such as, for example, mathematics.

Where this is the case, new knowledge is not taught as well, and pupils do not achieve as well as they should.

The school has prioritised the teaching of reading. The recently introduced phonics programme is well thought through.

Staff identify texts that enable pupils to improve their vocabulary. Children in Reception are getting off to a good start in their early reading. They confidently sound words out.

Previous phonics training has ensured staff have secure knowledge of how pupils learn to read. Where pupils struggle to read, appropriate and well-planned support is put in place to help pupils. This ensures that pupils become confident and fluent readers.

Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) learn well alongside their peers. Any barriers to learning are quickly identified. Staff are trained well to deliver specialist support.

The school ensures that pupils with SEND are included in all aspects of school life and access the same curriculum as everyone else.

Pupils behave well. There is a shared understanding of leaders' behaviour expectations.

Staff are swift to act when behaviour falls below these expectations. Staff develop routines and independence. This begins in the early years, for example, children in Reception thrive as they share happily in their welcoming, indoor environment.

Children are independent when selecting resources that help them to play and learn. Older pupils follow the school rules and try their best in all they do.

The school carefully considers pupils' personal development.

Pupils learn about relationships and equality. Pupils have developed a strong understanding of how to stay safe both on and offline. The school carefully consider the purpose of any wider opportunities, so it fits in with what pupils are learning, for example, the 'faith tour' is an integral part of ensuring pupils learn to become respectful of different cultures.

The school provides many opportunities for pupils to develop their resilience, such as the much-loved residential visits.

A small number of parents feel that communication is not as effective as it could be. While this is the case, many parents agree that the school is improving in this area.

The trust provides a balance of both support and challenge. It works closely with leaders to prioritise safeguarding and improving the quality of education.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• In some subjects, the curriculum is still in a transitional phase. Staff are still being trained in how to effectively implement a few areas of the curriculum. As a result, staff do not explain new concepts well enough.

Consequently, in these instances pupils do not achieve as well as they could. Leaders should ensure they continue to implement the new curriculum. This will ensure staff receive the training they need to effectively teach the curriculum content so all pupils achieve consistently well in all curriculum areas.

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