Girls’ school awarded ‘Outstanding’ Oftsed rating

A girls’ secondary school in Beckenham is celebrating the new year after being awarded an ‘Outstanding’ rating in a recent Ofsted report.

Harris Girls’ Academy Bromley, located on Lennard Road, has made considerable progress since 2011 when it was given a rating of ‘satisfactory’. Four years on, the school was given a ‘good’ rating and now has received the highest possible grade by Ofsted.

Inspectors praised every aspect of the academy’s performance including its leadership and management, achievement of pupils and the quality of teaching.

The report stated that “pupils of all abilities make remarkable progress and achieve very high results across a wide range of subjects” and that “the excellent quality of teaching, learning and assessment throughout the school is a significant strength”.

The report added: “Disadvantaged pupils make exceptional progress during their time at the school. Their rates of progress are much higher than other pupils nationally with the same starting points.

“Pupil conduct is outstanding. They are polite and respectful, and in lessons focus with enthusiasm on their learning. Pupils reported overwhelmingly that they feel safe in school. They feel cared for and confident that they have someone to talk to if they have a problem.”

David Astin, principal of Harris Girls’ Academy Bromley, said: “It has been an incredible year for the academy and I am so proud of what we have achieved at Harris Girls’ Academy Bromley. Our 2017 results placed us as the top school in the borough and within the top 1 per cent of schools nationally for pupil progress so recognition from Ofsted that the education our students receive is ‘outstanding’ is the icing on the cake.

“This Ofsted report is further evidence that our girls receive a brilliant, all round education that supports them to achieve their personal best – no matter what their starting point.

“This ‘outstanding’ rating recognises the diligence and hard work of our students, staff, parents and governors and I would like to thank them – and the Harris Federation – for their continued support.”