The standards reached by pupils by the time they leave the academy have improved year on year, and are higher than standards found in most schools nationally. Ofsted 2015
Children in the Reception class settle quickly into school and make good progress. They enjoy well-planned activities in a calm purposeful environment. Ofsted 2015
Teachers, leaders and governors are ambitious for pupils to achieve well. Ofsted 2015
Music is a strength of the academy, and in addition to class-based music lessons this small academy also runs an orchestra and handbells club, which has a very enthusiastic membership. Ofsted 2015
The academy works well with parents, nearly all of whom would recommend this academy to others. Ofsted 2015
A calm, happy environment has been established where learning can take place. All adults listen carefully to children and encourage them to develop their language skills by giving full answers. Ofsted 2015
Pupils are confident learners, who are happy to ask for help if they need it. They are taught a range of strategies to use if they get stuck. This helps them to develop an understanding of how to be successful, independent learners. 2015
Pupils have very good attitudes to learning because teachers plan interesting lessons and have high expectations of their behaviour, and as a result good behaviour in lessons is the norm. 2015
Good attitudes to work, combined with the high standards they reach in English and mathematics, mean that pupils are well prepared for the next stage of their education. Ofsted 2015
Children join the Reception class with skills and knowledge typical for their age and experience. They make good progress, and by the time they leave to join Year 1 a higher proportion have made a good level of development than is found in most schools nationally. Ofsted 2015
In 2022, we undertook a comprehensive review of our school values and vision for the future. As part of this process, staff, pupils, parents/carers, school governors and the wider community were consulted as we believe the school needs to reflect the community it serves.
Following this work, we are pleased to share with you our new mission statement, values and vision document. The mission statement and values should underpin all decision making and the ethos and culture we create for our young people, for our families, for our staff and for our community. The vision is the shared aspiration we have for the short and long term future of education at Harrowbarrow School and is built upon our shared values.
We have also created a school motto that captures the essence of this document in a succinct and memorable way: