Harnham Junior School is celebrating after once again being rated as “Good” by Ofsted inspectors.

It also means that the junior school has now been rated “Good” for more than a decade.

The inspection took place on November 9 and 10, 2021. Inspector Paul Smith praised the school’s caring ethos in which “pupils’ wellbeing is at the heart of everything the school does”.

Mr Smith also recognised the school’s “inclusive environment” in which leaders have “high ambitions” for all pupils. The report also said pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities are well supported with their learning.

The school’s response to the challenges of Covid and remote learning was also praised by Ofsted: “Leaders went over and above for some pupils to provide support for them during the pandemic”.

The inspector also remarked upon the “positive attitudes” of Harnham Junior School pupils and their “eagerness to learn”.

Parents’ appreciation of the school’s nurturing environment was also reflected, with the inspector quoting a parent describing Harnham as “a warm and friendly school with a good ethos and values”.

Headteacher Luke Coles said: “I am very proud of everyone at Harnham Junior School – as we know these are not the easiest of times, but our whole community continues to focus on working to the benefit of the children, and it’s really paying off in all areas of their learning and development.”

Chair of governors Emily Griffiths added: “As governors we know just how hard staff have worked to support the children, especially during the challenges of the pandemic, and we are so glad that their commitment and dedication has been recognised. We’d also like to thank the wonderful parents and carers of Harnham for everything they contribute to our school community.”


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