Ofsted Inspection

Harlow Green Community Primary School was last inspected in March 2017 by means of a short inspection.  The school was judged to be ‘Good’.  Please read the full report by clicking on the link below.

Harlow Green Community Primary School Inspection Report March 2017

Why does Ofsted inspect schools?

Ofsted inspect schools to provide information to parents, to promote improvement and to hold schools to account for the public money they receive. School inspections are required by law. They provide an independent assessment of the quality and standards of education in schools, and check whether pupils are achieving as much as they can.

Who inspects schools?

Her Majesty’s Inspectors and Ofsted Inspectors (who in most cases are serving school leaders who inspect for Ofsted for an agreed number of days each year) carry out the inspections. All inspectors have been trained to, and assessed against, Ofsted’s standards.

What judgements do inspectors make?

Inspectors will make graded judgements on the following areas using the four-point scale:

  • Effectiveness of leadership and management
  • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment
  • Personal development, behaviour and welfare
  • Outcomes for children and learners.

Where applicable, inspectors will also make a graded judgement on the effectiveness of the early years or sixth form provision in the school.

Schools are given an overall grade from 1 to 4:

  • grade 1 (outstanding)
  • grade 2 (good)
  • grade 3 (requires improvement)
  • grade 4 (inadequate).

The school must take all reasonable steps to make sure that parents of pupils at the school receive a copy of the report.

Short inspections

A school judged to be good at its last inspection normally receives a short one-day inspection approximately every three years. In primary schools with fewer than 600 pupils on roll, short inspections are conducted by one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors (HMI). In all secondary schools and large primary schools (600 pupils or more on roll), short inspections will be led by an HMI accompanied by a team inspector. The purpose of a short inspection is to determine whether the school continues to provide a good standard of education and whether safeguarding is effective. If there is sufficient evidence of improved performance, and it is reasonable to believe that the school may be judged outstanding, we will carry out a standard two-day inspection instead, usually within 48 hours. Similarly, if HMI have insufficient evidence to satisfy themselves that the school remains good, or there are concerns, we will carry out a standard two-day inspection instead, usually within 48 hours.

Schools should inform parents of pupils at the school that the report of the short inspection has been published.

The full information for parents can be accessed by downloading the document below.

School Inspections Parent Guide