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Short of the mark: teaching at Harewood College criticised by Ofsted
11:00am Thursday 14th March 2013 in News
QUALITY of teaching and the achievement of boys at Bournemouth’s Harewood College have been criticised by government inspectors.
Ofsted inspectors concluded that the |743-pupil secondary required improvement after spending two days at the Harewood Avenue site last month.
But the report also included praise for behaviour and safety of pupils and for the leadership and management of the school.
In a newly published report they said: “The progress made by some of the more able students is not rapid enough. This is particularly so in languages and the humanities. The quality of teaching is inconsistent and there is too much that is not good. Teachers’ marking does not always tell students what they need to do to get better.”
On a more positive note they said head Debbie Godfrey-Phaure and governors provide clear leadership and are improving the performance of the college.
They added: “The headteacher is well supported by senior and middle leaders. Students feel safe and show consideration and respect for each other.”
The report also said students have “overwhelmingly positive” attitudes to staff and enjoy school. Exclusions are falling and students show respect for each other.
Commenting on the report, Mrs Godfrey-Phaure said: “I am very pleased for all our students that their excellent behaviour and caring attitude to others has been recognised.
“We welcome Ofsted’s recommendations and are actively working to help all our students achieve better results. Ofsted has recognised this is already happening in science and maths and last year the school achieved its best-ever GCSE results. Our priority now is to ensure this continues so our students reach their full potential across the board.”