Harold Hill school vows to continue improving after critical Ofsted report

PUBLISHED: 14:30 11 December 2017

The new Drapers' Academy building - from the air. Pic: Simon Moores

The new Drapers' Academy building - from the air. Pic: Simon Moores


Teachers and governors at a secondary school that has been rated as "requires improvement" by Ofsted, will "remain committed to providing the highest quality education".

Drapers’ Academy, Settle Road, Harold Hill, was visited by the education watchdog last month when inspectors noted that children were not making consistently good progress, attendance is below average and teachers’ expectations are not routinely high enough.

The numbers of fixed-term and permanent exclusions have also increased substantially since the previous inspection.

But improvements are being made according to the report.

It reads: “Governors are passionate about the school and its community and are supportive of the principal.

“The school is improving. The principal has made several key appointments that have rapidly brought about change.”

Chairman of governors Tim Orchard said: “I was encouraged that the lead inspector noted the systems we now have in place are the right ones and, if we improve our consistency, the school will be judged at least “good” by the next inspection.

“The recognition of the school being calm and orderly with polite and respectful pupils made me proud.

“I am, however, disappointed that we were judged as “requiring improvement”, despite significant progress being made across the vast majority of the school.

“Schools like ours, serving challenging communities, do not get enough recognition for the significant additional support we provide our pupils and families to ensure they do well.

“We will ensure that our improvement plans are more robust for all areas of the school in order to achieve greater impact for our pupils and students.”

The school is also asking for help from parents and carers to improve and progress from its current rating by being pro-active in improving attendance, reading at home and assistance in the completion of quality homework.

Principal Darren Luckhurst said: “I, my staff and the governing body all remain committed to providing the highest quality education that our pupils and students deserve.”

For the full Ofsted report and letter from the school, visit

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