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Harris Academy Chafford Hundred has been a National Support School (NSS) for nearly three years. It is accreditation gained from at least three years of outstanding results, teaching and learning and leadership across the academy at all levels.
It is status given to academies who work with and improve standards of schools usually in challenging circumstances who are performing below Government benchmarks. At first, we worked with two schools in London on the Gaining Ground Programme from the London Challenge. The London Challenge was hugely successful in improving standards in London schools through employing school-to-school support under the leadership of Dave Woods and Sue John. The Gaining Ground Programme was one aspect of the London Challenge programme, Harris Academy Chafford Hundred was employed to work with a school in Hackney and Camden where standards have not risen or decreased in the key measure of 5 A to C including Maths and English. We assisted both schools in English, Maths and Science and teaching and learning. It was very successful with standards rising in both schools but also helped Harris Academy Chafford Hundred to raise its own standards in 5 A to C including Maths and English to 92% with 1059 (top 1% nationally) value added pupil progress. A key aspect of the school-to-school support is that the school delivering the support also have an increase in their own standards.
Due to success of this involvement with the London Challenge, Harris Academy Chafford Hundred was selected to offer an intensive support package to a school in special measures, Eltham Foundation School, in January 2011.
It has been an incredible achievement by all the staff and students at Eltham Foundation School to come out of special measures in record time after just three monitoring visits. On average, it usually takes about five Ofsted monitoring visits. Please feel free to read the Ofsted commentary on the academy website, a report of which to feel proud. In all areas standards have improved massively and for a school that has never achieved over 30% 5 A to C including Maths and English before in August 2011 achieved 49% and after early entry January 2012 for the current year 11 are sitting at 58%, already confirmed. A big thank you to all the staff at Harris Academy Chafford Hundred, who have been working hard with Eltham Foundation School staff, supporting and training. At the same time, the relationship is a two-way process with Harris Academy Chafford Hundred staff learning and developing from Eltham Foundation School staff too, partnership and collaboration staff assisting each developing a better educational provision in both schools so students benefit. Eltham will become Harris Academy Greenwich Park (September 2012) and will now become an outstanding school in two years just like Harris Academy Chafford Hundred.
Dr Chris Tomlinson
National Leader of Education