Water Lane Primary Academy rated “Good” after recent Ofsted inspection


Water Lane Primary Academy in Harlow has been rated as “Good” by Ofsted after being inspected last month. The school joined the UK’s largest primary-only academy trust, REAch2, in 2014 and this is their first inspection since joining the Trust. Water Lane is the tenth REAch2 school to be judged as “Good” or “Outstanding” this academic year.

The primary school, which teaches pupils aged 4 to 11 was judged as “Good” in all areas. The report notes that “since the school has become an academy, the executive headteacher and the head of school have established a new teaching team and implemented secure and effective systems that have successfully raised standards and consequently improved pupils’ outcomes.” The Leadership was also described as being “enhanced through the school’s membership of REAch2 Academy Trust. The trust provides valuable support and challenge to leaders and teachers at all levels.”

The report highlights that “school leaders and teachers work well across the trust to ensure that assessment is accurate and that learning meets pupils’ needs”. Leaders were also described as “developing middle leaders effectively in their roles as subject leaders.”

The report continues to note that “vulnerable pupils, including those who have special educational needs and/or disabilities, are well cared for. Staff ensure that they receive the support they need to make good progress”. Children in the early years were also said to “have a good start to full time education.”

Recent actions to improve the teaching of reading, writing and mathematics were highlighted and said to have “improved pupils’ learning in the early years and key stage 1 quickly. Pupils’ work shows that they are making good progress” and “staff and pupils are happy and work collaboratively together. Pupils demonstrate good learning behaviours.”

Charmaine Ward, Head of School at Water Lane, said:

“We are all absolutely thrilled with the report, which is complimentary in every respect and the entire school community is absolutely chuffed that the focus, hard work and commitment of the leadership, staff and pupils has been recognised.”

“I am especially pleased that the report recognises the importance of our collective passion and drive to develop our pupils’ inherent talent and potential by providing exceptional learning opportunities during their time at Water Lane.”

Sir Steve Lancashire, CEO of REAch2 Academy Trust, said:

“The leadership team at Water Lane are doing a fantastic job to raise standards and should feel very proud of this outcome. Congratulations to all staff, children, governors and parents for their hard work and dedication.”

Interested parents can find out more about Water Lane Primary Academy at http://www.waterlaneprimary.co.uk/

The full report can be seen here.