As a voluntary-aided Church School, Harris' Ofsted inspection has two parts:
Section 10 covers standards achieved and quality of education provided in all subjects except Religious Education.
Section 23 covers denominational aspects including ethos, collective worship and the quality and standards achieved in Religious Education.
Section 10 described Harris as having many features of a good school. They drew particular attention to: the high proportion of good or better teaching; the good quality education received by boys and girls of all capabilities; pupil's good behaviour and positive attitudes and very good development as a Sports College which enriches the curriculum. They went on to report that good and rigorous leadership has resolved the previous key issues well and given the school capacity and commitment to improve further
Under Section 23 the inspector found that Harris has a strong distinctive Christian character in which faith is taken seriously, collective worship is very good and provision for Religious Education is good. Particular praise was given for the very good relationships between all members of the school community and between the school, its Foundation parishes and the wider community.
Worship is an essential part of every day. There are whole school assemblies of a Christian nature on Mondays and Fridays. On each of the other days there are Year Group assemblies of a Christian nature. There are also prayers said in Tutor Groups.
We regularly hold both Year Group and Whole School services in a number of churches in the town of Rugby. The churches we visit include our founding parishes of
In addition, we have special relationships with all the parishes throughout the Eastern Area of Warwickshire.
To join Harris school is to join a thriving, dynamic community, a place where Christian values underlie all that we do. From our flourishing extra-curricular programme to our varied and well-staffed academic programme, we aim to maximise achievement and help develop happy, confident members of society.
We recognise that, for many students, extra-curricular activities are key to building self-esteem and confidence. Harris staff give generously of their time so that the school is busy late into the evenings and at weekends. On a typical day after lessons, a visitor would be struck by just how much is going on. Music drifts from our dedicated Suite, the sound of football games is heard, and there is invariably at least one drama rehearsal taking place in the Hall or Drama Studio.
We believe that we have much to offer. As Headteacher, I look forward to welcoming new members to our community.
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