Priestmead Primary School and Nursery in Harrow has become the latest school in the borough to earn an ‘Outstanding’ rating in its latest Ofsted report.
Based near Kenton, the school’s dedication to nurturing both academic and social development has been recognised and celebrated in the report.
The inspection highlights Priestmead’s exceptional focus on fostering respectful relationships among its students, ensuring that every child, including those with special educational needs, can flourish.
The report said, “The school is a vibrant and joyful place. Pupils say that they love coming to school and parents and carers echo this. The school is truly at the heart of its community. Its success is underpinned by respectful working relationships. All pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), flourish academically and socially.
“The trust has high expectations of what all pupils can achieve. The curriculum is ambitious and teaching supports pupils to know more and remember more. This results in pupils being exceptionally well prepared for secondary school.
“The school has very high expectations of how pupils behave. Adults make these expectations clear, supporting all pupils to meet them. Excellent systems and highly effective staff training ensure that these expectations are delivered consistently. As a result, pupils’ behaviour is exemplary.”
The school’s dedication to promoting reading is evident from the early years, with children enthusiastically engaging with books. The emphasis on phonics, strong support for developing key skills, and exposure to a diverse range of books underscore Priestmead’s commitment to creating avid readers.
The report continues, “The trust makes sure that there are extensive opportunities for pupils to experience character-building activities. These enrichment activities are carefully thought out. Movie night, a school sleepover and short residential outings prepare pupils for the popular Year 6 water sports trip. Pupils talk of being ‘ready, respectful and safe’. Staff encourage pupils to understand discrimination.
“Pupils therefore explain that there is no place for discrimination of any sort in this diverse school. All this builds an environment where pupils want to learn and to spend time. This contributes to the school’s high attendance rates.
“The school makes sure that it provides strong emotional and well-being support for staff, pupils and families. Staff promote the importance of pupils staying physically and mentally healthy, for example through the benefits of exercise and healthy eating.”
Sash Hamidi, Executive Headteacher for Priestmead and CEO for The Pegasus Partnership Trust, said, “Having been a child at Priestmead and now its executive headteacher, I know this achievement is part of a unique legacy and history which makes Priestmead a true community school. Our children shine and succeed both during their time with us, and as they move on from us.
“This is thanks to the phenomenal staff, leaders, associates and trustees and our exceptional parent/carer community who work in partnership with us to both support and challenge us to be our best. Whilst the report does not highlight any recommendations, we are ambitious! We continue to look outward to see what else we can do for our children and community.
“Along with our partner school The Welldon Park Academy, we will go onwards and upwards together for the children and families of Harrow.”
The news follows other recent outstanding reports from St John Fisher Catholic Primary School and Nower Hill High School, both in Harrow.