Nov 09 2011

Harrow’s Young People’s Assessment – Outstanding

Harrow Council’s work in delivering services for the boroughs young people has been praised following an assessment by Ofsted. The borough is now rated as Outstanding -the highest possible grade.

The service received the outstanding report this week highlighting a number of key strengths including Harrow’s excellence in education and its improved fostering and adoption service.

The report stated that Harrow’s schools continue to perform to an excellent standard with secondary schools and the borough’s special education schools achieving a 100% rating.

The borough’s work in fostering and adoption was one of a number of areas positively highlighted, bringing the overall grade to an all time high. Key achievements highlighted in the Ofsted report included:

  • All secondary schools  and special education schools remain good or outstanding
  • Almost all early years education in nursery and primary schools are good or outstanding
  • More young people in Harrow are in education, training or employment than the national average (only 2.6% of our young people are not involved in training or education compared to the London average of 5% – this is amongst the best in the country)

“Our schools in particular deserve special recognition. The hard work of teachers in all of our schools has resulted in an excellent education system our young people. We have a school achievement record that is the envy of many other boroughs.” –  Portfolio holder for schools, Cllr Brian Gate.

Corporate Director for Childrens Services, Catherine Doran said:

“This excellent result makes us one of the best children’s services in the country. This is an amazing achievement especially given the number of challenges the authority has faced over the last 18 months.”

“We have had to manage large savings, the transfer of seven high schools to academies, setting up a new school improvement partnership and a significant transformation programme.”

“Achieving this result shows the real team effort across the children’s sector and schools in Harrow . I want to say a personal thank you and to say how proud I am to be the Director of Children’s Services in a borough where staff give so much to children, young people and their families.”

Portfolio holder for Childrens Services, Cllr Mitzi Green said:

“This is a remarkable achievement. Children’s services in Harrow continue to reach very high standards by putting our childrens best interests and their wellbeing at the heart of everything we do. I am very proud of the hard work carried out by the all of the staff involved.”

“By supporting our young people today in such a strong and comprehensive way we can help ensure united and involved communities for the future.”


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