I paid a visit to Redlands Primary School last Friday to congratulate staff and pupils on their assessment as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.
The school, situated to the south of Fareham town, was graded as outstanding by Ofsted following an inspection from 31 October to 1 November 2017.
Redlands was judged outstanding in all five categories of the assessment: effectiveness of leadership and management, quality of teaching, learning and assessment, personal development, behaviour and welfare, outcomes for pupils and early years provision.
I was given a tour of the school, and attended an assembly with pupils where I congratulated the Headteacher, Kevin Harcombe, the teaching and support staff, as well as the pupils. I also awarded the winning house certificates for best overall attendance in the year group.
It was a real pleasure to visit Redlands Primary School and I am delighted to see Ofsted recognising the very high standard upheld at Redlands Primary School. All the teachers, support staff, pupils, and parents should be enormously proud of their achievements.
In the report, there was particular praise for Mr Harcombe. The inspection report stated:
‘The inspirational headteacher leads the school with a passionate determination. His vision, that every pupil is inspired to become a life-long learner, permeates the school. Staff and parents are unanimous in their praise for his dedication. As one parent said, the headteacher has made sure that Redlands ‘is an inspirational place from the moment you walk through the door’. Another parent summed up the views of many: ‘It’s a fantastic school with amazing staff. My son is so happy at this school and so are we, as parents.’’
This rating reflects the innovative leadership and management of the school. I would like to particularly congratulate Head Teacher Kevin Harcombe for his excellent management of Redlands.
I look forward to seeing the school continue to excel in years to come