Beckenham School at centre of Harris Academy row deemed ‘satisfactory’

10:02 14 January 2011

Kelsey Park Sports College

Kelsey Park Sports College


A school at the centre of a highly-charged debate about its future has been moved from ‘inadequate’ to ‘satisfactory’ following an Ofsted inspection.

Kelsey Park Sports College, in Manor Way, Beckenham, was forced to undergo the assessment in December after being given a notice to improve by the education watchdog and the findings of the inspectors were published on the school’s website last week.

In his report, inspector Stephen Long found that: “The quality of teaching has improved, and is reflected in students’ accelerating progress. Their attainment has been significantly below average over recent years but is rising, although it remains below the national average.”

In total, 87 per cent of parents who responded to a questionnaire sent out by inspectors agreed or strongly agreed that teaching at the school is good.

Kelsey Park made national headlines last autumn when a group of local parents began a campaign for the failing school to be taken over by the academy group Harris, which runs a number of successful institutions around London.

John Getgood, a Bromley Labour councillor who is also a governer of the school, said: “The 2010 results show that the school is back on track and the most recent Ofsted report confirms that the school is making progress. More importantly, the parents of children at the school reported that they are happy with their child’s experience at Kelsey Park.”

Commenting on the Harris into Beckenham campaign, Mr getgood said: “Coping with a determined campaign to undermine the school has made things more difficult but we should be proud of the way the school staff has worked hard to secure these improvements.”

Fiona Murphy, 39, from the group Harris into Beckenham, wrote on the website: “None of us local parents got what we wanted for Christmas; an outstanding local co-ed secondary school for our children. So on we go against the Bromley establishment.

The outcome of a consultation by governers on the future of the school, including the possibility of becoming an academy, is due to be published next week.

1 comment

  • There is more comment about the latest Ofsted report and the progress of a new Academy Free School in Beckenham together with news of Cator Park and its Harris Academy consultation at http:www.beckenhamtown.usforumcategorieseducation-schools-courseslistForCategory

    Report this comment


    Sunday, January 16, 2011

Latest news

Thu, 16:30
Biggin Hill airport

A special full council meeting was attended by dozens of Bromley residents, as the matter was debated for over four hours

Thu, 16:06
Face fit testing

Arco has also donated £3,000 to fund lung cancer research as part of a month of increased awareness

Thu, 14:42
Roger Wright outside Number 10 with the climate change petition

Roger Wright, 71, visited Downing Street on Monday to deliver a petition signed by 40,000 people in the UK

Wed, 11:35
Hillside Primary School

Hillside Primary School opened the ‘Hillside Hub’ on last week

Tue, 15:30
Dina Asher-Smith

A range of free activities took place, including face painting and lantern making

Tue, 12:25
Detective Superintendent Gordon Allison with just a small selection of the hundreds of guns handed in, ranging from antiques to modern handguns [Photograph from Metropolitan Police]

The campaign will last until December 6

Most read


MAC Makeup

MAC are renowned for their flawless, fabulous make up that is used worldwide by the stars. You too can have the chance to have the perfect makeup to suit your needs with £1,000 to spend on all the glam goodies you like!


You are never far from an Argos, wherever in the country you may be. They are like a magical cavern where whatever you need they seem to have it out the back behind the counter. So why not put them to the test with this great MyOffers competition to win £1000 to spend in-store.

Digital Edition

Read the Bromley Times e-edition today E-edition

Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder