At Harrold Primary Academy, we follow the Read, Write, Inc. phonics programme.

Read, Write, Inc. is a phonics programme which meets the higher expectations of both the National Curriculum and Harrold's own curriculum and it uses effective assessment to accelerate every child’s progress. RWInc was developed by Ruth Miskin. It provides a structured and systematic approach to teaching phonics and literacy, designed to create fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers.

Utilising the Read Write Inc programme, staff teach the children to pronounce letters using ‘precise pronunciation’ or ‘pure sounds’. When teaching phonics, it is important to pronounce ‘pure sounds’. For example, the sound /m/ is pronounced ‘mmmm’ and not ‘muh’ or ’em’. This makes it much easier for children to blend sounds together to read.

Read Write Inc. phonics is used to teach younger children to phonetically decode and develop early reading fluency and skills. In the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and Year 1, decodable reading books are matched to the phonics children are learning in class so young learners can consolidate their growing reading skills at home. As children begin to master their reading, a book banding system is used across school to match each child to a specific range of reading books. Children have a wide choice of books within each band which include a range of genres and authors. Children take these books home to read and are encouraged to read to an adult at home daily.


Welcome to Harrold Primary Academy

I am extremely delighted and privileged to have the opportunity to welcome you to Harrold Primary Academy.
Harrold Primary Academy is a happy, caring and supportive school. The Academy was formed on the site of Harrold Lower School and Harrold Priory Middle School, opening its doors to the pupils aged 4 - 11 years in September 2017.
We are a small one form entry primary school, serving children from Reception to Year 6.

As a school, we are extremely fortunate to have a spacious school site with a Library, Science lab, Food Technology room and a team of dedicated staff who work hard to deliver exciting, engaging and enjoyable lessons for children at Harrold.

Our vision is that every child has the right to a high quality of learning, where they are treated with respect in a safe and stimulating learning environment. Children actively participate in learning by demonstrating a sense of readiness, where they take responsibility for themselves and the school environment. We help to build resilience in all our children by ensuring that the learning that they experience is a stepped approach with appropriate scaffolding and modelling in place to secure and build improved independent learning.

When children leave Harrold, they are well-equipped to continue achieving throughout secondary school and beyond.
We believe that close cooperation between home and school is essential, and we aim to keep parents as informed as possible about the progress being made by their children and ways in which they can support their children’s learning.

We look forward to welcoming you and your family to Harrold Primary Academy.

To find out more about the school, please read through our website and do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to visit the school.


Debonair Brown

Head teacher