OFSTED Inspection

Our last Ofsted inspection was on 15th and 16th September 2016 and we are now enclosing the official report. As you will read in the report, the inspectors found many positive features in the school. These include:

  • Good teaching in the early years means that children make good progress.
  • Pupils’ personal development and welfare is good, they enjoy school, keenly take responsibility and feel safe.
  • The Headteacher and her staff care well for pupils from a diverse range of backgrounds.
  • The Headteacher and her staff ensure that there is a happy atmosphere in school.
  • Safeguarding is effective with robust procedures to respond to and resolve any concerns about pupil welfare.

As the school had been judged ‘requires improvement’ in the last two inspections it needed to show securely good in all areas at this inspection. However, the inspection team judged that the school had not made enough progress since the last inspections and identified the following as priorities for improvement:

  • Improve leadership at all levels
  • Improve pupils’ progress and the quality of teaching in key stages 1 and 2
  • Improve pupils’ behaviour in lessons by ensuring that they understand the importance of being attentive and listening when the teacher or their classmates are talking
  • Improve pupils’ attendance

Under the current Ofsted inspection framework, the judgement of Special Measures is the automatic outcome for all schools that are not judged securely good by Ofsted that were judged to ‘require improvement’ at their two previous inspections. This judgment means that our school will get additional support from the Local Authority and that we will be closely monitored to ensure that rapid progress is made in all areas identified for improvement.

Following the judgement of Special Measures, a Parents’ Meeting was held on Thursday 3rd November 2016 which gave parents and community members an opportunity to ask any questions they had and to discuss how we can work together to secure the necessary improvements. The meeting was led by Mrs W Meldrum, the Chair of Governors and Representatives from Herts for Learning (HfL) on behalf of the Local Authority were also present.