Alban City School

Name Alban City School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 26 February 2014
Address 7 Hatfield Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3RR
Phone Number 01727860304
Type Academy
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 348 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 23.4
Percentage Free School Meals 6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 27.6%

Information about this school

Alban City School is smaller than the average-sized primary school. It opened in September 2012, having registered with the Department for Education as a non-maintained free-school academy to take a maximum of 420 pupils. The school currently has pupils in Reception and Year 1. It will accept pupils into Year 2 from September 2014, building by one year group a year until it has classes from Reception to Year 6 by September 2018. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported at school action is well below the national average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is also well below average. The proportion of pupils supported through the pupil premium is well below the national average and represents only a very small number of pupils. The pupil premium is additional funding for specific groups of pupils such as those known to be eligible for free school meals and children in local authority care. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups is below average. The proportion of pupils who speak a first language other than English is above average. Pupils speak 19 different home languages. A small but increasing number are at the early stages of learning English. There is on-site pre-school provision. This is not managed by the governing body and was inspected separately in December 2013.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The leadership and management of the school are outstanding. The headteacher and all members of staff have been highly successful in establishing a school with a strong ethos and drive for improvement. Parents are highly supportive. The behaviour of pupils is excellent. Pupils are eager to learn, resilient, and have very positive attitudes to learning. Teachers use information and communication technology very effectively to enliven learning and enthuse pupils in a range of subjects. The quality of teaching is consistently good. The teaching of phonics (letters and their sounds) is a strength and results in pupils’ excellent reading skills. Pupils make good progress overall in reading, writing, mathematics and in a wide range of other subjects. The governing body is well informed, has a good range of skills and experience, and is highly committed to making this an outstanding school. The school is well placed to improve further. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teaching is not outstanding. Teachers do not always make sure that pupils are clear about what they have to do and learn, or about what they need to do next. Achievement is not high enough across all subjects. Pupils could do better in mathematics.