Gade Valley Primary School


Name Gade Valley Primary School
Website http://www.gadevalley.herts.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 09 November 2016
Address Gadebridge Road, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP1 3DT
Phone Number 01442391324
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 233 (57% boys 43% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.4
Percentage Free School Meals 4.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 6.9%

Information about this school

The school does not meet requirements on the publication of information about the pupil premium on its website. This is an average-sized primary school with eight classes. Children in the early years are taught in a Reception class and a Nursery. Most pupils are from White British backgrounds. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is below average. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils supported by the pupil premium is below average. The school met the government’s current floor standards in 2015, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6. The new headteacher took up post in September 2015.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The relatively new headteacher provides very strong leadership. His work has transformed the school over the last year. The headteacher is well supported and challenged by the senior leadership team and the governing body. Over the last year, leaders have secured good improvements in outcomes for pupils and in the quality of teaching, learning and assessment. Pupils’ attainment is rising across the school and was above average in English and mathematics by the end of Year 6 in 2016. Pupils are taught well. Teachers have consistently high expectations in English and mathematics, ensuring that pupils make good progress. Early years provision is good. Children make good progress in both the Nursery and Reception classes. Teachers know the individual needs of children very well and plan engaging activities that help them to learn quickly. Across the school, teaching provides the right level of challenge for different groups of pupils most of the time. Occasionally, especially when pupils are working together as a whole class, there is too little challenge for the most able. Pupils are good ambassadors for the school. They behave well and are polite and courteous. They show good respect to teachers and each other. Pupils feel safe. The school’s effective safeguarding systems are closely followed by all members of staff. Disadvantaged pupils and those who have special educational needs and/or disabilities are given well-targeted support that helps them to make good progress. Parents are extremely pleased with recent improvements, especially the quality of communication between home and school. The school website does not report in enough detail about the use and impact of the pupil premium to support disadvantaged pupils. Pupils develop good skills in physical education, computing and art. In science, history and geography, their work is not of such a consistently high quality. Topics in these subjects are sometimes studied in too little detail. Work in and out of lessons make a strong contribution to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Key values such as tolerance, citizenship and responsibility are strongly promoted and are reflected in all aspects of the school’s work.