Mill Mead Primary School

Name Mill Mead Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 01 April 2014
Address Port Vale, Hertford, Hertfordshire, SG14 3AA
Phone Number 01992582776
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 231 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.7
Local Authority Hertfordshire
Percentage Free School Meals 2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 8.7%
Persisitent Absence 8.8%
Pupils with SEN Support 3.9%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available Yes

Information about this school

This is an average-sized primary school. Most of the pupils are White British. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is well below average. The proportion supported through school action plus or a statement of special educational needs is also well below average. A below average proportion of pupils are eligible for the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for pupils in local authority care, those known to be eligible for free school meals and other groups. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Children in Nursery and Reception get off to a good start and progress well. Good progress continues as pupils move through the school and attainment by the end of Year 6 is above average in reading and usually above average in mathematics Pupils are taught well and this contributes to their good progress. Teachers establish good relationships with pupils. Explanations, instructions and questioning effectively promote learning. The school has a positive and welcoming atmosphere. Pupils show a keen interest in their learning. Behaviour is good in lessons and in other parts of the school. There are effective procedures to ensure pupils are safe and secure. Pupils feel safe and very well looked after by staff. Attendance is above average. There is a good range of additional activities offered, with modern foreign languages and music being strengths. The headteacher and other key leaders provide good leadership in promoting good achievement for pupils and developing teaching. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Pupils’ attainment and progress in writing are not as good as in reading and mathematics. There are inconsistencies in pupils’ handwriting and presentation. There are insufficient opportunities for pupils to write extended pieces in different subjects. There is not enough outstanding teaching and at times, tasks are not demanding enough to extend the most able. Some parents do not believe that communication is good enough, particularly information about their children’s progress.